“Turn to…”, is a phrase I still use with my middle school/Jr. high ministry, but it is less and less being responded to with the quick turn of pages and the sound rustle of paper…
The growing response I now hear is a beep or chirp. The old black leather bound Bible neatly tuck away in the crocheted cover grandma made last Christmas just isn’t cutting it any more in our highly multi-sensory world. The contents of course, of God’s Word doesn’t change, but it’s about time the package and presentation certainly does. Zondervan & Zonderkidz has taken that idea to heart with their newly designed series of pre-teen/teen Bibles!
"Motivating children to read their Bibles can sometimes be a challenge,” expressed Annette Bourland, Senior Vice President and Group Publisher of Zondervan,“so our intent is that using creative covers on the outside will encourage kids to explore the amazing, life-affirming content on the inside.” That is exactly what they have done with this their new cover designs. I know personally, when I open the package containing these new Bibles, my own two children were immediately drawn in, as they excitedly look at each one. My daughter a ‘girly’ girl loved the pink leopard print Bible from their “Animal Print” collection that also included zebra and blue giraffe. My son being a huge Lego fan started to rearrange and created his own design with the new “Flexi-Bible”, which comes in both blue and pink. The new series also include two other collections. The “Sports Collection” highlighted by a soccer, basketball, and football designs are slight larger in size than the rest, which are perfect for pre-teen and teens boys. The “Clearly U” Bibles are fun with a clear plastic cover includes four different interchangeable covers that any girl of any age will love. The Clearly U Bibles are also perfect for creating your own design or holding pictures. Any of these 4 different collections are great for pre-teen/tween/middle school/Jr. high…or however you define that age in your ministry, but because of the imaginative designs they can be used by younger and older students as well.
Each of the Bibles in the collection contain the new NIV inside with headings, highlighted text, and more with a convenient 'lay flat' design. The point of the new series is not to add new content inside, but to pull students back into picking up a physical copy of the Bible again. "The Bible is a great read, and kids and teens can enjoy the stories as much as they would a book series like Harry Potter because the Bible has it all--- action, adventure, love, and, of course, the greatest story ever told." This is the vision behind these new collections and that has truly been accomplished with these cool, inventive and very affordable Bibles!