Book Review: The FaithGirlz Bible
Initial Thoughts: I decided to review the NKJV FaithGirlz Bible because I wanted to see if it was something young girls like my daughter might like. Not only do I think that they would like it, but I also personally enjoyed looking through this Bible. The colorful "girly" pages with occasional splashes of pretty light pink, purple, or fuchsia were fun. Pretty illustrations of birds and flowers added to the "girly" feel. More importantly, numerous sidebars/commentary sections throughout the Bible helped draw me in to the text and also had me evaluating my own walk with God.
To be honest, I took a quick look through this Bible when it first arrived at my doorstep and wasn't too impressed. I wanted to see more study notes and more commentary notes per page. However, as I really began to pore over the pages, I found that there are lots of treasures there for young girls seeking to know more about the Bible and wanting to grow in their own personal relationship with the Lord. I was also happy to see that the notes in here stand alone apart from the characters in the editor's fictional books. I wasn't sure if there would be references to Nancy Rue's characters or not, but she did not bring in any references to her characters. This Bible appears to be a great resource for girls ages 8-12 seeking to grow in their biblical knowledge and their walk with the Lord. The commentary definitely helps them make the truths in the Word theirs...personally theirs. I love it!
There are several different types of sidebars throughout this Bible. One category is "Oh, I get it!" I really like the commentary notes for these. Using biblical, historical, and cultural knowledge, the author adds to the reader's understanding by providing additional explanations. While I loved the explanations these sections provided, I was bothered by the lowercase letters used in the heading. I think correct capitalization can be used here, but the other way looks "cute" apparently. Additionally, some of the theology in these sections may possibly be a little off. Comments are made in the "Oh, I get it!" for Genesis chapter five that imply that Methuselah's age wasn't necessarily accurately recorded; it could have been another way of saying he lived for a very long time. So, it appears as if the editor is interpreting biblical details as not being literal. So, please be mindful of this if you purchase this Bible. There may be other similar comments, although I didn't necessarily notice any.
Another sidebar section is the little "Treasure This" squares found throughout the Bible. Each "Treasure This" section contains a Bible verse. I could see asking a young girl to go through her Bible to pick out "Treasure This" sections to memorize and hide in her heart.
"In Your Own Words" asks the reader to read a certain passage. Then, it provides a summary for the reader, asks the reader to read another passage, and then asks the reader to write her own summary (or "recap") of the second section. The sidebar ends with a biblical exhortation. For example, one section related to the book of Ruth says "Always do God's will to the best of your ability; you never know who may be watching."
There are also "Bring it On" sections which are short and quick questions that get the reader to evaluate her relationship and response to God. Depending upon her answer, she is directed to read a certain biblical passage directly related to her answer. What a great idea! These personal little quizzes are apparently meant to encourage the reader in her personal walk with God.
Additionally, there are "Is There a Little__________in You?" sections which mention a biblical character, his/her traits, and how those traits relate to the reader's life.
"Dream Girl" sections help the reader envision herself in the biblical story she is reading by addressing the reader as if she was in that time period or part of that particular biblical story. For example, in the book of Mark, a "Dream Girl" section explains what the reader, who is assumed to be in the garden of Gethsemane with Jesus right before he was betrayed by Judas, would be thinking and feeling. Although definitely fictional, I think these sections help the reader envision the realities of the biblical account and view it more personally.
Finally, book introductions provide a highlight of the main topics and personal application.
I definitely recommend this Bible for young tweens! This is a great resource for girls to draw closer to God and make their walk with Him their own.
4 out of 5 stars
Bestselling Faithgirlz Bible now available in the New King James version!
Every girl wants to know she’s totally unique and special. This Bible says that with Faithgirlz sparkle. Through the many in-text features found only in the Faithgirlz Bible, girls will grow closer to God as they discover the journey of a lifetime.
Features include: * Book introductions—Read about the who, when, where, and what of each book * Dream Girl—Use your imagination to put yourself in the story * Bring It On!—Take quizzes to really get to know yourself * Is There a Little (Eve, Ruth, Isaiah) in You?—See for yourself what you have in common * Words to Live By—Check out these Bible verses that are great for memorizing * What Happens Next?—Create a list of events to tell a Bible story in your own words * Oh, I Get It!—Find answers to Bible questions you've wondered about The complete New King James Version (NKJV) translation Features written by bestselling author Nancy Rue
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