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littlemamma845 Stars Out Of 5Pretty and PracticalJanuary 25, 2016littlemamma84Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A lot of cutesy kids Bibles are for kids on the outside but are KJV on the inside. My daughter has difficulty reading and comprehending (dyslexia) . I really like that she gets an adorable girly looking Bible but most importantly that she can understand it!
SnickerdoodleSarahGender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Pretty good translationDecember 4, 2015SnickerdoodleSarahGender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I must admit, I liked the cover of this Bible (the 'Frost Bible') decorated with snow and sparkles and that was one of the reasons I requested this book in order to review it. I am not an advocate of choosing a Bible because of its cover, and am generally uncomfortable with Bibles that are aimed towards a specific gender (mainly because of their study notes that may run into danger of eisegesis by trying to direct the thinking into a more egotistical interpretation of Scripture ), but this one, other than its being appealing to girls by its cover (as I am proof of) is otherwise a fairly basic Bible.
My motives in requesting this Bible were not wholly material in nature, I had never heard of the International Children's Translation before and was very curious about it. It seems to be a rather literal translation overall. They explain in the preface about some liberties they took in translation, such as clarifying ancient customs, changing Rhetorical questions to statements, "showing the implied meaning, as in this example: 'No one is equal to our God,' instead of 'Who is equal to our God?'", editing figures of speech, idiomatic expressions ('he rested with his fathers' is changed to, 'he died')etc. Some of the writing style reminds me of the Dick and Jane books, short sentences with a lot of periods for punctuation. But it still reads quite well. Here's a sample from Genesis 42: 1-4: "Jacob learned that there was grain in Egypt. So he said to his sons, 'Why are you just sitting here looking at one another? I have heard that there is grain in Egypt. Go down there and buy grain for us to eat. Then we will live and not die.' So ten of Joseph's brothers went down to buy grain from Egypt. But Jacob did not send Benjamin, Joseph's brother, with them. Jacob was afraid that something terrible might happen to Benjamin."
The translation appears to be quite good to me, and very understandable for kids. One of the passages I always go to in Bibles to help give me an idea of the general literalness of the translation is Romans 9:13, and this translation doesn't try to soften it which is a good sign: "As the Scripture says, "I loved Jacob, but I hated Esau."
Here are some other excerpts to help give you more of an idea of how this translation reads:
Rom 8:28, 30. "We know that in everything God works for the good of those who love him. They are the people God called, because that was his planGod planned for them to be like his Son. And those he planned to be like his Son, he also called. And those he called, he also made right with him. And those he made right, he also glorified."
2 Tim. 3: 14-17: "But you should continue following the teachings that you learned. You know that these teachings are true. And you know you can trust those who taught you. You have known the Holy Scriptures since you were a child. The Scriptures are able to make you wise. And that wisdom leads to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. Al Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching and for showing people what is wrong in their lives. It is useful for correcting faults and teaching how to live right. Using the Scriptures, the person who serves God will be ready and will have everything he needs to do every good work."
The Bible has some fancy pages (with snowflakes of course) scattered throughout with little tidbits on topics like, "How Do I Pray?" , "How Do I know Jesus Better?" and "Knowing Jesus Better". For the most part those sections seem okay, though I might have an issue with some of the memory verses they suggest like Jeremiah 29:11 which is usually taken out of context and applied specifically to Christians when in actuality it was a promise to the physical descendants of Jacob, not necessarily to present day Gentile Christians. I just had to mention that.
Overall, I thought this translation was pretty good.
The FTC guidelines require me to state that I received this Bible for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review (my review did not have to be favorable). Many thanks to the BookLook blogger program.
KatrinaWestern KyAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Frost BibleOctober 28, 2015KatrinaWestern KyAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4What a precious Bible for a little girl!!
It comes in hardcover format so it will withstand lots use.
This book was designed for ages 7-11 which I feel is definitely appropriate.
The dimensions are 8.50"x5.5" which is perfect for little hands.
The front cover is pale blue in color with glitter which reminds me of snowflakes in winter. There is a popular movie, Frozen, that almost all little girls have seen and I think they will immediately think of this movie when they look at the cover.
As you open it the first page is a presentation page with the John 3:16 verse.
The second page is to list a family history. I think this is a very important page.
The next is a devotional "Why Should I Read the Bible" with 2 Timothy 3:16. How wonderfully encouraging for a young child to hear the importance of reading a Bible. It encourages a child to learn how to grow closer to God.
There are other devotions spread out in the bible which cover other topics such as:
How Do I Forgive?
How Can I Let God's Light Shine Through Me?
How Do I Study the Bible?
Next comes beautiful illustrations of the timeline for the Bible. The timeline goes from the beginning to how the church continues until the Lord returns.
The interior of the bible is the International Children's Bible, which is the first ever translation created just for kids. The easily understandable text is designed for easy comprehension of children. There are also highlighted verses that will stand out and show importance.
The back of the book includes a dictionary which is important when coming to a word that maybe they don't know or understand. The next section is called "Where Do I Find It" which gives book and versus where various stories can be found. There are times I wish my bible contained this. The next section, "What God Promises About" is a quick reminder of the promises God makes us and where they can be found in the bible, but more importantly it reminds us that God keeps his promises.
The last section is "Memory Verses for Life" which includes verses that are beneficial to remember.
The last sections of the bible include:
The Names of God
The Miracles of Jesus
Kids of the Bible.
In the very back of the book are 4 pages of wonderfully illustrated maps. The first one shows the possible route of Abraham's journey, the second shows the possible wanderings until crossing the Jordan River, the third and fourth focus on Jesus and his week in Jerusalem and Palestine in his life.
I think this is wonderfully designed for a child.
Not only is it beautiful on the outside, but it's inside is as equally appealing.
I think it was designed to not only encourage but inspire young ladies to seek a closer relationship with God. I think any little girl would love owning one of these. If my daughter were 7 instead of almost 20 I would definitely buy this for her.
I would recommend it to anyone as a gift for a child.
**I received this book free from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinons I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accoradance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.
HappyElf MomMetro Kansas City4 Stars Out Of 5Not a Disney Product, Silly!October 26, 2015HappyElf MomMetro Kansas CityQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Clearly, the publisher is trying to milk the hysteria surrounding the Frozen movie. It's a Bible, folks. No witches with super-frosty magical powers here! I haven't run across Elsa and her little snowman friend, or anything even vaguely wintry in this book. In fact, I don't think it snowed anywhere in the Bible at all. Lemme know if you find a passage; that would be useful to look at during Christmas time because why not?
So that aside, it is a beautiful Bible for all the scripturally unrelated hype. And if you have a little girl who likes snowflakes and wintry stuff and might like a Bible for Christmas? This is your book, right here.
It's the International Children's Bible, a full 1312 pages and a hardcover book at that. Hefty. The suggested age range is from seven to ten, but I find it would be suitable for anyone who can read well, perhaps third grade and up.
I think calling it a "children's Bible" is not really a fair description. It's true that some passages are explained or simplified, and there is a useful timeline included, but it truly is a Bible worthy of study and contemplation. Aside from some glossy inserts instructing children how to pray and so forth, it's just an ordinary medium-sized Bible. It comes with a cute little tote as well. If you go to church with your Bible all the time, you know the Bible cover can cost as much as the Bible itself! This tote is a handy (and free, really, since it comes with the book) solution to that problem. I got the book for free via BookLook bloggers but was not required to write a positive review.
Floyd JohnsonUpstate NYAge: 55-65Gender: male2 Stars Out Of 5The Frost Bible Isn't What It Could BeOctober 21, 2015Floyd JohnsonUpstate NYAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 3Value: 2Meets Expectations: 1I never thought I would say this - but I was disappointed in this Bible. Having adopted the Frost name, I expected this Bible to be of interest to a child who was enthralled with the Disney movie Frozen. Having now seen the Bible, I no longer think this is the case. To verify my opinion, I also checked with my wife, an experienced preschool teacher; she agreed with my assessment.
With few exception, the Frost Bible is more a pew Bible than a devotional Bible or a Study Bible for any audience, even more so for the apparent intended audience. The few things that distinguish it from a pew bible are an included tote bag and 8-12 sheets of colored images. Those images have no connection to Frozen. Also, the front cover and binding (not the back cover) has a frosty feel that might seem exciting if it added anything. Four color maps, much like you would expect to find in a pew Bible, are also included.
I had hoped this Bible would be a suitable Christmas gift for a Frozen enthralled grandchild. I will not be giving it this year. There are other and better choices for the granddaughter or grandson - The Frost Bible will not do.
This review is based on a free copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are my own.
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