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Where To Begin Reading The Bible

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Bibles can be purchased at any well-stocked book store like Barnes & Noble.

Christian supply stores are another source and can be found listed in the Yellow
Pages along with regular types of book stores.

Thrift stores like Good Will and Salvation Army usually have some inexpensive,
second hand Bibles on their shelves.

Please do yourself a favor by using one that reads very close to our own modern
way of speaking. Rickety old antiques like the Douay-Rheims, the Confraternity, the
American Standard Version, and the King James version are no longer practical
because their language and grammar are obsolete.

Select a contemporary version in common use like the New International (NIV),
New American Bible (NAB), Revised Standard (RSV), the New American Standard
(NAS), the English Standard (ESV) and/or the New Living (NLT).

» I should give you a heads-up that no matter which version of the Bible you select
to read, somebody is going to come along and criticize your choice; so be ready for

The Bible can be a tedious bore for people new to it; so I highly recommend testing
the waters by beginning with the books of Ruth and Esther. The stories are pretty
good, and relatively short.

If those two books fail to discourage you, then I suggest moving on to Genesis for
your third. Lots of really good stuff is in there: the origin of the cosmos-- all life,
matter, and energy --Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Noah and the Flood, the Tower
of Babel, Abraham, Sarah, Isaac and Ishmael, Rebecca, Jacob, Rachel, and Joseph's
reunion with his brothers.

When my teen-age son first started reading Genesis, he became very discouraged.
When I asked him what the matter was, he said he couldn’t figure out the hidden
messages. So I told him: Son, forget about hidden messages. Just read the Bible
like a novel or an encyclopedia and you’ll get a lot more out of it that way; and he

note: The information herein isn't intended to counsel scholars and/or seminary
students: it's to advise the mildly curious rather than the deadly serious.

Pleasant Journey
Pleasant Journey...

Blessings to you and your family. I have read several versions of the Bible... KJV, NIV, AMP, NASB, etc. Plus the ones you've mentioned. And now I have the "Passion Translation" by Brian Simmons. But I have learned that the Father is not hindered by our translations. If He can speak to Moses through a burning bush, He can speak to us any way / through any thing He wants as long as we listening for His voice. (or if He wants to get our attention;) )

I love how you are encouraging your son to read the Word. Reading the Bible can sometimes be difficult and I will admit some books I try to avoid . But another thing I've learned, when the Father wants to say something... in the right time, in the right book, in the right chapter and verse.... He will make those words pop off the page for us. :)

He is always communicating with us....

With best regards.