Browse Tag: bible

Review – The Nehemiah Code by O.S. Hawkins

Book description

Who isn’t in need of a new beginning? Bestselling author O. S. Hawkins knows that whether it be broken relationships, integrity missteps, or loss, most of us will spend some or much of the next year trying to restore something. The good news is . . . it’s never too late for a new beginning.

Hawkins, with more than 550,000 books sold, now turns his eye to another biblical hero in The Nehemiah Code. Nehemiah was a civil servant from 2,500 years ago who applied principles found in the Bible for insight during hard times, help to start again, and encouragement to rebuild a life.

Review

This is a small good looking book containing big truths about rebuilding in today’s society.

O.S. Hawkins is well known for writing a series of “codes” inspired  by prominent Bible figures, and this one is no exception. Taking wisdom from the life of Nehemiah, each chapter gives us a glimpse into rebuilding our lives in the middle of difficult situations. Just like Nehemiah did with an entire city.

The book is divided in the following six parts, covering attitudes or actions that can be applied into our own personal situations. 

  • Taking personal responsibility
  • Moving out of your comfort zone
  • Rebuilding team spirit
  • Holding those around you accountable
  • Doing what is right
  • Finishing strong

Rating 4/5

I received this book from Booklook Bloggers in exchange for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Bible Review – CSB Worldview Study Bible

Description

The CSB Worldview Study Bible features extensive worldview study notes and articles by notable worldview scholars to help Christians better understand the grand narrative and flow of Scripture within the biblical framework from which we are called to view reality and make sense of life and the world. This Bible is an invaluable resource and study tool that will help you to discuss, defend, and clearly share with others the truth, hope, and practical compatibility of Christianity in everyday life.

Review

I love Study Bibles, I own a couple of them and they’re really helpful when reading the Bible for devotional as well when I’m preparing a message or a teaching. The CSB Worldview Study Bible is a new Bible by B&H Publishing and it comes full of great features:

  • Extensive worldview study notes
  • Over 150 articles by notable worldview scholars
  • Center-column references
  • Smyth-sewn binding
  • Presentation page
  • Two ribbon markers
  • Two-piece gift box, and more

At first glance it looks like a typical Study Bible, with references, footnotes and commentaries, but as you read through the pages, you’ll find articles or essays in the middle of specific books and passages. They’re listed at the beginning next to the index and before the list of the contributors.

Contributors include: Ted Cabel, George Guthrie, John Stonestreet, Constantine R. Campbell, Eric J. Tully, Darrell Bock, Mary Jo Sharp, Kenneth Matthews, Carl Trueman, Paul Wooley, Thomas Kidd, John Bloom, William Edgar, and more.

According to the credits the interior was designed and typeset by 2D/DENMARK, using Bible Serif created by the same studio.

Conclusion

There are three editions of the CSB Worldview Study Bible, the one I received for review was the Navy Leather Touch. It’s important to note that it’s a big Bible and maybe not so easy to handle. If you’re looking for a firm grip, the Neutral Cloth Over Board will probably be a better option.

I received this book from B&H Publishing Group in exchange for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Review – CSB Great and Small Bible

Bible description

All creatures great and small . . . the Lord God made them all!

This full-text Bible, complemented by delightful illustrations of great-and-small animal friends, makes the perfect gift to welcome babies. Two dozen full-color inserts offer plenty of space to record all of baby’s special moments—from first measurements to first steps—creating a keepsake to always cherish.

Features include:

  • Complete text of the CSB (Christian Standard Bible)
  • 24 pages of inserts with full-color illustrations
  • Easy-to-read type
  • Words of Christ in red
  • Presentation page
  • Gift box

Part of what makes the Great and Small Bible so special is the readable, faithful-to-the-original text of the Christian Standard Bible. The CSB’s optimal blend of accuracy and readability makes it a trustworthy, easy-to-understand resource for kids to study and memorize today—and to live and share for a lifetime.

First impressions

I’m not married and don’t have children yet, so if you’re looking for an unbiased review of a Bible for babies, you’re in the right place.

Review

The first thing that distinguishes this Bible from the rest is its size. But being a keepsake Bible for Babies makes it the perfect size and looks kinda cute.

 

This is a hardcover Bible with a matte finish that looks good because of the minimalist-almost-white design with simple illustrations in the cover and a tiny one on the back.

In the interior you’ll find the CBS version of the Bible, which is the one used by B&H in their latest Bibles. According to the notes, the font used is Bible Serif by the famous 2K/DENMARK studio in, you know… Denmark. Because of the size of the Bible is normal to find a small font size in the inside and while this is one of those cases it still has a decent size for reading.

As for the features, there are a couple of cute animal illustrations here and there (24 according to the description) that complement the feeling of the Bible with space for you to write about specific moments of your baby.

Conclusion

This is a great Bible for new parents to get and it’s also a great Bible to give. Do not think of this Bible as your regular Bible, because it won’t work, but think of it more as a Bible you can preserve as your baby grows so you can share it with him in the future.

I received this book from B&H Publishing Group in exchange for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Review – The Baker Compact Dictionary of Biblical Studies

Book description

When it comes to the realm of biblical studies, students of the Bible are often overwhelmed, both with the sheer volume of information and with all of the unfamiliar terms, concepts, and topics. Like any other field of study, the serious study of the Bible has developed a specialized vocabulary. The key terms in this important field are defined in The Compact Dictionary of Biblical Studies. It provides clear, concise, and accurate definitions to help students of the Bible make sense of the specialized language of biblical studies.

Review

The Baker Compact Dictionary of Biblical Studies is a dictionary with a clear purpose, according to the authors, they wanted to share useful definitions for Bible students using their own experience as the main source, although they want it to be accesible for everyone.

The dictionary does not only include word definitions like “Nephilim” but also concept definitions such as

dominical saying

From the Latin dominus, meaning “lord” or “master”, a saying or teaching attributed to Jesus Christ. p. 64

The size of The Baker Compact Dictionary of Biblical Studies makes it great, not only as an academic study but also as a pocket book you can take with you and read wherever you go. Because of the short definitions and explanations its a great learning tool you can carry in your backpack or purse.

Conclusion

The Baker Compact Dictionary of Biblical Studies it’s a great place to start to someone that may feel intimidated by those big and complicated dictionaries out there. If it’s only for the sake of learning or understanding something better this will make a great choice.

Rating:

I received this book from BakerBooks in exchange for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Bible review – CSB Disciple’s Study Bible

Bible description

The CSB Disciple’s Study Bible guides an individual’s journey in following Jesus, by featuring discipleship themed study notes, as well as tools and resources that equip Christians to disciple others. Included is the Foundations 260 Reading Plan, featuring 260 concise daily readings with commentary from Pastor Robby Gallaty and ample page space to engage the text and journal via the H.E.A.R journaling method (Highlight-Explain-Apply-Respond). With additional articles on discipleship from the team at Replicate Ministries, The Disciple’s Study Bible will help foster engagement and practical application of God’s Word in the life of a disciple on a daily basis.

Features include:

  • Introduction to The CSB Disciple’s Study Bible and Foundations 260 (F260) Reading Plan by Pastor Robby Gallaty
  • Discipleship themed study notes
  • F260 Reading Plan with commentary and H.E.A.R journaling space
  • Discipleship articles from the team at Replicate Ministries
  • Book introductions featuring timelines, outlines, and contribution to the Bible
  • Center-column cross-references
  • Topical subheadings
  • Two-column text
  • Concordance
  • Smyth-sewn binding
  • Presentation Section
  • Full-color maps

The CSB Disciple’s Study Bible features the highly readable, highly reliable text of the Christian Standard Bible (CSB). The CSB stays as literal as possible to the Bible’s original meaning without sacrificing clarity, making it easier to engage with Scripture’s life-transforming message and to share it with others.

Review

There are some Bibles that are great for reading, others for journaling, but I found this one to be great for Bible study and application.
Pastor Robby Gallaty presents this Bible focused on discipleship, there are interesting study notes as with many other Study Bibles that cover half the pages, but this one also adds a practical reading plan and a guide for personal meditation on the Word. It takes you step by step to hear and apply God’s Word to your life.
This is a hardcover Bible, which may not be the best to handle, but it is resistant and it ensures a larger life time and the smyth-swen binding makes big Bibles like this one readable without damaging the pages or the spine.

Conclusion

This is a great Bible for personal use or to give as a gift, I’m pretty sure anyone that receive this Bible as a present will love it as it will help him in his relationship with God through His Word.
I received this book from B&H Publishing Group in exchange for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Bible Review – ESV ILLUMINATED BIBLE

Description

The ESV Illuminated Bible places the full ESV text alongside over 500 elegantly hand-lettered gold ink illustrations by renowned artist Dana Tanamachi. Printed on thick cream-colored paper, the Bible’s single-column text setting and wide margins provide generous space for additional notes, prayers, and designs—inviting readers to creatively engage with and reflect on the beauty of God’s Word.

  • 9-point, Lexicon
  • Black letter text
  • 2-color printing
  • 64 full-page, custom book opener illustrations
  • 50 full-page verse illustrations
  • 250+ hand-lettered margin verses
  • 100+ other illustrations throughout
  • Illustrated by Dana Tanamachi, whose work has been featured by Google, The Wall Street Journal, Random House, USPS, and Target
  • Thick, cream-colored paper
  • Wide margins
  • Single-column, paragraph format
  • Smyth-sewn binding
  • Packaging: Permanent Slipcase

First impresions

I heard about Bible illumination on a TV show, and how monks were in charge of copying and illuminating (illustrating) the Word, adding works of art that have survived through time. This new Bible has the same idea behind and it greatly executed.

Review

This Bible is a beautiful and amazing hardcover Bible that comes with a slipcase with the same golden decoration that the Bible cover. It feels resistant and because of the smyth-sewn binding you can be sure it will last many readings.

Each book is presented with amazing and unique illustrations that represent the theme of each book or a prominent passage from them.

Because this is also a journaling Bible, there’s enough room next to the text to write or to give a chance to your inner artist to create something, although you may not want to do it because of the epic feeling of keeping this just for reading.

Conclusion

This Bible will be a great addition to those who like to collect beautiful Bible editions, but it may also be for those who want to read God’s Word and feel inspired by the amazing artwork.

I received this book from Propeller Consulting, in exchange for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Review – CSB Reader’s Bible, Gray Cloth Over Board

Bible description

The CSB Reader’s Bible provides the perfect opportunity to read the Bible in its original and simplified form, uninterrupted by verse and chapter references. This unique Bible reading experience invites the reader to encounter God’s Word as a grand narrative and have a fresh experience with the Bible.

Features include:

  • Single-column reader’s text
    Simplified page design
    9.75-point type
    Ribbon marker
    Smyth-sewn binding

The CSB Reader’s Bible features the highly readable, highly reliable text of the Christian Standard Bible (CSB). The CSB stays as literal as possible to the Bible’s original meaning without sacrificing clarity, making it easier to engage with Scripture’s life-transforming message and to share it with others.

First impressions

I’ve reviewed a couple of Bibles before, most of them being study Bibles, but this is my first time reviewing a reader’s Bible. But definitely what first caught my attention was not only the format, but the beautiful look and design of the exterior.

Review

This is a hardback Bible a cloth over board edition, which means the cover you see in the pictures is a rough grey fabric over a rigid board, that manages to feel safe and strong in your hands. The blue decoration on the front and the text on the spine is a type of plastic text glued over the fabric, it’s not ink printed over the fabric.

On the inside the CSB Reader’s Bible keeps its awesomeness. There are at least three factors that make your Bible reading easier. The first one is the color of the paper, which is super white and makes a perfect contrast against the font color. The second one is the font size, which is 9.75. And the third one is the single column feature of this edition, it feels great to have a view that is not filled with references, or more text. The spacing feels comfortable for the eyes.

Conclusion

Finally, this Bible comes with a beautiful slipcase covered with the same fabric as the Bible, making it perfect to display in your bookshelves. Make no mistake, because of the single column feature of this Bible, it makes the overall size a little bigger than the average size, but it doesn’t mean it’s a huge Bible. Actually, this can become a personal reading Bible and a perfect option for a gift.

Rating:

I received this book from B&H Publishing Group in exchange for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Review – NKJV Foundation Study Bible

nkjvfoundationstudybible

 

Bible description

The perfect foundation for Bible study and the Christian life. Build your life on it! The Foundation Study Bible is a thorough, portable, and affordable Bible for students of God’s Word at any level. It has the most important helps for basic study, whether you’re just beginning or brushing up on essentials.

The New King James Version® – More than 60 million copies sold

First impressions

When I saw this Bible available for review it caught my attention. Not because the description but because its design. It looks like its target are teens or young adults. Another thing that I liked was the size, because it’s smaller than any typical study Bible out there.

Special features

  • Trustworthy NKJV text
  • Cross references and translators’ notes
  • Verse-by-verse study notes and theological notes
  • Words of Jesus in red
  • Index
  • Concordance
  • Full-color Bible maps

For a study Bible this is a very affordable Bible. It doesn’t mean it’s not a study Bible, but it does mean it’s a very basic study Bible. It has a very short introduction to each book and when I say short I mean half the page, which is short for a study Bible

Layout & design

As I said before one of the things I liked from this Bible was its design. It’s a hardcover edition with dust jacket. When you take off the dust jacket the cover has printed the logo of this Bible in white, which looks good. It’s a compact Bible so you can handle it easy and it doesn’t bend as sometimes happens with hardcover Bibles.

I loved the font they choose for the text it makes it look modern plus it’s easier to read than those old fonts from those old Bibles. The page is divided between the text and the study notes, which again, are really basic.

Conclusion

I think this Bible is a good Bible if you want to have a little ‘extra’ for your reading. It’ll not solve your deep theological doubts, but it’ll give you a little more to chew on.

I received this Bible from the Book Look bloggers program in exchange for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

  • 1
  • 2