Getting lost in translation might happen to you

Last evening, I finally did something that I have been dreading doing and have put off for almost three whole years. 

I very reluctantly ordered my daughter a new Bible. Honestly? I have did not want to do it and I really had to push myself to pick a Bible and then actually submit the order. 

No matter how you "slice" it, religion and faith and the organization and learning/teaching of it all is something that is very personal no matter who they are or from where they come. This goes for ALL faiths and religions. 

What someone believes in, how they believe in it, what they understand (or don't understand) and how all of these things come together are what ends up being who/what someone is. It all makes up the living, breathing existence of a person as much as it creates what their lifetime will say of them.

Even more important than just all of what I have said? How all of that is first "seeded" and then cultivated to develop... that's the kind of stuff that is even more important because once something (like religion and faith) take root? It can yield extreme consequences that nobody intended, ever anticipated, or even wanted to expect. 

And why? Because (like I said) what an individual believes in becomes who and what someone is as much as the things they do. 




I haven't mentioned it before but I used to work in evangelical and non denominational ministry. I did this in a private educational setting. Working there the way I did was way harder even than when I worked in clinical psychiatric care (read: at a mental hospital). And not only did I work there, but my favorite student started our her school age years there as a student. 

When my daughter started in kindergarten and for almost that whole year, she hated school. 

Her first grade year that followed was even worse and all of this was despite my best efforts of advocating for her and earnestly trying to support and partner with her teachers. 

I even paid (out-of-pocket) for licensed clinicians of educational and child psychology for the "issues" that my daughter as much as myself were told she had. I was also pressured to put her on medication for those same "issues." This was even after we tried the medication (that hadn't made things better "enough" for her) and I was pushed to give her more "medicine." 

Her second grade year was a better (without the medication, at that) but still, the "damage" was done enough to/with her. Enough was more than enough to give me even more of a shove to just leave as we did. Without going into more specific details? I will just say that I knew enough and I had had enough and my child/my family is what I chose and will choose beyond everything else. 




None of this is to say that religion, faith, and/or the organization of it all is all bad or all good. 

Rather, it is the reason why/how I have been so reluctant to bring it back into the life of my family and most specifically my daughter's life. 

Because I used to work in ministry (and specifically children's education and ministry), I am very aware and just as much particular about how/why there are so many translations of the Bible. 

Depending upon how something is said, presented (much like in teaching/learning/training), it's easy to understand things in specific ways and a great deal of it is informed by how something is said, the words that are used in order instill why something matters or applies to the reader. All of this, essentially, is about reading comprehension.

Depending upon an individual's reading lexile level, there are certain translations of the Bible that are completely inappropriate for them simply because it's unreasonably beyond their reading comprehension level.

This isn't to say that they can never read a certain translation so much that much like with there being different kinds of books that you use to learn to read (vs. reading to learn), if a person is able to read the words on a page, that doesn't mean that they are fully comprehending what they are learning OR that they will be able to even if/when you have the conversation to "unpack" what they read. 

The quizzical thing about all of this (to me, at least) is the fact that just as people will fuss about denominations of religion (as much as they will their favorite pro sports teams for that matter), they will fuss even more about what they swear by for translations of the Bible. 

At the same time, they will completely disregard the fact that just because you can read words on a page doesn't mean that a person will understand any of it (or even develop the understanding AND in the time it needs to to be able to keep reading to actually learn something).

Considering all of the previous, the Bible that I ended up getting for my daughter is this one...

I picked this one even considering the negative reviews and critiques I have read - found all around the internet including on Amazon. This particular translation is the ICB one and that stands for International Children's Bible and HERE is more information on it.

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