Title: NIV The Plans I Have for You Holy Bible
Notes by: Amy Parker
Illustrator: Vanessa Brantley-Newton
“Think about some of God’s instructions that you’ve already learned. Are you following them?” Amy Parker asks in one of the God’s Big Plans inserts that are included in the book, NIV The Plans I Have for You Holy Bible.
~ What ~
This twelve-hundred-and-forty-eight-page hardbound targets children eight to twelve-year-olds looking for a Bible to call their own (third-to-seventh grade reading level recommended). Using the New International Version of the Holy Bible, it has fifty added pages of God’s Plan, twenty-five Promise Prayers, and one hundred purple highlighted verses of encouragement. Being the Word of God with some frightening and scary situations, some young children should be cautioned. It would best be read out loud to beginner readers due to some of the complicated three syllable words.
While this is the NIV Bible, included on the added pages are many purple-and-white cartoon-like illustrations. The topics are spread between the Testaments with most of them in the second half. Some articles of God’s plans include Teamwork Builds the Tabernacle, Kid David, Jonah’s Plan, He is Here, Washing Feet, What is Eternal, and God’s Instruction Manual. The prayers are about God watching or near, how to trust in Him, walk humbly, or keeping watch to name a few.
~ Why ~
Every child should have a Bible. For children who are seeking how to incorporate the Scriptures and God into their daily walk with prayers, this focuses on a personal relationship with Him. I like that verses are highlighted.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not believe in God may not be interested in the Holy Bible. Some children may prefer a different Bible version. Boys may not like the purple designs or highlighting.
~ Who ~
An author of over thirty books for children, teens, and adults, Parker has collaborated with other writers including her son. She is a wife and mother to two sons. Illustrator Brantley-Newton lives in North Carolina with her husband and daughter and is also a doll maker and crafter.
~ Wish ~
I wish more plans and prayers were included and that the Old Testament had more highlighted verses. Having all pronouns of God capitalized for reverence would be thoughtful.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a children’s Bible that includes occasional devotions, prayers, and highlighted verses, this may be a good choice.
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