It is always interesting when multiple versions of a Bible are released. As I do not have the previous versions, I cannot speak as to what the differences might be, thus my review will be of the content of this version alone. That being said, there are quite a few extra helps included in this version. Biographical profiles of leadership, book introductions, and notes on mentoring and influence are all included within the NIV text found in this Bible.
John Maxwell is a widely know author and speaker on the topic of leadership. Throughout this Bible, the writing of Maxwell are interwoven with the text, highlighting examples and principles of leadership through utilization of the Biblical text. Additionally, there are summaries of the 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership and the 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader and the applicable Scripture pertaining to these laws and qualities. Lastly there are several articles on being a leader included in the end-materials of this bible.
As one can see, there are many features included in this Bible. However, for all of its additional material, there are some basic items missing. There are no maps contained within the Bible, nor is there any kind of concordance or dictionary. Pretty basic stuff in even the most inexpensive Bibles, and these items could have been added without much effort. There are a few textual footnotes included with the Bible text, but no real cross-referencing. Lastly, there are no study notes of any type of Biblical information beyond those highlighting the leadership materials included.
All in all, if you are looking for a specialized Bible for a leader in your life, this would be a good option. If you are looking for a good, all-purpose study Bible, this is not the one you want. It is pretty one-dimensional in it intent and purpose, becoming a Biblically sound leader. Knowing that is the purpose, I believe it hits that mark very well. I also believe this is a highly specialized Bible with that singular purpose in mind and is not applicable for much study beyond that focus.
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.