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I was recently leading out in 8yo Miss Esmé’s class at church. After a game of fruit basket upset, the topic of discussion: how leaving your Bible on your bedstand doesn’t help you, just like a bowl of fruit on the counter doesn’t help you. You have to eat it, get it inside of you regularly, to get the benefit.
So I showed the kids copies of various Bibles we’ve used over the years. Picture Bible. Toddler Bible. Preschool Bible. Early Reader Bible. We’ve graduated to a full-text Bible with pictures.
Every age – every stage – so different. While the truths remain the same, the needs are different. How can I encourage my daughter to keep internalizing these truths at each stage? To realize how they apply to her life right here and now?
I know this: at each stage, I want something in her hand that she can personalize and make her own; something that compels her to pick it up each day. And I’ve found the perfect option for her teen years.
Synopsis of Book
The NIV Bible for Teen Girls, designed specifically for girls ages 13 to 18, is for real teenage girls with real lives. Packed with daily readings, highlighted promises of God, challenging insights, smart advice, and open discussion about the realities of life, this Bible is designed to help teen girls grow in faith, hope, and love. The NIV Bible for Teen Girls is as sincere about your walk with God as you are, helping you discover his will for all areas of your life, including relating to your family, dealing with friends, work, sports, guys, and so much more.
- Daily readings for teen girls by popular Christian female authors (Annie Downs, Bekah Hamrick Martin, Christine Caine, Crystal Kirgiss, Bethany Hamilton, Nicole Weider, Elsa Kok Colopy, Denise Van Eck and more)
- Character profiles of women in the Bible
- Book introductions for each book of the Bible
- Highlighted promises of God: verses worth remembering
- A concordance for help in finding verses
- The complete text of the bestselling New International Version (NIV) of the Bible
Genre: Christian teen
Physical Description: Hardcover, 1728
List Price: $29.99
To Buy: http://www.zondervan.com/niv-bible-for-teen-girls-2
Appearance. This is the first thing we looked at. Esmé’s been a bit critical of appearance on other Bibles in the past; they look boring or masculine. Right away we both fell in love with this one. It is feminine without being too little girly. A teal and pink cover, with pink highlights and headings throughout the text, the graphic design gives it an “older girl” feel.
It also feels “practical.” The type of thing one could throw in a backpack or overnight bag without stressing about damaging the pages. Something to personalize with highlighters and notes on the devotionals. It’s not an heirloom Bible, but rather meant for a very specific timespan.
Daily Readings. I want a Bible that compels my daughter to pick it up each day. The daily readings are interspersed at appropriate locations throughout the Bible, so even if the reading was her main focus for picking it up in the morning, she is instantly immersed in all the surrounding text.
The readings are written by Christian female authors and address different topics teens might be dealing with, all in context of a nearby Bible passage. I shared some of these with Esmé for purposes of the review, but she was adamant that this would be a Bible for her to receive on her 12th birthday, and based on the topics, I agree that would be about the right age for her to start.
Topical Index. The index of daily reading topics is one of my favorite features. You can look up a topic like “Fashion,” or “Fakers” or “God’s Call,” or “Dieting,” and go straight to a daily reading with applicable Bible passage. I envision using this myself if I get pulled into teen drama…
Women of the Bible. Another favorite feature is the character profile of women at various points in the Bible. The author does a good job of describing the women, providing Bible passages for further reading, and, my favorite part, sharing lessons from their lives that are applicable to women (including teens) today.
Book Summaries. Each book of the Bible begins with an approximate date of book, list of characters, familiar verse, and summary. I like how the summary ties the old to the modern, for instance, in the summary of Galatians: “Like using ‘ALL CAPS’ to make a point, Paul even took the pen from his scribe and wrote the end of the letter himself in large letters.”
Version. This is the popular New International Version that I personally grew up with. It has its critics and deserved critiques, but as a whole I found it highly readable and beneficial.
Concordance. It has an NIV concordance in the back, and I think this is one of the most important features of a practical Bible. If you’re taking it with you to studies or just wanting to remember where a favorite passage was found, this tool is invaluable.
Highlighted Texts. It’s like a friend has personalized the Bible to grab the reader’s attention to God’s promises throughout.
I’m excited about having this resource for Esmé to use in her teen years, and I pray it will change her life as she internalizes His Word.
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