This bible has many features to help with your studying. It contains Everyday Matters, Everyday Profiles, Everyday Q&A's, and Everyday reflections. It also contains 24 spiritual practices like prayer and worship. These are each represented by a colored icon which will be next to the passages that they fit with.
Everyday matters: These are two paged articles which are used to introduce themes related to the spiritual practices discussed in the book or chapter you are reading.
Everyday profiles: The profile will highlight women in the bible who used certain spiritual disciplines in their lives.
Everyday Q&A's: The question and answers contain questions which may be hard to answer and that would make you think and their answers.
Everyday Reflections: These take lessons and go deeper into detail and make them personal to you.
These added features make this bible excellent for a bible study group. Actually in the back of the bible there is a guide on how to run a small bible study group using this particular bible. I have found that these features have helped my study of the word tremendously.
There are many special features to this Bible, which is in the New Living Translation. 24 "spiritual practices", areas we can explore in order to develop the depth, strength and fruit of our faith, are introduced throughout. You can either choose to pick one and work through it - it's easy to follow along because each has a distinctive icon - or you can read and apply them as you come across them individually.
I love the breadth and variety offered: Acceptance, Forgiveness, Hospitality, Submission, Reconciliation, Justice, Silence and Simplicity just to name a few_it really is hard to know where to start! The back of the book also offers resources such as "How to Use this Bible in a Bible study", "For Further Reading" (which includes both books and websites!), and a convenient "Index to Spiritual Practices", to further assist you in using and referring to the Word daily.
I have to admit that I miss my study notes. Lacking these, one might not get a solid understanding of the historical context of a particular passage, perhaps, or an explanation of a comment or cultural reference. But I do find the spiritual disciplines to be a valuable help in my daily walk.
"The Everyday matters Bible for Women" has a beautifully designed cover. The cheerful, colorful design is sure to be any ladies delight. In comparison to the normal black leather Bible we all love and appreciate, it's appearance is sure to be an attraction for many young women.
The introduction to each Bible book is informative and well written. I personally enjoyed the devotionals I found throughout the Bible. Each devotional is well written, with many contributors adding their voice to make this a unique reading pleasure. There are so many wonderful devotionals included in this Bible, I wouldn't have space to share them here but one of my favorite devotions is "Why Fast" by Richard J. Foster? Mr. Foster explains todays world view, the Bible view, and a list of those who practiced fasting. His devotional like all the others is informative and enlightening.
I believe this Bible would be a wonderful addition to any Christian bookshelf and a lovely Christmas gift for any lady in your family, young or old! I would encourage you to visit the website below and find out how to purchase this wonderful Bible.
I was not sure what to expect from this book which many called a "Bible". I thought to myself, "How many ways can the bible be rewritten?" However when I received this book, I realized that it was more a devotional than a typical bible. Note the name of the book is "everyday matters BIBLE for women- practical encouragement to make every day matter". After an in depth reading and study of this book, my impression changed. I found some great counsel within the pages. This is my personal findings followed by my review and recommendation.
This book includes the "New Living Translation" of the Holy Bible. However, it does not stop there. Within the pages, the reader will find quotes from over 140 Spiritual leaders. These quotes are not added as footnotes or at the end of the bible. They are added right into the scriptures themselves. The quotes are encouraging and are in colored boxes so they are easily found and referenced. The bible is written in the typical order of any Holy Bible, beginning with the book of Genesis and ending with book of Revelation.
The pages have the feel of the older editions of The Holy Bible, They have the familiar of a delicate yet sacred feel to them.
The last pages of the book is a devotional in itself.
There is a section on how to use this bible in a small group study
Index of Spiritual Practices
About the Contributors
For Further Reading
Each book of the bible starts with a brief background that will help the reader to understand the setting, people and customs of the people that lived during the time the book was written.
The index Spiritual Practices is a great resource. It gives scriptures for every day problems and study such as:
Bible Study and Mediation
and more. . .
I love that this book has a book mark ribbon built into the book. I wish it had two or three of them though.
The Spiritual practices quotes are color coded. For example, if the reader wants to study faith, they can easily flip through the book looking for quotes with green on them.
I can easily see how this book can help women to not only read the bible but find encouragement and in depth Spiritual guidance in a way that could give deeper meaning and the ability to feel the Spirit more fully.
I will not be keeping this bible in my personal collection but do have a friend in mind to give it too. This book will benefit many women and help them to liken the scriptures unto themselves, meaning they will be able to see the bible on a personal level.
I recommend this bible to women who need encouragement and want the feeling of having another person lead them in an in depth study.
I rate this book a 4 star because I feel that it is not written with with all religions in mind. I would like to see the book list the religion of the person who is quoted in the book or at least their qualifications that makes them a reliable source for Spiritual guidance. This would help to understand the differences and similarities between the Christians in the world and add more trust in the quotes. I feel that this would make the book a 5 star. Yes, it is that good. The auditions are a big Spiritual boost to woman who is at serious and motivated reader of scripture. I found it very inspirational.
I was given this book by the publisher through CWA in exchange for a review. This has no impact what-so-ever in my review. I give honest reviews.