Friday, March 3, 2017

NIV The Plans I Have For You Holy Bible Book Review

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. —Jeremiah 29:11
God has great plans for you. It’s true. The Plans I Have for You Holy Bible will inspire readers to dream about their future and to trust that God has great plans for each and every one of us.
The features of this latest addition to The Plans I Have for You collection include:
  • Introduction from author Amy Parker
  • 50 God’s Big Plans pages tell how God had big plans for individuals in the Bible and his people as a whole, for example, Moses, Noah, Jonah, Esther, and YOU!
  • 25 Promise Prayers pages focus on children asking God to help them fulfill his plans for them.
  • 100 highlighted verses, including God’s promises as well as hopeful and uplifting verses
  • Presentation Page
  • Index to features
  • Index of highlighted verses
  • Lively two-color art from Vanessa Brantley Newton, illustrator of The Plans I Have for You picture book
My Thoughts:

There are so many Bibles out there that it’s almost hard to figure out which one to get. Zonderkidz latest kids Bible has notes written by Amy Parker who has written many children’s books. The Bible is intended for 8-12 year olds

This is a hardcover Bible with 1,229 pages. The pages in the Bible seem to be a bit thicker than the average Bible.

At the start of each book of the Bible it does not contain an introduction to the books of the Bible which typically seems to be the normative for this size of a Bible.

There are some illustrations throughout the Bible in a blue ink tone. They are actually very nice illustrations form Vanessa Brantley Newton. The cover has a colorful illustration of kids flying kites.

Throughout the Bible there are 50 pages devoted to God’s Big Plans for you that give examples using individuals from the Word like Moses, Esther, and even make it more personal by using you. Some of the topics include: Rules for Life, Shake the Dust Off, I’ve Given you a Purpose, and Go!. The topics vary and cover different topics.

25 Promise Prayers are prayers that you can pray. One is God’s Purpose based off of 2 Timothy 1:9 The pray being paraphrased much by me is saying,” God I’m not worthy to be included in your plans. But, your grace, your perfect plan makes me worthy. Thanking God for His gift of grace and purpose.

Scattered throughout the page are 100 highlighted scripture verses that are centered on God’s purpose in your life. There is a Scripture Index in the Bible to find the ones that are highlighted.

The back of the Bible has a Table of weights and measures. Then it’s followed by the Scripture Index which I explained already. Finally, there is the Index to Promise Prayers.

 I asked my son who is 11 what he thought about this Bible. His first thought was that he didn’t care for the Bible cover as it would make him feel like a younger kid. He didn’t mind the illustrations on the inside and he likes illustrations in a Bible. He noticed that there wasn’t an introduction to the books either. He likes being able to read the historical aspects prior to reading a book in the word. He also wasn’t thrilled it didn’t have a book mark, or maps.  He told me this would be great if it had an option of different covers for the kids who are on the older end. He likes having a book mark ribbon that is attached to the Bible so he won’t lose it. Then he likes looking up maps to have a visual aid of certain events.

I have to agree with my son with what he thinks. I would add one other thing and that is to make the words of our Lord and Savior in red. I think it’s so important to highlight His Words for our young kids reading God’s Word.

The NIV is great for this age range and even some of the study notes in this Bible are great. I think it could be better if it had a few other options. I’m not reviewing God’s Word as it is perfect just the odds and ends that are added to this Bible.

I have mixed feelings about this Bible as I see potential I just don’t think it’s the best one I have seen for kids in this age range.  For some this may be a good fit so don’t just take my word for it and look at other reviews. Go to your local Christian book store and see if this is something you feel would work for your kids.

I received a free copy of this product from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this information accordance with the FTC Regulations.

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