Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Fruit of the Spirit NIV

Genre: Bible
Publisher: Zonderkidz
Publication Date: February 2013
Rating: 5 Out of 5 Near Perfect

PROS: Smaller size for little hands; Colorful and eye catching cover; the Fruits of the Spirit are highlighted throughout

CONS: None

The NIV Fruit of the Spirit Bible is perfect for little hands! Not only is it easy for them to hold, it's a great size for carrying and transporting back and forth from church services! Roughly 5” x 7” in size, this would even fit perfectly in a handbag or small tote!

The covers are amazing, made to look like different “fruits” that we would eat! Italian duo-tone, the one I previewed was the watermelon, although a strawberry cover is also available. So vibrant in colors, every little detail was added to make it colorful and eye catching, even down to the seeds of the watermelon! The leather cover is child friendly, I noticed a little spot on the green slice of the watermelon, dampened a cloth, and the spot washed right off!

Full of all the little “extras” kids will enjoy, the colors do not stop on the outside cover. Continued throughout the inside, there are twelve full color pages that introduce each fruit of the spirit, explaining what it is, how to model it, and why it's important. Key scriptures are also included on those pages, followed up by a one sentence prayer asking for God's help in demonstrating that fruit daily.

The NIV has become one of the bestselling versions on the market today. It's easy enough for children to read and understand, but yet does not lose it's meaning in the translation. Another great aspect I loved? The lay-flat ability of the Bible while reading the pages. There is nothing worse for a new reader then the pages flopping back and forth as they are exploring the chapters. Guess what else? The little ribbon used to keep your place or mark where you left off? Brightly colored to match the outside fruit of the Bible! Every little detail was captured to enhance the beauty of this book.

Typical features are also found in this Fruit of the Spirit Bible. The beginning has a table of contents for a quick page reference for the specific book you are looking for. There are 2 ways for the children to look up the books; first using the contents page which is divided by the Old and New Testament, or by looking on the contents page that is structured alphabetically. The back of the Bible has a page for the Table of Weights and Measurements, for those children that like to dive deeper and know the specific facts! Giving this Bible as a gift? There is a colorful first page where you can write the child's name, date given, and who is was given by!

**I was given this item in exchange for my honest opinion**

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