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A New Testament for Teens

A New Testament for Teens

'Revolve' Fuses Beauty Tips, Dating with Scripture

A New Testament for Teens
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The cover of 'Revolve: The Complete New Testament'.

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An image of  a Revolve "Beauty Secret"

Revolve advises: "As you apply your sunscreen, use that time to talk to God. Tell him how grateful you are for how he made you. Soon, you'll be so used to talking to him, it might become as regular and familiar as shrinking your pores." Thomas Nelson Bibles hide caption

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Excerpt from another "Beauty Secret."

Excerpt from another Beauty Secret: "Always remember that your emotions are more important than your looks when it comes to beauty. Have a spirit that shines with a healthy glow like that hair you've been wanting. Thomas Nelson Bibles hide caption

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A new teen magazine has come out with a very old story that may not be immediately recognizable. Called Revolve, the publication blends the text of the New Testament with the graphics and gimmicks of a teen magazine, including quizzes that ask such questions as: "Are you dating a Godly guy?" NPR's Scott Simon, host of Weekend Edition Saturday talks with marketing director Laurie Whaley about the idea behind Revolve. Sample sidebars from Revolve:

Top Ten Random Ways to Have Fun on a Date

1. Make homemade ice cream.

2. Go on a double date

3. Go roller-skating.

4. Volunteer at a homeless shelter together.

5. Order food from a fancy restaurant and take it on a picnic.

6. The classic: dinner and a movie.

7. Pick five of your favorite games and have a tournament.

8. Cook dinner for your friends.

9. Take cookies to a nursing home.

10. Go for a long walk.

Excerpt from Blab (a series of Q&A's found throughout the magazine)

Q: My two best friends in the world are in a fight and I don't know what to do. Should I try to help them work it out?

A: Proverbs 26:17 says: "Interfering in someone else's quarrel as you pass by is like grabbing a dog by the ears." It's a stupid action. You'll get bit. Stay out of it. Tell them you love them both so you won't get involved. Each one has to work out his life.

Q: I sometimes like to read my horoscope in magazines. They are so right most of the time. What's wrong with learning about my future?

A: Astrology is totally condemned in the Scripture. It's using something good, like the stars and planets, to manipulate people by giving them false ideas of their future. In Isaiah 47:13-15, he says the astrologers are "like straw; fire will quickly burn them up. They cannot save themselves," so how can they save you?

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