Homeschool Mom’s Bible Review
“Pick me, pick me!” That is what a lot of us on The Old Schoolhouse Review Crew said when the opportunity for the Homeschool Mom’s Bible review became available. I feel privileged to be among the reviewers selected. If I remember right, I squealed when I found out I would be one of the reviewers. I have had my Zondervan Study Bible since 1994 and it is worn. My husband has even repaired the binding for me. So, I was ready for a new Bible.
My first thought upon opening the package from Zondervan was how beautiful the Homeschool Mom’s Bible is. Mine is the hardcover edition with a dust jacket. A delightful surprise was discovering the Bible has the same design as the dust jacket rather than a plain cover. That made me happy because dust jackets do not last long for me.
Vickie Farris wrote the foreword to the Homeschool Mom’s Bible. She is an author, a homeschool mom to ten children, and wife of Michael Farris, founder of the Homeschool Legal Defense Association. Vickie’s words spoke to me when she wrote,
“Our plans to spend time in God’s Word are ambushed by the demands of the day . . . and we fall into bed exhausted without having spent time with our Lord.”
This has happened to me more times than I care to admit. There always seems like someone or something needs my attention. Doing this product review has helped me get back on track with my daily Bible reading. I am able to handle the events of the day better when I have had time with the Lord.
Alpha Omega Publications teamed up with Zondervan. The devotions for the NIV Homeschool Mom’s Bible come from the Daily Focus which is a daily devotional for newsletter subscribers.
Janet Tatman writes the devotions for the Daily Focus. She is also a 25-year homeschool veteran who understands our lives as a homeschool mom and the encouragement we need to continue along our homeschooling journey. Each one of her devotions begin with a scripture verse, has a devotional message in 2-4 paragraphs, and a closing prayer. The devotions are nestled within God’s Word and appear approximately every 3 to 6 pages. This will work well for reading the Bible in a year.
The devotion that spoke to me the most was on September 19th. The title is Broken Promises. It was a convicting reminder of the importance for me to mean what I say and to keep my promises to my children.
Zondervan graciously offered us reviewers our choice between the NIV and the KJV. I chose the NIV. I was surprised to find differences in the NIV translation. I have the 1985 edition of the NIV Study Bible. The Homeschool Mom’s Bible is the 2011 edition. Words such as brothers have been replaced with people. For example,
“How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!”
Psalm 133:1 NIV 1985
“How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!”
Psalm 133:1 NIV 2011
I guess this is not a big deal. It was an adjustment when I switched from the KJV to the NIV many years ago. I will need to adjust once again. It is hard though when I have memorized Scripture and see it written differently. I still say John 3:16 using the King James wording.
A Bible is personal and for me it needs to include certain features. One of those is having Jesus’ words in red letters. I found it disappointing that in the Homeschool Mom’s Bible does not have that feature. I realize not every Bible does. It is just something that is important to me.
The Homeschool Mom’s Bible includes an alphabetical order of the books of the Bible and a topical index. You are welcome to read a sample of the Bible, which is the book of Matthew. You may purchase the NIV Homeschool Mom’s Bible directly from Zondervan for $34.99. Zondervan Bibles are also available in many bookstores such as Family Christian.
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