- 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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Revolve: The Complete New Testament Paperback – July 15, 2003
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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.
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."
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.Read more ›
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very satisfied with this purchase and have already given it away as a gift.Published 19 months ago by MageeRay
Also bought this book for my niece along with the book "Jesus Among Other Gods" to answer basic questions. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Y. Kuhn
I searched for a while for this, and finally found it!
Was pleased with it, and gave it to my niece who is a young teen who loves magazines, she dove right in!
I'm half way through the magazine...and got so excited about how much I love it and how much I've learned, brought me closer to God, and helped me understand the bible better while... Read morePublished on April 4, 2011 by Breanna
GREAT!I really think this is an awesome product. I would highly reccomend it to anyone and everyone! Reasonably priced too!Published on November 16, 2010 by Linda Fagerland
I picked this book as a way for my daughter to get more out of reading the Bible. I have followed the Revolve tour on twitter this year and have been so impressed with the positive... Read morePublished on March 3, 2010 by N. Mitchell
Being an 18 year old girl and having read many of the Revolve magazines over the course of my teen years, I (sadly) must say the only reason I read it is for the "extras" on each... Read morePublished on January 7, 2010 by Cynthia K. Wohl
Heavily adapted Bibles like this are dangerous and insult their target audience. It's fine to write a book about your interpretation of the Bible. Read morePublished on August 4, 2009 by M. T. Bolin