The Jesus Bible – New International Version (NIV)

The description says (in part) that “Jesus isn’t just found in the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. His presence can be felt throughout the whole Bible, even in Genesis.”  This is so very true, and what a great idea for a Bible for kids!

Specifically geared towards kids who are 9-12 (although I think it could easily be used for younger kids as well), what makes this Bible especially unique is the fact that it includes 365 devotional readings.  I expected them to be maybe a few sentences or a couple paragraphs, but each of the devotions is a full page.  That’s some serious space dedicated to the devotions!  It makes the Bible much thicker than others, but what a great reason!  This Bible uses multiple colors, and even different fonts, to make the various sections stand out from the text of the Bible itself.  The whole layout of the Bible helps you see Jesus in every book, something that I feel is really special.  As a child, I don’t remember learning about how Jesus was in each book.  I remember learning about how God was talked about, but not Jesus and how to see Him through all that we read or learned about.  Jesus was talked about in the New Testament, but not in anything else.  (For those who may be concerned about me, I do completely understand that God and Jesus are the same person, but I think it’s pretty neat that this version of the Bible doesn’t just show Jesus in the New Testament, but gives devotions that help you see where Jesus was at in the Old Testament too.)

There are all sorts of charts, checklists (a list of parables that Jesus taught, for example), an index of the devotions (so you can check them off as you do them!), and various maps at the end.  It’s a great Bible to get for kids, to help them see how the Bible isn’t two separate parts – talking about God in the Old Testament and Jesus in the New Testament, but it’s one story that all shows you the same person.  Not different people, but the same person.  That is pretty doggone cool, especially in a Bible for kids.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, in exchange for my honest review.  I was in no way required to write anything positive – the thoughts and opinions expressed here are completely my own.


The Jesus Bible Cover


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