Facets of Faith: Fruits of the Spirit shine in new Bible for children

If your Bible reading is a bit stale, add some strawberry.

Or watermelon. Or grape.

Or a list of the “Fruits of the Spirit.”

Zondervan combined its popular New International Version of the Bible with art inspired by Galatians 5:22-23: “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”

The Fruit of the Spirit Bible is part of its ZonderKidz line and comes in the four cover choices.

Inside, color plates describe each “fruit” and give other verses to reiterate the action. For instance, the faithfulness entry says, “Faithfulness means you stay true — you remember what is important and you stick to your promises.”

The entry quotes 1 Samuel 26:23a and Psalm 86:11.

The compact size is easy to tote but means that the type is tiny, so it may not be suitable for older eyes.

For someone wanting a Bible translation outside of the large publishers, try “The Wilton Translation of The New Testament.”

The Rev. Clyde C. Wilton, of Bryan, Texas, started with the Gospel of John and translated the New Testament from Greek.

Wilton’s edition gives a short introduction to each book.

He tries to use modern English in his translation while sticking to a format that is easy for King James readers to recognize.

For instance, in Luke 2, the passage that describes the birth of Jesus, Mary is described as pregnant rather than being great with child.

Her son was wrapped in cloths rather than swaddling clothes.

And rather than “There were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night” the shepherds were “in the same neighborhood living in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night.”

Email lenglish@theadvocate.com.