Thursday, February 2, 2012

Grow Bible (Review)

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We recently received the Grow! Bible, published by Crossway Books, to review. This ESV Bible is great for older elementary or middle school aged children. It includes the complete ESV Bible translation in a font size that is easy to read. (Emily has a student Bible by another publisher that has much smaller print. She immediately noticed the difference and likes this one better.)

The Grow! Bible is packed with useful “helps” for children. Most pages have one or more “what,” “where,” “why,” or “who” questions that explain the text or culture.  Here is an example:

Where was Eden?  No one knows for certain, but it may have been in the area of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. After the flood, the geographical landmarks were no longer as they had been. (Gen. 2:10)

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The Grow! Bible also includes “4U” and “Cross Connection” readings that help the reader relate the Bible to his or her personal life, articles and charts, timelines, and maps. I think that all of these helps are engaging and useful for children, helping them to better understand scripture at their level.

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Emily says,

“I love this nice Bible!! It gives better explanations  than some of my other Bibles that I have.  I now have a collection of nine Bibles! One thing I like to do with all of those bibles is look up a verse then compare that verse to the other verses in my other Bibles! This Bible explains so much that I haven’t understood in my other Bibles! Like now I know what the name Joshua means, God is my salvation, is what it means by the way.”

I think that children will enjoy and be motivated to read this colorful Bible. I wish I’d had something like this when I was was a child!

5/5 Stars StarStarStarStarStar

Thank you to Crossway Books for providing me with a free copy of this Bible to review. All opinions are my own.

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