Wednesday, September 4, 2013

NIV College Devotional Bible - book review

I think I just need to admit it that I am a Bible collector. I have a hard time passing up on a new version of the Bible. I don't always read them but I enjoy having them around. I guess I'm just still searching for the perfect one. So when Booksneeze started offering Bibles to review again, I got very excited. I have learned that I do not like reading the King James Version. Which is why I chose the NIV College. Not that I'm in college or that I'm going back to college or that my kids are anywhere old enough to be in college. I guess I was just curious what the editor believed would be pertinent specifically to college age students.
 I was a little excited when I saw this list of features offered:
  • 222 school-year devotions with daily insights and applications on relevant topics
  • Devotions use a unique storytelling approach to connect God’s Word with your real-life questions, struggles, and decisions as a student
  • A practical reading plan that helps you stay connected to God during the 9 months of school each year
  • Quick-start guide shows you how to get the most out of reading the Bible
  • Subject index for looking up topics of interest
  • Complete text of the clear, accessible NIV Bible
The devotionals are thought provoking. The real life stories connected to the Bible stories has always been helpful when studying through the Bible because you can see it working today. The questions weren't always quick answers, I really had to give some thought to some of them and even was a little afraid to write down the answers to a few...don't want to admit certain things to myself yet...which means I need to do more studying and growing.

I really enjoyed the introduction where the editor explained how this version came to be through all the years of translations. That was something that I have not read much about yet. It really helped you to see that just because the language changes a little, the meaning behind it is still the same.

I do have to say that as much as I've enjoyed this Bible, I don't see how it's specific to college age people. Well....I guess everyone over 18 is a typical college age student. But if the editor was trying to be specific to the just out of high school trying to find their way crowd, I didn't see it.

It's a wonderful Bible with thought provoking devotionals included. Just don't feel the need to get it for your college age student because of the title. Get it for yourself if you would like a new Bible with lots of devotions and other extras.The print is easy to read and the devotions aren't a distraction from the Bible itself.

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