The Minecrafter's Bible (book review)

My son is a big – no, H U G E ! – Minecraft fan, so when I saw "The Mincrafters Bible" become available for review, I was sure to jump at the chance.  Not only that, but it became available just a few days before his birthday.  Thankfully, it arrived in time to give it to him as a gift…I only asked that he provide me with three likes and dislikes about it.  We came up with 4 and 2 respectively. The following are HIS opinions, with my editorial to help clarify any specifics.

1)      The first thin any kid (young and grown) looks for in ANY book is what?  Yeah, pictures!  My son was very pleased with the style and quality of pictures.  We live in a high-def digital age, so I don’t fully understand the craze regarding pixilated pictures.  Nevertheless, they’re pretty accurate to what I’ve seen on his computer screen.  The pictures are used to pictorially enhance various biblical accounts.  There aren’t a ton of pictures, but there are apparently plenty for an 11-year old.

2)      Next, and still pertaining to the pictures, my son liked that the pictures offer suggestions about building a character and/or scene.  I found it interesting that the player could follow along throughout the entire Bible and by the end could have created an entire "Bible world", so to speak.

3)      Finally, and yes, S T I L L pertaining to the pictures (they must be REALLY good pictures), my son likes it that a small box within the picture provides the location in the Bible where the pictured account can be read.  I guess I had hoped he’d express his great pleasure with discovering concepts like grace, or the implications of the Cross, but alas!  Pictures are worth a thousand words, they say.

4) Adult study Bibles tend to have word-use or Greek/Hebrew definitions in sidebars.  He’d like something like that, but not with the Greek/Hebrew, I’m certain.  He THOUGHT this Bible didn't have a dictionary feature, but it does!  In the back index is a dictionary for young readers.  While the dictionary doesn't provide pronunciations, it does provide a brief explanation for terms like "Baal", for example.

1)      First, I must provide a tad bit of insight here before continuing.  My son is completely blind in one eye, so font/type size is a big deal for him in ANY book he reads – be it a Bible or text book.  He struggles to read small print.  Well, I'm getting older, and so do I.  And I must say, the font size in The Minecrafters Bible is quite small.  But, I suppose it needs to be in order to keep the overall size of the Bible small enough for a kid to carry around in his backpack.

2)      Finally, my son likes brief book introductions many study Bibles provide.  The Minecrafters Bible does not contain any individual book introductions.  However,  each chapter does begin with a sub-title, giving young readers an idea what the chapter contains.

RATING: Overall, we give The Mincrafters Bible 3 ½ stars out of 5.

DISCLAIMER: I received this Bible free of charge from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my unbiased opinion.  All opinions are my son’s (with my added clarifications).  We were not coerced to provide a positive review.

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