True Images – The Bible for Teen Girls

Book Review by Wendy

Book Description

For 15 years, the best-selling NIV True images Bible for Teen Girls has been a trusted resource guiding teen girls ages 13-18 towards a closer relationship with God. Updated for this generation, this new edition is packed with tools and insight to help teens navigate today’s contemporary cultural issues with confidence, love, and grace.

Facing today’s contemporary issues can be difficult, but the NIV True Images Bible gives teen girls a fresh perspective on faith-related issues and provides tools to navigate a complex world. They will ask the big questions, take valuable lessons to heart, and help others do the same.

Beautifully designed from the inside out, this Bible is filled with challenging insights, honest advice, and personal notes helping teen girls build a closer relationship with God as they set out on a personal journey of their world. Following Jesus isn’t unfashionable or illusive. It’s an authentic way of life!

This newly updated edition uses the accurate, readable, and clear NIV translation and includes features strategically designed to empower teen girls in their quest for truth.

Book Review

I love the Bible, and I mean it.  I really love the Bible.  Therefore, it is my favorite book to review.  Whenever I have a chance to get my hands on a Bible, I will take it.  This time, however, I am extremely disappointed by the edition of the Bible I get to review.  Now, I will start this review by stating that not everyone will share my point of view, but this is my opinion.

This is a NIV Bible designed for teenage girls.  That covers every girl from age 13 and up.  That’s a tender age for a girl that may have been raised in church, and I found some of the extra material in this book to be inappropriate for that audience.

For example, they have some snapshots of women in the Bible.  One of the women in the Bible is Tamar, and in that description it talks about the heartbreak of being raped.  I’m sorry, that’s not a heartbreak, that’s a crime.  It should also not be considered an expectation for childhood.  It’s certainly not what I want my daughter expecting.

There are also pages that give guidance on relationships, etc, in the magazine quiz format.  One of them gives suggestions on having a healthy relationship with your parents.  It’s childish, uninformative, not scripture-based, and undermines the authority of the parents.  Parents should trust their parents.  They should respect their parents.  They also shouldn’t be learning glib cultural perspectives about their parents within their Bible.  God’s plan for parents and their children is one of beauty, and this undermines that plan.

This is not a Bible we would purchase for our daughter, any young woman in our family, or any teenage girl in our church.

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.”

 

Kids Visual Study Bible

A Book Review by Wendy

Book Description

The NIV Kids’ Visual Study Bible, for ages 8–12, brings the Bible to life in four-color illustrated splendor. This study Bible includes a spectacular full-color interior featuring over 700 illustrations, photos, infographics, and maps on every page that visually represent key Bible information. Each page also features important facts located near the relevant verse. Intriguing facts; colorful, engaging maps; photographs; and illustrations make this a Bible they’ll want to explore.

Features:

Over 700 four-color photographs, illustrations, infographics, and maps throughout

Full-color design

Book introductions, including important facts and an image to orient the reader

One-column format with side bar study notes for ease of reading

Presentation page

The complete text of the New International Version (NIV) translation of the Bible

Beautiful cover featuring gloss

Book Review

I will start by stating that my favorite book reviews are always children’s books.  I love how deliberate they are in engaging children with God’s Word.  This Bible doesn’t fall short on that account.  The full-color illustrations are excellent for establishing context.  So much of accurate Biblical interpretation relies on understanding the historical context and understanding of the original audience.  Color pictures are a concrete method for doing that for younger believers.  I especially favored the color maps found within the text, helping the reader in establishing the setting.

It is hard to find a complaint for this Bible.  If I were to make one recommendation, it would have been to see this book produced in the NIrV format, for younger readers.  The NIrV is designed for students at a third grade reading level, and that would have been helpful for some of the younger children in my classes, or those children who struggle with reading.

If you are looking for a vibrant Bible, with an accurate translation, then this is the Bible for you.

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.”

 

Devotions for a Sacred Marriage

Book Review by Wendy

Book Description

What if God designed marriage to make us holy more than to make us happy? By popular demand the author of Sacred Marriage returns to the topic of how God uses marriage to expand our souls and make us holy.

Devotions for a Sacred Marriage explores how God can reveal Himself to you through your marriage and help you grow closer to Him as well as to your spouse. Fifty-two weekly devotions encourage couples to build a marriage around God’s priorities. From learning to live with a fellow sinner, to the process of two becoming one, to sharing lives as brothers and sisters in Christ, Devotions for a Sacred Marriage will continue to challenge couples to embrace the profound and soul-stretching reality of Christian marriage.

Book Review

My husband and I read the book Sacred Marriage during the first year of our marriage.  Every once in awhile you find a book that honors God, properly applies scripture, and has a direct application to every day life.  Sacred Marriage by Gary L. Thomas was that book.  I was very excited to discover that a devotional for that book had been released.  Now we are in a position to recall the wisdom and moments of that book that were so meaningful for us.

I definitely recommend this book for every couple that is married, for every couple considering marriage, and for those that are single and preparing for marriage.  There is something in it for everyone.

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.”

 

The Most Misused Stories in the Bible

A Review by Wendy

Book Description

A surprising number of popular Bible stories are commonly misused or misunderstood, even by well-intentioned Christians. In this concise yet thorough book, Eric J. Bargerhuff helps you fully understand the meaning of David and Goliath, Jonah and the Big Fish, the Woman Caught in Adultery, and other well-known Bible stories.

Providing fascinating historical and scriptural insights, Bargerhuff helps you sort through modern-day distortions of fifteen well-known Bible stories and grasp their original meaning and purpose for us today.

Book Review

First, let me start with stating that I have not read the first book in this series, The Most Misused Verses in the Bible, so I came to this one with no expectations.  Having said that, I wasn’t as impressed as I hoped by the title.

While I agreed with the author on the interpretation of scripture, and the way that popular Bible stories are misused, I didn’t enjoy the exegesis.  I felt that the proper explanations were shallow in meaning, and didn’t really lead a reader to deeper truth.  While this book would be useful to the novice or new Christian, I felt it had little to offer a more mature Christian.

This is a fun book, and I enjoyed reading it.

 

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.”

 

NIV, Revolution Bible, Hardcover: The Bible for Teen Guys

A Review by Wendy

Book Description

Explore what it means to live a revolutionary life for God with the help of the NIV Revolution Bible. Packed with challenging insights, smart advice, and open discussion about today’s contemporary cultural issues, this best-selling Bible empowers young men ages 13-18 to ask big questions, discover fresh perspectives and impact others while living their faith on the edge.

Teens will discover how to impact a broken and diverse world with fresh perspectives on a variety of faith-related issues. Their life, their relationships, their community: it’s all a big deal, and it takes a big, God-filled heart to make a difference. A revolution of the heart isn’t about how popular or tough they are. It’s about what God can do in them and through them. This newly updated edition uses the accurate, readable, and clear NIV translation and includes features strategically designed to empower teen guys in their quest for truth.

Book Review

Let’s start with the basics of any Bible review, and then move on to the good stuff.  This is a standard print Bible, and while that tends to mean almost nothing based on the size of the Bible, in this case it means that the font is a good size, and is easily readable.  The cover is beautiful, and it includes 12 color pages within the text.  This is a single column Bible with nested boxes containing additional wisdom, but it would not qualify as a study Bible.

One of the features that we really enjoyed with this Bible were the pages of lists.  Periodically within the text, there is a full-color page with a list on it.  For example, near page 1326, there is a list titled, “60 of Satan’s Favorite Lies”, with a scripture reference next to it to refute it.  There are also articles called Battlelines that answer questions and challenges presented by today’s culture, calling on young men to choose today whom they will serve.  There are 200 “Be the Change”, 100 “God Calling, and 100 “Live the Revolution” articles found throughout the text of scripture.

With NIV translations, you can expect to find a solid representation of the Bible that you can trust to put in the hands of any young man.  He will get the power of God’s Word presented to him in a legible, accurate, and easy to understand format.  In addition, you will get challenges to the lifestyle that the world is telling him is normal.  We enjoyed this Bible, and we think you will too.

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.”