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.

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NIV Thinline Bible Bonder Leather, Indexed

9780310448778_2-1513180950The NIV Thinline Bible has done something that most Bibles its size do not do: have readability in a small package. Some of the thinner Bibles I have either sacrifice the typeface size for a smaller Bible or have a taller size with a thinner depth with a larger print.

This Bible has a 9.4 font size with depth of less than one inch which make this an ideal carry Bible for those looking for such a Bible. The binding is solid and the pages are of quality material. There are a few footnotes that help the reader but as a whole, this Bible is designed to be read and not be interrupted with study aids and cross-references.

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

NIV, The Sola Scriptura Bible Project: The Complete Collection

225_350_book-2394-coverThis four volume work is a the entire Bible produced with the intention of readability and cohesiveness. The arrangement of the books of the Bible has been done so that the metanarrative is easier to grasp and thus allow the reader to see the big picture of Scripture.

I found this work to be very easy to read and the appreciate the four volume design. It makes finding a particular book of the Bible easier and seeing the weaving of the complete story which can be sometime lost. I also appreciated the care with which the collection was produced. The bindings are solid and the box set allows for the volumes to stand upright without spinal wear and tear.

I hope that a premium edition of this will be created later with a leather binding. The hardbacks are nice and look great but an added value of a leather edition would be a nice gift.

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

The Lost Sermons of Charles Spurgeon, Volume 2, ed. Christian T. George

SpurgeonCharles Spurgeon has been called The Prince of preachers. His sermons and additional works have changed the lives of many people; possibly millions. Some of his earliest sermons were thought to be lost but recent discoveries have located them.

In the book The Lost sermons of Charles Spurgeon, Volume 2,  give some of his earliest sermons and outlines between the years 1851 and 1854. It is interesting to read these particular sermons because you actually see the development of Charles Spurgeon as he becomes a better preacher and Bible teacher.

One of the tools used in this book is a word count chart. This chart gives the word count of sermons throughout the early years. As one sees the graphics it is shows that Spurgeon started off with smaller sermons which gradually grew in content as he aged. His earlier sermons would average around 300 words while some of his sermons in this volume reached beyond 1,000 words.

This book also gives facsimiles of his outlines for his sermons and they puts them into a format that a person can read. Even his outlines showed growth and maturity as Spurgeon spoke more and studied more of God’s word.

For those who want a history of Spurgeon and receive some wonderful sermons to challenge and growth their faith I would highly recommend this book and its predecessor Volume 1. It will be well worth the purchase.

I receive a complimentary copy from the publisher of this book and exchange very honest review.

Encountering God through Expository Preaching by Jim Scott Orick, Brian Payne, and Ryan Fullerton

ExpositoryThis title caught my eye and I was curious as to what it was regarding. I am usually hesitant about anyone mentioning encountering God because my personal experience is at some point they want my money. This book is different in that it shows the value of expository preaching and how, when done correctly, those hearing the preaching should encounter God.

The authors first point out that the preacher must realize his/her role and work on being the best communicator they can. Not everyone is gifted at preaching but this should not cause self limitation to be placed. Work at being a better preacher so that your audience, be they one or many, can see God.

From there, the authors give advice on how to deliver an expository message Biblically. By making sure the message is both accurate and communicated, the audience has the opportunity to encounter God. Should one of these be messing either God is misrepresented or the audience is lost wondering where the message is headed.

I was impressed by this book an will take the message to heart. I have done some preaching and it helps to hear how to deliver a Biblically-based message and in a way that reaches the hearts of my audience.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book 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.

The King James Study Bible, Full-Color Edition

225_350_book-2356-coverThis particular Bible is a unique Study Bible in that rather than focusing just solely on study notes it also as the dynamics of archaeological notes, personal profiles, as well as some cultural studies. I was rather surprised how helpful I found these additional notes and know that I will benefit greatly from using them.

I will say the difference in this Study Bible versus other Study Bible is that this particular Bible is really more trying to get the reader to understand Scripture. It’s not so much after trying to present a particular doctrine, although there are some that are obvious for those who know where to look, but rather it is trying to get the reader a full immersion on what it is stated in Scripture.

Often times we study Bible we have to be careful not to come at it with an American mindset. This can be very damaging because we will assume that our culture is similar to what was happening back then. This is not the case. As such we need to have a good understanding of the cultural historical context in which scripture was written..

This particular Bible does that very well so that the reader is given a sample of the mindset that would have happened back when the Bible was being written. However, we also need to be careful that we don’t so caught up in historical context we actually lose the presentation of scripture. Scripture does go against cultural things and this need to take into consideration.

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