A Book Review, a Challenge, & a Giveaway!

by Sally Matheny

Kids' Visual Study Bible
(photo courtesy of Zonderkidz)
The Book

Is there a visual learner in your family--someone who lingers over graphic charts and notices the fine details of an illustration? Some folks just prefer using their eyes more than their ears to learn. I know. I’m one of them.

That’s why I am delighted to review a children’s Bible published by Zonderkidz in 2017. The Kids’ NIV Visual Bible has many features your child will enjoy, whether he’s a visual learner or not. And it’s not just for kids. In fact, I’d say it’s best suited for ages 10-18ish. I’m well over eighteen and I find it captivating.

There are over 700 colorful photos, illustrations, maps and some very cool infographics. Plus, there are helpful notes in the sidebars.

Each book of the Bible is introduced with information about the author, the primary purpose of the book, whom it was written for, the key person of the book, where it took place and some of the key stories in the book.

I like the layout of one, wide column of text per page rather than the typical two-columns. I think kids might find that easier to read. It doesn’t state the size of the font but I’m guessing it’s a 10 point font, maybe an 8.

Located in the back of this nice, hardcover Bible are more helpful resources:

Table of Weights and Measures
Infographic Index
Maps Index
Additional Set of 12 Maps

Often times I like to share the books I’m given to review and offer them as giveaways to my blog readers. However, this book will be a great resource for the class of 5th-7th graders I teach each Sunday so I’m keeping this one.

Kids' Visual Study Bible infographic

But, I do have a challenge for you and I do have something to give away!

The Challenge

Some of you may have heard about “Bring Your Bible to School Day.” The event sponsored by Focus on the Family is on October 5th this year. 

Let's encourage children to carry their Bibles to school that day. Not as a cell phone app, not an e-book, but an actual Bible book as a testimony of their Christian faith. For many students, this will take an enormous amount of courage, so begin talking and praying about it with them now.

For Christian homeschool families, we are blessed beyond measure to speak and teach, using the Bible as our guide throughout our day. We bring our Bibles to school every day! So, I want to ask homeschool students to do something just as courageous as the public school students.

I’ve designated October 4th as “Give a Bible Away Day.” 

Give a Bible Away Day - Oct. 4

I challenge homeschool students to get out in their community and give Bibles away. Pray together about to whom you should give the Bibles. Roleplay beforehand and practice what to say. Perhaps something like,

“Hi. My name is Jane. Did you know today is “Give a Bible Away Day”? I’d like to give this Bible to you. Would you like to have it?”

If the person you give it to is a public school student, tell them Oct. 5 is “Bring Your Bible to School Day” and you hope they’ll take their new Bible to school.

Parents, we can go with our children to give away the Bibles. We may even have to model how to do it so you may want to take more than one Bible. If you’re nervous yourself, that’s great! Share that with your children. Pray together and then show them what God can do!

Giving away this NKJV
God's Girl Bible
Let’s give our kids opportunities to trust God for his help with what to say and the courage to say it.

The Giveaway

I’m giving away this brand new, NKJV purple Bible. The winner can keep the Bible or give it away.

Everyone who leaves a comment at the end of this post will have their names entered in the giveaway. The winner will be selected on Wednesday, September 27 and I’ll make sure you have it before “Give a Bible Away Day.”

So, tell me. 

What are your thoughts about participating in one of these special Bible days?

*WINNER OF THE GOD'S GIRL BIBLE: Shannon W. of North Carolina. Congratulations, Shannon!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> 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 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


  1. Thank you, Sally, for your thoughtful review of the Kids' NIV Visual Study Bible, and for your challenge to homeschoolers. That's a challenge for me as a homeschool mom, too, though it shouldn't be when I've been a Christian for most of my life.

    1. Glad you stopped by and shared your thoughts, Shannon. Let's pray for one another as we seek the Lord's help in modeling courageous Christian living for the next generation.

  2. Karen Hutchins9/27/17, 12:58 PM

    I would like to participate in one of the special Bible days.

    1. That will be wonderful, Karen. Maybe you'll win the Bible and you can start with it! :) Thanks for stopping by.


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