August 27, 2015
Can a publisher possibly do anything to a decades old Bible translation to make it fresh and interesting for kids? The answer is a resounding yes! We are blessed to live in a time when there are more translations and editions of Bibles available than ever before. As parents, teachers, grandparents, and role models, we have an obligation to pick from what is available; in a way that will bring our children closer to the word of God.
When it comes to girls, ages eight and up, the NIV faiThGirLz! Bible is a wonderful volume to consider. First, the NIV translation has been around a long time now, and is generally accepted in many churches across most Protestant denominations. This Bible contains the complete NIV text that children and adults of all ages can benefit from, with supplemental material geared especially toward young girls.
The reviewed version is hardcover, sporting a girl friendly design of blue pastels, pinks, and purple, with a unique magnetic end flap closure on the right side. The supplemental material is authored by Nancy N. Rue, who has authored over 100 books, and is also a speaker and radio guest.
Features in this Bible include various sections to help understand, and motivate. “Dream Girl” prompts readers to imagine they are in the setting where the various stories take place. “Bring It On!” includes self quizzes, with Biblical references for more information depending on the answers. “Oh I Get It!” provides additional facts and information on the topics in a section of the Bible. “Is There a Little ____ in You?” asks the readers if they can see character traits from names of the Bible in themselves. “In Your Own Words” provides a review format in which readers are asked to complete a “Recap” of what happened. This is a great way for adults to check for understanding in young readers.
The Bible also has introductions to each book, including a list of “Cool Characters You’ll Meet” and “Bad Guys to Watch Out For.” Reference material in the back of the Bible has a table of weights and measures, a section called “How To Begin a Relationship with Jesus,” “Through the Bible in a Year,” “Promises from the Bible,” “Perspectives from the Bible,” and several blank journaling pages with a heading of “My Notes.”
Despite the whimsical cover, this is a Bible to take seriously. Anything that encourages kids to read more of the Bible is a great thing. My own eight year old daughter can’t keep her eyes off my review copy, which is a testament to the great job the author and publisher have done.
This edition gets five stars.
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