Friday, October 9, 2015

Faithgirlz! Bible {a BookLook Blogger review}

My daughter's Bible completely fell apart.  I wish it was because she spends so much time reading and studying from it.  To some extent, she does -- but the real issue is just that she sets it where it falls off the couch, her bed, the table, and it ends up lying open on the floor.

I feel like a horrible, ungrateful person who doesn't appreciate how amazing we have it in that we have so many Bibles available that we don't treat ours with the respect it deserves.  But then part of me also doesn't want to make her afraid to read it on the couch, in bed, while hanging upside down, etc.

Bottom line is that when I saw the NIV Faithgirlz! Bible available for review, I knew we needed to grab it.  It's cute, which my 9-year-old loves.  It isn't overly pink, which we both love.  And it magnets closed.  Something else we both appreciate.

The publisher describes it like this.
Bestselling NIV Faithgirlz! Bible with a fun, new magnetic closure binding.

This special binding of the NIV Faithgirlz! Bible offers a trendy and unique magnetic closure. Packed with exciting features that help tween girls better understand themselves and Scripture, the NIV Faithgirlz! Bible teaches girls that the Bible is real, relevant, and, best of all, that the story of God and his people is also their story. With in-text features written by tween expert Nancy Rue, the NIV Faithgirlz! Bible uses the bestselling New International Version (NIV).

Features include:
  • Book introductions-Read about the who, when, where, and what of each book 
  • Dream Girl-Use your imagination to put yourself in the story 
  • Bring It On!-Take quizzes to really get to know yourself 
  • Is There a Little (Eve, Ruth, Isaiah) in You?-See for yourself what you have in common 
  • Words to Live By-Check out these Bible verses that are great for memorizing 
  • What Happens Next?-Create a list of events to tell a Bible story in your own words 
  • Oh, I Get It!-Find answers to Bible questions you've wondered about 
 The complete New International Version (NIV) Features written by bestselling author and tween expert Nancy Rue

I decided to go ahead and let Trina dictate this review.  She's 9.
I like that there are little blocks with memory verses in them.  I haven't really read that many of them yet, because there aren't that many of them and I'm only partway into Genesis.  I definitely like the two I've found.

Some of the boxes are a recap of some parts, and they give you examples and have you write part of it yourself.  That makes me think.

The Bible itself is really fun with all the little flowers and birds sometimes.  The Bible text is just words, just printed words, no little heart dots on i's or anything.  All the fun stuff is in the extra parts.

There is cursive in some of the extras, so littler kids might have trouble reading that.

I really like the magnet part of the cover, so it closes up like a journal.  And when you open it there are another owl on the cover.  You can even use the flap as a bookmark, and at least when you are still in Genesis it will magnet to the cover on the inside.  I think my Bible stays nicer with the magnet thing, because, well, I tend to knock things around and I'm hard on books.  The magnet keeps it together.

I love it.
Really, need I say more?

Well, yes.  Trina talks above about liking the sections (In Your Own Words) where you are supposed to recap the story.  I like that it has her writing, and thinking, but the examples they give make me crazy.  Each recap section starts out with "them" recapping a portion of the story.  Something like this:
"Abigail knew that her whole household was in BIG TROUBLE because of what her husband had said, so she gathered up like 100 loaves of bread and some sheep and some raisin cakes (ew!) and rode out to meet David. Da-da-da-DAH!"
This makes me want to bang my head against a wall.

That being said, I wasn't finding anything I disagree with theologically.  Grammatically, however, let's just say that this isn't for me.

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