To be totally honest I have mixed feelings about the iShine Bible NLT , So let me start with what I like about it and move to the my hesitations.
What I really like about this Bible. The design on the guys Bible is one of the best I have ever seen. The size and feel are perfect. There are a few sections at the front of the Bible that are really good, especially the topical index that deals with real “tween” issues with a selection of Scripture. I really enjoyed the interactive sections of the Bible where kids can log onto the internet and see a 2 minute video and music video relating to the topic covered in that section (sadly there are only 3 sections). This Bible actually hits the nail on the head when it comes to interacting with “tweens.”
So then what causes me to pause when it comes to reviewing this Bible? I guess it really all has to do with the way it’s presented. In my opinion it’s a very clearly market driven Bible. It accents all the wrong things. If you want your kid to feel good about owning a Bible I think all that stuff that comes along with this one will do the trick. If you want them to actually start read it, you will have to dig to find the helps. If you are looking for a good Bible to get your daughter, I’m more a fan of the Girls Life Application Bible, I haven’t found anything great for guys yet.
If you are looking to put a Bible in the hands of a pre-teen/ early teen who is already into reading the Bible, the ishine Bible will be a good fit. The retail price of the ishine Bible is $19.99 (imitation leather), and is available around the web in places like Amazon.com for $15.59. I gave it three stars.
My hope is that the publishers will take the interactive features and amplify them with sections like, “How to read the Bible,” “Putting God’s word to Practice,” etc…
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