Category: Bible Reviews

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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Commentaries on Genesis 1-3

Commentaries on Genesis 1-3 by Severain of Gabala and Bede the Venerable from Intervaristy Press is part of their Ancient Christian Texts series. This edition, focusing on the Hexameron- the Six Days of Creation, is the English translation of Severian of Gabala’s In Cosmogoniam and Book 1 of Bede the Venerable’s Libri Quatuor in Principium Genesis. Severian was an early fifth-century bishop in Syria. He is very dramatic in his writing style and he tends to over explain dramatically. Severain refers to the writings of Chrysostom when dealing with Creation and the Fall. Severain does warn against interpreting the Creation of Man as anthropomorphic. In other words, God does not literally have hands and feet, but created man in His spiritual image. Bede the Venerable was a scholar from Anglo-Saxon England. Bede’s method of interpretation consists of two senses, the literal and the spiritual. He deals with history and the sciences of geography, geology and astronomy, but his method of interpretation is to look at how the text teaches about Jesus and the Church. Intervarsity Press has provided another excellent translation of ancient Christian texts into English. A look at the thoughts of early writers gives us a better understanding of how doctrine and traditions have developed over the years. I recommend Commentaries on Genesis 1-3 by Severain of Gabala and Bede the Venerable as well as all Ancient...

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Review: KJV TakeNote Bible

Review by Jonathan Ammon of Bible Reading Project The KJV TakeNote Bible (also available in a chocolate brown NKJV), a new wide-margin journaling Bible from Thomas Nelson, takes the grand old King James version and places it into a widely accessible journaling format for note taker’s and Bible lover’s. Though Crossway’s 2006 journaling Bible wasn’t the first on the scene (see Tyndale’s out of print Notemaker’s Bible) it made a splash in the Bible publishing world that took wide-margins further into the mainstream and introduced a format that appealed to avid note maker’s but didn’t intimidate the occasional scribbler. Thomas Nelson applied the philosophy behind the user friendly wide margin format and added a few improvements to make their TakeNote editions, which maximize current trends and advancements in Bible publishing. The most immediately noticeable feature of the Bible is its incredibly soft and flexible imitation leather cover. This is by far the best imitation leather cover I’ve handled. It’s both softer and more flexible than Crossway’s TruTone and features a handsome pebble grain finish. I was surprised by the suppleness, which easily performs the yoga position and allows the Bible to bend easily. It’s actually more supple than  some of the goatskin Bibles I’ve handled, and while this may not be a must for every reader it’s a great benefit when you have an edition that’s 7.5 inches wide...

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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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