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NIV, Student Bible, Hardcover Hardcover – August 6, 2011
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About the Author
Philip Yancey serves as editor-at-large for Christianity Today magazine. He has written thirteen Gold Medallion Award-winning books and won two ECPA Book of the Year awards for What's So Amazing About Grace? and The Jesus I Never Knew. Four of his books have sold over one million copies. Yancey lives with his wife in Colorado. Website: www.philipyancey.com
Tim Stafford is Senior Writer for Christianity Today and the author of more than thirty books including The Student Bible (with Philip Yancey). His most recent publications are Miracles: A Journalist Looks at Modern-Day Experiences of God's Power, and Birmingham (a novel). Tim and his wife, Popie, have three children and live in Santa Rosa, California.
Top Customer Reviews
Introductions to the chapters, and the questions through out the pages, make you stop and think. This has served me well for two decades.
Argue translations if you must, but this just works. It is simple. Easy to read. If you want something more complex, try the NIV Study Bible.
If I were buying a Bible for someone new to the faith, this would be the one I'd buy and would recommend.
It has in all respects, been "an old friend."
If you're a fan of the new NIV (2011 update) and want a Bible with basic study notes, this is great! It provides three reading plan ideas to help people work through Scripture. It also provides a brief topical index and maps in the back for further study. My favorite part is Yancey's guided tour through Scripture. Instead of leaving comments on EVERY verse in Scripture, he hits the highlights. It's like being on a tour with someone who's seen the scenery before and wants to point out the very best to you, not every little detail. This is great for teens who are forming a basic understanding of their faith and trying to comprehend the overall story of Scripture and how it applies to today. In some Study Bibles, I think the attempts at application are a little shallow or too emotionally-driven. This Bible, again, in MY opinion, balances scholarship and application well.
Who should NOT get this Bible:
If you're someone who's read through the Bible several times, been part of Bible Bowl or Awana, or really want to jump into the nitty gritty of Scripture, you won't be satisfied with this text. It is aimed at entry-level readers and offers a big-picture view of Scripture. It is a great introduction to understanding God's Word and can certainly help someone with an intermediate knowledge of Scripture and theology. But for people with a good set of Bible study skills and experience under their belt, look elsewhere.
Considering who this Study Bible is aimed at (teenagers), I believe they addressed their demographic very well. Students with open hearts and curious minds will be blessed to find out that the Bible applies to their lives, is relevant to world issues, and can be understood by everyone.
Here are some of my favorite features:
- From the moment you open it up there are in-text "helps" (think signposts) that help direct you so that you can navigate the Bible easily (note: this is not reviewing the Kindle edition - I have not seen that)
- There are many in-text sidebars that give very brief, yet helpful explanations about what you are reading. There aren't so many that it takes up too much space, but there are enough to help a reader have some crucial "aha moments" while reading.
- Reading Plans: There are three great reading plans ("tracks") available to guide someone who wants to read through the Bible but doesn't know where to start. The first time I read through the Bible entirely I used the "track" that takes you through the entire Bible in three years (requires reading about 5 min. a day).
- Introductions to Books of the Bible: Accessible and simple, these give the reader an idea of how the particular book fits into the larger Biblical narrative.
- "Cool Factor:" I know... this seems like it should not matter, but if you expect a teen/young adult to leave a Bible out in their room or carry it around, this is a factor. I love that the Student Bible's design is simple, yet clearly tailored to young people. It doesn't have the cheesy designs of some kid Bibles or the stuffy academic style of adult study Bibles.
My final comment has to do with translation version for those of you curious about the NIV. I personally have moved beyond using the NIV for my personal study and teaching since taking Biblical Hebrew and Greek because of some rather sloppy translation in places. They came out with the NIrV, which was a much better translation, but it was not made available in the Student Bible and it was largely shot down by those who objected to the "inclusive language." That being said, the NIV is still one of the best translations for striking a middle ground in the English language between too simple and too many big words and I don't have any qualms about using it when teaching youth.
The leather bound edition is very nice, especially as a gift, and will last a good long time. I'd suggest the hardcover if it will be kept in a Bible cover.