My first complaint is that on the cover it says, “Bestselling Bible for Teens.” This is more of a personal issue, but I am not a fan of things like that on the cover of a Bible. So you are best selling… Woo-Hoo. I also did not like that it was hard cover. From past experience hard cover Bibles do not hold up during heavy use. They look great on the shelf, but if you are planning on using it a lot, be prepared to have it rebound.
Once you open the Bible it is not so bad. It is set up for a pretty good “lay flat” design which is very nice and helpful when teaching or preaching. The font is a pretty good size as well so this is a very readable Bible.
Once I began looking at some of the “Study Bible additions” I was pleasantly surprised by many of them. I expected many of the things added in as study helps to be based on a particular denominational doctrine. There were some that were biased towards a particular group, but many were based solely on scripture and very helpful.
There are also various bits of trivia in the form of question & answers throughout the text. Little things like this are a nice addition to this particular study Bible.
One major addition that may be liked by some and hated by others is the Apostles’ Creed. The Apostles’ Creed is a statement of faith that is not actually a statement from the Apostles we read about in the New Testament. For the most part, it is a pretty good statement, but do not be confused into thinking that it is actually scripture itself. It is based off of many different scriptures, but is not itself the word of God.
Overall the NIV Teen Study Bible is pretty good. As I said in the beginning, it is not the best, but I have seen much worse. It obviously uses the NIV text so if you are a fan of that translation or not might help to make your final decision on this study Bible.
I received a free copy of the NIV Teen Study Bible from Booklook Bloggers in exchange for this review.