NIV Quest Study Bible (Comfort Print)

The NIV Quest Study Bible is a study Bible that, instead of having a myriad of footnotes, has questions and answers that interact with the text as one reads through the Scriptures. With over 7,000 notes in this Q&A format, the reader has questions that pertain to the text being read to help better understand key aspects of what is being read.

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There are also helpful, larger articles in the footnotes for more in-depth questions. In addition, the larger footnotes also contain information to help better understand the book being read. There are also book introductions to give a quick summary on when the book was written, who the target audience was, and the main purpose of the book.
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As to the Bible construction, the hardback is sewn-bound and has one bookmark that matches the dust jacket in color. The paper is thin and I would not suggest writing much in this Bible unless you use Bible marking pens/pencils as it will most likely bleed through to the other side. Ghosting (when the thin paper allows for the text on the other side of the page to be seen) is present and is most noticeable in the poetry books.

This Bible is a heavier Bible so I would not suggest using this to carry in a backpack or shoulder bag. Also, if you are looking for a Bible to just read I would also not suggest this Bible as the questions are prevalent and could be distracting while reading.

Having said that, if you are interested in a study Bible that is not so note-heavy that it is hard to read the text, this Bible may be the one for you.

*I received this free review copy from Bible Gateway Blogger Grid in exchange for my honest review. #BibleGatewayPartner

Reformed Preaching by Joel R. Beeke

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There is a lot of preaching today that is focused on bolstering the hearer. The illustrations and anecdotes are used to assume and enlighten those who need encouragement. Encouraging messages are needed at times. However, when they are all that a preacher uses then he does a colossal disservice to his listeners. 

Joel R. Beeke has written a wonderful book on why it is vital that preachers teach both that which brightens the mind and calls the soul to act. True preaching shows the listener where they have gone awry against the truths of Scripture and then shows how Christ gives power to live for Him and not for self.

While I would not classify myself as one who subscribes to reformed theology I can wholeheartedly agree that to preach only that which brings clarity of mind but not the glory of Christ is error. Both must be taught and Beeke expounds on this in his book giving Scriptural reasons on why this must be.

*I received a review copy in exchange for my honest assessment.

NIV, Starting Place Study Bible, Hardcover, Comfort Print

225_350_book.2830.cover_The Starting Place Study Bible is an excellent resource for those were getting into an introductory study the word of God. The notes, aids, and instructional articles are very helpful for those who were new to scripture or perhaps have been taught something and I wanted to make sure it is accurate. I found the particular aids throughout the scripture very relevant and also placed at idea locations to help understand a text and also to make sure the proper teaching was followed.

One item about this particular thing is it is a little heavy so it is not ideal for carrying around often. I also feel that the Bible is a bit blocky for my liking as I prefer taller and thinner versus thicker and shorter. That said just to be in a great resource for somebody who want to buy will be the very first time or perhaps wants their first Study Bible.

*I received a review copy in exchange for my honest review.

Paul: A Biography by N.T. Wright

225_350_book-2494-coverWhen I first started reading this book I was taken in by the level that Bishop Wright went to make Paul into a more relatable person. Depth was added and cultural understanding was inserted to give a more holistic understanding of Paul and the world in which he lived.

The book also put a perspective on some of Paul’s writing by using historical, and cultural, ways in which the ancient world operated. For example, Paul giving his Mars Hill address was a trial rather than a philosophical treatise. This puts a new view on this passage for me and causes me to examine certain Scriptural passages differently.

Overall, I enjoyed reading this book and while I do not agree with all of Bishop Wright’s teachings, this book has caused me to examine my beliefs and make sure that they are in-line with the Bible.

*I received a review copy of this book and was not under obligation to write a positive review

The Disciple’s Study Bible

csb-disciples-study-bible-updated-715x1138A lot of the study Bibles that I have reviewed in the past are usually a Bible with a lot of footnotes and some aids in the back. This can be a great help in studying Scripture but can also be a downfall if one relies on the notes of someone else: the footnotes are not inspired.

This study Bible is unique in two ways. The first way being in the form of the F260 (Foundation 260) Bible readings. This reading plan has 260 days of reading to understand the foundational message of Scripture and to help grasp the meta-narrative of the Bible.

The second is the use of the H.E.A.R. journal pages. The acronym stands for Highlight, Explain, Apply, and Respond. This aid is designed for the reader to go through an exercise to better understand and hermeneutically apply Scripture. I really enjoy this feature and plan on using it in my devotional readings.

These two features aside, the CSB translation is a nice reading translation but I most likely will not consider it my preference. The other features are typical study Bible features such as: maps, footnotes, and book introductions. The binding is nice and the paper is good quality. There is also a bookmark present.

*I received a complimentary copy of this Bible from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

NKJV UnApologetic Study Bible

225_350_book-2427-coverWhile most apologetic resources deal with the defense of the Bible and Judeo-Christian values, this study Bible deals with how the Bible should influence and affect the reader. It is not a Bible to prove the validity of the Bible but rather a Bible to prove that it should be followed by those that read it. From this point, this Bible offers help via articles in such issues as: justice, marriage, poverty, war, and greed to name a few.

I was surprised by this resource in that I found the personal nature quite enjoyable. What is meant by this is the insight of the articles that allowed me to understand better how the Bible speaks to tensions in my society in a way that is truthful and non-compromising.

I recommend that this Bible be given to anyone entering college/univeristy as a resource to defend their faith with love and facts.

*I received a complimentary copy of this Bible from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Know the Word Study Bible: KJV Edition

225_350_book-2357-coverMany would like to have a better understanding of Scripture for their own growth. The KJV: Know the Word Study Bible seeks to aid in this quest. This is done by three methods of study: verse by verse, book by book, and topic by topic.

The verse and book aids are similar to most other study bible with footnotes and book introductions. As such, I did not find these much of a standout. However, the topic aid was quite nice with 21 topics and accompanying articles to assist the reader on developing an understanding of each topic.

I would suggest this Bible for someone who is new to Christianity and wants to develop a good foundation before really digging deep in the depths of God’s Word.

*I received a complimentary copy of this Bible from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.