Tuesday Review: NIrV Under the Sea Bible

Today’s Tuesday Review features the NIrV Under the Sea Holy Bible from Zondervan. This children’s Bible is the “readers” version of the NIV translation, making it an easy to read choice for children. This Bible also includes the full text of the Old and New Testaments. Here is the description from the Zondervan website: “The Under the Sea Holy Bible, NIrV is a perfect gift for children ages 6 to 10. Following the popular underwater theme, sparkling fish images will delight children as they learn of God’s love for us and all of creation.”

When I received this Bible in the mail, I have to admit that I was very disappointed. The cover itself is very bright, colorful, and appealing, but otherwise this is basically just a plain Bible.

There is an illustrated page in the front with all the books of the Bible, as well as an illustrated dedication page. There are three fully illustrated pages, front and back, included throughout the text, but otherwise, there is no other illustrations in the text itself. Based on the retailer’s description, I expected this Bible to be overflowing with sea life illustrations throughout the text, especially for the price of $24.99 retail.

It does include a small dictionary in the back for kids to look up some Biblical terms, but otherwise it doesn’t even include a concordance or maps or any other additional material you might find in other standard Bibles. While I understand that this is meant to be for children, it still falls short in my opinion. As a parent, I would be hesitant to recommend paying full price for this Bible.

I will say that any Bible that appeals to a child and gets them interested in reading the word of God is a good Bible. I just think this Bible is overpriced for what it is, and would recommend trying to find this at a deep discount for those interested in purchasing it.

Please note that all pictures and opinions contained in this review are my own. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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