Tuesday, June 17, 2014

NIrV Adventure Bible

James received a special new book in the mail recently - The NIrV Adenture Bible for Early Readers. We are SO pleased to have this copy given to us by BookLook Bloggers for review. All opinions are our own.

When we first opened the box, James was in a rush to read it. I LOVE that it's an early readers edition, but it is FULL verses. This is not a storybook Bible. It's the real deal in an easy-to-read version. NIrV stands for New International Reader's Version. I will say, though, that if you're looking for a version that young children can read on their own, this is not it. I will definitely have to read this with James for years to come. {I'm a little surprised it's not for YOUNG readers since it's called the "Early Readers" edition and they have one for older children.}

Okay, several things I really am enjoying about this Bible. There are several highlighted boxes throughout the Bible. One of them is called "Live It!" It highlights a verse and then suggests ways to put word into action. Sometimes it's just discussing the verse and how it applies to life, sometimes there are suggestions for doing something. Another highlighted box is called "Words to Treasure." These are memory verses they've highlighted throughout the Bible. There is a "Did You Know?" box every few pages that asks a question and shares more about a particular passage. There's a section called "Life in Bible Times" that shares exactly that - more about life in Bible times. :) You'll also find "People in Bible Times" that shares more information on Bible characters. Other things I like are the dictionary in the back of the book and the information at the beginning of each book on the who, what, where, etc. of that particular book of the Bible. There are great maps at the back as well but they're not the most informative maps I've come across (nor are they all that colorful for kids), and there is no world map so you'll still have to pull out a globe or a world map to share with your children where the places written about in the Bible are versus where we are.

One thing that I did notice that I wasn't especially fond of is that the word "sex" is used various times. This is simply because they've used a version of the Bible that uses that word, but I did want to caution other parents that it's there. That's the only word I've come across that I'm not ready to explain to James. I'll just gloss over that when we get to that section. :) It doesn't take away my vote for it, I'm just going to be aware that it's coming up and possibly use my own interpretation so that our conversation about it {I'm speaking specifically of Genesis 19 when Lot hides the two angels in his house and the men come to rape them} will be the G-rated version. 

I would absolutely recommend this Bible for those of you with children over 8. If yours are younger you may want to stick with a storybook version. I'm THRILLED to have a copy that I can read to my kids at Sunday School, though!

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