Tween Bibles & Devotionals - What Do You Recommend?



Tween Bibles & Devotionals

Tween Bibles & Devotionals

A few weeks ago, I had a query from a mom who reads our site regularly. Colleen’s note read in part:

My daughter is 10 and too old for the children’s bibles and too young for the teen bibles. She reads the Bible and I want to get her one perfect for her level. I have several of of your books and appreciate any advice for Catholic reading for a tween girl who is very interested.

I had to admit to Colleen that I’ve been a bit removed from the tween scene of late. Her email caused me to reach out to fellow moms in a few of my favorite social media venues. Their responses included the following:

  • “My 10 yo has started reading the Catholic Children’s Living Bible every night on her own!  I remember the Living Bible from growing up, and I’m not a huge fan, but the language is clear (sometimes too clear!) if not beautiful.
  • “The Catholic children’s bibles I have (probably at least 5 of them) all seem geared towards children no younger than 8.  Certainly, it would be hard for someone younger than 8 to read them.  At age 10-13, my kids are starting to be able to read anything an adult could.  So we’ve never looked for anything in between.”

Reader Lauren recommended the following bibles for teens:

Another resource that was recommended specifically for teens is the new devotional You’re Worth It! – A Scripture Devotional Helping Teens to Love God! by Pat Rinker, now available in Kindle format.

I’d love to hear from you – our readers – on this topic. Do your tweens and teens have a favorite bible? Is your family in the habit of reading the bible together? Finally, what can we do to encourage our tweens and teens to be more active in their devotional lives?

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Copyright 2013 Lisa M. Hendey


About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

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