Which Bible Do You Recommend for a Middle Schooler?

Which is the best Bible?

THE ONE YOU READ.

No matter how good the translation is, how pretty the cover is, how scholarly the notes are, how relevant it is, NO Bible is any good if you don't read it. But if you do read it, any Bible is good enough. So the Best Bible is a READ BIBLE.

Recently, I was asked to recommend a Bible for a rising 6th Grade Student. These are some of my favorite questions, but also hard to answer. If you're looking for a Bible for a Young Teen or Tween (4th-7th grader), maybe my advise to them, will help you out. For young elementary kids, I'll have to write another blog, but for now, I like The Jesus Storybook Bible, though it is not technically a Bible, it will help young students learn the whole story of Scripture and learn to see Jesus on every page.  

41LMG+8cE+L._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_A couple of our younger youth (6th and 7th graders) have this Teen's Quest Bible, and I think it is really cool. It is probably one of my first choices since it is designed with questions that teens/tweens ask. Really good at those things. It may or may not lack some of the more advanced features like cross-references and a concordance, but should be pretty good. 
287706An older youth, 17 years old, really likes this Revolution Teen Guy Bible, but I think it is more for 16-18 year olds. It helps students think about dating relationships, sex, peer pressure, school performance, family dynamics, alcohol/drugs, gossip, etc.
411LjKlkk4L._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_My old reliable, i.e. what I give to people when they ask for a Bible and give to High School Graduates is this Zondervan Life Application Bible - it is simple and yet has everything you need to do deep study. I started using it at age 18 and it was awesome. I used it until I was probably 21, and it taught me to read the Bible and apply it to my life. Claire still carries it to church weekly. At some point, a Life Application Bible and especially the footnotes may feel “too simple” like “Sunday School answers,” but that is a sign of growth in you not failure in the commentators.
Of them all, I'd probably go with the top one, QUEST, for a 4-7th grader. Just seems like a good age appropriate Bible if they are going to start using it and reading it immediately. If you think he or she will put it on the shelf for 4 years, then maybe the middle one, and if you want to give him a Bible he can carry to church for the rest of his life, then the last one. 
Personally, I think a Bible should only last 3-5 years, because if you use it regularly, carry it around, mark and study it, they fall apart, even the leather ones and hardback ones. That or they’re so full of highlighting and underlining that they’re hard to use. That’s ok. That’s what’s supposed to happen. I have my old Bibles on the shelf (except for the ones I gave away to someone who I led to the Lord). My prayer is that the next Bible you buy will be worn out in 5 years, and you’ll be emailing me again about Bibles for college students or young adults or mothers or dads or business men.

Sept 6 – Oct 18 – Sign Me Up

Sign Me Up - Following Jesus as a Youth Member of Oakland

Our deepest desire for people, is that they would hear the Words of Jesus and the Call of Jesus and respond, "SIGN ME UP." We want people to meet Jesus and sign up as disciples. Following Jesus is an awesome adventure, but life is complex, and sometimes trying to figure out who Jesus is, why he is important, and how should I follow him as a teenager is difficult. So this Fall, on Sunday Nights, Pastor Andrew will host the PYC to discuss Jesus, Christianity, and Church from the Youth perspective. If you've never joined Oakland and/or been baptized, this will serve as "confirmation" class.

May 3 – Percy and Flossie Barber Scholarship Application Deadline

We’re giving away money to college students!

Well, kind of. It’s a scholarship you can apply for.
So don’t borrow money for college or books; chase every scholarship you can.

The Percy and Flossie Barber Scholarship

HOW MUCH?
$1000
WHO CAN APPLY?
Priority is given to Oakland Members graduating from High School, who’ve been accepted to an accredited College or University. For more details download the application below.
HOW DO I APPLY?
Download the full application. Complete it with the necessary recommendations and return it to the Oakland Presbyterian Church Office by May 3, 2015.

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