Child Training Bible Review

The Bible is the tool for life. The resource for parenting. The Child Training Bible (CTB) makes it easy to use as just that.

I received the Child Training Bible to review right before we went on our family vacation. What a great vacation project it was! Each time I got out the rainbow of highlighters and sticky tabs, they drew a crowd. Highlighting verses in the Bible prompted questions.

Putting the Child Training Bible together provided some one-on-one time with my children. It also opened up some wonderful discussion.

“This is really fun. I’m glad you got this.” ~ nine-year-old

How do you put together a Child Training Bible?

Instructions are included in the kit. While they are thorough, I found it helpful to watch the Video Tutorial and Instructions on the Child Training Bible site. (You also will get to see the family behind this tool. A fellow homeschooling family! They share more of the background behind the CTB and how it came to be.)

Plus, the boards on the CTB Pinterest account will help you visualize the how tos of putting your Bible together, especially this visual. You can also click on reviews by other families on their review board.

A Tour of the Child Training Bible:

1. The CTB topical key: taped right in the front, inside cover, the key helps you easily find the topic you are addressing. Topics include: anger, complaining, defiance, discouraged, disobedience, fear, fighting, gospel, impatience, jealousy, laziness, lying, making excuses, not listening, pride, quarreling, selfishness, stealing, tattling, unforgiveness and wrong friendships.

2. The colored Post-It flags: correspond with the topical key. Tabs on anger are yellow to match the topic marked in yellow. Just go to the marked pages on anger.

3. Double-Sided Tabbers (laminated question cards):  These durable cards list the scripture references for the topic on the light blue side of the card. On the opposite side are three columns offering suggested:

  • Heart issue questions (e.g., for Anger: Did you have a godly response to this situation? How can you show love right now instead of anger?)
  • Jesus questions (e.g., for Anger: Did Jesus have reason to be angry? What was His response? 1 Peter 2:21-23))
  • Prayer to pray with your child using scripture (e.g., for Anger: Lord, help my child to control his desires so that he loves you more than himself and help him to ask you for things that are pleasing to you (James 4:1-3). Thank you Jesus for never having sinful anger and for always entrusting yourself to the Father (1 Peter 2:21-23))

Benefits of Using Child Training Bible:

  • Go to resource by topic. The whole family is going to the Bible for answers!
  • Perfect for all ages – use for a shorter amount of time with younger children, judging attention span.
  • A sturdy, standard pew Bible.
  • English Standard version is easily understandable in today’s language.
  • My children feel comfortable picking it up and browsing.
  • Verses at the ready!

Questions answered. More information:

When I shared a photo of the CTB on the Hodgepodge Facebook page, Christan and Amber wanted to know: I’m interested in knowing if the verses they include talk about the opposite of the sin being addressed? i.e. when looking up a verse marked for selfishness, is there another that addresses selflessness or giving?

The answer: Yes. Anytime you are using the Bible, you will be encouraged in Godly living. Let me give you an example for the very first verse on Anger. The first yellow post-it marked verse is Proverbs 15:1 A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. (this is a verse we’ve learned with our Sing the Word cds! I’m singing it in my head as I type it). Not only does God’s Word cut to the issue each time, the question cards point the child to Jesus and gets to the heart issue.

Also, marked on the same page in Proverbs 14:29: Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.

In Summary: Pray for wisdom in using this tool best in your home. Using the CTB, you are shepherding a child’s heart. And I venture to say that the practice of using the CTB will certainly minister to your parent heart as well. We have long been using Doorposts Biblical and parenting tools in our home. The Child Training Bible falls right into that category for us. Tools for use in Biblical character training for everyone.

A marked up and tabbed Bible is the mark of a well-used Bible.

Could we take some time and just study each topic? ~nine-year-old

Why, yes. The Child Training Bible is a wonderful tool for helping us all – the whole family – continue to turn to God’s word for answers. And, we’ve already seen that become more of a habit in our home by using CTB.

The kit includes an English Standard Version pew Bible, laminated cards, Post-it tabs, highlighter pens and instructions – all that you need to put together your own CTB. Valued at approximately $31.11

In addition to entering to win a CTB kit here at Hodgepodge, Dawn is also sharing a review. So be sure to click over to Child Training Bible kit at Curriculum Choice as well!
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About Hodgepodgemom

Tricia faces a daily dose of chaos homeschooling five children. The biggest lesson she’s learned? At the end of the day – when the dishes are put away and the children are tucked in bed – truly what matters is each child’s relationship with the Lord. Raising children is a God-given privilege and, folks, the time is short.


  1. This is the first that I’ve heard of The Child Training Bible. It looks like a wonderful tool that my husband and I could use with our family :)

  2. Mindi C. says:

    This is a great tool for child training and a great tool for moms to check their own character, too. I’d love to win this giveaway!

  3. I have been wanting one of these for a while, I hope I win! I’d really like to do this with my Sunday School class.

  4. I have wanted one of these for quite a while now! I’d love to win one!

  5. I would love one of these for our coming year!

  6. Just saw this at a homeschool convention a few weeks ag and LOVED it! I think this would benefit my family greatly!

  7. Kim Arrowood says:

    I’ve wanted one for a while now but its not in our budget. I’d love one!

  8. Andrea H says:

    I have wanted one of these for a while! I saw if first on another site a couple months ago and fell in love with the whole concept.

  9. Kim Arrowood says:

    forgot to say I saw as a pin several months ago!

  10. i’ve heard so many wonderful things about CTB. i’ve never won a give a way before. I really would like to win this one and use it for the new school year.

  11. sdmomof5 says:

    I heard about the CTB awhile back and it has been on my wish list. We use the Doorposts materials This would be a great addition!

  12. I’ve heard of this and think it would be a wonderful tool for my daughter. She has such a passion for the Word and would love to encourage this more.

  13. I love this! I have been looking for something like this…thanks for reviewing!

  14. Kimberly Harrell says:

    I saw this on Pinterest several months ago. Would love to have this for our family!

  15. Kimberly says:

    I heard about this product on a few Homeschool blogs. It sounds like a wonderful tool for my childrens’ bible study!

  16. I haven’t seen this before but it looks like a great family resource. Thank you for the givewaway!

  17. What a great tool to use for the family!!!

  18. This looks like a great resource. Thanks for hosting the giveaway and sharing about the Bible kit.


  19. What a fabulous tool! This is the first time I’ve heard of it but I would love to give it a try. We are a homeschooling pastor’s family & always looking for good tools to teach our kids the Word & also to recommend to our church family. This would be great for us as one of our goals for the coming school year is to teach our 6 yo how to navigate his Bible. Pick me! 😉

  20. I have wanted one of these for awhile now to help with our character training. I would love to win!

  21. I was so happy to see this review. I wouls love to have this bible in my home.

  22. Amylynn H says:

    I have just only recently found this product. I think it is so clever! It would be very useful for our home, especially with homeschooling.

  23. I first heard about it when MamaJenn reviewed it and quickly found that most of my other favorite homeschool blogs were doing reviews. Would love to win it to help my children (and myself!) remember verses for just the right moments!

  24. Yes I have heard of The Child training bible before. I read about it on another review. I am needing to start using scripture when a discipline issue arises and start working on the heart behind the behavior!

  25. first saw it on pinterest. been following them on fb since.

  26. My sister-in-law e showed me this, what a great learning tool

  27. I’m looking forward to helping my children learn how to find things in scripture for themselves!

  28. I have heard of the CTB on many of blogs! It looks amazing and like a huge blessing to any family. Integrating the Word of God in our hearts and minds is what needs to happen and the CTB can be a huge tool in doing that! My husband and I have an 8 month old and a baby on the way and want to get a jumpstart on memorizing or training ourselves first! Then let the blessings flow down to the kiddos :)

  29. This would be SO great! What a wonderful tool to showing how God’s Word is relevant in our lives!

  30. Heather McMurphy says:

    God’s Word is precious, it is our job and duty to teach our children. I will be excited to win.!

  31. This looks amazing. I love the confidence it gives kids in reading and studying God’s word. I WANT it!

  32. I am the mama of 6, and I have many moments in my day where I wish I had just the right thing to say to my kids. This is it! This would be such a huge blessing in our home. :)

  33. Jennifer S says:

    I really want one of these :) I have heard of it before on facebook from lots of homeschool blogs.

  34. I heard about this from a family member & have seen it on a few blogs. So excited! Hope to win one & feature it on my blog as well.

  35. Yes, I have heard of this before and I think it’s a wondeful idea!

  36. Jenna D. says:

    I have heard about the child training bible before on Confessions of a Homeschooler. Thanks for the giveaway!

  37. Stephanie H says:

    I have heard of the CTB before, from another blog but I can’t remember now which one because I’ve seen it on several since then. The Child Training Bible looks FANTASTIC – it has been on my “wishlist” since I first saw it. I can never remember where to find a verse when I need it, so to have a reference like this would be so great.

  38. I would love to have one of these for my family. It would make biblical correction so much easier to do rather than seartching and searching for the verses I need.

  39. This look amazing and we would love it for our family!!

  40. What a wonderful idea! Just what I’ve been looking for!!

  41. I’ve read about this before, but not with so much information. Thanks for the review and the giveaway

  42. Melissa Fordyce says:

    I would Iove to have this as a way to instruct my 9 children with God’s word !!

  43. Thanks for posting about this. I can’t wait to order one! It will fit perfectly with our character studies this school year.

  44. Shannon H says:

    I would love to use this for both myself and my kids! What a wonderful resource!

  45. Jane Curtis says:

    Several friends have it. I’d love to use more Scripture in our training.

  46. This looks like a fun way to share my love of Scripture with my children. Thanks for the chance to win! :)

  47. I’ve never seen one like this before. What an awesome resource! I’d love to win!

  48. What a great tool for families! I will definitely look into buying this myself!

  49. I’ve heard of CTB on Facebook, and have just received ours, and can’t wait to get it put together and show our children what God says on the topics outlined!!

  50. I had not heard of the Child Training Bible before, but I do have some of Doorsteps items and love them. I agree that this would fit right in. Thank you for the possibilities.

  51. I had not heard of the Child Training Bible before, but I do have some of Doorposts items and love them. I agree that this would fit right in. Thank you for the possibilities.

  52. I would love to win one of these. I have loved this training tool for awhile just haven’t had the extra money in the budget to purchase it yet.

  53. I have not heard of CTB before but what an awesome way to help my children learn to study the Word as well as help incorporate them in memorization and growing! I would to have one to implement in our home! :)

  54. I had not heard of it before seeing it on your blog! This looks like a wonderful tool that can make a major impact in our family. The word says it will accomplish God’s purpose and this will certainly make it more accessible. Thanks to the put person who engineered this idea and for the opportunity to win one :)

  55. I am hoping that the CTB will help us in our daily lives and readings.

  56. This is great! We have “For Instruction in Righteousness,” but this is something that the kids could actually use themselves! I love that!

  57. This is the first fime I’ve heard of the Child Training Bible. It looks like it would be so helpful! I have two boys and can see myself using this often :)

  58. Great resource to have put together like that

  59. I heard about the CTB from a FB friend and ‘liked’ the Page. The more I’ve learned about it the more I think it would be an enormous blessing in our family.

  60. I have never heard of the CTB. I have been looking, for quite some time, for a solid and consistent way to study the bible with my children during our morning devotion. This approach seems like it would serve us well as a well used guide in life period.

  61. Be sure to count me in, with 4 children of my own, the Lord knows I need this. thank you for the give away. :)

  62. I really, really hope that I win! :-)

  63. I first heard about it on one of the many blogs I read.

  64. Caterina Mangano says:

    I read about Child Training Bible on Mama Jenn.
    Thanks for the chance to win,

  65. i’ve never heard of this before. i am in AWE!

  66. This is a wonderful product to help in the raising of our precious gifts!

  67. I’ve never heard of this but have have been trying to do something similar on my own. This would cross a project off of my list!

  68. This is the first I have heard of this product. What a great way to practice, teach, and model turning to the Bible for all of our answers!

  69. This is the first time I’ve heard of this. Looks like a great tool for everyone. Quick reference.

  70. Starr Covey says:

    I keep hearing about this from other homeschool parents and really think this will help me and the kids with getting the bible into the curriculum

  71. This is on my wishlist and I’d love to get one soon!

  72. Jennifer says:

    I would love to win this! And we love the ESV! Thank you for the give-away!!!

  73. What a wonderful tool to raise up children with!

  74. I love this!!! What a great tool for teaching our children Godly principles

  75. I’ve seen this before on various homeschooling blogs, but love how you have outlined here so well.

  76. I first saw CTB on Pinterest

  77. I have seen this resource on several different blogs. I would love o have such a ready resource!

  78. I’ve seen these on facebook and other blogs. I know I would learn as much from the Child Training Bible as my 4 children will!!

  79. Laura White says:

    I have heard so much about this and would love to own one!

  80. We’re starting up school again in Jul 9th so I would love to have this when that happens!

  81. Paula T. says:

    I have heard many good things about CTB from my friend Jen Bauer of Be Thou Exalted blog.

  82. Christina says:

    I have been wanting one of these for a while. I hope I win so my whole family can benefit.

  83. I have heard of the CTB before on other blogs I read. Very interesting and would love to win one! Thanks!

  84. it was on my to do list to buy one! i hope we win!!!

  85. I just found this product, and would LOVE to create one of these for my children.

  86. We would put this to use right away with our 6 yr. , 4 and 3 yr. olds. Thank you for the opportunity :)

  87. Melissa Huffman says:

    I would love to have this to use with my 11 children

  88. Paula Ann says:

    I have been wanting to try this! My seven year old has been asking a lot more questions and I just want to teach him correct not what the world says is right.

  89. Hi!!! I’ve read about the CTB on several homeschool blogs, and on Facebook! :) I can’t wait to either win it or eventually buy it and get started. I truly feel like this is something that would be used a lot versus bought and placed on the shelf to collect dust like other things have. Thank you!

  90. I saw a review of this a couple of months ago and have been dying for one since!!

  91. Heard about CTB on FB. It’ll help us get in the habit of reading the Bible as a family.

  92. Looks great. Work with children all the time and have 6 of my own. Would love to win this!

  93. Ugh, do my kids ever need this…I only wish I’d known about it sooner.

  94. Kim Papple says:

    This is a wonderful idea! Hope I win!

  95. i have seen this Bible on a blog or two, and it looks like a great child training tool!

  96. Michelle S says:

    I have heard about the CTB from many different blogs now and would love to have one to use at home. I think it would be a great tool to keep us in the Word when training!

  97. Tabitha Zehner says:

    I heard about the Training Bible from another Blog site. I love it! We would use this 😀

  98. Hi there!

    I saw this reviewed by Sam’s Noggin and immediately fell in love with this! What a wonderful way to pour God’s word into our children’s heart… and the best part is that it is ready at your fingertips! We, too, use Doorposts but often find a delay in instruction in order to prep and find the verses. If I win, I’d use both! I love that they are already marked to be able to go to a specific topic quickly!

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  99. Elizabeth B says:

    I found CTB on FB! I really hope this will help our family in training our little ones, helping them see what’s in God’s Word directly. Thanks for the giveaway!

  100. I would LOVE to win this!!!!!!!

  101. i just wanted to thank you for featuring this product. i finished making mine (it took about 3 hours) and am amazed. i look forward to using it. thanks.

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