I when starting out looking for "MY BIBLE" THE one the LORD chose for me it was the full life study bible and today 17 years later im buying another...not because i want another but because my current bible is so duct taped together its on its last leg...but the new bible isnt better cause the words arent bold just regular type print and when you need to teach the word its hard to read or pick out the verses youll need...second there isnt any personal front dedications or births and marriages etc oof the original bible...no i would not recommend this newer edition....
I have purchased many of these bibles for self, family & friends. I have many bible study bibles and tools and I continue to use them all in my studies. My KJV Life in the Spirit Study Bible is my #1 Go To Bible. All my other bible study tools and bibles are used secondarily. In my opinion this bible is the very best on the market.
The book has good binding and format, but my issue is the "study" part of it. I have been a Minister for 12 years and Have never seen a commentary with such blatant disregard for the scriptures. This "study" over looks the original meaning of several words through out and callous missuse of the teachings in the new testament. For any that seek the truth of the Bible stick with time tested materials because this is not it. If I would have been able to veiw more of the commentary before purchase, I would not have this one now.
I previously owned this Bible in the KJV and NIV when it was titled "Full Life Study Bible". I gave those copies (both hardcover) away. I recently purchased this updated edition in top grain leather and was not disappointed. I've owned other Zondervan Bibles in bonded leather, but there is a vast difference between the quality of bonded leather and top grain leather. It is well made, comfortable in your hand, and I'm sure will get better with age and use.
Now onto reviewing the contents - which are far more important! The text in mine is the KJV, which I prefer. The KJV translator notes are included, a plus. The cross references are plentiful, and the commentary at the bottom always supports its assertions with scripture references. The tone of the notes is primarily spiritual, as it should be, because I'm not reading God's Word as a history or literature lesson. So many Bibles today are focused on archeology, history, or humanistic agenda and niche marketing, that it is hard to find a Bible with good, spiritual commentary.
There are other pluses also: Theme Finders, full page articles on doctrinal subjects, a good subject index to the notes, a concordance, maps, and a map index. Also contained within the pages of scripture are in-text maps and charts, and detailed book introductions and outlines.
I really love the fact that this Bible was edited by a missionary with a heart for the lost and love for the Lord, Donald C. Stamps, not some theological scholar locked away in a university.
The dedication states, "On November 7, 1991, after a year-long struggle with cancer, Donald C. Stamps went to be with his Lord and Savior (Philippians 1:21,23). Though he did not live to see the complete KJV Life in the Spirit Study Bible published, he did persevere to finish writing the notes. We gratefully acknowledge that his vision, his love for God and the Word, his zeal for truth and righteousness, and his persevering faith enable d God to use hm in a crucial way for the realization of this Study Bible. Thus we dedicate in his memory this edition of God's Word to the glory of God and the advancement of His kingdom, righteousness and truth throughout the world."