Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Book Review :: Plush Bible Collection, NIrV

This week I am reviewing a variety of Bibles here on my blog, and today's review is from the Plush Bible Collection from Zondervan. I will also be reviewing the Plush Bible (NIV) in Purple Zebra, but this review is focused on the Plush Bible (NIrV) in Pink Sparkle
The Plush Bible Collection is a party on the outside, but business on the inside. The Plush Bible (NIrV) in Pink Sparkle has a bright pink, fuzzy fabric with silver sparkles on a padded hardcover. (The sparkles do not easily flake off and the fuzz does not easily shed - this seems like a cover that will wear well.) Inside, there is a decorative presentation page. 
The NIrV is a simplified version of the NIV, written at approximately a 3rd grade reading level. The NIrV is composed of smaller, easy-to-understand words in shorter sentences than the traditional NIV. 

The Plush Bible (NIrV) in Pink Sparkle has all black text (including headings and the words of Christ), laid out in two columns. The text is standard size - not large, but not extra small. There are no study notes or footnotes in the Plush Bible (NIrV) in Pink Sparkle, just strictly Bible text. There are no maps like you might find in many Bibles. 

Within the text, quotes from other places in the Bible are cited directly (in parenthesis) after the quote. (Example: John 3:3 has a quote from Isaiah 40:3.) 

At the back of the Plush Bible (NIrV) in Pink Sparkle are two study helps: a 5-page dictionary (words & definitions, but no verse references) and lists compiling 92 "Great Bible Stories" (with verse references). The "Great Bible Stories" lists would be great to use for monthly reading plans. 

The Plush Bible (NIrV) in Pink Sparkle has the basics you need, wrapped up in a pretty cover. I think any girly-girl would love to receive this Bible. 
FTC Declaration: The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. This does not change the fact that I will give my honest opinion in my reviews.

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