Thursday, April 5, 2012

a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_cESuxv-WNX8/TA3PbPpKjHI/AAAAAAAAEFE/e9Dq6nSnpCA/s1600/FIRSTWildCardTours2.jpg">It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books.  A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured.  The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between!  Enjoy your free peek into the book!


You never know when I might play a wild card on you!






Today's Wild Card is:













Zonderkidz; Special edition (March 6, 2012)





***Special thanks to Rick Roberson of The B&B Media Group for sending me a review copy.***



SHORT BOOK DESCRIPTION:





Getting into a routine of reading the Bible can be challenging for anyone, but trying to keep the attention of pre-teen boys is especially difficult. So now there is a Bible especially developed for them. The NIV Boys Bible is designed with boys ages 9 to 12 in mind. Fun in-text features help boys dig deep into the Word and learn about amazing people, facts and stories of the Bible. The NIV Boys Bible will help boys grow into the young men God wants them to be. It will appeal to boys and cause them to desire to spend time in the Word with its unique features such as:

* Introductions to each book of the Bible

* Hundreds of highlighted verses worth memorizing

* What's the Big Deal?-Need-to-know biblical stories and people

* Check It Out-Interesting and fun facts about Bible times and characters

* Grossology-Gross and gory stuff they never knew was in the Bible

* Makin' It Real-Help for applying Bible stories to their everyday lives



This Bible includes the full text of the New International Version, the most popular Bible translation in the world, and 12 color tip-in pages introducing content that shows boys how they can grow to be like Jesus. Each book of the Bible has activities that make God's Word more relevant than ever. It is jam-packed with customized content and artwork that really makes the Bible stand out.









Product Details:
List Price: $27.99
Reading level: Ages 9 and up
Hardcover: 1504 pages
Publisher: Zonderkidz; Special edition (March 6, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0310723086
ISBN-13: 978-0310723080:





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NIV Boys Bible

I was recently given the opportunity to receive The NIV Boys Bible to look over, use and review.  I have two boys and 3 girls and I know that they "require" different things to keep them interested and focused.  So, I was excited to receive this Bible.


First off, I LOVE the cover, it's very masculine!  Then, you have all the wonderful features inside, like:

* What's the Big Deal -- Need-to-know Bible stories and people
* Check it Out -- Interesting and funny facts about Bible times and characters
Grossology -- Gross and Gory stuff you never knew was in the Bible (a favorite for my boys!!)
*  Makin' it Real -- this section helps apply Bible stories to your everyday life
* Words to live by -- 1 verse pulled out (every few chapters or so) that would make a great memory verse

As if that weren't enough to make this a great Bible for boys... they also include the following things:

* Through the Bible in a Year -- a list of daily Bible readings just in case you want to try to read through in one year.

* Promises from the Bible -- There are things that happen in life that we all need answers to or help with.  This section gives verses when seeking God on things like temptations, sadness, fear, obedience, Spiritual gifts, pride and anger.

* Table of Weights & Measures -- this helps us understand what biblical measures would be in both American and metric equivalents.  

* The ABCs of Becoming a Christian - if the reader is not a Christian or if the read wants to lead someone else to Christ, this page will help them find the verses and explain the steps of becoming a Christian.

* Perspectives from the Bible --  similar to a topical index.  It will show you where to find passages on specific topics.

* My Notes Pages -- lined pages in the back where you can make your own notes.

Each book also contains an introduction that answers these questions:

-Who wrote this book?
- Why was this book written?
- What do we learn about God in this book?
- Who are the key people in this book?
- When did this happen?
- Where did this happen?
- What are some of the stories in this book?

The only thing I don't LOVE about this Bible is the hard cover.  I love the design on the front, but I think that the hard cover is more likely to come off quickly.  My boys are boys... they are rough and tumble.  They don't take as good care of things as I would like to see.  Of course, a Bible Cover would take care of this problem, so it's not a big deal. 

This Bible would be great for 9-12 yr olds and would make a great gift (Easter, birthday, etc).  It would also be a good Bible to have in your Children's Department at church or to use for family devotions (esp if you have just boys).



Wednesday, April 4, 2012

We have a winner!

The winner of our Illusion giveaway is:


Liz!! Who said:



Congratulations Liz!!   I will get it to you SOON!  :)

Faith Girlz Bible

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books.  A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured.  The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between!  Enjoy your free peek into the book!


You never know when I might play a wild card on you!






Today's Wild Card contributor is:







and the book:






Zonderkidz; Rev Spl edition (March 6, 2012)





***Special thanks to Rick Roberson of The B&B Media Group for sending me a review copy.***




ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTOR:






Nancy Rue has worked as a public school teacher, church youth director, theater workshop developer and camp director. She has written more than eighty books for young people, including the beloved Faithgirlz! Sophie series, The Skin You're In and Everybody Tells Me to Be Myself but I Don't Know Who I Am. Nancy lives with her husband and two dogs in Lebanon, TN.


About Faithgirlz!: Faithgirlz! is a collection of books, Bibles and resources designed to provide transformational Christian experiences for tween girls. Faithgirlz! encourages honest tween-girl empowerment by providing engaging, relevant, high-quality offerings, helping tween girls understand their world, learn biblical teachings, become closer to God and grow into godly teenagers. Faithgirlz! offers excellent content and contributions from leading Christian tween writers and spokespeople including Nancy Rue, Melody Carlson, Kristi Holl, Naomi Kinsman and more. Faithgirlz! is also supported with a website (www.Faithgirlz.com), Facebook page and mother and daughter live events across the country.

SHORT BOOK DESCRIPTION:

Every girl wants to know she’s totally unique and special, and contributor Nancy Rue helps them do just that in the revised edition of the NIV Faithgirlz! Bible. As a leading tween expert, Rue teaches girls that the Bible is real and relevant and, best of all, that the story of God and His people is also their story. Girls can now grow closer to God as they discover the journey of a lifetime, in their language, for their world.




The new Faithgirlz! Bible was developed especially for girls ages 9 to 12. Everything in it is written with a tween girl’s experience in mind, and it features the most popular Bible translation in the world, the New International Version. The features explain hard-to-understand things in the Bible and guide girls to put the Scripture to work in their own lives. The Faithgirlz! Bible focuses on sharing faith with friends and gives real ways for girls to do that.

Each book of the Bible has activities that make God’s Word more relevant than ever. And, of course, because it was developed for Faithgirlz! readers, they can expect to find it jam-packed with customized content and artwork that really makes the Bible stand out. Girls will love the cool design, the interactive features and the feeling of knowing that God’s Word is there for them whenever they need it. Some of the features included are:

·   Book Introductions—Girls will read the who, when, where and what of each book of the Bible.

·   Dream Girl—Girls will use their imaginations to put themselves in the story.

·   Is There a Little (Eve, Ruth, Isaiah) in You?—Girls will see for themselves what they have in common with women of the Bible.

·   Words to Live By—Girls will discover great Bible verses for memorizing.

·   Oh, I Get It!—Girls will find answers to Bible questions they’ve wondered about.


Nancy Rue says, “I hope the Faithgirlz! Bible will help girls grow a friendship with the Bible, their own relationship. It asks questions, asks them to think and challenges them to apply what they’re learning. That’s how they’ll find a deep, personal relationship with God, rather than just by following rules or saying what they’ve been told without really thinking about it. Rules are important, of course, but they only make sense when they really believe the message of the Scriptures. That’s what this Bible is about.” The Faithgirlz! Bible is the perfect Bible to support girls in their journey into the “beauty of believing.”

The main edition of the Faithgirlz! Bible is hardcover, but it is also available in two Italian Duo-Tone designs. For better portability, there is also an NIV Faithgirlz! Backpack Bible. This compact edition does not include the in-text features that the full-size edition has, but it does have twelve full-color pages of Faithgirlz! fun, the words of Christ in red and a ribbon marker. An ebook version is also planned for electronic use.


Product Details:
List Price: $27.99

Reading level: Ages 9 and up
Hardcover: 1504 pages
Publisher: Zonderkidz; Rev Spl edition (March 6, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0310722365
ISBN-13: 978-0310722366






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