What follows is a review of the NIV Boys Bible, but I’d like to take a moment to talk about the NIV in general if I may.
The NIV bible is one of the most prolific translations out there right now, and while it’s had its share of controversy over the politically correct changes that were made in the most recent editions, those making the charges against it make the mistake of forgetting the entire purpose of scripture that Jesus lays out in John 5:39:
“Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.”
It’s all about coming to Jesus, not about the Bible or the translation of the Bible that leads you there. My first Bible after coming to Christ was an NIV, and it’s still my preferred Bible even though it’s falling to pieces. Of course at this point, I’ve read through and use all the different versions. I even used the KJV above for the Bible Nazis out there. My point is that while there is only one way to the Father, Jesus Christ, I’ve heard countless testimonies of the different ways people have come to know Jesus, including by reading the NIV Bible.
That said, the NIV Boys Bible for younger boys is a fantastic way to get boys engaged with the Bible, and seeking Jesus.
It has several different commentaries throughout that help to engage the young male reader:
Book Introductions: A quick look at the author, setting, and background of each book.
What’s the Big Deal?: Find out who’s who, what’s what, and how they connect to God.
Makin’ It Real: What does this part of the Bible mean for you today?
Check It Out: Fun facts and trivia from the life and times of the Old and New Testament.
Words to Live By: Key memory verses
And finally my all time favorite:
Grossology: If it oozes, bleeds, smells, or makes your spine tingle, it’s in the Bible. God didn’t avoid the messy parts of life. He left them in, so get ready to squirm.
All in all I thought the NIV Boys Bible is a great tool for the young reader. The only downside to the edition is the bulk of it. In an age of cell phones and tablets, I’m not sure that a hard-back Bible that’s two inches thick is going to be all that popular with the younger crowd.
Just my thoughts.
I received this book free from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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