NLT Inspire for Girls Bible Review

Tyndale recently released the NLT Inspire for Girls Bible. This beautiful journaling Bible contains many of the same features of the original Inspire Bible with lots of added features designed specifically for girls ages 8 to 14. Marketed as the Bible for coloring and creative journaling it is designed to draw girls deeper into God’s Word and to inspire creativity and connection with God!

ISBN:9781496426611

Tyndale provided this Bible free for review. I was not required to give a positive review, only an honest one. All opinions are my own.

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This Bible is available at (includes some affiliate links)

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

Books-A-Million

Thrift Books

Tyndale House direct sales

and many local Bible bookstores

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Construction and Materials

The version we received is the softcover edition. It has a thick pasteboard embossed cover in pink, turquoise, silver, and white and comes in a thin cardboard slipcover. It measures 7.875″ x 6.125″ x 1.75″ and weighs 2 lbs, 6 ounces.

The paper is a soft white and approximately 38 gsm. It has a glued binding.

Several of the pages have lightly-ruled, two-inch-wide margins to provide open space for creativity. The pages are easy to turn and I find the soft white easier on my eyes for extended reading than a stark white would be.

This Bible is also available in a light blue and silver leatherlike hardcover edition.

Typography

It has an 8.65-point font and is laid out in single column paragraph format with the poetry set in stanzas. It is blackletter with book names, chapter numbers, and section headings in turquoise ink. Guide references are also in turquoise and are located in the center of the header with page numbers in black located in the upper outside corners.

Artwork

The Artwork is a major feature of any coloring Bible and this one has over 500 line-art illustrations.

Some of these illustrations are from the Inspire Bible,

some are from the Inspire Praise Bible,

and over 75 of them were drawn specifically for this Bible.

This mixture allows a young girl to color along with her mother, sister, or friend who owns one of the other Bibles part of the time while still having some artwork that is uniquely hers.

An index of designed verses is included in the back to make the illustrations easy to find.

Other Features

The Inspire for Girls Bible starts with welcome pages to help anyone new to Bible journaling feel more comfortable with writing and drawing in a Bible. These pages include information about the Bible in general, and this version of it specifically, Bible Journaling Tips, Questions to ask as you read your Bible, and a prayer about growing with God.

There are over 300 Devotionals written by author Carolyn Larsen. These quick devotionals are designed to help girls connect with God’s Word and apply it to their life. They cover a wide variety of topics from Abilities to Wisdom with many of the topics (such as Faith, God’s Guidance, Prayer, Telling Others about Jesus) having multiple devotionals.

There is a 6-page topical index to the devotionals in the front of the Bible.

There are also numerous Journaling Prompts. Questions about what the Bible means and how it relates to them with space to put their answers directly in their Bible.

A Key Scripture Verses coloring picture and a list of Fun Facts and the beginning of each book draws attention to the major themes of each book and provides background information in an interesting and engaging way.

A Young Girls Opinion

Tyndale was nice enough to provide a copy for us to give to my young cousin, Sadie, who is in the suggested age range for this Bible.

She likes the raised drawings on the cover. She said, “I like that it’s easy to carry (not too heavy) and has extra pages to color on the inside cover. I like the key scripture verses and the fun facts at the beginning of each book. It’s fun to color the verses in the margins. It makes me want to spend more time reading the Bible. Some of the margins have good questions to think about and then answer. I also like the spaces in the margins to write notes.”

Sadie really liked that there was a little devotional reading and prayer for Genesis 12:1-9 because she was studying those verses with her elementary class at church.

Her only complaints would be “In a few places, it is hard to keep it open long enough to color and if you close it and don’t put it right back in the case it came in, the front cover pops up.”

Sadie thinks this Bible is best for girls in 3rd grade and up. She likes the cursive writing in the coloring parts because it is so pretty, but she wouldn’t have been able to read that a couple of years ago because she didn’t learn cursive until partway through 2nd grade. She likes that it looks like an older kids Bible. This is her first “big kid’s” Bible that was hers first and not handed down.

Final Thoughts on the Inspire for Girls Bible

The NLT Inspire for Girls Bible would make a great gift for the young girls in your life. It makes it easy to encourage them to spend time reading and enjoying God’s Word. Its variety of features allows young girls to express themselves in words or pictures (or any other way they can think of to fill the blank margins). By inviting them to interact with God’s Word in a way that is comfortable to them it can help instill (or strengthen) a love of the Bible that will help them their entire lives.

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This Bible is available at (includes some affiliate links)

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

Books-A-Million

Thrift Books

Tyndale House direct sales

and many local Bible bookstores

_________________________________________________________

Photography by hannah C brown

Tyndale provided this Bible free for review. I was not required to give a positive review, only an honest one. All opinions are my own.

About The Author

Lucinda Brown

Homemaker, Pastor's Wife, and former homeschooler (my kids graduated). I love to read (especially God's Word) but am a reluctant writer. Besides reading I enjoy cooking, gardening, and a large variety of crafts. I don't consider myself an expert at any craft and am always finding new crafts and art mediums I want to try.

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