HCSB Essential Teen Study Bible – Book Review

Essential Teen Study Bible

HSCB Essential Teen Study Bible – Book Review

How do you get your teenagers excited about reading and engaging with the Word Of God?

I believe that providing them with the right Bible is key!

You want to present them with a translation that’s accurate – with resources that are reliable – and with study and devotional material that will spiritually challenge them, encourage them, and help them to mature.

The HCSB Essential Teen Study Bible from the B&H Publishing Group does just that!

The HCSB Essential Teen Study Bible is a resource-rich Bible that’s written with 12 to 17 year-olds in mind. It’s available in a wide range of designs so that your teen can select the size and format that he or she prefers. It’s also available in the NKJV translation.

I received a copy of The HCSB Essential Teen Study Bible, Printed Hardcover Edition to review and am sharing a few photos with you so you can get a better feel for what this Bible is like!

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The first thing I noticed about this Bible was how inviting it looked as I opened the shrink-wrap and flipped through the pages. The graphic designers did a lovely job of selecting a muted yet colorful scheme that draws your attention to the various features throughout the book without making the reader feel like every item is competing for your visual attention.

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The second thing I noticed was that there were lots of opportunities for the reader to engage with the text as they worked their way through the Bible. There were questions to ponder – spaces for journaling – places to pause and memorize or reflect upon key verses.

The more I saw of the HCSB Essential Teen Study Bible, the more I wanted to know about it!

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If you flip to the beginning of the Bible, you will discover that the Editors of the HCSB Essential Teen Study Bible have made it extremely easy for you to learn what’s inside! In addition to the normal Table Of Contents, there is a four-page graphical spread that describes the following features:

  • A Behind The Story feature with in-depth info to help teens better understand biblical text.
  • A Redemption Thread from Genesis to Revelation that helps teens understand how each story points to Christ.
  • Book Introductions for each book of the Bible that gives details about the writer(s) of the book, the timeframe in which the book was written, why it was written, and more!
  • Key Memory Verses to help teens strengthen their faith.
  • Essential Questions that provide answers to common and not-so-common Bible-based questions.
  • Study Notes that clarify Scripture, cultural observations and more.
  • 146 Devotions on the topic of Redemption.
  • A Respond feature that helps teens apply Bible passages to their own lives.
  • 99 Essential Bible Doctrines that teens need to know.
  • Full Color Maps.
  • The full text of the Bible in either the Holman Christian Standard Edition or the New King James Version translation.

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The Editors of The Essential Teen Study Bible state in the introduction that:

We want you to know not only the Bible, but also the God who has revealed Himself to us in its pages.

We want you to know that God is good and that He is the hero who willingly sent His Son to die for your sins.

We want you to know that there is nothing that our God cannot redeem.

The prayer of our hearts is that through this Bible and the work of the Holy Spirit, God would use His Word to begin, develop, and strengthen your relationship with Jesus.

The HCSB Essential Teen Study Bible is not only a Bible that you can be proud to share with your teenager, but is also one that many an adult would enjoy owning as well!

I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars.


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7 Responses to “HCSB Essential Teen Study Bible – Book Review”

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  1. XmasDolly
    Twitter: Xmasdolly

    That looks absolutely wonderful… I bet my sister-in-law would love a book like this that’s for sure. She’s a reader at her church and she’s always looking into things about the bible. I’d like to have one for me too. Ohhhhhh hahahah I just saw what you put. Now you silly how can you give the Bible anything, but FIVE OUT FIVE STARS. HECK IT SHOULD HAVE A TEN!!!! Luv ya girl!!!!

  2. Jaime Wiebel says:

    This looks really good. I will have to keep this in mind to recommend to others and as my kids get older. Thank you for sharing with us at Sitting Among Friends on Wednesdays.

  3. Mary Hill
    Twitter: MaryHill16

    Wow, I wish you were giving this one away. 🙂 My daughter would really benefit. I will have to show this to my husband and see if he wants us to buy a copy. Thanks for sharing on Literacy Musing Mondays

  4. Audrey says:

    It is important to have something that will capture their interest at this age. Thanks for sharing on the #HomeMattersParty I hope you will join us again next week.

  5. Tina at Mommynificent
    Twitter: mommynificent

    I love the Redemption Thread feature! Thanks so much for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday!

  6. Suzie says:

    This looks amazing for teens and such a great review of it! I am now considering this one for my teen!

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