The Faith Builders Holy Bible, NIrV uses the popularity of brick-building pieces to engage children with the Word of God. Includes 24 full-color pages of illustrations plus the complete New International Reader's Version (NIrV) of the Bible (from Genesis to Revelation) in a very readable, 9-point font size. The NIrV is written for a third grade reading level and ideal for kids ready to explore the Bible for the first time on their own.
|Publish Date||Oct 27, 2015|
- Review by Mom with a Dandelion in Her Hair
The Bible has a nice hard cover and seems to be well made.
I too wish there were a few more feature pages, but maybe that is because I have grown accustomed to the typical children's Bible as my children are still all quite young. I do feel like the feature pages will draw my son into the word and that of course is the goal.
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- Review by Zac
While I don't think the cover exactly does much for me due to the darker colors, I think the concept of this Bible is really cool! I like the different building block creations on the cover.
I know many different people have their opinions about Bible translations, so I'm not going to base this review on the translation. This Bible uses the New International Reader's Version.
I think this Bible has some really cool features that make it unique. There are pages mixed in that highlight different Bible stories and lessons. On these pages there are Lego creations and I think this is a neat aspect to this Bible. Some of these sections ask the kids questions or to build something.
I like the engagement in this Bible and how it takes the Bible story or point and uses a toy many kids love to help them learn more. I also love the exercise at the beginning of the Bible to help kids learn the books of the Bible. I like the different Lego creations in the Bible and I think kids could try to recreate the scenes and then explain what they made and the story or point that goes with it.
I found this Bible to have many unique features that I think many kids will be able to connect with. I really like the use of Legos and the engagement aspect of this Bible. I would have liked to see more engagement ideas, but I think this one was consistent with the amount other Bibles would have.
*I received a free copy of this product to facilitate this post, however you, my readers, come first and all opinions are my own. (Posted on 12/15/2015)
- Review by Living a Fit and Full Life
- Review by Samantha @ As They Grow Up
My boys have several Bibles, but this one is hands-down their favorite and I can see why. It has a brick look that encourages kids to pick it up, and it also offers several Bible stories throughout that have these awesome colorful brick pictures such as Noah, Solomon, the Ten Commandments and so much more! It also includes Brick Building Bible Verses and Dictionary to the new International Reader's Version.
The pictures in the Bible are mainly found in the Bible Stories, which is fine with my boys. The pages offer a very clean look and they aren't extremely thin which is a good thing. I always worry about pages getting torn easily when they are too thin, but I don't see that happening in the Faith Builders Bible.
I for one am a huge fan of the NIRV version for kids. I just feel it's so much easier for them to understand and since we started using this version along with my KJV for Bible studies, I have noticed it keeps him more focused because he is understanding the words more.
The only negative I can think of when it comes to this Bible is that I wish the font was just a tad bigger. It's perfect for my boys, but I'll admit that I prefer a bigger font. (Posted on 12/10/2015)
- Review by InkBlotsbyTRD.blogspot.com
The Faith Builders Bible is the New International Reader's Version (NIrV) version of the Bible. The NIrV is a simplified version of the NIV, written at approximately a 3rd grade reading level. The NIrV is composed of smaller, easy-to-understand words in shorter sentences than the traditional NIV.
The Faith Builders Bible has all black text (including headings and the words of Christ), laid out in two columns. The text is standard size - not large, but not extra small. There are no study notes or footnotes in the Faith Builders Bible, just strictly Bible text. Within the text, quotes from other places in the Bible are cited directly (in parenthesis) after the quote. (Example: John 3:3 has a quote from Isaiah 40:3.) There are no maps like you might find in many Bibles.
At the back of the Faith Builders Bible are two study helps: a 5-page dictionary (words & definitions, but no verse references) and lists compiling 92 "Great Bible Stories" (with verse references). The "Great Bible Stories" lists would be great to use for monthly reading plans.
The "flair" of the Faith Builders Bible comes in with the full-color pages that are placed throughout the Bible. (The pages are a bit thicker than the text pages.) At the beginning of the Faith Builders Bible is an insert containing the presentation page, a two-page "Building With Books of the Bible" spread, and a "Can You Build..." page.
The "Building With Books of the Bible" spread shows all of the books of the Bible, grouped by category (Law, History, Poetry, Gospels, Letters, etc.). I loved the idea that is shared on this page - to write the name of each of the books of the Bible on a brick and then stack them in the correct order. There is also a "Building Block Verse" found on this page (which are also found on every insert page, including the presentation page).
The "Can You Build..." page has three verses and simple building projects (no instructions included), along with another "Building Block Verse".
Each insert throughout the text in the Faith Builders Bible is a full-color (front and back) page. Each of these has a brick depiction (brickpiction?) of the topic, a little portion to read about the topic, and a "Building Block Verse". Here are the topics covered in the inserts:
- Noah Builds an Ark
- Animals 2x2
- Building the Tower of Babel
- The Ten Commandments
- Building the Tabernacle
- Solomon Builds God's Temple
- Bringing Down Jericho
- Samson's Demolition
- David Defeats Goliath
- Psalm 23: A Psalm of David
- Jesus is Born
- Feeding a Crowd
- A Change of Heart (Zacchaeus)
- Jesus Walks on Water
- The Last Supper
- Jesus and the Cross
- The Lord's Prayer
- The ABCs of Salvation
- The Fruit of the Spirit
- Building with a Strong Foundation
I liked that the topics covered on the full-color inserts in the Faith Builders Bible aren't necessarily what would typically be pointed out in a children's Bible (stories like Adam & Eve, Jonah, etc.) - it gave a unique perspective for this Bible. I also liked that in the topic discussion it often (but not always) prompts the child to try to build a scene with their bricks. With all the things kids can build with their LEGO collections, a Bible scene is certainly a great suggestion.
The Faith Builders Bible has the basics you need, with the extras that will draw in a variety of children. I think any brick-loving child would love to have this Bible.
FTC Declaration: The publisher and/or the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy. This does not change the fact that I will give my honest opinion in my reviews. (Posted on 11/24/2015)
- Review by Jalynn
The Faith Builders Bible is the complete Holy Bible, from Genesis to Revelation in the New International Readers Version. This is a hard cover Bible Each full color photograph has a Bible verse and a short description. And it comes complete with a short dictionary in the back as well as a short list of great Bible stories. Great gift idea for the young children in your lives that are fascinated with brick building.
**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. (Posted on 11/14/2015)
- Review by Dianna
- Review by The IE Mommy
This Bible is designed with the Lego lover in mind and I really like all the references to the beloved bricks. Even the title Faith BUILDERS is a cute reference. The cover depicts many of the characters from popular Bible stories as Lego's and that continues on the inside. I know that this will probably get mixed reviews because the very serious minded feel that this is disrespectful. I can see how some would feel that way but I'm more of the belief that as long as it stays true to the Bible and is a way to get kids to open it, I'm all for it.
Inside the Lego fun continues with Building Books of the Bible where it shows them organized and stacked as Legos with the books of the Bible on them. I thought this was a particularly cute feature. Then there is a Can you Build section with great tools for the young ones to study the Bible.
The rest of the Lego pictures can be found scattered throughout the Bible on their own separate pages where it has a picture of a popular story, a breakdown of the story and then a Building Black Verse. I really like these because they serve as great memory verses and I think the Lego pictures will help kids remember and drive the point home. There aren't as many of these as I'd like to see but they help drive the point home.
I think it's important to remember that different things make people open a book and the Bible is no exception. If Lego's are what makes a little boy or girl decide to give the Bible a read, I fully support the Faith Builders Bible! (Posted on 11/4/2015)
- Review by Praises of a Wife and Mommy
I know kids have many different interests and creating a Bible that is already aligned with their interests is such an awesome thing! This Bible is NIRV and includes several pictures that use Lego's to create the image... it's so cool! I loved looking at all the pictures and one of my favorites was the "Jesus walks on water" page. (Posted on 10/29/2015)
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