Tuesday, June 16, 2015

NIrV Study Bible for Kids - A Review

A Review

Designed for early readers (3rd-5th grade), the NIrV Bible and the companying helps are a useful tool for parents or children not yet ready for a more in depth Study Bible.  

Though not as complete as a more familiar Study Bible, the helps included are aimed at the child reader:

  1. Brief (single paragraph) book introductions.
  2. “Good Verses to Read” - a short list of bible sections from each Bible book that may appeal to the younger reader.
  3. “Brain Game” - a short list of Bible Study questions, aimed at the actual content of the verse and understanding what it means.
  4. “Check It Out” - Short, one or two sentence, descriptions of key people, events, or things mentioned in the text.  
  5. Soak It Up” - suggested Bible memory verses.
  6. A dozen full-color devotionals, some with narrative content, some with charts outlining key principles, and some with images like those found in children’s Sunday School material.
  7. A half-dozen colorful maps are included - including the locations of important sites in both the Old and New Testaments

As indicated earlier, the text would generally be readable by children in the 3rd grade and up.  Though I expect that the questions asked in “Check It Out” might be beyond the reach of a pre-schooler, the older child would find them helpful in applying the text to their own lives.  The Bible text itself would be more easily understood by any child or early reader (adult or child), thus making this book of use to a parent working with young children, a child beginning his or her own daily devotions, or (sans the Bible’s name) for an adult that is learning to read.  

This review is based on a free copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review.  The opinions expressed are my own.

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