Thursday, February 16, 2017

Help Children Love God's Word with the NIV Investigator's Holy Bible - I'm Giving One Away!

As you have likely noticed from posts I've written about euipping grandparents and will likely gathered from reading just a few of the posts on my other blog, grandma’s cookie jar, it matters very much to me to be intentional about passing on a heritage of faith to my grandchildren. What will anything else I might do or gain in life matter if my grandchildren do not grow to love, know and walk with God? I know what truly matters in life and this is why I am focused upon passing on a heritage of faith to my grandchildren.

There are several things I do to pass on my faith – I pray for my grandchildren (one resource I use to help me be consistent and focused in praying is my Deeper In books which help me pray through Scripture for my grandchildren. You’ll find out more about them at this link.) I also use Science,the Bible & Fun with my grandchildren – this is a book which gives me 52 weeks of science projects, activities, Bible adventures and time in prayer journals with my grandsons. (I wrote this resource, too and you will find it at this link.) If you want to be intentional in passing on faith to your grandchildren, these resources will help you.

But today I’m writing about another resource which you could share with the grandparents and parents in your ministry, because it will help them be intentional in passing on a heritage of faith to the children they love. This resource is the Bible. Yes, the Bible. As grandparents and parents they need to read the Bible to the children they love while they are young, but there has to come a point in their lives where they make the choice to read the Bible for themselves. They will not grow in their walk with God, if they do not become people who read God’s Word for themselves.

I have been very intentional about sharing God’s Word with my grandsons. We have been learning about Jehoshaphat, Josiah, Noah and Daniel so far this year during Science, the Bible & Fun – in two weeks we will begin our month of learning about Caleb. We have Scripture blessings which we learn and say at meals and bedtime on sleepovers. My grandsons are able to see how my own Bible is underlined and has notes in the margins (I recently transferred all my notes to my new Bible – the Journal the Word Bible from Zondervan – you’ll find my review of it at this link.)

So, yesterday when my oldest grandson told me he has started reading his Bible I could not be happier! He began at Genesis 1:1 (a very good place to begin!) and is up to chapter six. He told me; “I started reading my Bible and it is way more interesting than I thought it would be!” This boy is a reader – he is currently reading Lord of the Rings, several other chapter books and some science project books – he is eight years old! I am SO happy he is reading his Bible and is enjoying it!

I recently was invited by Zonderkid to review a new Bible for children – which I’m 
going to share with you today. If you are looking for a Bible you could let the grandparents and parents in your ministry know about, so they could use it to help the children they love develop the habit of reading God’s Word, this Bible is an excellent choice!

NIV Investigator's Holy Bible
Publisher – Zonderkidz
Ages – 6-10

Favorite Features –
1.     NIV for ease of understanding
2.    Features to help children understand what is happening, who they are reading about and what it means to them – “The Evidence” introduces each Book of the Bible, “Breakthrough!” answers questions children might ask as they read, “The Scene” describes the locations where the Bible events happened, “The Witnesses” introduces children to Bible people, “Check the Facts” asks children questions about what they have read to see what they have learned and “Case Closed!” is found at the end of each book of the Bible to wrap it up and summarize what they read and how it applies to their own lives!
3.    I LOVE the “Cased Closed!” feature!!!
Zonderkidz says; “Have you ever used a magnifying glass? It makes everything bigger and easier to see, right? Detectives and scientists magnify things to understand them better. Well this is just what this Bible does—it’s a magnifying glass to help children understand the Word of God better.
The Bible is a gift from God, but many of the things written in the Bible are hard for children to understand. In fact, sometimes they’re downright mysterious to them. Using child-friendly language and a detective theme, the two color NIV Investigator's Holy Bible explains the Bible text for children ages 6–10. Two central mystery-solving characters invite children to investigate the Bible using the following features:
·         Evidence—Bible book introductions answer what kind of book it is, who wrote it, what happens, and the ‘best part’
·         Breakthrough—answers questions kids might ask, such as ‘Who were the Philistines?’ and ‘What is The Spirit of God?’
·         Scene—includes descriptions highlighting geographical information pertinent to a verse
·         Witness—explains the meaning and history behind Biblical names
·         Detective—quizzes students on what they have learned
·         Case Closed—explores how the events of a particular book of the Bible relate to children as individuals

I LOVE this Bible! I love how the NIV Investigator's Holy Bible is designed to focus upon helping children understand God’s Word. I am so happy my grandson is discovering the joy of reading God’s Word for himself and Bibles like this are exactly the tool we want to put in the hands of our grandchildren to help them understand God’s Word and enjoy reading it!

I’m delighted to say, not only did Zonderkidz send a copy of the NIV Investigator's Holy Bible for me to review, but they are making another available for me to give away (USA only)!  If you are over the age of 18 and would like to enter this drawing for the NIV Investigator's Holy Bible - which will be on March 15, 2017, please check this link - and share it with the parents and grandparents in your ministry.

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