NIrV Minecrafters Bible

A Book Review by Wendy Drumm

51+f5nP4KzL._SX316_BO1,204,203,200_There is only one way to describe this Bible, and that’s fun.  While I wouldn’t contest parents that are against too much screen time or the effect on video games, I would support any format that gets kids to want to read the Bible, as long as it doesn’t compromise the text of the Bible to do so.   This Bible isn’t a study Bible so you aren’t going to find the typical elements to enrich understanding or further deeper learning, such as word study or references.  It does include a basic dictionary to help with basic words, but not a concordance.

The NIRV is designed at a third grade reading level, and is simplified to allow younger children to engage in God’s truth.  This is undermined by the small text and the crowded font lines.  While I love that the vocabulary makes it easier to read, the font type is intimidating for early readers and may not be the best choice for a student that is struggling in this area.

The Bible contains some large color pictures where Biblical events are presented in the Minecraft block style, such as the presentation of David and Goliath on the cover.  Each color picture includes a reference to where the story can be found in the Bible and a suggested application for the idea within the gaming world. While the suggestions are not overtly biblical in nature, such as building a large tower for the tower of Babel, it does give a concrete activity that connects to a Biblical story.  Again, this is not going to be popular with parents who are constantly battling screen time with their kids.

I wouldn’t recommend this Bible for every young person or every family.  However, I would recommend it for the parent who is desperate to engage their child in church.  There is a chance that they will just sit in church thinking about Minecraft gaming, but there is also a chance that this may be just the bridge that shows them that you know what they think is important, and at least get them thinking about Christ.

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Today’s Moment of Truth: Devotions to Deepen Your Faith in Christ

A Book Review by Pastor Adam

todays moment of truthThe prospect of an apologetics devotional from Lee Strobel was very exciting. Having read many of his books throughout the years, I knew it would be solid in its theology and would be informative in it apologetic approach.

The book itself is put together very well. Consisting of 180 daily devotionals, it covers a wide array of apologetic subjects that we as Christians will be asked about and will want to answer with certainty and authority. The world wants answers concerning the Bible, creation, Jesus and God. This book of devotionals, while not deep or fully thorough in each subject matter, are designed to give the reader enough information to participate in an initial dialogue with someone. They are also designed to create in the reader a desire to know more and to research each subject matter for themselves.

What I appreciate about the book was its design. It is attractive in appearance, with a nice glossy exterior and a padded cover that fits well when held to read. The pages inside are also cut from glossy paper stock and allow the use of the two colors for the text to stand out on each page well. I also appreciated the presence of a ribbon marker to keep my place as I read through this devotional, and it will be very useful as it is ready daily.

What I would have appreciated were more scripture references for each subject for further study. This would have allowed for a greater depth of study on each devotional for those who would want to do so. I also would have liked to see each devotional numbered, 1-180. This way they could have been discussed with others who may have or may currently be reading the same devotional.

Other than these two items on my wish list for this book, I believe it is a soft landing for those who may be interested in apologetics but may not know where to start or what to read. I would recommend this book as a present for a friend or relative who may have questions about Christianity and why we believe what we believe, and how we know it is true.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers […] book review bloggers 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.”