Review: NIrV Kids’ Quest Study Bible

NIrV Kids’ Quest Study Bible (Grand Rapids: Zonderkidz, 2016), 1632 pages.

I seem to be on a never-ending “quest” for a solid children’s Bible, not just for my own daughter as she grows up, but also for the church I pastor to give to our young learners. No doubt, publishing companies are on the same quest judging from the shear selection variety on the market. Many of them suffer from poor (and potential racist) representations of Jesus in silly illustrations that shouldn’t pass the editor’s desk in the 21st century. Thankfully, this one does not (but it doesn’t really have images of scenes from the Bible, just little cartoon-like pictures to help illustrate the more than 500 “kids question” that are the selling point of this particular kids study Bible). The questions themselves are standard and meet, but don’t beat, expectations. The NIrV translation is understandable for the young reader. The feature I love about this Bible is fewer and farther in between: Quest Challenges. The Quest Challenges are a neat featurette that leads the child first in wonder, then with a real life challenge, and then with a “quest clue” pointing the child to passages of scripture for further exploration—and not just proof-texting, but inviting the child to explore entire chapters of scripture to listen for what God is saying. On a brief aesthetic note, I find the blue font of the text with orange for headings to be an eyesore. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. (3 of 5 stars)

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About Joshua

Joshua is the lead pastor of Massapequa Reformed Church (RCA) on Long Island, New York. He and his wife Kathryn have one young daughter. He loves coffee and board games, ice cream and sports—he's an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers, UConn Huskies, Boston Red Sox and Milwaukee Brewers.
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