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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

ESV GROW! Bible Review & Giveaway


Just the facts, please:

English Standard Version
1680 pages 
 5.5 x 8.5 hardcover 
geared toward ages 8 - 12 
published by Crossway
$27.99
7 interesting features:
  1. Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How boxes throughout the test
  2. 4U (For You) This box will explain what a certain passage can mean FOR YOU to help you apply it.
  3. Cross Connections shows how a passage point to the cross
  4. Articles and Charts are full pages loaded with information
  5. Section and Book Introductions give details about each section/book
  6. Glossary
  7. Timelines and Maps
IMHO-In my humble opinion:

This is a nicely done Bible for children..Or even a new believer.
The 5 W's & H boxes throughout really help bring understanding to what was read.  The chapter introductions are brief, yet complete. 
I like the overall look to it also.  It is colorful and appealing.

All in all I would recommend this Bible.

A few unrelated thoughts:

 I'd like to share my feelings about all the different versions of the Bible.  First, I am NOT a KJV only person.  Not at all....BUT I am distressed over the number of different versions that have been published during my lifetime.

I remember when I was a kid, I brought my Bible to church as did everyone else.  We read together collectively, we searched for the verses being taught so we could read along, we USED our Bibles, we got to know where the books were, etc. etc.

Times have changed...   today I see most people don't even carry a Bible.  I have asked 'why' and have received this basic answer:  

"I don't need to because all the verses are put up on the screen." 

 Or this response: 

 "I can't follow along because I have a different version than the preacher."  

 I feel so many different versions has become more of a detriment than a help. We are no longer using our Bibles and getting to know 'how' to use them.  

Call me old-fashioned (I've been called worse), but I think we need to re-think and question if we are helping the cause of Christ or hindering.....something to think about.

*I received a complimentary copy of the ESV GROW! Bible from Crossway  in exchange for my honest review.


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3 comments:

  1. We are hoping to adopt a little boy from the foster care system this year and I'd love to have this Bible for him.

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  2. I agree with you on the many versions. Many verses actually have their meaning changed by the wording changes. It seems okay as long one is looking at the big picture, but for verse-by-verse study and memorization I still think KJV is the most reliable. I'm going to read to my kids from easier to understand versions like these but encourage memorization from KJV. I think the two can work together. I think it would be neat if they had a Bible that had an easy-to-read version on one page and had the same page in KJV on the next page.

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