Friday, March 25, 2016

Book Review :: Under The Sea Holy Bible, NIrV

The Under the Sea Holy Bible, NIrV is a new hardcover Bible from Zondervan/Zonderkidz. The hardcover has a shiny foil background with a few light glitter glue accents. 

The Under the Sea Holy Bible, NIrV is the New International Reader's Version (NIrV) version of the Bible. 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 Under the Sea Holy Bible, NIrV 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 Under the Sea Holy Bible, NIrV, just strictly Bible text.

At the back of the Under the Sea Holy Bible, NIrV 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 "flair" of the Under the Sea Holy Bible, NIrV comes in with the full-color pages that are placed throughout the Bible. (The pages are a bit thicker than the text pages.) At the beginning of the Under the Sea Holy Bible, NIrV is an insert containing the presentation page backed with a "Books of the Bible" page. The "Books of the Bible" spread shows all of the books of the Bible, including their category (Law, History, Poetry, Gospels, Letters, etc.). 

There are three other full-color (front and back) pages inserted throughout the text in the Under the Sea Holy Bible, NIrV. Here are the topics covered in the inserts:
- Prayer Is...
- The Lord's Prayer
- Ten Commandments For Kids (Based on Exodus 20:1-17 and Deuteronomy 5:7-21)
- Love Passage For Kids (Based on 1 Corinthians 13)
- Famous Children Of The Bible
- The ABCs Of Becoming A Christian

The Under the Sea Holy Bible, NIrV has the basics you need, with a couple extras that will draw in your ocean-loving children.
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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