NIV Teen Bible: A Review

It’s been awhile since I’ve written a book review! I had the opportunity to read through this NIV Teen Study Bible, thanks to BookLook Bloggers who sent me a copy in exchange for my honest review.

Overall, this is a good general reading teen bible that I personally believe is best suited for an older teen audience or for those children who are exposed to (or curious about) more mature themes.

The bible contains several useful and practical sections including:

Panorama” – reminds teens of the main theme of each book.

To the Point” – explains a passage with a contemporary example to illustrate the point.

Dear Jordan” – an advice column for teen issues.

Instant Access” – offers what God might say when a teen asks, “What do I do?”.

Bible Promises” – highlights select verses in a circle.Q&A” – tests the teens’ knowledge of the bible.

This bible opens with the Apostles’ Creed and offers nice introductions to all books. In summary, it’s a non-gender specific bible that both teen boys and teen girls would appreciate. That said, my 15-year old daughter who had been searching for a new bible decided that the NIV Teen Bible wasn’t for her. She opted to get a young women’s bible that was brighter, more “girly”, and contained less mature content. My 17 1/2 year old son on the other hand wouldn’t have had a problem with the content contained in The NIV Teen Bible.

The Jesus Bible (for kids): Discover Jesus in Every Book of the Bible

Jesus BibleBook Review (I’ve included photos below): I have viewed countless children’s bibles over the years, and The Jesus Bible (NIV), Discover Jesus in Every Book of the Bible is terrific! Although the stated age group is 9-12, this bible could also be shared with children a couple of years older and younger.

A few truly excellent features include:

  • 365 daily devotions which are located on every few pages.
  • At the beginning of each book there is a page outlining items such as, “Where is Jesus in this book?” “Who wrote this book?” and “What are some of the stories in this book?”
  • My favorite: super-short prayers on every three pages or so, which are extremely age-appropriate. These teach children to speak to God with gratitude and informality.

Other study helpers at the back of the book include:

  • Table of weights and measures.
  • An index of the devotions located throughout the bible for easy reference.
  • Index of “Hints of the Savior/Jesus Revealed” throughout the Old Testament.
  • Concordance and maps.

Being a hardcover, once you crack the spine, the bible lays open nicely. I was showing it to my 15-year old daughter and mentioned that a soft cover option would be nice. She reminded me that all my kids had hardcover bibles in their younger years, and she preferred them.

In summary, since Amazon does not have the “look inside” option, I have provided a few photos that I hope will be helpful. I requested this from Booksneeze (provided in exchange for my honest review) to share this with my godson. I believe he will love it! IMG_4748 IMG_4747 IMG_4746 IMG_4750 IMG_4749