Thursday, April 5, 2012

The 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!

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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:


This Boys Bible has a suitably boyish theme, with a "metal-looking" cover, and blue and orange highlights throughout. 
The Introductions to each book include the basic who, what, when, where, and why questions and answers.  
What's the Big Deal? points out certain people, places and events and how they relate to God, which is a neat feature. It is very helpful for our kids to get that the entire Bible is HIStory
Makin' It Real helps boys to apply what they are reading to their lives today~ this is one of mom's favorite features.
Check It Out includes some interesting little trivia bits (For instance, 1 Chronicles 20:2 tells us: The crown of King Milcom weighed 75 pounds. Try balancing a big textbook on your head, then add the weight of about 70 more pounds (The weight of an average 9 year old?). Think your head could hold that much? 
The "Grossology" entries are probably one of the biggest selling points of this book. While many boys enjoy "Gross" and odd, this is not a universal characteristic, and I have to be truthful and say that this is my son's least favorite aspect of this Bible. As a matter of fact, he would prefer that it wasn't in there.... even if "God didn't avoid the messy parts of life."

All in all, I felt that some of the special feature entries were a bit of a mixed bag~ some were interesting and/or edifying, while others were a little obvious vs interesting, in my opinion. However, if you happen to be in the market for a new Boys Bible, and your Boy is all about gross, and you'd like to help him apply scripture to his life as well as see how God's story is told all through the Bible, this could be a good choice for you! :)


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this/these item(s)/service for free as part of the FIRST Wild Card Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."


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