Thursday, April 5, 2012

NIV Boys Bible

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!

Today's Wild Card is:

Zonderkidz; Special edition (March 6, 2012)

***Special thanks to Rick Roberson of The B&B Media Group for sending me a review copy.***


Getting into a routine of reading the Bible can be challenging for anyone, but trying to keep the attention of pre-teen boys is especially difficult. So now there is a Bible especially developed for them. The NIV Boys Bible is designed with boys ages 9 to 12 in mind. Fun in-text features help boys dig deep into the Word and learn about amazing people, facts and stories of the Bible. The NIV Boys Bible will help boys grow into the young men God wants them to be. It will appeal to boys and cause them to desire to spend time in the Word with its unique features such as:

* Introductions to each book of the Bible

* Hundreds of highlighted verses worth memorizing

* What's the Big Deal?-Need-to-know biblical stories and people

* Check It Out-Interesting and fun facts about Bible times and characters

* Grossology-Gross and gory stuff they never knew was in the Bible

* Makin' It Real-Help for applying Bible stories to their everyday lives

This Bible includes the full text of the New International Version, the most popular Bible translation in the world, and 12 color tip-in pages introducing content that shows boys how they can grow to be like Jesus. Each book of the Bible has activities that make God's Word more relevant than ever. It is jam-packed with customized content and artwork that really makes the Bible stand out.

Product Details:
List Price: $27.99
Reading level: Ages 9 and up
Hardcover: 1504 pages
Publisher: Zonderkidz; Special edition (March 6, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0310723086
ISBN-13: 978-0310723080:


My Thoughts:

A hard-covered and sturdy NIV Bible that let's you know it was definitely made for boys. From it's diamond-plating steel looking cover, to the blue print with orange headings, chapter numbers and orange comment boxes, it should appeal to most tween males.

I found the colors interesting but the print was a little hard for me to read. The comment boxes were helpful, but I personally didn't care for them. They were more to the point than those in the "NIV FaithGirlz! Bible" that I reviewed yesterday. Let's look at the same example I gave yesterday with David and Bathsheba. The comment box for this Bible gives a good analogy of being sinful and needing to come straight with God. In David's instance he was "tangled in sexual sin.." and he needed to "come clean".

This book doesn't seem to be as "delicate" as the girl's Bible, but the modern language is still there making it feel like one has to through in a bunch of glitz to make Bible reading appealing to our youth. These Bibles don't work for us, but may be fine for others. If you don't have a problem with the modern style language and enjoy fun commentaries, this Bible may work for you and your family.

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