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4 Reasons Seniors Should Buy a Children's Bible

Whether you teach Sunday school or enjoy your own Bible lessons from the comfort of your assisted living apartment, investing in a different version of the Bible can be a good way to freshen your take on Scripture. If you've stuck with the King James Version for decades, reading through a chapter in the New International Version or the Common English Bible can help clarify a verse or reach you in a new way. And one version seniors might want to consider investing in is the International Children's Bible, or ICB.

Here are a few reasons to add this version of the Bible to your assisted living apartment shelves.

The ICB pulls no punches. This isn't a version of the Bible for children that takes out certain stories or skews the details to protect young readers. No, this version takes to heart the message that all Scripture comes from God and is valid for teaching, and it is, in some ways, more direct than other versions. That's because it's written with modern, easier language so that you can better understand what is being communicated.

The ICB is sometimes easier to read. If you've struggled in the past getting through some of the thees and thous of the KJV, or you find your mind wanders easier than it used to, the ICB may help you focus on God's Word as you study. The more modern, easier to read passages can also help when you're reading the Bible out loud for any reason.

The ICB helps you re-examine known verses. When you're reading through a very familiar passage in your Bible, your mind may hit a state of autopilot. That means you see the words and your brain picks them up, but you might not be fully ingesting them because your mind thinks "Ah, we know this, let's coast until something else happens." But when you read a new version of the words, such as the ICB, you surprise your mind, which may concentrate more on what's being read, since it's familiar but not already in your memory in this exact format.

The ICB is ideal when studying with children. Seniors who volunteer with children's ministries in local churches may want an ICB version for use in preparing and sharing lessons. And if you do the same with your grand kids or other young family members, the ICB can help you cross communication and generation gaps as you learn about God together.

Whether you choose the ICB or another Bible version, stepping outside of your reading comfort zone can help you grow closer to God and share his Word with others.