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Book Review: Minecrafters Bible

July 18, 2016

NIrV Minecrafters BibleI have an 8 year old son so when the chance to came to review the NIrV Minecraft Bible, it was a no brainer. Although we had recently purchased a new Bible for him, the chance to combine MineCrafters and the Bible was too good to pass up.

The NIrV is simply the New International Readers Version, a translation with easier words for younger readers to comprehend and translated with a simple sentence structure. For those out there looking for serious exegetical study of the text, this would admittedly not be a choice.

However, the Bible teacher is not the intended audience. Rather in getting a young person actively reading the Bible as a habit and understanding the message of the text, this version accomplishes its goals. Key verses are translated into less theological language, yet their intent and meaning is not softened. The addition of full color minecraft-like pages spread consistently throughout with a devotional like thought and activity on each page is a creative bonus.

I say “minecraft-like” because on the back cover it clearly states “This Bible is not authorized, sponsored, endorsed or licensed by Mojang AB, Microsoft Corp or any other person or entity owning or controlling any rights to the Minecraft name, trademarks or copyrights.” Nonetheless, my son was impressed with the full-color pages and the realistic looking Minecraft images and characters.

While the Scriptures certainly contain enough exciting within them without additional attractions, I am happy to recommend this Bible to camps as a prize/gift for campers or for parents to purchase for their child because it is a good translation that is at a readable level for elementary school children.

The publisher has provided the reviewer with a complimentary copy of this book through BookLook Bloggers.

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