Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Book Review :: Adventure Bible Book of Devotions, NIV

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The Adventure Bible Book of Devotions (NIV) is a children's devotional that seems to be geared toward the "tween" ages. The pages are typical book pages (uncoated paper, greyscale).

There are 365 devotions (one for each day of the year...unless it is a leap year). The pages have the dates on them (ex: January 1) and the Contents section lists the devotions by month, with each month's devotions numbered (1, 2, 3...). There is an additional Topic Index and Scripture Index at the back of the book.

Each devotion is short - just one page. Each devotion has a title, verse, short story (not from the Bible), lesson to learn from the story (one short paragraph), and a little bonus piece at the bottom of the page (People In Bible Times, Words to Treasure (additional verse), Life In Bible Times, Did You Know?, Live It!).

We do not own the Adventure Bible, so I cannot comment on how it compares to that, but we do have the Adventure Bible Storybook Deluxe Edition - you can find my review on that here.

I must admit that The Adventure Bible Book of Devotions didn't quite live up to what I was expecting. There is "adventure" in the short story on each page, but too often it feels like the story and the lesson to be learned were disconnected. Many of the stories feel like they have nothing directly to do with the moral lesson that is supposed to be taught, but they could have easily been brought together with a little more discussion. The underlying idea was there - I am just not sure this was executed as well as it could have been. Still, I feel like my kids will enjoy reading this and I do think that they will grow and learn from it.
FTC Declaration: The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy. This does not change the fact that I will give my honest opinion in my reviews.

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