NIV College Devotional Bible, Hardcover, Jacketed Printed
I was excited to get the chance to review the NIV College Devotional Bible. I'm leaving for college this month and taking this with me!
Its features include:
222 school-year devotions with daily insights on and applications to relevant topics
Devotions use a unique storytelling approach to connect God's Word with your real-life questions, struggles, and decisions as a student
Subject index for looking up topics of interest
In the back, there are different reading plans including: One Year Through The Bible, 60-Day Overview Of The Bible, 30 Days For Beginning Your Walk With Christ, 30 Days With Jesus, 20 Not-So-Famous Bible Stories, 30 Days With Paul, 30 Days Of Promises, 30 Days Of Leadership, 30 Days Of Knowing God, and 30 Stories Of Great Faith.
I personally miss the 1984 NIV version because I memorized lots of verses from it and the new version doesn't sound the same. But I still plan to take this College Bible with me because of its interesting devotionals that I can read throughout the school year.
Obviously, I'm not reviewing the Bible itself, I'm simply reviewing the version/extra features. I give the NIV College Devotional Bible four stars.
~I received a copy of this Bible for free through Booksneeze/Thomas Nelson in exchange for my honest review.
September 14, 2013
Fantastic idea! Great grad gift
For features, the text within the Bible is New International Version. The layout of the bible is crisp and clear with footnotes italicized at the bottom of the page. At the end of the book there are helpful pages such as:
Ã¢ÂÂ¢ Weights and Measurements
Ã¢ÂÂ¢ Subject Index
Ã¢ÂÂ¢ Read Through the Bible in One Year Reading Plan
Ã¢ÂÂ¢ 60 Days Overview of the Bible
Ã¢ÂÂ¢ 30 Days for Beginning Your Walk with Christ
Ã¢ÂÂ¢ 30 Days with Jesus
Ã¢ÂÂ¢ 30 Days in the Psalms
Ã¢ÂÂ¢ 30 Days in Proverbs
Ã¢ÂÂ¢ 20 Not-So-Famous Bible Stories
Ã¢ÂÂ¢ 30 Days With Paul
Ã¢ÂÂ¢ 30 Days of Promises
Ã¢ÂÂ¢ 30 Days of Leadership
Ã¢ÂÂ¢ 30 Days of Prayer
Ã¢ÂÂ¢ 30 Days of Knowing God
Ã¢ÂÂ¢ 30 Stories of Great Faith
That's nearly 14 months worth of Bible Study - lasting several years of schooling.
As well, throughout the Bible are appropriately placed devotionals intended to fill the school year (seven days a week for nine months). These are full page additions, containing a scripture section, contextual information, a true story relating to the biblical concept and three questions to help the student probe a little deeper in their understanding. They are not dated and direct you to the next devo by page number. (I like this, then there isn't a constant reminder of failure if a student doesn't do a devotionals every day!)
I thoroughly enjoyed the stories attached to each devotional and am certain others will to. My favorite part is the "Get Started" page or "Quick Start Guide" as they call it. It is cozy and informal, aptly aimed at its target audience. The casual chatter is on one hand odd to find on the first page of the Bible, yet refreshing to see the message never changes but the delivery can!
Overall the NIV College Devotional Bible gets a huge thumbs-up from me.
The only downside I found, which is personal preference, is the appearance of the Bible is plain. My copy is a hardcover navy blue with rust colored trim and accents. It is simple, crisp and classy, yet if I was to use it a gift for a college student I would like to have a little more visual appeal.
Thanks to Zondervan and Booksneeze for a free copy to review. These thoughts are my opinion and I am not required to review it positively.
September 9, 2013
NIV College Devotional Bible, published by Zondervan, is a Bible designed with the busy life of a college student in mind.
This Bible features: devotions with daily insights and applications on age relevant topics, a practical reading plan that guides in the continuing of a Godly connection, quick start guides that aid in getting the most out of this publication, subject indexes that make it easier to look up specific topics of interest, and the well known clear/concise text of the New International Version of the Bible.
One might state that the purchase of a Bible has eternal consequences, and I would agree completely. The purchase of a Bible is drastically important to our existence on earth and our eternal placement following our departure. Some might say, Ã¢ÂÂItÃ¢ÂÂs just a Bible,Ã¢ÂÂ but doing so is to refuse to take seriously its purpose or power within their lives. Thus time and consideration, when purchasing a Bible, are very important.
I am very blessed to have the opportunity to place this Bible beside the many others I utilize in my studies, and I would recommend its purchase, not just for the college student, but for anyone who wants to take advantage of its teaching.
Dr. Jeff Krupinski
September 3, 2013
this is such a great Bible for college students
My book review on the NIV College Devotional Bible:
This hardcover Bible is full of practical, relevant devotions written for the school year. Not only does this Bible help you deepen your walk with Jesus during the pivotal college years, but it also helps you connect the Bible to the struggles, questions and decisions you face. Make it your trusted guide during your college journey.
Your college years are different from any other time in your life. You get a demanding new schedule Ã¢ÂÂ and itÃ¢ÂÂs yours to manage 100% on your own. You make new, lifelong friendships as you spend time with other people on a similar path in the journey. You face unique challenges as you begin to see the world differently, including what your impact on the world might be.
This special time in your life is also an opportunity for you to deepen your relationship with Jesus. The NIV College Devotional Bible will help you strengthen your walk with God as you find your own way in life. ItÃ¢ÂÂs filled with stories that connect Scripture with the struggles, questions, and decisions every college student faces. In fact, itÃ¢ÂÂs the same approach that Jesus used in his parables---taking stories from everyday life to illustrate eternal truths.
222 school-year devotions with daily insights and applications on relevant topics
Devotions use a unique storytelling approach to connect GodÃ¢ÂÂs Word with your real-life questions, struggles, and decisions as a student
A practical reading plan that helps you stay connected to God during the 9 months of school each year
Quick-start guide shows you how to get the most out of reading the Bible
Subject index for looking up topics of interest
Complete text of the clear, accessible NIV Bible
This is a excellent Bible that I highly recommend to any one that is in college it has uplifting devotionals in it that really encourage you and give you insight into whatever issue you maybe dealing with and the Bible verses are very easy to read to read with the font they chose to print the Bible in easy to understand as well
It also has some really awesome reading plans for you to do if choose to do so like if you want to read through the whole entire Bible in a year it a entire reading plan for that which is pretty awesome.
Disclosure: I got this Bible free from booksneeze.com
August 23, 2013