The NIV student study Bible has a special place in my heart.  It was the first Bible a youth worker gave to me when I became a Christian in grade 10.  It was my Bible that I carried with me for a long time.  It was a trusty sidekick to get me through all of the tough years in high school.  But the best thing this Bible did was introduce me to this person, Jesus.  I will never forget reading through the gospels for the first time in the NIV.  It really changed my life.

With all that said, I was given two copies of the NIV Revolution for Teen Guys and the NIV True Images Bible for Teen Girls.

These are great Bibles.  I can’t wait to give them to my niece and nephew.  What a great translation to read the Bible in.  Here is our breakdown of these two Bibles that we think are awesome for teenagers.

The Good

Both Bibles do a great job setting up each Biblical Book.

Both do a great job explaining the passages.

NIV Revolution for Teen Guys has a 50 things section which is neat.

NIV Revolution for Teen Guys does a great job of trying to apply the text with their “be the change” summaries and challenges

NIV True Images Bible for Teen Girls has quizzes, challenges and other neat ways to help girls internalize the Word.

Both Bibles look great, the flow of the text, and the headings all are catching to the eye.

The Bad

These Bibles are branded for teenagers 13-18.  I personally can’t imagine a 16-year-old with this Bible.  I think this would fit in perfectly with my jr.youth who are aged 11-14.  This really is the sweet spot for this Bible.

The NIV Revolution for Teen Guys and the NIV True Images Bible for Teen Girls comes off a bit gimmicky.  They really are for younger teens.

There is no intro or ending explaining the gospel, or how to really read the Bible.  I would love to help develop a Bible that took things from different NIV versions like the NIV Zondervan Study Bible.  Tim Keller has some incredible articles in that Bible that I think should be in every Bible!   You really could develop a Bible that really speaks and helps teenagers understand the gospel and their daily need for it.

Conclusion

The NIV is a great Bible for teenagers to read.  It’s in plain language, and written in an easy style.  If your church uses the NIV the NIV Revolution for Teen Guys and the NIV True Images Bible for Teen Girls are incredible, and I would give them to my own kids.

I still think the best Student Study Bible on the market is the ESV Student Study Bible.  It’s hands down the best Bible for teenagers and you can read more about it here.  

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