I've had several bibles since giving my life to GOD in 1990. I must say this is a amazing study bible for those who can appreciate it... I have it on my Nook and its my new favorite study bible. I'm not sure where these medicore reviews are coming from. Two "thumbs up"
I was looking this Bible over but the print was so small I needed to get my bifocals to try and read it. The information appeared very good and liked the concepts they used. I would love to recommend this to my friends but before I do I need it in large print. If it was in large print I would have bought one on the spot. I hope it will be in large print very soon.
First of all, please let me say, "Thank you, thank you, thank you!" to Thomas Nelson Publishers for giving me the opportunity to review this wonderful Bible!
Something you should know about me is that I have two Life Application Study Bibles, one in the New International Version (NIV) that I have had over 20 years and my newest that I received this past Christmas is a New Living Translation (NLT).
Study Bibles add so much to the study of scripture vs. just the reading of it, and the Modern Life Study Bible certainly will be a resource I continue to use during my study time.
Some things I love about this Bible:
NKJV. I have never read the NKJV and was a little wary! I grew up reading the traditional KJV and was very challenged by the style of writing. Although the NLT version is my current favorite, and how easily understandable it is has really created a love of reading the Word, I was so pleasantly surprised by the NKJV. It, too, is easy to understand but with the traditional weights, measures, etc.
"Focus" sections. Whereas the Life Application Bibles will normally "dissect" a single verse, the Modern Life Study Bible focuses on a section of scripture.
Maps. They are everywhere in this Bible! They give a greater perspective on the events taking place. (For instance, in studying Esther, I had no idea that Susa was so close (150 miles?) to Ur, the hometown of Abraham. Sometimes I forget how small the Middle East is!)
"Insight" sections. These sections include maps, charts, diagrams and extra bits of information. What an incredible resource!
Character profiles. Those profiles are a brief synopsis of main character's background and gives some extra understanding of that person. In addition, "modern" believers like Corrie Ten Boom, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Charles Spurgeon, and many others are profiled as examples of faith in action.
Color. Color. Color! I love the use of color! It is everywhere in this Bible, from the Chapter title pages, maps, character profiles, timelines, etc.
So in short, I highly recommend this Bible and am thrilled to now have a copy of my own.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I was provided a free copy of this book by Thomas Nelson Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion.
Christians cheer with every report that comes out announcing that the Bible remains the best-selling book ever.
That is a good thing!
But the plethora of Bibles being sold don't all come with altruistic motives; many are just a slight variation to add yet another revenue stream in the selling of Bibles. Now, there is yet another new study Bible published by Thomas Nelson that is unremarkable among those already published.
"The Modern Life Study Bible" immediately doesn't live up to its name in the choice of this new study Bible being published in the New King James Version (NKJV). The NKJV is an improvement over the King James Version, but if you really wanted to be "modern," choosing a reliable but modern English language version would have made much more sense. Nothing else particularly makes this study Bible more "modern life" than other study Bibles; the Bible itself is relevant to modern life, and this new study Bible doesn't do anything above and beyond other Bibles to make it preferred reading for our age.
Other than the title, there is very little in this new study Bible that would give any credence to its title of "modern life," except perhaps the inclusion of 66 biographies on the lives of believers from different places and times. One potential weakness of any study Bible is the temptation for the reader to put more focus on the extra-biblical material provided rather than the scripture itself; given that, I find the inclusion of these biographies to this Bible to be out-of-place and overreaching.
If it is study notes that attract you to a study Bible, then you may appreciate how "The Modern Life Study Bible" is drowning in them. The extra-biblical material in this study Bible includes book introductions, focus articles, insight articles, person and place profiles, the 66 life studies mentioned previously, and more than 220 colorful maps. These materials also include a slant, as described in this study Bible as follows:
"The Modern Life Study Bible examines how to apply God's Word to everyday life, with an emphasis on community and social justice ..."
I don't know about you, but I'm personally not comfortable with a publisher planting their own emphases in a Bible. I'd rather let God share His own emphases by what He reveals to us directly from His written Word.
"The Modern Life Study Bible" might be a good title for marketing a new study Bible in 2014, but it fails to deliver much about it's name, and is unremarkable among other study Bibles currently being sold. In that case, there's no compelling reason to switch to or add this new edition of study Bibles.
I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."