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NIV, Mom's Devotional Bible, Hardcover Hardcover – March 19, 2013
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One weird thing is that they marked verses about mothers with little hearts in the margin, which would have been nice if they really looked for verse about parenting/mothering. Instead, they simply marked every verse which has the word "Mother" in it, which means verses like "Mary the mother of Jesus" and stuff like that which really isn't about being a mother.
Occasionally the additional verses to read aren't really on-topic, which is a little annoying.
If you are a mom looking for a new NIV bible, this is a good, but not great one.
My gripe against this gift bible has more to do with the "helps" sections. There is a devotional page or other type of help page every 130 pages or so. Each page is prettily decorated around the edges with a floral design. I don't hate the design.
However, the content on those pages is really laughable in some cases.
For example, the help page opposite page 236 in the text lists passages of qualities mom's are to reproduce in their children. Now, it's not a bad idea to have some goals in mind in your parenting, but I feel that lists like these are sticks for moms to beat themselves up with if they don't measure up.
This bible is very littered with "help" pages - full color "More for Mom" pages - that basically condemn moms who don't live up to their "standard."
The "help" page opposite page 1260 in the text is titled "Great Expectations".
I would call it "impossibly high standards."
Now, I do recognize the Eriksonian stages of human development, from the class I had to take for my teaching certificate, years ago. However, I never liked the way Erikson's stages set up win-lose dichotomies. I don't feel their inclusion in this bible makes sense. Is this another attempt to make moms feel inadequate?
The page states " the following compilation of information from various experts, both secular and faith-based, will help you to be better equipped to find your way for yourself and your family." However, the stages aren't really adequately explained to be helpful. Also, the page includes 5 different sets of "guidelines" none of which are explained in any useful detail.Read more ›
for their first Mother's Day. Elisa's devotions are spot on and provide
instruction and encouragement from The Word. I have had several
guided daily reading, devotional Bibles over the years and this one
rates right at the top- especially for it's target audience of Moms and
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