Wednesday, May 18, 2011


I had never heard of QR codes until I received a copy of the iShine Bible from Tyndale.  Maybe that’s because I still carry around a Tracfone—lol! Anyway, I got to look through this cool  Bible geared specifically for tweens.
What Is It?
The New Living Translation iShine Bible helps tweens understand their Value, Identity, and Purpose (VIP). The Bible contains three colored sections for each of those topics (VIP). Each section contains a QR code/URL to videos or music that talks about the topic.
Tweens will see
  • how they are valued by God
  • how their identity is found in Jesus
  • and the purpose that they have because of this.

(This is a good overview of the Bible)
What We Thought:
As I mentioned above, I am not up to speed with smart phone technology. You don’t need a smart phone or an Ipod touch to use this Bible. The exact URL’s are also listed so you won’t miss the special feature videos. My daughter though, does have an Ipod touch, so we used that to access the QR codes. I will admit that is a pretty cool feature (do kids say cool anymore?).  iShine is more than a Bible, it is a ministry. You can see all the musicians, actors, products and more on the iShine website
The iShine Bible is a compact LeatherLike Bible in the NLT translation. It is a great size for carrying in a backpack or purse. (I know it’s geared toward tweens because my old eyes had a hard time reading the tiny print.) In the beginning of the Bible is an index based on themes (gossip, prayer etc.) There is a short explanation plus Bible reference for the themes listed. Then there are three colored sections with the QR codes and devotional that pertain to the V.I.P. theme mentioned above.
My daughter and I both liked the QR code feature. It introduced us to some new Christian musicians and it was neat to hear teens teaching tweens. The only thing I missed was a traditional concordance, but I understand that they are targeting a younger audience, so I think the topic references are fine. I think it is awesome that Tyndale is trying to make something specifically for tweens. The Bible it attractive and well-made. The only thing that would make it better would be Bible version options. I think these would make great gifts for any tween wanting to get in the Word.
Do you have a tween that would be interested in this Bible?
I’m giving away one of these Bibles!
Giveaway Rules: *CLOSED*
This giveaway is for one iShine Bible (you get to pick either pink or blue). Open to U.S. residents only.
Giveaway runs from Wednesday, May 18 - Friday, May 27th.
Please make sure there is a way I can contact you. Winners will be picked via and will be notified by Spell Outloud. Winners have 3 days to get back to me before another winner is chosen.

 Mandatory: What is your favorite Bible verse? 
(I’ve recently updated my Bible printable section. More to come too)
(And here’s a freebie just for you :)

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Blogger Michelle said...

This is so cool. My sons would love this.

Phil. 4:13 is my favorite verse.

May 18, 2011 at 8:25 AM  
Blogger angel01051977 said...

Oh, ME ME ME! I have a 12-year-old boy who would LOVE this!
You may contact me at if I win.
My favorite verse is "I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
Many times, that verse has reminded me of the plans of the Lord.

May 18, 2011 at 8:26 AM  
Blogger Taryn said...

This is great! I would love to win this for my oldest son:) My favorite verse is:
“Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”

May 18, 2011 at 9:39 AM  
Blogger Christi said...

Isaiah 40:31

but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

cc at craftymommy dot com

May 18, 2011 at 10:08 AM  
Anonymous c.m. habermehl said...

i have a girl tween so the pink is perfect!
one of my favorites is Jude 22-23. "Be merciful to those who doubt; save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear - hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh."
that verse refocuses me! makes me focus on God's love and pursuit of people.

contact at

May 18, 2011 at 11:01 AM  
Blogger NW Homesteader said...

My 13 year old would love this in pink!!!

Proverbs 30:18-19
There are three things that amaze me—
no, four things that I don’t understand:
how an eagle glides through the sky,
how a snake slithers on a rock,
how a ship navigates the ocean,
how a man loves a woman.

alklong at hotmail dot com

May 18, 2011 at 11:57 AM  
Blogger Jimmie said...

Sprite might like this. She has a new iPod (gift).

My personal favorite verse (currently) is from 2 Peter 1:3, "His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence."

May 18, 2011 at 3:27 PM  
Blogger Joy said...

I have never heard of this bible. I know my daughter would love it! My favorite verse?

Psalm 62:1
For God alone my soul waits in silence;
from him comes my salvation.

May 18, 2011 at 6:52 PM  
Blogger Debi said...

Great giveaway. Eph 3:20 - 'Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than we ask or imagine - to Him be the glory!'

May 19, 2011 at 2:02 PM  
Blogger Beckthings said...

Acts 20:24
But I do not consider my life of any account as dear to myself, so that I may finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify solemnly of the gospel of the grace of God.

Great giveaway!

May 19, 2011 at 4:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh what FUN! My daughter would LOVE this :-)

Favorite verse:
Micah 6:8 (KJV)
"He has showed you, O Man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you - but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God"

my e-mail:

May 19, 2011 at 8:40 PM  
Blogger BeechemBrightSpots said...

I have a 12-yr old son that would love this! He is really into using technology too, but we are so limited out in the country. :) Anyway, I just found your blog on the hiphomeschoolhop.

My favorite verse is Jer. 29:11 - For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for good & not for evil, to give you a future & a hope!

My email is

May 19, 2011 at 9:13 PM  
Anonymous Kristy Knouse said...

I think that this bible looks like just the thing for my 11 year old son.

My favorite bible verse "today" is Ephesians 3:20-21
20 Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. 21 Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.

My email is

May 23, 2011 at 8:34 PM  

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