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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. Roanoke, VA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great resource for students
    November 24, 2015
    Roanoke, VA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Know any high school or college student who wants to learn how to defend their Christian faith? Know a student who wants to grow in their relationship with Jesus? Know a student who is a new Christian? Get them this Bible. Sean McDowell has done a great job putting this student apologetics resource together and it will benefit any student to have a copy.

    The Apologetics Study Bible includes numerous features aimed at helping students learn more about what it means to be a Christian as well as learn how to give a reason for their faith in Christ. There are articles covering 120 of the most commonly asked questions about Christianity. There are in-depth study notes on each page. A feature I believe is great for students is the twisted Scripture section. This section responds to 60 Bible passages most commonly used by cults and others to distort the true Biblical meaning. Bones and dirt is a section addressing key archaeological finds that relate to the Biblical story. A section with notable quotes from past and present apologists, a Challenges and Tactics section to equip the student to be prepared to handle common challenges to Christianity. And finally, Personal stories and fast facts are also included (p. iv).

    A few questions addressed in the articles included are why does God allow evil?, is it okay to have doubts?, and Does the Bible contain errors? There are many more questions answered throughout this Bible, and as I read through them, I realized how helpful this resource would be for any student who wants to take their faith seriously. I serve at a church as a youth pastor and quite often, one of the hardest things to do is help students understand how to grow in their faith. Simply telling them to read their Bible is not always helpful because there can be some confusing passages and it can just be boring at times. This resource would be perfect to put into their hands. I wish I would have had something like this when I was a teenager and began taking my relationship with Jesus Christ seriously.

    The version this Bible uses is the Holman Christian Standard Bible. I wish they had an ESV version but the HCSB is extremely easy to read and understand. Each book of the Bible comes with an introduction which also serves to help students understand the context of the book and includes dates stating what was going on at the time this book was probably written.

    All in all, I highly recommend this Bible. If you are a youth pastor and want something to get as a gift for your graduating seniors, consider this Bible. If you are a parent, pick one up for your student and then make the effort to read through it together. If you are a student and want to learn how to take your faith seriously, then go get one.

    In compliance with regulations introduced by the Federal Trade Commission, I received a complimentary copy of this Bible from B&H Publishing Co. in exchange for this review.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Review from Rambles of a SAHM
    November 11, 2015
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    After going through the Apologetics Study Bible for Students my first thought was, where was this Bible when my kids were teens? First, it is the version that I enjoy reading and studying from. The HCSB version is easy to understand but also accurate to the original text.

    The next thing that I liked was how easy it is to find what you are looking for. Not only are there thumb tabs on the spine so that you can easily flip to the book you are wanting, there are also indexes in the front that give detailed descriptions so you can turn to the exact portion you are looking for according to topic.

    My very favorite thing about this Bible is how interactive it is. While it of course contains the complete text of the Bible, it also has articles throughout that allow the student to learn and absorb the facts pertaining to apologetics. Our kids are increasingly faced with tough situations and questions from nonbelievers and teaching them apologetics is an important part of helping them put on the armor of God.

    Did you also know that there is a video based Bible study using the Apologetics Study Bible for Students? It is a 16-week study that can be used with youth groups, Christian or home schools, or as in our case your personal home studies. You can find more about it at www.ApologeticsBible.com

    I received a copy of this Bible to facilitate my review.
  3. 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.

  4. 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 Cottage
    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.
  5. 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 ApologeticsBible.com. 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.
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