Title: NIrV Adventure Bible Book of Devotions for Early Readers: Polar Exploration Edition
“From the artwork, biblical truths, and hands-on activities, you will have a polar adventure,” the introduction states on Zonderkidz’s book, NIrV Adventure Bible Book of Devotions for Early Readers: Polar Exploration Edition: 365 Days of Adventure.
~ What ~
At three-hundred-and-eighty-four pages, this hardbound targets children ages six to ten years old who want a daily devotional regarding the Bible with a polar twist. The New International Reader’s Version is used. A Scripture and topical index complete the book.
With three-hundred-and-sixty-five devotionals, each numbered page has a title and written-out Bible verse or two followed by a short adventure story, usually asking a question first, followed by a few paragraphs regarding how the topic correlates to God and His Word. There are repeated illustrations of polar animals and artic scenery throughout the pages. The ending has a prayer, challenge, or activity.
~ Why ~
Emphasizing the Word of God to be read daily, this devotional for young ones is an ideal way to stimulate day-to-day reading. Although most of the stories have nothing to do with polar subjects, they draw the reader in, hopefully engaging them to read about knowing God better. I appreciate the included suggested activities and prayers.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may not understand the purpose of reading a daily devotional over a year. Some may wonder how the written topics do not contain any expedition subjects yet have repetitive polar animals, arctic outposts, and icy landscape illustrations on the pages. Young readers may struggle with the two- and three-syllable words.
~ Wish ~
One suggestion I have is to include more stories that are already in God’s Word. This may not stimulate a young reader, but it would be more of a devotional about knowing God more. With nothing to do with a written polar exploration, I see no connection between it and the devotions yet appreciate its focus on Jesus. I wish all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.
~ Want ~
If your early elementary school-age child wants a daily devotion that will draw them closer to the Lord, this would be acceptable, but there is little correlation to polar events or cold-climate animals (which are rarely mentioned in the Bible). Often I feel the devotions could have included polar ideas or appropriate designs to match the day’s content (example #313 titled God’s Wings is about flying and mama birds yet the illustration shows white huskies).
Thanks to Z-Blog Squad for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.
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