NKJV Unapologetic Study Bible

Here is a study bible with a well planned approach. Each book of the bible has and introduction, and as part of the introduction there is a grid which helps the reader know which themes are present. The grid has an x-axis of Biblical, Historical, Quotations & Writings, and Commentary. The y-axis has categories of Church, Corruption, Economics, Education, Family, Government Sanctity of Life and Virtue. It is this grid which sets this study bible apart from others.

The grid allows the reader to see at a glance what type of study helps are included in a given book of the bible. The eight categories on the y-axis as further broken down into 38 subcategories. The x-axis categories allow the reader to know if the article included on a given topic is addressing a Scriptural point of view, a historical point of view, an quotation or article written on the topic, or if there is a commentary included.

Each article is then cross-referenced in the back of the Bible. Included are two indexes which are keyed to Scripture or topics. Missing are such common elements of a study bible such as a concordance, maps and a ribbon marker. The lack of these features is easily overlooked in light of the information which is included. A very nice study bible to gain fresh insights and perspectives from a wealth of contributing authors.

I received a free copy of this bible from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for a review. The review did not have to be positive and all thoughts expressed are my own.

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NIV Thinline Bible

This bible contains no groundbreaking features. It is the text of the NIV with the standard textual footnotes one would expect of an NIV bible. This version is thumb indexed to help quickly locate the books of the bible.

One interesting feature is there are two ribbon markers which are different colors. I have seen bibles with two markers before, but they tend to be one color. This is handy if you are marking two different passages and want to be able to turn to one specifically before the other. As a preacher, this feature is indeed a nice one. I frequently use more than one passage of Scripture during a message and this will help get the right one with a bit more ease. Not a super important feature, but a nice one nonetheless.

There are no maps or concordance in this bible, only a table in the back with weights and measures. This being a thinline bible, it is more about portability than study features I believe. This version is bonded leather and has a lay-flat spine both features are nice for speaking publicly.

The font is called a comfort print, but in reality it is a 9.4 font size which is pretty much standard size. Perhaps a fraction larger than most thinline bibles, but not a significant amount. It is readable, but not really as large as I require for preaching.

I received a copy of this from BookLook Bloggers for free in exchange for a review of the product. The review was not required to be positive and the thoughts expressed are my own.

NIV Sola Scriptura Complete Collection

When I had the chance to obtain this work for review, I did not realize it was a four volume set, but when I received it I was very pleased with the physical characteristics of the project. I will explain the appearance first.

There are four volumes, hardbacks, in a box. All of the volumes are navy and tan in color. Actually, the books are basically tan with the navy spine accents. The box is also the same color and pattern as the spines of the books. Each of the volumes is roughly 500 pages, and on much heavier paper than a typical bible. This causes much more shelf-space to be taken, but the readability factor is greatly improved with this feature.

The chapter and verse notations have been removed from the text. The text itself is formatted from a literary standpoint rather than a reference standpoint. Think a poetry book format for Psalms and Proverbs, whereas most of the text in other volumes are in standard prose layout. At the top and bottom of the pages there are notations to help with referencing a section of Scripture, but this is not a study bible format that one can easily look up a specific verse quickly.

Perhaps the biggest difference in this and other bibles lies in the way the books are organized. Again, they are organized according to literature type, not the stand order most bibles are given. The easiest way to explain this is using the New Testament ordering. It begins with Luke, then Acts, as these are essentially a part 1 and 2 writing of Luke. The layout then goes into the letters of Paul in chronological order as well as can be determined. This makes reading seem more fluid as you read about Christ to Paul’s conversion, to the writings of Paul to the churches, etc. The next section turns to Matthew, followed by James and Hebrews, again, this makes reading more effective as all of these books are written to Jewish/Jewish-Christian audiences. The layout continues to use this type of grouping throughout the Bible.

This is both a beautiful collection of books and a uniquely readable version of the Bible. The text is in the NIV. With the removal of chapter and verse notations, and the grouping of literary types, this work is especially designed to be read not studied. A very impressive, fresh take on reading the Bible.

I received a copy of this work from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for a review. The review did not have to be positive, and the words I use are all mine.

NIV Color Code Bible

I continue to check our color coded bibles for the simple reason I am colorblind and would love to find one that I can use. Unfortunately, this is not that bible. While the publishers cannot help the fact I am colorblind, they could really help if they would find a way to make the colors more varied.

The colors included in this, according to the list of features too similar to be helpful to people like myself. Using navy, blue, magenta and purple negates any differential in the topics of sin/prayer/heaven. Can you imagine a new believer who struggles with colorblindness who cannot tell if a verse is related to sin or prayer?

Further, the uses of red, green, and brown, reflecting Jesus, Spiritual Growth and Animals all read as the same color to me. Just imagine how that can be mistaken. To use orange and lime in tandem confuses new life and family/children verses. However, the use of gold for God is individualized enough to stand out alone.

As I have said, the publishers cannot help my colorblindness, but using colors with greater contrast would be huge in making these types of bible more effective for those of us with color vision issues. One thing they have done which is very helpful is to compile a color-coded list for the verses in the front of the bible. A topic can be studied using the listed verses for that topic. This is quite helpful to the colorblind individual, but doesn’t quite fix the issue. Any topical index does a more indepth job of this type of study and is frequently included in bibles. Helpful, yes. Revolutionary, not by a longshot.

On to the features I like about this bible. The color code to identify verse correlation is located on each page. If one can see the colors, they can know what the topic being referenced is. There are a few pages in the rear of the bible for journaling. A few full-color maps are also included. Also included is a ribbon marker. The binding for this particular version is softcover with a soft touch feel.

All in all, I think this is a decent bible, but it has not addressed the issue I have long struggled with as a colorblind individual. I will just have to keep looking. I may seem a bit harsh on this product, but as it is a color-coded bible, it should be more universal as there is a sizable portion of society who struggle with color vision issues in varying degrees. Not a bad product, but could be of much greater usefulness with a little more consideration.

I received a copy of this for free from BookLook Bloggers for review. The review did not have to be positive and the thoughts expressed are my own.

NIV Reader’s Bible

This is not a new concept, but it is an interesting one nonetheless. The text of the NIV bible has been formatted in a single column structure, and the chapter and verse markers have been removed from the text. There are indications at the top of the pages as to the section of text on the page, and subtle numeric indicators for the switches in chapters.

Additionally, there are no textual insertions in the main reading when a translational issue is present, they are all placed at the end of each book of the Bible. There are notation indicators in the text to point the reader to the endnotes, but no further intrusions in the main text.

Honestly, I did not expect a formatting design to make such a huge difference in the reading. I expected books such as Leviticus to remain difficult to comprehend or even read. However, the formatting of the text in this fashion makes it much more continuous than the typical chapter and verse markers. Even in sections like Leviticus, the flow is so much smoother the reading is more insightful than I can ever remember it being.

The binding is quite nice as well. It is a clothbound book, with a gold spine and gray cover. All text is black letter, no red letter edition here. A ribbon marker is included, which is nice.

All in all, I really like this bible. It is much easier to read, but it is difficult to use in study as the verse notations do make study easier I feel. If you have a reader in your life, this is a great option for them. It looks and read like a book, not a bible.

I received a copy of this for free from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for a review of the product. A positive review was not required and all thoughts included are my own.

Jesus Always Devotional

Author Sarah Young has been both popularized and criticized for her writings over the past few years. This devotional will not change the minds of those who do either of those things. If you have loved reading the previous works of the author, you will love this devotional. If you have criticized her previous works, you will not like this devotional because she takes the same approach as with the popular devotional bible which bears her work.

Personally, I like the author’s approach sharing Scripture as if it were God speaking directly to me (the reader). My personal relationship to God is energized when I truly read the Bible as if God is speaking directly to me. I do not believe, as some have suggested, the author is putting words in God’s mouth. She has shown us a beautiful way in which we can read the Bible and realize God is speaking to each one of us.

The devotional presented there is a wonderfully crafted devotional with faux tooled leather cover (it isn’t leather, but that is the best way I could describe it), a larger sized font and a ribbon marker. This is a perpetual devotional, which give a devotional per day, and can be used repeatedly without causing confusion.

The writings are thought provoking and encouraging. Scriptures are included on each day’s devotional correlating to the thought for the day. All in all an uplifting devotional which is wonderfully crafted both verbally and physically.

I received a free copy of this devotional from BookLook Bloggers for a review. The review was not required to be positive and all thoughts are my own.

Know the Word Study Bible

This is a nice study bible, utilizing the King James translation of the Scriptures. According the back cover, there are three approaches which can be utilized to use this bible: Book by Book, Verse by Verse, or Topic by Topic.  In the first two types of studies, there are notes and study aids, which seems rather obvious. However, there is a topical index for the Topic by Topic study which is in addition to the other notes and study aids.

Also, there is a nice concordance in the back, along with a few a series of full color maps.  Each book has an introduction, and in the introduction there is an article which points the reader in the direction for studying each book. This amount to giving the readers an idea the major themes to look for in each book. Also there is a short list of highlights or key verses for the book being studied.

The study materials, they all seem to be rather solid information. I found them to be useful and insightful notes, and the tables and charts are also quite helpful.

In full disclosure, I received a free copy of this for review purposes from Book Look Bloggers. A positive review was not required, and all thoughts are my own.