Zondervan NIV Bible For Men – Devotional Bible Review – Rating: 8.5

I requested an evaluation copy of the Zondervan NIV Bible For Men through their BookLook Bloggers Program (HarperCollins Publishers) so I could review it. In this review, I will be evaluating the physical makeup of this devotional Bible, the study tools and features as well as comparing it to the subtitle which is “Fresh Insights for Thriving in Today’s Word”.
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In full disclosure, I was not required or requested by Zondervan or BookLook Bloggers 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.”

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QUICK SUMMARY:

**See all sections below for full detailed review**
First, let me clear up something.  This is not what I would classify as a Study Bible.  It is more of a Devotional Bible geared toward young men.  This is the New International Version and is mostly a text Bible, but it has additional elements that create the devotional aspect.  These aspects are covered by the 260 devotional articles and the 52 common myths about God, Faith and many other topics.  I don’t read the NIV as my normal reading or studies, but if you like or prefer the NIV, this particular one is a very good one for a younger generation of men.  Overall, Zondervan did a good job with this Bible.

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DESCRIPTION OF THIS BIBLE:

Type of Bible:  Text Bible with additional devotional articles geared toward young men
Publisher: Zondervan
Publish Date: September 22, 2015
ISBN-13 of Bible Reviewed: 978-0310409625
Price: At the time of writing this, you can get new from Amazon for $27.40 – suggested retail is $34.99  http://www.amazon.com/NIV-Bible-Men-Hardcover-Insights/dp/0310409624/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1452657361&sr=8-1&keywords=9780310409625
Bible Version: NIV

Physical Characteristics:
  • Hardcover
  • Full color dust jacket
  • Smyth sewn and glued back (not perfect bound)
  • Slightly rounded back
  • No ribbon markers in this hardcover version (LeatherLook version does have one)
  • Double Column format
  • Words of Christ are NOT in red text
  • No cross references
  • 1,684 pages (not including Pre-Scripture Text Pages)
  • Type size: looks like about a 9 point
  • Dimensions: 5 11/16″ wide x 8 3/4″ high x 1 13/16″ thick
  • Approximate weight: 1.6 lbs
  • Printed in China

SPECIAL CONTENT OF THIS BIBLE:

Pre-Scripture Text Pages

  • 1 page of Table of Contents
  • 1 page Foreward by Jeff Goins
  • 2 pages for Welcome to the NIV Bible For Men by the Editorial Team
  • 5 pages of Preface which is the typical letter from the translators

Scripture Text Pages

As I mentioned, this is not a Study Bible so don’t expect to have a bunch of Study Notes or Introductions to the books of the Bible or things along that nature.  It does however have articles and myths features that are more of a devotional nature.

As I said in my introduction, the subtitle that Zondervan has put on this Bible is “Fresh Insights for Thriving in Today’s World”. So I now have to answer the question of whether or not I feel like Zondervan accomplished that claim.  With that said, I can honestly say that I feel they really did it. And I’m basing that simply on the articles and myths features and what topics these features are covering.  And I’m talking about hard issues that guys deal with.  Things like lust, strength, reputation, purpose, prayer, sex, faith, God’s character, discipleship and many, many others. These topics are issues that guys deal with in today’s world – some of which are prevalent in today’s world that weren’t an issue years ago.  Such as the plethora of unhealthy input from media such as movies, television, magazines, and the internet.

260 Weekday Devotional Articles/Readings

I’m not quite sure why they only put in 260 of these articles or readings which equate to one reading per weekday.  I read on the weekends, so that just seemed a little odd to me.  With that said, there are some really good articles in this Bible.  I didn’t read each of them, but many of them deal with some very hard topics in a very practical and understandable manner.  Many of the topics in these articles/readings are geared directly to what men deal with in life that women may not deal with as much.  As an example, D128 on pages 836-837 is  by Tim Challies and is titled “God can see past your stealth browser” and deals with the heart issue of how we act on the internet like when we answer an email or portray ourselves differently online vs. the real world.  Very well written article about accountability.

Each of these articles/readings have a Key Verse they are geared from. However, I am VERY pleased that right below that key verse, they also have a brief section that encourages the reader to keep the key verse in context by reading the entire chapter and gives a summary of the context.  Then, the larger portion is the article itself with a callout box with a key statement from the article.  Then each one ends with a “Bring It To Life” section that provides some application for the devotional lesson.

Each Devotional Reading and Myth Article tells you what page the next reading and myth are on for easy access if you want to read through these features.

Devotional Reading D128 pgs 836-837

 

52 Myth Articles

The Myth Articles that are in this devotional Bible threw me a little bit when I first glanced at them without understanding what they were. These are fairly common cultural myths that you may hear on any given day.  They have the left side of the page with a Title and the text with a first name of who “said” the myth.  then on the right side of the page, they have the explanation of why this is a myth along with scripture references and possible application of the truth rather than the common myth. The ones that I looked through are pretty good.  These all are excerpts from Zondervan’s The Bible for Men (2009).

Each Devotional Reading and Myth Article tells you what page the next reading and myth are on for easy access if you want to read through these features.

Myth Article #31 pgs 998-999

Translation Footnotes

This Bible has the typical NIV footnotes from the translators that you would find in other NIV Bibles.

NIV Translation Footnotes pg 691

 

Post Scripture Pages

 

  • 1 page of Table of Weights and Measures – not the most complete, but still pretty decent.

 

Table of Weights and Measures pg 1649

 

  • 15 pages of Sources which list the listing of where the different Devotional Readings and Myth Articles were originally published.

 

Sources of Devotional Reading Authors pgs 1650-1651

 

  • 8 pages of Author Biographies for the multiple authors of the 260 Devotional Readings in this Bible

 

Devotional Readings Author Biographies pgs 1666-1667

 

  • 2 pages of Myths Index

 

Index of Myth Articles pg 1673

 

  • 9 pages of a Topical Index – this allows the reader to be able to look up certain topics where it will list different scripture references that pertain in some manner to the particular issue that the reader is facing or interested in reading about.  Nicely done.

 

Topical Index pgs 1688-1679

 

Typeface and Print:

•Scriptures appear to be about 9 point font, which tends to be fairly standard size  and font used in many bibles.
•The font on the Devotional Readings and Myth Articles are about the same 9 point font as well making it pretty easy to read as well.
•There is not very much room to write in the outside margins to write in if you desire as it really only has about a 1/4″ margin.
•Paper used for this bible is a fairly opaque paper so you don’t get nearly the show through that you do with other bibles that use cheaper/thinner paper.
•The line-matching (printed lines on the front of the page vs. the back side of the page aren’t lined up very good.  However, with that said, the paper is fairly opaque, so I wouldn’t knock down my rating like I have in some other Bibles that I have reviewed in the past.

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MY CHRISTIAN REVIEWER RATINGS:

Below, we have the overall ratings that I would give to this particular bible with a 1 to 10 range.  Keep in mind that when I am doing these ratings, it is based on the physical makeup, format, extra-biblical content and value of the bible, not rating the Word of God itself as that would be off the chart  🙂

Quality:  8.2– I never rate a hardcover book higher than a nicely sewn and bound leather book simply due to long-term durability.  Basically, this means without proper care, any hardcover bible type will not last as long as the leather bound sewn version of that same Bible.  With that said, for a hardcover book, the quality is fine.
Appearance: 8.4 – The appearance of this Bible is clean – layout is done nicely for a devotional Bible. The way that they did the devotional readings and myth articles really does have a nice design and layout to them.  Easy to read fonts.  Overall, nicely done.
Value: 8.5 – Basing this rating as a hardcover bible – the value of this bible is good – especially considering the low price for what you get
Innovation: 9.0 – I would say that the innovation points that I will give this particular devotional Bible is going to be based on their use of the devotional readings and myth articles.  Those are done nicely and really do hit on topics that men are faced with on nearly a daily basis in our current world.  The Topical Index is a very good tool as well for the reader to look in the Bible for specific issues they may be facing.
Other/Wildcard: n/a – No real wildcards to speak of to adjust the rating points for this Bible.

Overall Rating: 8.5 out of 10

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Bible Formats and Options:

Here are some of the different formats that this bible comes in per the publisher.  You can simply Google the ISBN number to find where you can get your desired version.
ISBN: 978-0310409625 (Jacketed Hardcover NIV – This review)
ISBN: 978-0310410201 (NIV Leather-Look Gray/Tan)
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Company Summary:

Zondervan, part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, is a world leading Bible publisher and provider of Christian communications. For more than 80 years, Zondervan has delivered transformational Christian experiences through its bestselling Bibles, books, curriculum, academic resources and digital products. The company’s products are sold in multiple formats, worldwide in more than 60 countries, translated into nearly 200 languages. Zondervan is the North American publisher and licensee of the NIV Bible translation.  Zondervan offices are located in Grand Rapids, MI.

HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc. is a world leading Christian content provider. Our parent company, HarperCollins Publishers, is the second-largest consumer book publisher in the world and is a subsidiary of News Corp. Though the Company formed in 2012, its heritage dates back to the late eighteenth century. Thomas Nelson and Zondervan, two highly sought-after Christian inspirational brands, are the keystone publishing programs.
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– Michael
https://thechristianreviewer.wordpress.com

 

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