Family Devotional Bible Review + Giveaway | Sarah Philpott

Family Devotional Bible Review + Giveaway

A few weeks ago I accepted the opportunity to review Crossway’s new ESV Family Devotional Bible.


Lest you have idealistic imaginary images in your head I must tell you that we are not the family, who after dinner each night, sits around a circle for family devotion time.

I admire those families. But it’s not us.

All families work a little differently, don’t they?

And that is okay.

As a mom, I’ve never settled my brood into a routine. My husband is a farmer and leads very unpredictable hours. So we lead unpredictable lives.   It works for us!

But this doesn’t mean we don’t spend time throughout the day talking about God and the Bible.

Up to this point, my kids see me reading my Bible on a daily basis and I read kid-friendly Bibles to my five-year old and two-year old.

These Bibles created expressly for children are truly lovely.

But I’ve felt a bit of disconnect between my adult Bible and their kid Bibles.

I want my chiidren to see the Bible as real.  Filled with the word of God and full of stories of people who really lived. The brightly colored illustrations in the kid-bibles tend to fictionalize the word. It makes the Bible appear just like all the other children’s books we read throughout the day.

I want to make sure my kids realize their is a difference between our Curious George Books and the Bible.

This is one reason why the ESV Family Devotional Bible piqued my interest. It is a “normal” looking Bible that features:

  • 130 gospel-centered retellings of key Bible stories with full-color illustrations
  • Reflection questions for the whole family to discuss together
  • Full-color, kid-friendly maps

This hardbound colorful Bible has 130 key stories from the Bible woven throughout the text. The stories are easy for children to understand and include a link to the original scripture and questions for the family to discuss.   Pictures to accompany each devotion are presented in a realistic fashion.


One item that I really appreciated about this Bible is sheer amount of Bible stories included.

This makes me think that the ESV Family Devotional Bible is perfect not only for children- but also for adult family members who might not have grown up learning all the stories of the bible.

The ESV Family Devotional Bible will not replace the Bible that I use personally each day, but it will be a wonderful addition for my family.

We might even just start trying to have a bit more of a nightly routine!



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About Sarah

Sarah Lewis Philpott, Ph.D lives in the south on a sprawling cattle farm where she raises her two mischievous children (and one little baby!) and is farm wife to her high school sweetheart. It's quite the chaotic household, but she adores the blessings God has provided. Sarah is represented by The Blythe Daniel Literary Agency. Her book, Loved Baby: 31 Devotions for Helping you Grieve and Cherish Your Child After Pregnancy Loss, will be published in October '17 by Broadstreet Publishing. You can go ahead an pre-order it on Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, and at Christian Book. Sarah is a lover of coffee (black), rocking chairs, the outdoors, and Hemingway. Visit with Sarah at her All-American Mom blog where she writes about life on the farm and cherishing life in joy & in sorrow.

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