I was so excited to have the chance to review the Child Training Bible (CTB). I am always on the look-out for resources that can assist Luke and I as we seek to raise our four sons in a way that will glorify God.
More specifically, the integration of Scripture into the lives our children is something we continually seek after. It’s not always easy having Scripture on the tips our tongues that correspond with behaviors and attitudes we see in our children though.
What is It?
For just $9, you will receive the CTB Key, 3 Scripture Tabbing Charts, and instructions for assembling your CTB. There are 21 different attitudes, behaviors, and issues that the CTB Key addresses. They range from anger and defiance to fear and wrong friendships.
The tabbing charts include Bible verses correlating to the issues (usually 8 verses per issue). These charts also include “heart questions,” gospel questions, and prayers you can use with your child.
To complete your CTB you need to provide: a Bible, tabs, hi-lighters, and double stick tape. It was really kind of fun to put my CTB together!
My One Complaint
Be aware that the Bible you will need to use is slightly larger than most standard Bibles on the shelves of stores. I had to search all over to find a Bible the right size! To my dear friends in Owosso, Michigan, if you decide to order the CTB know that you won’t be able to find the correct sized Bible in town. We looked at every possible store, to not avail. Finally, I was so anxious to get moving on the CTB we made a special trip out of town to visit a Bible bookstore only to find that most Bibles are just slightly too small to accommodate the CTB. If the CTB was made just 1/2 inch shorter you would be able to utilize it in most standard Bibles. Searching for the right sized Bible felt like a wild goose chase!
It is good to see that under “Order Supplies” on the CTB website there are specific Bible’s recommended you can order on amazon. If you are going to order supplies online, I’d highly suggest checking that page out for materials! Here is a breakdown of what we spent at a local office store and the Bible bookstore for our extra supplies:
What I Like
- There’s a very comprehensive and usable listing of issues. We particularly like that there is also a “Gospel” tab with God, Man, Jesus, and What Now subcategories.
- Specific behaviors and attitudes have been paired up with Bible verses that address these sins.
- The process of constructing the Bible myself was a good experience as it helped to familiarize me with verses associated with each section.
- The included heart questions, gospel questions and gospel-centered prayers are all very instructive. I can see Luke and I using these resources with our kids as we help them to conform their attitudes and actions to God’s standards.
There are a couple of ways we are hoping to utilize the CTB.
First, we’d like to go through and spend some time during our family devotional time talking about each of these issues and reading through the listed scriptures. We hope this will give our kids, particularly the oldest one, a good foundation to start from before we use it for correction.
Giving our kids some background on each of these sins, we will then be able to more easily talk to them using the CTB when problematic behaviors and attitudes arise. We pray this unique resource will help to foster a love of God and his Word in our children.
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