For the price this is a great buy in terms of quality and quantity of helpful information. This is not a "standard" study Bible, which contains notes on difficult passages. Instead, the Life Principles concentrate on the application of Scripture to our daily lives. The Life Essentials Study Bible is based on the easy to read and accurate Holman Christian Standard Bible translation. It contains a large concordance, a very helpful topical index for the Life Principles and maps. Although the Life Principles contain a QR code that can be accessed by a smart phone for additional information, the info can also be accessed on any computer with internet access. Nevertheless, the Bible is fully functional as a stand-alone text. The Life Principles are exceptionally helpful to those who want to learn practical application of the Scriptures they are reading. Also, Dr. Goetz's well balanced notes are very helpful for teachers or church leaders to use in lessons or as devotionals. This is a unique and helpful study Bible.
This study bible is by far my favorite! Dr. Getz is a great teacher and easy to understand. The 1500 principles from the Life Essentials Study Bible are a great resource for everyone, regardless of background or culture! For smart phone users you will absolutely love the QR Codes that are found with each of the 1500 principles. I have also used the website connected to this Bible which includes Dr. Getz's video teachings and provides an area where you can record personal notes. The amount of research, video and time that it took to put this Bible together is astounding but not surprising given the man who is behind it ...Dr. Getz! I have enjoyed this Bible so much that I bought several copies for some good friends for Christmas. Buy it ...you'll be glad you did!
I start off this review by saying, IF I owned an i-pad, an i-phone and a personal home computer; this Bible would be a wonderful addition to my library. I do NOT own these items, without them, this is a high-tech Bible owned by a low-tech user. So many of its features require these items, in order to access the features it has. I ordered this Bible, based on the reviews, which are highly praiseworthy. Unfortunately, I didnt realize how much I would need an I-Phone, I-Pad, or my own computer, in order to fully utilize it, until I opened the box. I cannot use this Bible; so I (feeling very disappointed), returned it.
It was for a preacher friend, and he has commented to me how much he is enjoying it, several times. I now have to order one for me. I tried twice to get him a free one by an adviterisement,, but no luck. Therefore I purcased him one.