Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Kids' Quest Study Bible

Kids’ Quest Study Bible

New International Reader’s Version

A Review

Originally published in 2005, The Kids’ Quest Study Bible remains one of the better choices for 3rd through 8th graders wanting a deeper understanding of scripture than given by the standard “children’s Bible”.  The Bible text is in blue type; notes and sidebars are presented in various shades of blue and orange. The translation used is an easy reader version of the NIV called the New International Reader’s Version (NIrV). This translation is suitable for both young readers and for any person learning English (e.g. students of English as a Second Language).

Notes are presented as questions (see the attached sample).  Brief answers are given, including suggested Bible references for further study. Though designed for children, the questions and answers may be of help to new believers of all ages.

A variety of additional helps are also included. Each book opens with a series of questions introduce the book. For example, Obadiah opens with the following four questions:

1. Who wrote this book?
2. Why was this book written?
3. What do we learn about God in this book?
4. When was this book written?

Each book ends with a “Quest Clue” or a “Quest Challenge” to encourage the reader to study or think deeper about the book. These will be particularly helpful for the older child or reader.

I will be pleased to donate my review copy to the Nepalese ministry associated with my local church. I expect that  it will be given to a child associated with that ministry, but could just as well be used by an adult or family that is unfamiliar with all of the nuances of the English language.

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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