Tuesday, January 29, 2013

English Standard Version Grow! Bible

The English Standard Version Grow! Bible is a simple, straightforward, "grown-up" Bible.  Printed in blues and browns, it would be a perfect choice for boys who need a complete Bible, but aren't ready for a study Bible yet.

Like many Bibles for the eight-to-twelve set, the Grow! Bible is full of helpful features. It includes a "WH-question" on nearly every page (who, what, when, where, why and how). Personal application notes are highlighted in the "4U" sections. "Cross Connections" in the Old and New Testaments explain how a passage relates to Christ's life, death and resurrection. The Grow! Bible also includes lots of charts, maps, articles and timelines. A glossary at the back and introductions to each book of the Bible help readers to understand biblical passages better.

The English Standard Version is a translation of the Bible that focuses on literal, word-for-word translation, instead of a thought-for-thought translation focused on modern language (like the New International Version). Many readers won't notice a difference, but it may be a good idea to check which version your church (or children's department) uses, if your child is planning to bring the Bible to church.

What I Like:  I like the helpful features. They are full of biblical and historical information, but they shy away from imagining modern scenarios. The "4U" sections may talk about principles, like sin and forgiveness, or a relatively universal experience, such as being called a name, but they leave out details. This helps readers be able to personalize the message of the Bible for their own lives.

I like the blue and brown color scheme for boys. The Bible definitely looks and feels "grown-up."

I especially like the salvation outline found right before the book of Revelation.

What I Dislike:  I wish the Bible printed the words of Jesus in red. Also, the format and cover are relatively simple, and may not appeal to boys on the younger end of the age range as much as some other Bibles on the market. However, the Grow! Bible isn't likely to be outgrown as quickly, either.

Overall Rating:  Very Good

Age Appeal: 8-12

Publisher Info: Crossway, 2001,2011; ISBN: 978-1-4335-2874-3; Hardcover, 1569 pages, $27.99

Buy it Now at Christianbook.com for $17.99
OR Buy it at Amazon.com for $18.47.

Special Notes: The Grow! Bible is available from the publisher in cases of twelve, at a discounted price.

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