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


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  • Series: Biblezines
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Nelson Bibles (July 15, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718003586
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718003586
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 7.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #334,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Bethany on September 15, 2003
Format: Paperback
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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39 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Maskevich on September 22, 2003
Format: Paperback
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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54 of 69 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 7, 2003
Format: Paperback
I've never been more embarrassed to be raised Christian. Why not change all the words in the bible? Why not change all the meaning? Bit by bit its original message is degraded in a whisper chain of translations until the person at the end is left with something resembling The Book of Mormon. There are all sorts of people who interpret the bible for any number of reasons, including Nazi's, cultists and well meaning fund raisers, but the problem is the same no matter what the purpose. To change the words inevitably in some way alters the meaning. To interpret the words gives you only one point of view- the interpreters. God wanted you to have your own point of view.
The author says that girls are intimidated by the big words and the old language of the bible. Why girls? Are they so stupid? Are they so much lesser than other parts of human culture that they need a bible written especially for them in the language of pre-adolescent morons? If girls are so pathetically ignorant, that they can't understand things people educated and uneducated alike have understood for over 1000 years, maybe they should spend a little less time shrinking their pores and a little more time paying attention at school. All this book does is say that girls are freaking idiots and so much so that they need their own version of the bible (with lots of pictures) to be able to hold their short lived brainless attention for more than 5 minutes. So anyone supporting this book supports the empty brains of girls everywhere saying "it's ok pretty thing, if you don't understand the big mean complex world, we'll just make it conform to you so you can go about putting on your make up and not have to deal with anything so bad as reality.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 6, 2003
Format: Paperback
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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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 25, 2004
Format: Paperback
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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