I purchased this bible because I am interested in practicing "lectio divina". Although the editor, Pastor Johnson, does not directly mention the ancient method, at least as far as I have found, the prayers he has included in the margins of the text suit it perfectly. I have derived much peace and joy from this bible and I am grateful to Pastor Johnson for his efforts. Physically, the bible is sturdy, feels good in the hand and is very attractive. I expect it will last a long time.
A wonderful devotional Bible that provides hints for prayer for most of the scriptures. Most suitable for early morning or bedtime devotions, though could be used at any time a believer might want to go to the Lord in prayer. The devotional thoughts are not long, but they are helpful in directing the believer in the use of the Scriptures as a prayer book
Kevin Johnson in his new book, "Pray the Scriptures Bible" published by Bethany House Publishers provides us a one of a kind experiential Bible with more than 4,500 responsive prayers covering every portion of scripture.
From the back cover: YOUR DAILY COMPANION TO A LIFE OF PRAYER
Making daily prayer a habit in your life is easier than ever with the Pray the Scriptures Bible. This first-of-its-kind Bible combines the full text of GOD'S WORD Translation with thousands of prayers to pray alongside the Scriptures that inspired them.
Ideal for anyone looking to grow closer to God through prayer, the Pray the Scriptures Bible includes these special features:
* more than 4,500 new Scripture-specific prayers
* a guide to praying the Scriptures
* introduction for each book of the Bible
* articles based on major categories of prayer
* index of prayers that appear in Scripture
* a topical prayer guide
The Pray the Scriptures Bible opens a powerful avenue of conversation with God as he speaks to us through his Word. You will learn to pray with more confidence, to apply Scripture to your life, and to pray words you know God hears-and answers.
Kevin Johnson pastors Emmaus Road Church in metro Minneapolis. He began pairing Bible verses and prayers on posters for people to walk around and ponder during worship. The response to those posters led to this Bible. "Pray the Scriptures Bible" shows that the entire Word of God teaches us how to pray. "Pray the Scriptures Bible" is God's Word Translation which works to translate the original Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek texts to their closest natural English equivalent. Responsive prayers flow down the outside of every page covering every stretch of Scripture. Every Book of The Bible has an introduction that alerts you to the setting and overarching theme of a book to help you enter into the situation that drives your responsive prayers. Each introduction also highlights what you can expect to gain by praying a specific Bible book. This a wonderful version of The Bible that we will use constantly. Pastor Johnson has done a truly magnificent job with it. Not only can we use it but we can give it as gifts to our friends and family.
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My edition has the duravella cover, which seems to be durable without making the Bible too heavy or unwieldy. The translation, which I was not familiar with, is readable and does not seem to be too free with the text. The notes are done simply and in many cases seem to be a recap of the Scriptures themselves, sometimes in the same words. I find this thought-provoking and inducive to praying in my own words. I am enjoying this Bible and it has become the one I grab when going to church or sitting down to meditate.
Beautiful brown cover with gold edges on very thin pages.
Hard to put it down. Short sentences in a language easy to understand. Prayers are simple, and I believe will help me in finding praying so much easier. You feel a part of the scripture stories as you read.