Tuesday, July 1, 2014

NIV Teen Study Bible

Finally there is a children's bible that actually targets its intended readers with age appropriate text as well as with colorful graphics and articles. The Teen Study bible  NIV edition is marketed for teenagers.  In practice, i think this is a good choice for younger teens. Unlike many kids' bibles, this bible is actually one that kids will be able to read.  With the two tone, modern  minimalist graphic print cover- interior graphics, and the inviting  font of the faithful yet easy to understand NIV text, will encourage teen  bible readers to actually read this bible.  The green splashes of color and boxed text styled articles will draw the attention of teens .    I can not say how frequently  I have seen children's bibles with tiny 6-7 point font in a hard to read NKJV or  KJV! While some readers may argue that the NIV is not as easy to read as the NLT or other more modern or paraphrased versions- of all the literal translations on the market, the NIV is probably the most accessible to younger readers.  This bible is not one that kids will quickly outgrow.  Even beyond the early teen years, I feel that even teens will appreciate this easy to read, inviting bible.

The bold two-tone green graphics make this bible inviting to pick up and read. Highlighted verses and a magazine styled interior will draw the teen readers attention to the bible text as well as highlighted side bars of useful information to apply.  This bible most likely is intended to be a gift to a teen by a mom or grandmother or aunt.  It is unlikely that a teenager would actually make this bible selection on her own.   Nevertheless, this is still a valuable edition making this a bible that will prove to be useful even long into the teen years and for parents as well.  This is a good choice for first time teen bible readers and it is a good bible that young readers will not quickly outgrow. 

The only questionable portion of this bible is the inclusion of the Apostles Creed on the full color glossy introductory insert pages.  This creed is normally associated with the Catholic or Lutheran church or other more established formal religions.  Maybe this is an attempt at the ecumenical movement but it just seems too formal and out of place for this non denominational bible.  It is unexpected to see this inserted in such a prominent place.  Perhaps this is an outreach attempt to make the NIV more palatable to formal denominations.

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This bible is a beautifully bound hardcover.  This high quality bible will easily stand up to years of use. 

As a blogger for BookLook blogger I received a copy of this book for the purpose of writing this review.

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