Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Book Review :: NIrV Kids' Devotional Bible, Hardcover

The NIrV Kids' Devotional Bible is both a Bible and devotional in one. (I received the hardcover edition to review, but it is also available in imitation leather.)
At the front of the NIrV Kids' Devotional Bible is a presentation page, Table of Contents, "How To Use Your Devotional Bible", and "A Word About the NIrV". The text of the NIrV Kids' Devotional Bible is laid out in two columns per page, with all black text (including the words of Christ). This is the NIrV version of the Bible (© 1995, 1996, 1998, 2014). Each book of the Bible is preceded by a short introduction (a paragraph or two). 
Extra "Got It!" devotions are found at the end of many of the books of the Bible.
At the back is a Dictionary and a "Subject Guide" (referencing the topics discussed in the devotions). 

The NIrV Kids' Devotional Bible contains devotionals to read: one per day during the week and one on the weekend, enough for a full year.
The general format of the devotions is:
- a verse (written out) plus a reference to read for the day (weekend devotions have verses for both Saturday and Sunday)
- a short devotion
- a prompt ("Ask Yourself" for weekday devotions) or prompts ("Some Things to Think About" and "Some Things to Do" for the weekend devotions)
- a check box ("I Have Read This Devotion")
- a note telling you where to find the next devotion and where to read more about the current devotion's topic
What I found extra exciting about the NIrV Kids' Devotional Bible (on top of the other things previously mentioned) is the cute line art. As someone who loves Bible art & journaling, I automatically saw an opportunity for this to be used as an introduction to Bible art for kids (like a coloring book) as well. Although the devotional artwork is repeated throughout (Monday's devotions always feature the image of a sun, Tuesday's devotions always feature the paint palette image, etc.), and the book artwork has several images that are repeated, I find this to be a good "dip" into the Bible art waters.
The NIrV Kids' Devotional Bible immediately gained my interest (and the interest of my children), and I think it is a great value for a kids' Bible.
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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