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Schoolhouse Review: Abingdon Press~Deep Blue Kids Bible


Abingdon Press publishes academic, professional, inspirational, and life-affirming religious literature across the globe. One can find books, Bibles, Classroom Resources and Church Supplies as well.

The Schoolhouse Review Crew was blessed to review the Common English Deep Blue Kids Bible. The Deep Blue Kids Bible is recommended for ages 7-12. It's available in:
*Hardcover
*ImageFlex
*Deco Tone Midnight Splash
*Deco Tone White Splash
*Imitation Leather Burgandy

I received the ImageFlex cover. I thought I'd prefer the Hardcover but once I had the ImageFlex Cover in my hands I was surprised how it could be so flexible, yet sturdy. Now ImageFlex is my new favorite cover.
I wanted to review this Bible with my son Ethan. With starting the new school year, with a new program, this review item came just in time to give him a new Bible too.  

I must say, I'm all for cute, lively, characters and the Deep Blue Kids Bible has three. Asia who never goes anywhere without her microphone. She's always reporting and bringing you the latest in Bible stories. Then there's Edgar, the curious one, always trying to figure things out. He likes to understand things. Kate, well, she just loves adventures and the Bible has so much to discover and explore.
Asia, Edgar, and Kat will help your child understand the Bible in a way that they can understand. There are so many neat features in the Deep Blue Kids Common English Bible. The introduction goes over Bible Basics by asking questions such as: What is the Bible?, Who Wrote the Bible?, Why is the Bible important today?, and How can I find my way through the Bible?

The Old and New Testaments are broken down into:
Instruction, History, Songs, Wisdom, Prophets, Gospels, Journeys, Letters, and Revelation.

There is a page that teaches your child how to find the book, chapter and verse.

Throughout the Bible your child will see 'call-outs' to help them navigate and grasp God's Word.
 Do you love maps? I do, so I really appreciated the good quality ones in the back of the Bible. There are 8 National Geographic maps.
Before you and your child delve into one of the books, you'll want him/her to read the page that introduces the book with a synopsis, things you'll discover, people you'll meet, place you'll go, and words you'll remember. What I really like is in the 'places you'll go' section because it will also inform you where those places are today.

For instance in the book of Genesis, the places you'll go are Eden, Ur, Canaan and Egypt. In parenthesis next to Eden and Ur it will read (present-day Iraq).

What I REALLY like is the Deep Blue Kids Bible uses words that my 8, 9, 10, and 12 year old children understand without losing the meaning of Gods Word. On pages xvii-xx the Editorial Board of the Common English Bible go into great detail about how they went about writing the Deep Blue Kids Bible in Common English. How they went back to the Hebrew and Greek words to find and understand the meaning of words. 

My children love the KJV Bible. They were given one by their Sunday School teacher three years ago. And although they enjoy reading it they often come away with not understanding what they read. With having the Common English Bible we were able to look up the same passage and have a better understanding of God's Word, mom included.

I'm not always there when my children are reading their Bibles and am not able to explain what a passage means. With using the Common English Bible, I feel that they are better able to absorb God's Word. 
What did Homeschooling6 Mom think? I really enjoyed using this Bible for school and during our Bible Study time. I really felt that the Deep Blue Kids Bible was a great tool for my children with grasping God's Word. I look forward to using it with Ethan as we study the Bible together.

During the review period whenever I had to look up scripture I used the Deep Blue Kids Bible. When I read verses that were in their school books I would first read the translation provided, then look up the same passage in the Deep Blue Kids Bible. It was very clear to me that by also looking up the verse in The Common English Bible it helped the children deepen their understanding of it.

Here is an example from the book of Philippians 3:3-4. Scripture from New American Standard Bible:
Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interest, but also for the interest of others.

Here is the same passage from the Common English Bible: Don't do anything for selfish purposes, but with humility think of others better than yourselves, being united, and agreeing with each other. Instead of each person watching out for their own good, watch out for what is better for others.

I think there is a time and season for different Bible translations. For my younger crowd I prefer something like the Common English Bible and as they mature then they can move onto the NASB or KJV. 

You can also find Abingdon Press on Facebook and Twitter. The Deep Blue Kids Bible website, Sample Page, Resources, Where to Buy, and Videos.
 
To read more reviews about the Deep Blue Kids Bible, please visit the Schoolhouse Review Crew website.


**Disclaimer: As a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, I received these products, at no cost to me, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are mine.


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