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Revolve: The Complete New Testament Paperback – July 15, 2003

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Product Details

  • Series: Biblezines
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Nelson Bibles (July 15, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718003586
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718003586
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 7.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #689,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This bible is basically good, and very interesting, except for one major flaw. There are many articles and advice columns throughout the book that stress the importance of being a modest young woman, such as dressing conservatively and not calling boys (which I don't really agree with). But the models on the pages of the book are not dressed conservatively at all. Some are in spaghetti strap tanks, halters, and there is even a pic of a girl laying in a guys lap, which is clearly a contradiction of the advice given throughout the book. If I was affected by the pics (and I'm 21) think of how they might affect a 12-16 year old girl who's not yet fully comfortable with her own style? Other than that, the book is good.
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Don't get me wrong... I have nothing against Christianity or religion. I'm certainly in favour of anything that can help provide young girls with some stability in their lives.
But this is not the way to go about it.
I didn't think much of "Revolve" when I first heard about it, but the more I looked into it, the more disturbed I became. Never call a boy and always let him take the lead in a relationship...? That's got to be some of the worst advice I've read. I can only imagine what will happen to the girls who follow this, only to find themselves in an abusive relationship.
And what's with the "never question your parents" bit? To a certain extent (like curfew times) this is not a bad idea. However, parents can be wrong. And it's not bad to disagree with them on larger issues like politics, homosexuality or abortions. We are individuals and, as such, we should know that there is nothing wrong with making up our own minds.
This magazine is about telling girls WHAT to think, not HOW to think. It's a manual in how to turn their brains off. I'm afraid that it will do more harm than good, and it certainly isn't going to provide help to the people who need it the most.
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By A Customer on October 6, 2003
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What has the world come to when we have to package the Scripture in a Seventeen magazine?? Yeah, study Bibles are cool... when they help you understand the scriptures. Nowhere in scripture does it compare makeup foundation to Christ as the foundation of your life. That is, unless you are reading Revolve. It's sad this sort of stuff is even sold in Christian bookstores, let alone endorsed by the Christian media.
Things like this destroy young girls. It's more destructive, I would venture, than even YM or Teen People. Because no longer is the message, "you need to look like this to be popular." The new message is this: "you need to look like this in order for God to love you."
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It is certainly laudable to make the Bible accessible to particular demographic groups -- teen girls, teen boys, moms, etc. And though I have reservations about the trend toward niche marketing of Bibles, rarely do "niche Bibles" turn my stomach. This one does, primarily because it buys rather uncritically into a media culture that is particularly harmful to girls and young women. Yes, the editorial additions to the biblical text sometimes warn the reader about things like eating disorders and sexual violence, but when these additions are coupled with images of beautiful and thin girls with a "natural" glow, the images overpower the words. It's hard enough for teenagers in our culture to develop a healthy body image, but associating images of impossibly perfect people with "the word of God" compounds the problem.
Beyond the problem of "image" and fashion mag format, the content here is condescending and dishonest. For instance, the editorial introduction rightly notes that questions about who wrote particular books of the Bible and why are important, and that each book's introduction will address these questions. Aside from some thematic material and an occasional passing nod to the fruits of faithfully critical biblical scholarship, the book introductions fail to do so. Similarly, in response to one of the "Blab" questions about proper attire for girls, the text says that some biblical passages are "prescriptive" and others "descriptive," the latter not to be understood as rules for today's readers. Fair enough, but there's nothing that would help the reader learn how to tell the difference. It's dishonest to say you're going to do something and not do it; it's condescending to assume that teenagers are incapable of learning how to read the Bible in a discerning way.
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This version of the New Testament is entirely offensive. While presenting the New Testament to girls and young women is terribly important for religious and cultural literacy, this presentation is mixed with "YM" or "Seventeen" or "Cosmo" -style sections where girls are given advice about beauty, manners, and relationships with boys. Not only does this information NOT belong in a New Testament, it is entirely patronizing and oppressively patriarchal. For example when advising young women about how to tell a boy you Like him Revlove answers "You don't... God made guys to be the leaders. That means they lead in relationships." This version of the New Testament maintains that girls and women belong in completely submissive roles in all aspects of life. It not only condescends to use this stereotype but presents it as desriable.

These types of advice and commentary columns appear on almost every page, but seem to belong in a fashion or gossip magazeine. They not only detract from the content of the New Testament, but they seek to teach girls and women that they have no agency or rights, but should merely be concerned with submitting to the opinions and decisions of the men in their lives.

Girls and young women who want to develop an understanding of the New Testament should not read this version. Although the marketing move to increase readership is brilliant, this version is entirely patriarchal and assigns girls and women submissive and voiceless roles. These stereotypical roles remove angency and independence from our young women. Don't buy this version!
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