I received an electronic version of this bible for free from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for a review. I do not have to post a positive review, and all thoughts expressed are my own. With that disclaimer out of the way, let’s dive into the review.
I do not like electronic versions of bibles for the most part. I would much rather have had a physical copy to review, but an e-version is better than no version. My dislike for e-versions are based in inability of the reader to easily have the biblical text and the footnote/study materials readily accessible.
This version is no exception to this limitation. Hyperlinks are readily available, but if you are trying to study a verse or passage and want to see what someone says, you have to follow the hyperlink. When you read the linked material, you have to step back to the verse, and if there are other links, repeat the process. Click to a map to see where the text refers, then back to the text. The process is navigable, but not conducive to me.
The study materials include insights from writers in the ancient world, many of whom most readers have little knowledge. To assist with this situation, there are biographical articles about the authors who have commented. Full-color maps and ancient artwork are included in the supplemental material, and all is easily accessible from the table of contents. All in all, this is a nice bible, and even though I don’t like e-books, this is a nice addition to my library.
Containing the entire text of the NKJV translation of the Bible, this work compiled by John Maxwell abounds with tools to help develop leaders with a biblical background for their foundation. Many different tools are found within the pages of this book. The extra tools found within this work are what sets this Bible apart from others.
As a recap of what is found throughout the text, I will list the index of the tools found within: Leadership Laws, Leadership Qualities, Leadership Issues, andProfiles in Leadership. These indexes are keyed to in-text articles and profiles of biblical figures.
In addition there are numerous articles including, Winning with People, 25 Ways to Win With People, Talent is Never Enough, The 360 Degree Leader, High Road Leadership, Shake Salt and Shine Light, The Difference Maker, and many more. This is a great tool for anyone looking for resources to help develop leadership skills.
I received a copy of this title for free from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for a review. The review did not have to be positive, and thoughts are mine.
I was not really sure what to expect of this title. Honestly, I thought it would be a Bible with a number of graphic representations included among the texts of the Scriptures. I was incorrect in this assumption. Rather than being a Bible with graphic representations included, it is a book of graphic representations about the Bible. The difference being the book is much smaller than a Bible with the included works. As a standalone volume, this work is data dense and very interesting to look through and can be used alongside any Bible you already may have.
The infographics included in this work are varied in their design, and in many cases the data is so intense the graph cannot be “read”, but gives a stellar overview of the Bible as a whole. For instance, there is a graphic of representing the Old Testament prophecies of Christ, linked with the New Testament fulfillment. The graphic is so intense one cannot follow a specific line; however, the overall page full of these comparisons is overwhelming in confirming Christ’s being the Messiah.
This is a great volume for those who enjoy studying the Word. The reader can spend hours just looking at charts and graphs. This is a wonderful volume many students of the Word will love to have.
I received a copy of this for free from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for a review. The review did not have to be positive, and all thoughts are my own.
This particular bible is really not a “new” bible as much as it is a re-branded bible. It has previously been released as the NIV Zondervan Study Bible.
- 28 theologically rich articles by authors such as Tim Keller and Kevin DeYoung
- 20,000 verse-by-verse study notes
- Hundreds of full-color photos
- Over 90 Maps
- Over 60 Charts
- Book Introductions
- Over 60 trusted contributors
- Black Letter
- Two ribbon markers
- Zondervan NIV Comfort Print® typeface
- 7.5 point Bible text; 6 point study notes text
As for updates, there really are not too many in this bible. It has a three-column format now, which allows for a thinner bible. Additionally, it has a new type-face and a different overall appearance. Content has not been updated from the original.
I am reviewing this for BookLook Bloggers. A copy of the bible is to be provided for free, but the review is not contingent on a positive review.
I received a digital proof of this work by Robert Jones to review at his request.
Firstly, the artwork in this book is quite nice. From what I can tell, they are photographs which have been digitally altered a bit to make them appear more like watercolor paintings. I believe the reason is due to the nature of the text, which talks about the Light being a guiding light to our path through life. The text deals with the big questions of life, and rather than giving clear concise answers to those questions, the author points the reader toward the Light as a means of clarifying the pathway through life.
I struggle a bit with the text of the book as it seems a bit like there is a parallel in the “Light” in this book and the “Force” within the Star Wars realm. The text leaves the reader with a vague representation of a guiding force through life, which I believe the author intends to be interpreted as God; however, this is not clarified in the text anywhere.
As a print book, this would be a really nice volume to sit down and read with a child and discuss the text as it would apply to your given situation. As a digital book, it is a bit difficult to really gain proper perspective on the overall work. If you are interested in purchasing one, I would recommend the print version so you can better appreciate the overall presentation of the material.
If you have read any of the works written by Lee Strobel, you are familiar with his style of writing and with his penchant for using apologetics using reason and logic to build his case for believing in Jesus Christ. I have not read all of his works in their entirety, but I have read part of all of his works. I am not sure if the material in this book is a partially new or if it excerpted from his other writings. As it is, this devotional is part devotional and part apologetics.
A verse is introduced with each portion, an apologetics style devotional combining inspiration and factual information to build faith upon are presented. A closing sentiment as a reflection on the devotional concludes each entry. Most of the 180 devotionals are single daily entries. However, there some entries which are multiple days to complete the thought presented in a given topic.
This is a decent devotional, and if you are not familiar with all of Strobel’s work, this might be a good place to jump in to help develop your apologetics abilities and have inspiration in the meantime.
I received a copy of this devotional for free from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for a review. The review did not have to be positive and all thoughts included are my own.
This review is for the updated third edition which is currently being released. There are multiple bindings for this bible, and the one I am reviewing is a copy of the hardcover version. The hardcover costs less than the leather binding or the leathersoft versions. I would recommend this version over the leather one if you are concerned with the cost. It should be a true favorite of anyone as nearly all features of the more expensive versions, but at significantly lower cost.
From the box, some of the features are:
- Word Wealth – More than 650 word studies (including over 100 new ones) shed light on key terms, drawing important meaning from the original Greek and Hebrew.
- Kingdom Dynamics – Dozens of biblical themes are addressed in notes by Spirit-filled preachers, teachers, and writers, including many new contributors for this edition
- Truth-In-Action – Handy, helpful thematic charts provide practical application from every book of the Bible
- Praying the Word – 192 guided prayers based on significant passages throughout Scripture
- Book introductions and outlines
- Verse-by-verse study notes
- Includes a new full-color design with updated maps and charts, a detailed NKJV concordance, and in-depth articles about the Spirit-filled life
- Designed with the exclusive Thomas Nelson NKJV Comfort Print® typeface
This bible is full of excellent features beyond the above mentioned items. The most apparent difference in this binding from the soft cover version are there are no ribbon markers in this version. Full color is used throughout to highlight the different articles. Each type of article is a different color combination so the reader can spot the difference quickly and easily. Full color maps are included in the rear of this edition. A concordance is also included. There are several articles about the work and leading of the Holy Spirit in the rear of this bible as well.
Overall, this is a beautiful bible with tons of helpful information. Note the study aids in this bible would be placed in the Pentecostal/Charismatic theological arena. If you do not agree with a Holy Spirit infilling presence being possible in the life of a Christian, this bible is probably not for you. Otherwise, I believe there is something within the pages of this bible to help believes gain a greater insight into the work of the Holy Spirit in this world, specifically in the lives of the followers of Jesus Christ.
I received a copy of this bible for free from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for a review. The review did not have to be positive. All thoughts are my own, and not influenced by the publisher in any fashion.