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*Bible Review: ESV Following Jesus Bible

*ESV Following Jesus Bible. Crossway, 2015. 1401 pages Reading Level: Middle Grades, ages 10-12 Recommended for: ages 10-14 Bottom Line: The features of Following Jesus Bible point young readers to the presence of Christ in all scripture in a way that’s accessible to middle grades. In recent years, much welcome attention has been paid to […]

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*God’s Word by Sally Michael

*God’s Word by Sally Michael, illustrated by Fred Apps. P&R, 2015. 128 pages. – a joint review from Megan and Betsy Reading Level: Middle Grades, ages 8-10 Recommended For: ages 4-8, ages 8-10 With a marvelously engaging style, Sally Michael lays out the greatness and significance of God’s Word, the Bible. Ever pointing to God […]

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Bible Review: God Girl Bible ESV

God Girl Bible ESV and God Guy Bible ESV edited by Michael and Hayley DiMarco. Crossway, 2014 (latest edition). 1488 pages. Reading Level: ages 12-14 Recommended for: ages 12-14 and up Bottom Line: God Girl and God Guy, ESV Bibles for young adults, include devotional features of unusual depth. The difference between the girl and […]

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Bible Review: The Story

The Story, NIV: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People (Also available in NKJV). Zondervan, 2011. 513 pages. Reading Level: Middle Grades, ages 10-12 Recommended for: ages 12-15 and up Bottom Line: The Story is not a complete Scripture text, but a judicially edited collection of passages arranged to present the Bible […]

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Bible Review: Guys Life Application Study Bible

Guys Life Application Study Bible NLT. Tyndale House, 2013 (second edition). 1562 pages Reading Level: Middle Grades, ages 8-10 Recommended for: ages 8-14 Bottom Line: The Guys Life Application Study Bible offers a readable translation and unique features to interest boys, though parents may find added material subjective. The NLT has overtaken the NIV as […]

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Bible Review: The Action Bible ESV

The Action Bible Study Bible ESV, edited by Catherine deVries, illustrated by Sergio Cariello. David C. Cook, 2015. 1248 pages. Reading Level: Middle Grades, ages 10-12 Recommended for: ages 9-13 Bottom Line: The ESV study version of the successful Action Bible features a reliable translation, dramatic illustrations, and standard text notes. The phenomenally successful Action […]

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Bible Review: God’s Word for Boys (and Girls)

God’s Word for Boys and God’s Word for Girls. Larry Richards, general editor. Baker, 2014 (latest edition), 1713 pages. Reading Level: Middle Grades, ages 8-10 Recommended for: ages 7-12 Bottom Line: Though not the best translation for accuracy, this God’s Word edition for children has some outstanding introductory features. This is the children’s Bible format […]

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Bible Review: God’s Little Princess Bible

God’s Little Princess Holy Bible, NKJV. Sheila Walsh, ed. Thomas Nelson, 2014. 1216 pages. Reading Level: Middle Grades, 8-10 (study material), Middle Grades, 10-12 (text) Recommended For: ages 7-11 (girls, of course!) Bottom Line: The God’s Little Princess Bible boasts more crowns than the Tower of London, but even hardcore princess fanatics will soon outgrow […]

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Bible Review: NKJV Explorer’s Study Bible

The Explorer’s Study Bible (NKJV). Thomas Nelson, 2009. 1440 pages. Reading Level: Middle Grades, ages 10-12 Recommended for: ages 8-10 and up Bottom Line: Reliable translation, some nice features, and a theme reminiscent of the best-selling NIV Adventure Bible. When they say “explorers,” they mean it—the exploration theme picks up on the cover and carries […]

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Bible Review: Children’s Easy-to-Read Bible

Children’s Easy-to-Read Bible. Leafwood Publishers, 2012. 1820 pages Reading Level: Middle Grades, ages 8-10 Recommended for: ages 7-10 Bottom Line: The Children’s Easy-to-Read Bible is attractive and accessible to fourth-through-sixth-graders, but the translation has some drawbacks. This is the latest edition children’s Bible from the World Bible Translation Center, originally (and perhaps still) associated with […]

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*Noah’s Ark by Peter Spier

*Noah’s Ark illustrated by Peter Spier. Doubleday, 1976 (original publication; reissued 2015). 44 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, ages 0-4 Maturity Level: suitable for all Bottom Line: Noah’s Ark, Peter Spier’s classic wordless picture book, takes a Bible story that’s often given too cute a portrayal and adds imagination, depth, and reverence. Doubleday/Random House has […]

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