NIV Color Code Bible {Black Leather-Like Edition}

I love getting the opportunity to review new bibles. It's wonderful to see how all the different publishers can take one book and make so many different versions of it, all to help personalize it for the reader. The newest bible is the NIV Color Code Bible, from Tommy Nelson, for kids. 

There are two version of this bible, one being a hardback cover and the other a black "leather-like" cover. I have the black version and to be honest, the "leather" doesn't really feel or look like leather to me. I have had other bibles that have had better representations of faux leather. Now, with that being said, I actually do like the cover. It has a matte, soft look to it and it's actually quite nice. The title is stamped on the cover in very bold, rainbow foil and is definitely eye catching.

As for the bible itself, I really enjoyed it. It's in a very easy to read version of NIV and is fairly universal for many kids to read. I only have one problem with it and I will get to that in a minute.

What makes this a color code bible is that the publishers have gone through the entire bible and highlighted different verses in different colors for kids so that they can better and more easily understand God's word. But, before they jump into all God has to show them, there are approximately 70+ pages in the beginning that will help them understand this version. All of the colors are explained in depth, there are reading plans, intro to the bible itself with the books broken down into the different sections (prophesy, letters, history, gospels, etc) authors of the bible and a little about them, and an index of every highlighted verse in this bible broken down into subject.

Now for the one problem I had...While I loved the idea of the highlighting, some of them are very hard to see because they are so light and others are hard to decipher from one color to another. I think this could have been done a little better and probably brighter. It's hard for me, as an adult, to see the highlighted verses at times, I can just imagine a kid missing the verse because they didn't see the color.

Overall, I think it's a pretty good bible and would make a wonderful Christmas gift. I also like that it's a get transitional bible for the kid that isn't into their kiddy bible anymore, but not quiet ready for an adult one.

{Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this bible from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.}