The Book was developed in response to research amongst Christian youth workers which criticised other Youth Bibles for playing too heavily on 'case studies' and other supplementary material that distract young readers from the Bible text itself. They offer a modern-day writer's interpretation and application of the Bible, not allowing the reader to engage with the Scriptures and draw conclusions for themselves. The TNIV Youth Bible is packed with fascinating text boxes (over 600 in fact!). But it does not attempt to summarise or interpret the Bible -- instead, every box is linked to a verse, designed to draw the reader's eyes to the Scriptures themselves: explaining, illuminating, contextualising, but never replacing God's Word. Teens will be given help in understanding what they read but encouraged to make their own decisions on how it applies to their life. The text boxes come in four types -- In Other Words, People and Places, Making Connections and Sign of the Times -- and are written by one of Britain's most respected youth workers.
Jenny Baker served for Youth for Christ for a decade and has written innovative youthwork resource material for leading organisations such as Christian Aid, Spring Harvest and Youthwork magazine. The Book also includes book introductions and daily reading plans. The royalty from every Hodder & Stoughton TNIV Bible helps to fund the International Bible Society's effort to translate and distribute Bibles to people in need around the world.
The International Bible Society (IBS) commissioned both the NIV and TNIV. Its mission is to faithfully translate, publish and reach out with God's Word to people around the world. The Committee on Bible Translation (CBT) produced both the NIV and TNIV. It is an independent body of the most renowned English-speaking biblical linguists and scholars in the world.