Saturday, September 6, 2014

New International College Devotional Bible, by Zondervan





Title: NIV College Devotional Bible

Publisher: Zondervan

Date: February 23, 2013

Hardcover: 1408 pages








About the book:
Your college years are different from any other time in your life. You get a demanding new schedule – and it’s yours to manage 100% on your own. You make new, lifelong friendships as you spend time with other people on a similar path in the journey. You face unique challenges as you begin to see the world differently, including what your impact on the world might be.
This special time in your life is also an opportunity for you to deepen your relationship with Jesus. The NIV College Devotional Bible will help you strengthen your walk with God as you find your own way in life. It’s filled with stories that connect Scripture with the struggles, questions, and decisions every college student faces. In fact, it’s the same approach that Jesus used in his parables---taking stories from everyday life to illustrate eternal truths.

Features:
  • 222 school-year devotions with daily insights and applications on relevant topics
  • Devotions use a unique storytelling approach to connect God’s Word with your real-life questions, struggles, and decisions as a student
  • A practical reading plan that helps you stay connected to God during the 9 months of school each year
  • Quick-start guide shows you how to get the most out of reading the Bible
  • Subject index for looking up topics of interest
  • Complete text of the clear, accessible NIV Bible
My take:
I was extremely excited when I received this devotional Bible. I did think it would be set up a little different than it is. As you go through the Bible, you will find little devotional sections that you can engage in here and there. I personally thought that they would have geared it a little more toward the college life, than just regular devotions that one can study. Not that there is anything wrong with that, I just felt like seeing how it is suppose to be geared toward college age, it should have college themes throughout. I do like how they have the story description at the top of ever section vs just at the top of the page. Another thing I felt like it was lacking were the red words to symbolize what Jesus is saying. I thought that would have been a nice touch.

In the back of the book is a page on weights and measures. After that is where all thy typical study guides are found. It has the one year through the Bible, 60-day, 20-day, and multiple 30 day study guides. Along with each of them, there is a section where it lets you mark off where you are so that you can keep track. You will also find a subject index section and a journal section.

I think this Bible can be used by anyone, even though it is stated for college age. Like stated before, there doesn't seem to be anything in here that makes it a straightforward college one.

This complementary book was given to me by BookLook Bloggers for my honest opinion.