Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Big Dreams Big Prayers NIV Bible

Big Dreams Big Prayers NIV Bible
Ages: 9-12
Price: $29.99

From Zondervan's Website:
The Big Dreams, Big Prayers Bible for Kids, NIV includes the complete New International Version (NIV) of the Bible along with devotions, prayers, and highlighted verses to help kids pray and listen for God's answers to their prayers.  Features include:
 *Presentation page for personalization and gift giving.
 *Devotions about people who prayed and listened to God such as Abraham, Hannah and Job.
 * The Lord's Prayer explained for kids.
 * The "hand" prayer model to help kids remember to pray for others and themselves.
 * Highlighted verses great for memorization and meditation.
 * Book introductions explain what each book of the Bible is about.
 *Prayer journaling pages with space to record personal prayers and answers to prayer.
 * Reading plans
 *Complete text of the New International Version (NIV)

This full text, full featured Bible is focused on guiding readers in prayer. It includes lessons on how to pray, examples of prayer found in the Bible, journaling prompts that help readers plan their prayer list, and more.

I LOVE this Bible...I love that it is an NIV and NOT AN NIrV.  NIV just seems to fit in with the things my children need a BIble for...

I LOVE that it is not girly or childish.  The colors are appealing to a wide range of people.  The color continues through the Bible with a few color pages inserted in the text.

I REALLY LOVE that this Bible has a prayer focus and that will be what I spend my time pointing out.

First, throughout the text, there are verses highlighted.  I have not looked at every verse that is highlighted, but the ones I have seen seem to be verses that you can pray.  I love that this Bible pulls some of those out and shows us that we can pray these same words.  Not only that, but it shows our children examples of what prayer looks like.

Then, there are over 50 devotions sprinkled throughout the text, so you child can read it and think on that.  These also seem to be prayer focused

There is a How to Use This Bible page that also explains how to find particular verses and what all those numbers mean.  I think that is VERY helpful!

The Lord's Prayer page gives an overall explanation, but I would have liked it to also go phrase by phrase.

My favorite inserted page is the Hand Prayer page...this gives a simple guide that is easy to remember to guide your child in prayer.  Praying for people close to you, those who point the way, those in authority and more.

There are also three different reading plans.  I think this is wonderful...especially for children who are new to the Bible.  When I became a Christian, I thought Sampson and Delilah was a love story...I knew NOTHING about the Bible...I started with Children's Bibles to get

 a feel for what the Bible was about.  The reading plans seem to start with an overview, then delve a little deeper each cycle through.

There is also a few prayer journal pages in the back.  I think it would be better to have a separate book to write prayers in...there are only a few pages with not much room to write.

Overall though, I love this Bible! It is such a great fit for our family!

I received this Bible in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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