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  1. HCSB Apologetics Study Bible for Students, Paperback
    HCSB Apologetics Study Bible for Students, Paperback
    Holman Bible Publishers / 2014 / Trade Paperback
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  1. Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A translation in today's English.
    August 14, 2015
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I cant read the Bible. It just doesnt make sense to me. Too many Thees and Thous and references to things I just dont understand. Ive had this thought myself and I have heard it echoed in comments from my friends. What do you do? The Bible is an important part of our Christian faith. It is important for us to not only read, but to understand what is contained between its covers.

    I started out reading the King James version, it was like reading Shakespeare to me. Sounded beautiful, but made little sense. Then I moved on to a Student Bible. It has helped me study the scriptures but over the years its Study Notes and Personal Stories have become outdated (It still references Cassette Tapes). It has been time for an upgrade for some time, but because I have had this particular Bible for so many years, I am reluctant to part with it. My study notes, highlights, and even notes from friends are contained within its pages. Since the scriptures havent changed over time, I have held onto it and just purchased outside books for study.

    The Apologetics Study Bible For Students HCSB is a new Study Bible for todays Christian. The HCSB was born of the need to have a Bible that reflected todays English. There is a great introduction in the front of the Bible that explains what the Holman Christian Standard Bible is and explains their translations philosophy and other important features. To learn more about the HCSB translation please visit their website.

    The within its pages youll find several features that will make your bible study easier and more fulfilling. There is an introduction to each of the sixty-six books for the Bible. This is one of my favourite features. It gives you some insight into what is happening in the world at the time. This helps me understand why people are acting the way they do and why certain things that seem insignificant to me are extremely important to the story.

    There are 120 Articles that deal with lifes tough questions, written by leading Christian thinkers. Sixty Twisted Scriptures that show how and why people distort Christian teachings. I love when science proves that the stories in the Bible actually happened. Explore some of these discoveries through the 50 Bone and Dirt features outlining archaeological discoveries. It also includes 20 Personal Stories to show us how God has worked in the lives of others and 20 Top Fives that are bullet points to help you remember significant apologetics topics.

    The Apologetics Study Bible For Students HCSB is a Bible that anyone would be proud to carry. It has a hard-cover in brown tones. It is something that anyone can use and will not go out of style in years to come.

    I do find the pages, like many other Bibles, very thin. I havent tried highlighting any text in it, I am at the campground with no access to to a high-lighter, but I feel that the colours may bleed through. I also find the pages a bit difficult to turn, but I believe that is only due to the fact that it is a brand new book and I havent had the chance to flip over each page.

    There are foot notes on virtually every page that help explain the scriptures. I find myself referencing these more and more as I explore the Bible. Each page is clearly numbered on the bottom and the upper corner contains the Book and starting/ending verse. Each chapter is clearly number with large number and title, which helps you understand what you are about to read. They have also payed extreme attention to the line breaks. I notice this the most in the Book of Psalms, where each line ends in a logical place instead of what sometimes seems random in other translations.

    I disliked the way the quotes are displayed. They are inline with the text only differentiated by a font colour. I feel new Christians will find it difficult to immediately tell if its scripture or a quote. After using the Bible for a bit it will become easily identifiable but initially it may be confusing.

    The Apologetics Study Bible For Students HCSB is a great translation and an excellent resource using todays English, while remaining true to the scriptures. Here is a small example of a verse we all know and cherish.

    For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.

    John 3:16

    For me there are a few simple changes, but the meaning is still there in its entirety. The HCSB also includes a footnote for this verse (and the next) which helps me to further understand its meaning.

    Disclosure (in accordance with the FTCs 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing a complimentary copy of the product in exchange for this review.

  2. Carthage, MO
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Answers... Answers... Get your answers here!
    August 14, 2015
    Laura of Harvest Lane
    Carthage, MO
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Can you tell me why you believe Christianity is true? Knowing it's true and explaining why are two different things altogether. When Sean McDowell was faced with that question on a plane one day, he didn't have a good answer. Now he does. He is the general editor of the Apologetics Study Bible for Students. The subtitle is Hard Questions Straight Answers. I've got a few of those hard questions myself. I know my eldest son has them. I'll bet we all have a few if we're honest.

    Using the Holman Christian Standard Bible as the base text, McDowell and his staff added a lot of really helpful features.

    ~Each book has an introduction, the author, date, and a feature I really like, What in the world is going on?, which is a timeline that fits the book into history.

    ~120 Articles such as

    What are Worldviews and Why Are They Important?

    Evidence for God: The Moral Argument?

    Why Does God Allow Evil?

    Same-Sex Marriage: What's the Big Deal?

    Are There Contradictions in the Bible?

    What's the Big Deal with Wicca?

    Is Religion the Cause of Evil in the World?

    Does the Fossil Record Support the Bible?

    Is Pornography that Bad?

    Is Alcohol Bad?

    In What Ways Did Jesus Fulfill Prophecies?

    Why Are There So Many Translations of the Bible?

    Are There "Lost" Gospels that Were Left Out of the Bible?

    Can Something Be True for You but Not for Me?

    Is Homosexuality Natural?

    What is the Connection Between Christianity and Judaism?

    How Do We Know the Bible Includes the Right Books?

    What are the Crucial Differences between Muhammad and Jesus?

    Can God Make a Rock So Big that He Can't Lift It?

    Aren't All Religions Basically the Same?

    Should Christians be Tolerant?

    What do Buddhists Believe?

    Why are There So Many Denominations?

    Well you get the idea...there are nearly four pages listing the questions. The answers are sprinkled throughout the book.

    ~Twisted Scripture Notes. These are scriptures that are often taken out of context and misinterpreted either by accident or on purpose.

    ~Bones & Dirt Notes. These are archaeological and historical notes included throughout the text. They give more information about locations, artifacts, and people.

    ~Personal Stories that show how people found answers and God.

    ~Fast Facts including:

    Darwinian Evolution

    Abortion in the Light of Scripture


    Bible vs. Koran

    America's Christian Heritage

    Religious Pluralism


    The God of Islam vs. the God of Christianity

    How the Bible Came together

    ~Tactical Questions and Tactical Awareness for Apologetics

    My Kids' Thoughts

    I think it is a very nice Bible. I like the translation because of its easy-read factor. I love all the footnotes according to the verses. The footnotes teach you stuff, and they are not complete references to other verses. I also like the introductions to the books. I like that it was hardcover. Over all, I definitely recommend it. -Amy, 13.

    I love the footnotes. I'm not crazy about the translation. I like the study guide things. I like the feel of the Bible. -Emily, 17

    I thought it was good. I really liked it. I liked the timeline because it helped put it in perspective. It's nice that it has the book tabs for the books. I liked the introduction in each one of them and all the little notes they put in there. It's cool. I like it. -Michael, 15

    My Thoughts

    We are homeschoolers who live in a small town. We do not watch t.v. My kids are aware of the culture, but they are not immersed in it. They do, however, go to church with kids who do not have those advantages. They will also soon be grown and making their own way in the world. They will face things in our culture that are twisted, untrue, and yet made to sound right. This Bible has the potential to help my kids face the culture shock and hold fast to the Truth.

    My teens really like this Bible. In fact, the best recommendation I can give is that they are all using it! I keep it on the shelf in the living room so that they can share it. They all like it. I like it.

    The Website is terrific. It includes free resources, study guides, and apps to download as well as Sean McDowell's videos. I loved his answer to "Can God Make a Rock So Big He Can't Lift It?" I'll bet you've heard that question, too. I love how down-to-earth the videos are. They address some of the issues and questions we face in real life. Sean McDowell inspires confidence in his answers.

    Thank you FlyBy for this review copy.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great resource
    August 13, 2015
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is actually more than a review of just the Bible, but I will review it first:

    I am not familiar with the regular Apologetics Bible, so I don't know how much this one for students differs from the one for adults. I personally didn't find this one "dumbed down" for lack of a better way to put it. I found everything on a level that I could appreciate, but then it is geared for kids that are almost adults.

    I liked all of the features in the Bible, but the one I liked the best is the Twisted Scriptures feature. It takes 60 passages that are often twisted by skeptics and shows that the verses do mean what they say and not what the skeptics say. The other features are also helpful and inteesting, and are what I would expect out of a Bible geared for apologetics.

    The Bible itself is the Holman Christian Standard Bible, which is a newer version but is very reliable and easy to understand without straying from the original manuscripts. It is hardcover and has the tabs for the books of the Bible to make the books easier to find. Sean McDowell, son of Josh McDowell, is the general editor of the Bible and is one of many contributors to the features of the Bible. I would recommend it for any teenager, as they can find answers to questions they may have and find answers to questions others are throwing at them, though as I said adults can use it also.

    There is a website for the Bible at It has more information about the Bible, and also has study guides, videos, and other resources. As part of my review, I was asked to watch a few of the videos and share what they are like. I watched three: pornography, homosexuality, and is it OK to have doubts. (videos at this link). The videos are short, most of them coming in at 3 1/2 minutes or so, and I assume all are done by Sean McDowell since he did the 3 I watched. I thought they were great. He addresses the issue in a compassionate and knowledgeable way, and in a way that will connect and resonate well with teens.

    They are putting up a new video each week in the Gift of Confident Faith line, and are archived at the link above with the newest one on the homepage.

    In both the ones about homosexuality and pornography, he makes a quick case for why they are wrong, yet offers compassion for those dealing with it, and in the case of homosexuality he discourages joking about it and making fun.

    In the one on is it OK to have doubts, he makes an interesting case that it is OK to have doubts, as anyone intent on finding the truth will find their way to Jesus on their search.

    I am impressed with not just the Bible, but also with the resources available on the website. A lot of work was put into this, and it shows.
  4. WV
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great for any age
    August 12, 2015
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    In today's world faith and Christianity is more important than ever for our teens. When they are challenged about what they believe or just asked by fellow peers why they believe what they believe they might need a bit of help being steered in the right direction for the answer. With the Apologetics Study Bible they have a valuable resource that will make finding those answers easier. One of the stand out features of this Bible was the numerous articles included that answered a multitude of questions, and those answers included solid scripture reference so the user can look it up for themselves.I am far outside the age range that this Bible is intended for and found that the topics were relevant to me! The twisted scriptures was another feature that I really enjoyed reading, they are scriptures that people often try to twist to fit their own agenda, or perhaps make you question why you believe what you believe. The personal stories feature stories about teens, stories that the user just might relate too. There are so many useful features in this Bible,from the study notes, to the great articles and the easy to use layout making it a great study aid for teens, but truthfully this is a Bible that will appeal to older adults as well, whether they are just beginning their walk in faith or looking to learn more.

    A complimentary copy of this Bible was provided for review.
  5. Victorville, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A MUST HAVE for every student!!!
    August 11, 2015
    Victorville, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Christian walk of faith is certainly one of that requires a lot of faith, but also a trust in a God that we, as a generation has never seen. The world for most students who are attending public school and colleges are those in whose faith will be put to the ultimate test, to stand for the truth in an ever changing world that is growing more hostile to the Christian faith. Will our generation of children be able to stand strong in the coming storm? Will they have all the answers they need to defend what they believe? Is there a tool that can help them with the challenging questions that will be asked of them? I believe there is!

    Sean McDowell is the general editor for the Apologetics Study Bible for student, a tool I believe will be useful for answering those difficult and heartfelt challenges about their faith and the life that they have chosen. It is designed to help students be equipping them with the truths of Scripture that enables them to articulate their faith. A better way to think of it, is Christian apologetics 101, which isn't about apologizing for their faith, but helping them understand how to defend it in today's growing and changing world.

    The HCSB or Holman Christian Study Bible edition offers them introductions into each of the sixty six books of the Bible along with some amazing study notes to provide evidence of the reliability and truthfulness of Scripture. There are also 120 articles scattered throughout written by today's leading Christian thinkers like Sean McDowell, Bayard Taylor, Daryl Rodriguez, Alison Thomas, Frank Turek, Steve Russo, Ryan Sharp, and many, many more that deal with such topics like "Why Are Some Christian's Hypocrites, How Can I Be Sure I am Saved, If God Made Everything, Why Shouldn't I Smoke Pot, Why Would A Good God Send People to Hell and so many others that deal with the kinds of questions being asked by people today that our children and teens deal with. What better way to answer them than with the right tools and scriptures to reference!

    There are also those Scriptures that other religions and people try to twist to make us question our own understanding of the Bible, along with 50 Bone and Dirt features that highlight important archaeological discoveries with an apologetics value with quotes from influential people throughout history. There is also 25 tactics to equip students to withstand opposition to Christianity by outlining tactics and strategies for handling frequently heard anti-Christian arguments. Finally there are also 20 personal stories that will help encourage and strengthen readers in their faith by describing how God has worked dramatically in other people's lives and 20 Fast Facts that compare such differences as the Bible versus the Koran, Atheism, America's Christian Heritage, Mormonism, Jehovah's Witnesses, and Darwin's Evolution Theory as well.

    This is the perfect gift for your middle school student and up because it is more than the Bible it is a tool that will enable them to stand up for what they believe in and know right where to go for the answers. A wonderful graduation gift for any student of the Christian Faith and one that I highly recommend. It comes with indented tabs to enable quick reference into the Bible, and my favorite is how it is written to appeal to students in each section such as "What is going on here?" helps them to understand why a particular book of the Bible was written and what had been happening in the land as it was addressed! My 16-year-old daughter LOVES having this Bible to use in her youth group and loves the videos that you have access to by picking up a copy of this Bible as well. They have encouraged her in ways reading articles would never reach her for defending her faith! I would rate this one a 5 out of 5 perfected stars and think every student should own one! I received The Apologetics Study Bible for Students HCSB compliments of Propeller LLC and Holman Bible Publishers for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review aside from a free copy of the Bible. The opinions contained here are my own.
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