A couple of years ago my boy got an Adventure Bible (along with a really cool camo case with his name embroidered in bright orange so as not to lose it at church…because BOYS) for Christmas. He was needing a step up from the children’s story book Bibles and it has served him well.
But now he’s 11. And as I said last week, 11 year old boys are a totally different thing than 10 year old boys. I had another review opportunity from Family Christian bloggers come up and was able to get a free copy of the ESV Action Study Bible to review for my son. He was thrilled. He had really enjoyed the Action Bible book that we reviewed a while back, so I figured he would like this. And ESV is quickly becoming my favorite version of the Bible to use as I work my way through my journaling Bible.
He’s been using it for a couple of weeks now, so I asked him his opinion. I figure what he thinks about it matters more than what I think. His answer went something like this:
- I like the drawings. They’re pretty cool.
- It has all the Bible words in it, not just the stories. That’s useful for church and stuff.
- It fits in my camo case (…because we all know that’s super important).
- It’s got some cool extra things in it to help me learn more.
So…here’s what I think after flipping through the Bible. I think the ESV version is very readable and relatable for children. It really does have some “cool extra things” to help my boy learn more, including:
- “What About This?” Section: Gain insights to tough questions about faith
- “Unlock It!” Section: Who did what, when, and where … and why it matters
- “Guess It!” Section: Person, place, or thing—take the challenge with 5 clues
- “Activate” Section: Reflect on Bible themes and how they apply now
- “Ancient Archives” Section: Discover the cultural history of ancient times – what were weapons, food, clothes, houses, celebrations and traditions like?
- “Experience the Drama” Section: Comic book artist Sergio Cariello’s dramatic illustrations captures the imagination and transports you to another time.
I popped open his Bible and snapped a few pics so you could see for yourself what it’s got to offer. In my opinion it’s a great study tools for big kids and even for younger teens. And I wouldn’t say it’s just for boys if you’ve got a girlie who’s not quite so frilly. In fact, besides the hardcover option this book is also available in a soft leatherish grey and purple. (And they’re all 50% off right now, so how awesome is that?)
My boy seemed to think this would be a pretty good Bible for all his friends to have. So maybe instead of buying your 11 year boy one of those pre-made Easter baskets at Target full of chewy candy that the dentist hates your child to eat and toys that he could care less about, just get him a bag of his favorite candy and a new Bible. And if you’re feeling really generous, you might want to spill for some kind of cool-looking case that will help him keep track of his papers and other important church stuff. It just might get you a few extra awesome-mom-points which we all need from time to time. Because being a #boymom is no easy feat.