I looked forward to receiving this Bible as it is an update and expansion of the "Spiritual Formation Bible." While the content is great, I am quite disappointed in two areas: (1.) The print of the Bible text is uncomfortably small, probably 7 or 8 pt. (2.) The study notes are actually darker and easier to read than the text of the Scripture! That should not be!
The Bible does not have gilt edges not color maps, and this would be a welcome plus.
Mixed Feelings About This Edition of The Life With God Bible
December 10, 2015
Dr. Ben Low
I bought this Bible because it uses the New Revised Standard Version, has the Deuterocanonical Books and has study helps written by renowned scholars and practitioners of spiritual direction. I am, however, disappointed by the poor quality of its imitation leather plus the Bible has no gold edges. I thus have mixed feelings about this Bible. If only the publishers can allow me to exchange it for a genuine leather edition!
Reading the Life With God Bible is the best way to establish a biblical foundation of spiritual formation. At the preface of the bible, the editor gives a theological frame work of spiritual formation and then through out the bible, there's a commentary of scriptures with the spiritual formation lens.
This Bible is an interesting mix. It's not quite a study Bible, but it has some great articles and notes. It's not quite a devotional, but it offers a lot to think about. It's commentary is ecumenical, but it doesn't pull punches or lower the bar. At 7"x5", it is smaller than a typical reading Bible, but at 2" thick it's definitely packed full of content. The paper and print quality are good for the price, but lacks the bling of gold gilt page edges (I rather appreciate its humble appearance). The text is small, but it's still easy for me to read for long periods of time (I'm nearsighted, your usage my vary). If you are looking for a portable Bible that you can really *use* without white gloves, that is ecumenical and non-denominational, and that offers guidance on spiritual formation & suggestions on how to grow in your relationship with God, and relates those topics with brief relevant commentary at the bottom of each page of biblical text, then this Bible might be for you.
One of my favorite Bibles. Handy size to carry everywhere you go. I have one for home and one in my vehicle, so I have one wherever I go. One thing would would make it perfect is if it was thumb indexed.