NIV The Plans I Have for You Holy Bible {Review}

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.– Jeremiah 29:11

I love this scripture verse, not only is it extremely encouraging, but it brings me great peace. Author, Amy Parker, has created an entire children's series based off of this passage in the Bible. The Plans I Have for You series is one that reminds children that God made them special by giving them unique qualities and traits. This series already includes, a fun picture book, a devotional, and a journal. The latest addition to the collection is the new NIV The Plans I Have for You Holy Bible.

The Plans I Have for You Holy Bible, in the New International Version, inspires readers of all ages to dream about their future. God has great plans for each and every one of us, and this Bible encourages children to think about the talents that make them special and helps them imagine how God may use their unique traits to make the world a better place.

Amy Parker has written and co-written more than forty books for children, teens, and adults, with more than a million copies sold. She has collaborated with authors ranging from New York Times bestsellers to her very own son. Two of these collaborations—Firebird and Courageous Teens—are recipients of Christian Retailing’s Best Awards. But Amy’s greatest reward is being a wife to Daniel and a mom to their amazing sons, Michael and Ethan. 

This Bible comes with a colorful hardcover depicting the signature The Plans I Have for You illustrations by Vanessa Brantley Newton, with cheerful children smiling as they release paper lanterns. I'm not sure if this picture is meant to be symbolic, but it seems as though the lanterns are being set free to represent letting go of reservations, and trusting the Lord that He will do good things in our lives. Inside, you have your Bible text along with some pretty great extras, including additional two-color illustrations throughout. 

Other features that are included in NIV The Plans I Have for You Holy Bible:
  • A presentation page for gifting
  • Fifty pages titled God’s Big Plans. These pages tell of the big plans that God had for various people in the Bible such as Esther, Joshua, Moses, and even the reader.
  • Twenty-five pages of Promise Prayers that highlight a scripture verse and a prayer that children can recite.
  • 100 verses highlighted in blue that include God’s promises, as well as encouraging scripture verses
  • Index of God's Big Plans
  • Index of Promise Prayers
  • Scripture Index (includes highlighted verses)
  • Table of Weights and Measures

The pages showing God's Big Plans and Promise Prayers are what really encompasses the theme of this Bible. Each of these areas are written by author and series creator, Amy Parker. As children read God's Big Plans, they will be reminded of how the Lord used individuals from the Bible to carry out His plans, and how He will use each of us to do the same thing. The Promise Prayers that are included allow readers to seek God in carrying out His will. They're also beautifully written. One that is worth mentioning is the prayer about trusting the Lord. This first opens up with a passage out of Proverbs and then continues on with a prayer that kids can recite, thanking God for giving them direction in their lives, even when things may sometimes get off track.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.– Proverbs 3:5-6

Since the overall theme is to encourage children that God will use them in a great way, the uplifting verses that are highlighted throughout are also a nice way to fill them with the hope of His promises. NIV The Plans I Have for You Holy Bible is a really nice Bible that helps encourage children by taking what is promised in Jeremiah 29:11, and reminding them that the Lord will use them in a special way for His purpose.