The Faithgirlz Bible is a Bible with additional devotional and study content specifically focused on teen and preteen girls. This edition is the New King James Version (NKJV), but a New International Version (NIV) edition is also available.
When I saw that Nancy Rue edited this version, I’m not going to lie, I was pretty excited. I love the way she relates spiritual and moral principles in her novels, so I felt like she’d do a great job bringing that insight and excitement to scripture and make it even more accessible to girls.
Each book of the Bible begins with a short introduction naming important characters and giving a brief context for when and why the book was written as well as how it fits into the larger picture of the Bible. Within the passages, there are some quiz questions. For instance, in Matthew 27, the quiz states: “I think I can follow Jesus’ instructions by…” Three answers follow. On the opposite page, an answer key lists scriptural references for each possible answer that discuss what the Bible says about each of the three options. I thought that was a really fresh, neat idea and a great way to pull values from the Bible and relate them to daily life.
Short “Oh, I get it!” sections pose a question from the passage on the page and explain an answer. Why did Jesus do this or not do that? A paragraph explanation with some more leading questions follows. Encouraging scriptures are also quoted in “Treasure This” asides, drawing attention to those great promises we hold onto.
This is a Bible I wholeheartedly recommend to preteens and teens alike. It’s really accessible and easy to relate to. The tone of the extra notes is positive and encouraging, but it doesn’t shy away from asking deep questions and really inviting readers to think about how Christian beliefs and scripture intersect their daily lives.
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