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  1. NIV College Devotional Bible, Hardcover, Jacketed Printed
    NIV College Devotional Bible, Hardcover, Jacketed Printed
    Zondervan / 2013 / Hardcover
    $24.99 Retail: $34.99 Save 29% ($10.00)
    4 Stars Out Of 5 9 Reviews
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  1. mojo
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Not really a "college" Bible
    September 16, 2014
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    For the most part, this is a straight forward Bible, with not a lot of bells and whistles. There are no book headings, and there are not always notes on every page. What this Bible does have is over 200 devotionals (one almost every 5 pages), particularly geared for 17-24 year olds who struggle to find their own voice, giving feet to their own faith, in a way that's Biblically grounded.

    I had expected this Bible to be a little different than it is. I had expected a Bible with devotions that relate to 'students, school and perhaps being out on your own.' So I think Zondervan would have done better to gear it a little more toward the college life, than just 'regular devotions' that one can study (otherwise why call it the college Bible?).

    In additional to the devotionals, there are a few reading plans such as "read your Bible through in a year" and "30 days with Jesus" and "20 not so famous stories.' Of course this Bible has other standards you'd expect, such as an index, concordance, etc. But again, I wish this Bible were a little bit more "collegiate" in design with more study notes, a concordance and relevant devotionals.

    I guess the good news is, you don't have to be a college student to read this Bible. Anyone who is "college aged" could pick this up and find something useful. I would recommend this for anyone who is college aged and perhaps looking for a first time Bible to help them navigate early questions and life issues.

    Thank you to Zondervan for this advanced copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.
  2. Scotty
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    A mediocre Bible for college students ...
    August 29, 2014
    Quality: 2
    Value: 2
    Meets Expectations: 1
    I love the fact that the Bible remains the best-selling book of all time.

    I've also not been shy to state my disdain regarding how publishers treat the Bible as another product in the way they try to churn out a myriad of offerings for different "types" of Bibles to bolster their profits. There's the "recovery" Bible, men's study Bible, women's study Bible, teen study Bible, new believer Bible, and so on, all offered in different colors, covers, and designs. But when I saw that Zondervan had published the "College Bible: Devotional Version" (NIV version), I was curious and hopeful.

    I was hopeful because I think it's those college years, when young adults take their first significant step away from home and not only into greater independence, but usually into an environment very hostile to their faith, that is one of the most impacting years of life. I was hopeful that, if a publisher really did want to publish a Bible version focused on meeting the needs of a particular audience, that this would be a great Bible college students could find great value in.

    I was disappointed.

    At least, regarding the emphasis on the college student.

    The good thing is, this is a Bible, and if college students make that central to their lives, then they will have what they need to guide them through this time in their lives.

    But as far as being a good resource beyond being a Bible, this new Bible misses the mark. Here is what Zondervan promotes as being the key features in this Bible:

    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.

    A practical reading plan that helps you stay connected to God during the nine months of school each year.

    Quick-start guide shows 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.

    None of these features are unique, you'll find them in just about any study Bible on the market today. So, for this new Bible to have any additional relevance to college students, the devotions would need to be of high quality and really offer some significant value to college students in their new life experience.

    That's where this Bible fails.

    The devotions are very short, and of mediocre content; there is nothing about them particularly impactful to a young adult away from home for the first time. Given this fact, there's nothing that makes this Bible the preferred Bible version for a college student. In fact, other study Bibles have more resources than this Bible offers, and might be of greater value to a college student as far as study Bibles go.

    I actually liked the concept of equipping college students with a great study Bible that could really provide them with study resources that speak to this time in their lives, but this Bible just didn't rise to the challenge.

    That's okay.

    As long as college students are willing to make the Bible, itself, their primary book of study as they move forward into their future, they'll have what they most need.

    I received this book free from HarperCollins Christian Publishing as part of their BookLook 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 Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  3. Alyssa Liljequist
    Age: Under 18
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    September 14, 2013
    Alyssa Liljequist
    Age: Under 18
    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.
  4. mountains
    Alberta Canada
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Fantastic idea! Great grad gift
    September 9, 2013
    Alberta Canada
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    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:

    • Weights and Measurements

    • Subject Index

    • Read Through the Bible in One Year Reading Plan

    • 60 Days Overview of the Bible

    • 30 Days for Beginning Your Walk with Christ

    • 30 Days with Jesus

    • 30 Days in the Psalms

    • 30 Days in Proverbs

    • 20 Not-So-Famous Bible Stories

    • 30 Days With Paul

    • 30 Days of Promises

    • 30 Days of Leadership

    • 30 Days of Prayer

    • 30 Days of Knowing God

    • 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.
  5. Dr JSK
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    September 3, 2013
    Dr JSK
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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, "It's just a Bible," 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
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