Category: Study Bible

Review: Fire Bible Global Study Edition

by Jonathan Ammon of Bible Reading Project The Fire Bible: Global Study Edition is a new edition of Hendrickson and Life publishers Fire Bible, aimed at filling the need for study Bibles in foreign countries around the world featuring the 1984 NIV text. The original Fire Bible was an edition derived from the Full Life and Life in the Spirit Study Bibles aimed specifically at students and those with less theological background. The Full Life Study Bible was originally published in 1992 and featured extensive study notes written Donald C. Stamps a missionary to Brazil ordained by the Assemblies of God. These notes were later edited and extended for a wider audience and republished as the Life in the Spirit Study Bible. This  Bible was then republished as the Fire Bible with the intention of fulfilling Donald Stamps’s first ambition which was to provide an accessible study Bible for international pastors and lay workers in countries which had little access to study materials, and specifically pentecostal materials. The notes in the Life in the Spirit Study Bible were altered once more to exclude cultural bias or references, present information in a way that was accessible to those from any context, and reword the text to be easily translatable (the general content of the notes and articles is identical). This became the Fire Bible: Global Study Edition, perhaps the first...

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Review: New Spirit-Filled Life Bible

by Jonathan Ammon of Bible Reading Project Thomas Nelson’s New Spirit-Filled Life Bible, prepared by executive editor Jack Hayford, presents dynamic and extensive study tools within the New King James Version text and seeks to equip believers to build the kingdom of God through the Word. Though the label “study Bible” is not in the title, this edition of the Spirit-Filled Life Bible includes a wealth of biblical study tools in a unique format. The “Spirit-Filled” or Pentecostal and Charismatic focus has been integrated with a firm set of scholarly foundations and thorough study principles. These tools are given a presentation designed to inspire and equip the believer for practical living as well as deep biblical analysis. Hayford’s grounded approach presents a study Bible that emphasizes the continuing work of the Holy Spirit within a balanced presentation of biblical interpretation. BINDING This edition is available in a number of bindings and its continued popularity prompted last year’s release of a new imitation leather edition. The genuine leather edition possesses a glossy finish and a fine grain. Most genuine leather is pigskin and this edition’s binding is comparable to the other genuine leather editions on the market. Its thickness and softness are about average for genuine leather; however its flexibility is above average. While it does not compare to calfskin or cowhide, the price is far less and this remains...

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Family Life Marriage Bible, NKJV

The Family Life Marriage Bible is published by Thomas Nelson Publishers and is written by Dennis and Barbara Rainey, co-founders of FamilyLife. It is a nice devotional Bible for couples with a focus on building stronger families and family relationships. This devotional Bible has lots of content including devotionals for couples, articles, answers to parenting questions, romantic tips, faqs, quotes, notes, and more. It contains many insights on building stronger relationships and it even includes tips on strengthening the romance in your marriage. The amount of advice in the Bible is amazing. The Family Life Marriage Bible is published in the New King James Version. The NKJV lends itself well to devotional Bibles and is the perfect choice for this type of content. One of my favorite features was the romance FAQ. Let’s face it- us guys are clueless. We don’t know that it matters if we take out the garbage or not.  For use, that doesn’t compute into romance. That’s not a cause-and-effect that we understand. We think in terms of ‘push the button’ or ‘pull the lever’. For example, ‘kiss cheek, move on to step 2’. The romance FAQ, along with all of the helps in this Bible, help guys and girls understand each other, and understand each other’s needs. The text is not too small even in personal size hardcover. It is not red-letter. The paper...

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Dad’s Bible, The Father’s Plan, NCV

Dad’s Bible, The Father’s Plan, is a New Century Version Study/Devotional Bible that contains notes written to guide fathers in their role of strengthening and leading their families to have a closer walk with God. It shows fathers what it means to be the leader of the home. Some of the features include book introductions, Walking in Authority, Godly Character, Passing It On, Dads in the Bible, Building Your Children, Insights, Questions and Answers, and a Topical Index. The notes help to make this a good devotional Bible for fathers. The hard cover seems sturdy. The fonts are nice and readable. The font-size looks like 8-point. The border of every page has an aged style. There are a handful of pages in the back for notes. I don’t really like how the New Century Version reads. If the goal was to go with a modern version I would have preferred the NKJV. Some verses lose impact. For example, Acts 2:38 says ‘change’ rather than ‘repent’. It is still worth reading. I do recommend this Bible for its notes. The notes make this Bible worth using as a devotional Bible. It’s an excellent Bible for what it is and an excellent companion to the Moms Bible. Used together they would help parents grow and build stronger families. It fills a great need in today’s world. While children are being bombarded...

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Moms Bible, God’s Wisdom for Mothers, NCV

Moms Bible, God’s Wisdom for Mothers is a New Century Version Study/Devotional Bible that contains notes written to lead and guide mothers in her walk with God and in strengthening her relationship with her children. The Bible works to firmly establish in the minds of mothers how crucial their unique position of mom really is. Some of the features include book introductions, special sections that include articles, and a topical index. The special sections are interesting. It contains a very well written introductory paragraph on the topics of Creation, evolution, and science. Verses for meditation are highlighted. The notes are by far the best feature of this Bible. Most of the questions and answers are really good- short and sweet, and to the point. The hard cover seems sturdy. The fonts are nice and readable. I’m not sure of this font-size, but it looks like 8-point. I don’t really like how the New Century Version reads. If the goal was to go with a modern version I would have preferred the New King James. Some verses, such as Isaiah 9:6, lose impact. This Bible suggests that you should write notes in the margin of your Bible, but the margins are too small to write notes of any significance. The floral printing in the margin is pretty, but it would have been better to have a slightly larger, clear margin...

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