May 15, 2016

A Tool for God's Virtual Builders: The Minecrafter's Bible, NIrV #Review

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I just love the fact that more and more Bibles are being made for specific audiences–not just various age groups, but those who may also enjoy certain hobbies, characters, etc. This is especially helpful for children since they are more apt to pick up a book that includes something they're a fan of. In the past, I have reviewed children's Bibles for Lego block builders and even marine biology enthusiasts. Did you know there is also a new Minecrafter's Bible being released in June? How neat is that?!



ABOUT THE BIBLE:
This Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, takes advantage of the popularity of world-building games, to engage children with the Word of God. The Minecrafter's Bible, NIrV includes 24 full-color pages plus the complete New International Reader's Version (NIrV) of the Bible in a very readable font size. Do you ever feel like it's more fun to exist in the computer world than the real one Is that the only place you can control your destiny Well, God is the original great world builder, and he gave us the power and the skills we need to make changes in the real world. The Minecrafter's Bible, NIrV contains the full text of the New International Reader's Version (NIrV) of the Bible (from Genesis to Revelation) as well as 24 color tip-in pages featuring full-color illustrations in the style of wildly popular virtual-world-building games. Featured stories include the days of creation and great builds of the Bible.

I'm not going to beat around the bush, I am in no way a Minecraft expert. Although this game has been out for a few years, it is all new to me. I thought it was just a simple video game, but after witnessing how much it has grown in popularity, I had to do my own research to find out the real deal. Surprisingly, I learned that it's quite an innovative game revolving around exploration, creativity, and problem solving skills.


As far as the new Minecrafter's Bible, NIrV, I have to say it is an ingenious way to get children excited about learning God's word. The design is very reminiscent of a traditional Bible with delicate pages of text from the Old and New Testaments. What sets this one apart are the extra pages of full colored Minecraft themed features. The first page is a colored presentation page featuring crosses resembling the video game and a very fitting scripture verse from Romans 14:19:


Let us do all we can to live in peace. 
And let us work hard to build up one another.


Other extras include:
  • A table of contents
  • Alphabetical listing of each book in the Bible
  • An introduction to the New International Reader's Version (NIrV)
  • Colorful illustrations that highlight selected Bible stories, along with recommended scripture verses to read
  • A list of great Bible stories
  • A dictionary

I would have liked to see more color illustrations in this Bible, but the ones included are a lot of fun to look at. Any true fan of Minecraft is sure to enjoy them. Plus each page that includes a highlighted Bible story, also offers a challenge to the reader that involves completing a video game task to connect the story. This is one of my favorite features of the Minecrafter's Bible, NIrV, since it goes along perfectly with the actual theme.


I have a young family member who is a big fan of Minecraft, so I plan on gifting this to him. He is a bit on the young side, but I know this is a Bible that he'll be able to grow into. Plus, I think he'll appreciate the overall theme and the neat illustrations throughout. If you know of any children who are Mincraft fans and would like for them to be introduced to the Word of God, then I highly recommend giving them the Minecrafter's Bible, NIrV.



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