July 11, 2014

Reviewing "Teen Study Bible, NIV"

The "Teen Study Bible, NIV" was edited by Lawrence O. Richards and Sue W. Richards and would be a good resource for the older teens in your life.  Containing many special features, I think this Study Bible would be a helpful supplement to your Teen's Bible collection. I am a fan of having several translations of the Bible, as well as some good Bible commentaries and Study Bibles. As you are reading through your chosen version of the Bible, if you come upon a verse or collection of verses that seems confusing, it really helps to have different versions to compare. 
In this case, this Study Bible has a lot of supplemental discussion sidebars.  The "Instant Access" sections apply certain verses to the life of a teen, and help them see how what has been written relates to their daily lives. The "Dear Jordan" sections are kind of like Biblical "Dear Abby" letters, in which teen ask questions about specific problems relating to their faith that they may be facing in their lives and get advice from the editors.   Each book of the Bible also has a nice introduction section which highlights key themes and previews the major events in that particular book via bullet points.  This would be very helpful to those of us who aren't teens as well.  There are Q & A sections that test your knowledge of Bible trivia and pop out sections of text called Bible Promises which highlight important verses that would be good to memorize. 
All in all, this has the makings of a great Study Bible for teens. As usual, use your own judgment when purchasing this for your teen. Some of the "Dear Jordan" sections may be a little on the mature side for a 13 year old, but would be perfect for your 15 or 16 year old.  

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