Friday, April 13, 2012

NIV Boys Bible from Zonderkidz

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:



"It's good."

That's about what my son said.  He's nearly 10 years old, square in the target market for the NIV Boys Bible.  Sometimes he talks a lot; other times, like now, he's a man of few words.

But it's what he didn't say...

I showed him the Bible, about which he was excited.  "For me?"  "Yes, but I have to review it first."  "I'll tell you," he replied, as he took the Bible from my hands.

I haven't had a chance to do much with it since.

He keeps it beside his bed, this after carrying it in his backpack for a week.  If Daddy tells him it's reading time, he's as likely to pick it up as he is whatever current YA fantasy or middle grade boy-who-gets-into-trouble-but-he's-really-a-great-kid book he's currently reading.

I watched a few times as he pulled the NIV Boys Bible out of his backpack, turned to a few pages and read them.  His initiative.  One day, he said, "I read from Genesis today, about creation."

"And what did you learn?"

We proceeded to discuss what he'd learned from reading the Bible for himself versus what he knew from church, from Daddy and I telling him or thought he knew from who knows what sources.

He's a natural reader, so it's not uncommon to see him with his head buried in a book.  (He comes by it honest, gets it from his momma.)  Seeing his head buried in God's Word warms my heart.

Aside from being written on a level young boys can comprehend, the NIV Boys Bible has age-appropriate factoids, discussion questions and other resources, things a parent will appreciate and that hopefully keep the boys interested.

But what matters most is that the boy is reading it.

The NIV Boys Bible is a keeper.

Peace & Blessings,


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