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The college years are an exciting time in life. New things to learn, new people to meet, new challenges as you learn to live independently for the first time — and also, the college years are a time of learning to lean more on the Lord and grow closer to Him.
I enjoyed reviewing Zondervan’s NIV College Devotional Bible because I think it would be a great companion to young people at college.
The Bible is the Bible, so what makes this one a better choice than others for college kids? Several features.
- About every five pages, there is a one-page devotional based on verses from a nearby Bible passage. These devotions don’t appear to be specifically college kid-related, but a few questions at the bottom of each do seem to be geared toward young adults.
- The back has a table of weights and measures. This is so cool! Never again will you wonder what on earth a talent, an omer, or a hin corresponds to in today’s measurements.
- There’s a subject index for the devotionals, which would be great for just browsing. C.S. Lewis, Enduring unbearable circumstances, Making choices, Natural disasters — you’ll find devotions related to all these.
- There are various Bible reading plans and lists all mapped out — through the Bible in a year, 30 days with Jesus. More obscure ones such as 20 not-so-famous Bible stories … hey, I’m thinking I don’t have to be in college to enjoy this Bible!
The book is hardcover with a dust jacket. If I had a suggestion, I suppose it would be to make a leather-like cover as an option, as I find that in an often-used book like a Bible, hardcovers with dust jackets tend to get beat up pretty quickly. They might also offer editions other than NIV, although I do like that translation.
All in all, a great gift for that teen you know who’s heading to college, or to buy as a graduation gift.