Saturday, March 4, 2017

BookLook Bloggers Review: NIrV Love Letters from God Holy Bible written by Glenys Nellist, Illustrated by Sophie Allsopp

I recently reviewed a 1,248-page hardcover children's complete Holy Bible written in NIrV translation titled, NIrV Love Letters from God Holy Bible. This children's Bible was published by ZonderKidz. The 80 personal love letters from God directed to the child were written by the passionate author, Glenys Nellist. Sophie Allsopp's beautiful illustrations brighten up several pages of the Bible. Most of these illustrations are added to the "Write Back" section, full-color maps, or insert pages.

The book begins with a short "How to Use This Bible" page followed by the "Table of Contents." The Table of Contents" explains to the child what each book in the Bible is and where to find it. It is broken down into Bible books, chapters, and verses. An explanatory page about the translation is also included. The Bible covers content from the Old and New Testament beginning with the book of Genesis and ending with the book of Revelation. The format and style is based on a picture book written by Glenys Nellist titled, Love Letters From God.

It is a small 8.5" by 5.5" Bible which contains helpful resources for children to dig into the Word and develop a closer relationship to God. The Bible has a clear spiritual message of love stated throughout the pages. The Biblical truth that every child is loved by God and evidence of His amazing love can be found in His Word. At the back of this Bible there is a 2-page list of "Great Bible Stories" with referenced Scripture verses.

Love letters are scattered throughout the pages of this Holy Bible and invites the reader to respond or write back to God using the double-spaced lines or writing space in the margin. A highlighted bible verse entitled, "God's Wonderful Words to You" is provided at the bottom of the "Write Back" thought-provoking prompt section. It is written on a tag and references the verse. The bible verses can be memorized by your child if desired. The carefully selected verses relate to the topic and reveal God's love, encouragement, hope, and other important Biblical truths.

The endearing Bible also includes excellent features such as 8 colorful insert pages and an attached light blue ribbon bookmark to save your spot which matches the front cover of the Bible. Full-color instructional guides or inserts with additional informative content are added to this children's Bible such as the 10 Commandments, ABC's of Christianity, How to Pray, and Getting to Know Jesus. This was one of my favorite features.

There is a "Notes" section offering plenty of writing space to write love letters to God, interesting thoughts, or special verses that are dear to your child's heart. I have a feeling my daughter will make use of this sections. She is always writing down her favorite verses. Following the "Notes" section are eight full-color maps including but not limited to maps about Exodus and the Conquest to Canaan, Land of the Twelve Tribes, Paul's Missionary Journeys, and the Kingdom of Solomon which are located at the back of this Bible.
Two-Page Map Spread

The Bible also includes a mini alphabetized dictionary located at the back of the Bible which provides children with relevant words and their meanings.

Yes, I highly recommend this Holy Bible to families with children. This child-friendly Holy Bible is suitable for children ages 7-12.  

I plan on and look forward to giving this read and reflect Bible as a special gift to my nine-year-old daughter in her Easter basket. This would also be the perfect Valentine's Day gift for your little one. 

It is a simplified version of the Holy Bible written for children in an easy-to-follow and understand format. I do wish that the font was a little larger, that there were more illustrations, and that there were more love letters in this Holy Bible.

I really appreciated the inclusion of the love letters from God which will help my child apply the messages to her life. I believe this will help her understand how great God's love is for her and His children. The "How to Pray" feature page will be especially helpful and serve as a reminder during prayer time. Overall, this is an superb children's Bible.     

Zondervan $27.99
Amazon $14.63

Note: All prices are subject to change without notice. 

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I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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