Saturday, May 14, 2011

Book Review - iShine Bible

The iShine Bible is a Bible targeted at tweens (7-12 year olds).  It is a New Living Translation. Because I have a daughter who is seven, I thought this would be a great product.  To my eyes, it's simply average.  I was expecting a Bible with a lot of neat little articles about being a tween interspersed with the Bible verses.  There is a section at the beginning with topics and verses that might be relevant to tweens/teens. There are also a handful of pages that address what Tyndale calls V.I.P. "V = You have Value in God's eyes.  I = Your Identity is found only in Jesus Christ - and wow does that mean a lot.  P = Because of the V and the I, you have a special Purpose in the world."  These sections have QR codes that will give you a special message if you access them with your phone.  For those without a phone, there is also a website to visit.  The website contains topics pertinent to tweens and music by teen/tween Christian musicians.  The Bible is about the size of a paperback book, comes with a "leatherlike" cover, and comes in Lip Sync Pink/Rockin' Ruby or Backstage Blue.

My daughter really likes the pink cover and the fact that it is made for girls.  She can read the text but does not understand a lot of it.  The extras are also kind of lost on her right now.  Hopefully as she gets older, she will grow into it.

Overall, I think this is an average Bible.  I can't speak to how relevant it is to tweens, not being a tween myself, but it has potential.  I also think it's a nice transition, because my daughter's previous Bible is designed for littler children, even though it has the full text.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Tyndale as part of their Blogger Review 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 Commision's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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