This NIV Bible was specifically designed with the homeschool mom in mind. Let’s just go through it cover to cover. The design on the cover drew me in–I think it is just so pretty and feminine. It reminds me of scrap booking or arts and crafts. The books of the Bible are listed in order from Old to New Testament, and also in alphabetical order. The foreword is written by homeschooling mom Vickie Farris, who is the wife to Michael Farris, the founder of Homeschool Legal Defense Association (HSLDA). As an experienced homeschooling mom, she offers encouragement, urging each mother to spend time with God each day.
This Bible was intended to help busy homeschool moms prioritize their time with God. It has 365 daily devotions tucked within the pages of Scripture, written by Janet Tatman. Janet has 25 years of homeschooling experience and offers a peek into her life as she shares the things she’s learned along the way. Each devotion has a Scripture reference and tells you what page to turn to for the next day’s devotion. In the back of the Bible, there is a chart of weights and measures, a topical index, and extra pages for notes.
I used this Bible for a week, using the daily devotions and reading over the referenced Scripture. I think Janet does a good job of tying the daily life of a homeschooling mom to the truth of God’s Word–ways in which God uses us, uses our families to bring us closer to Him. I enjoyed reading the NIV text, although I must say my preference is the NKJV. The only suggestion I would have for this Bible would be to include a sewn-in bookmark ribbon. Since the Bible’s layout spreads the daily devotions throughout the book, it would be nice to have a bookmark to hold my place. Overall, I have enjoyed this Bible and I plan on reading through the devotionals as time goes on.