Title: NIV Investigator’s Holy Bible
Cover & Interior Designer: Jamie DeBruyn
Cover & Interior Illustrator: Peter Francis
“We need to learn that living for Jesus is like when an athlete is running a race,” part of the Case Closed section states at the end of Philippians in the NIV Investigator’s Holy Bible.
~ What ~
This 1,792-page hardbound targets children ages six to ten years old who want a somewhat comprehensive study of the books of the Bible with an investigative angle. With the aid of two kids and their dog, the New International Version of the Bible includes detective skills to teach young ones about its contents. The beginning has an introduction, preface, and table of contents, while the ending includes a table of weights and measures, index of added features, concordance, and maps.
In this Bible, Mateo and Isabella with their dog, Clooney, put their detective skills to work by their highlighted inserts with illustrations titled The Evidence, Breakthrough, The Witnesses, The Scene, Check the Facts, and Case Closed in conjunction with the passages in Scriptures. At the beginning of each book, there are answers to who wrote it, what happens, and favorite parts. Added throughout the pages are word or action explanations, meanings and history of characters, location descriptions, and one-question quizzes. Each book’s ending includes a summary and how to be a better Christian.
~ Why ~
Containing many interesting facts and features about the Word of God, this book will capture any child’s investigative interests. For example, Esther has notes at the beginning stating no one knows for sure who wrote it about 470 years before Christ. The witnesses mentioned are Xerxes, Mordecai, and Esther, and the scenes are set in Susa, Persia, and Cush. Breakthrough words described are myrrh, Tebeth, Nisan, signet ring, edict, sackcloth, ashes on the head, fasting, scepter, Sivan, Adar, and Purim. The fact question involves what is celebrated during the Purim Festival. When the case closes, it reminds the reader that God always stays with us.
~ Why Not ~
For those who want nothing to do with learning about the Holy Bible, this would not be a good choice. Some may not care for the Bible version used. The paper used is thin, so the print bleeds through a little.
~ Who ~
No information is provided about the author and illustrator of the added selections.
~ Wish ~
I wish all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.
~ Want ~
If your first to sixth grader is looking for a NIV Bible that is fun and exciting to read with its added sleuthing information, this is an excellent choice.
Thanks to Zonderkidz for this complimentary book that I am freely evaluating.
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