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Book Review, “Vines Expository Bible,” Jerry Vines editor

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The Vines Expository Bible, edited by Jerry Vines and published by Thomas Nelson, is written in the New King James Version.  It provides a “guided journey through the scriptures” with Jerry Vines, pastor of First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Florida for almost twenty-four years.

Jerry Vines leads the reader through this Bible with insight and observations based on selections from his lifetime of ministry. Its many features include: 205 detailed outlines from Vines’ sermon archive, 148 articles for living the Christian life, 237 notes that help apply the Bible to one’s life, 311 word studies, 66 book introductions, exclusive Thomas Nelson NKJV Comfort print typeface, 10.5-point type, a topical index, full-color maps, and a concordance.

This Bible is an incredible tool for any Bible scholar. Its many features will enhance any study of God’s Word. I would recommend it to any one searching for more insight into the meaning and principles of the Bible.

Kara

I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.

 

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Book Review, “NKJV Deluxe Reader’s Bible,” Thomas Nelson publisher

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The NKJV Deluxe Reader’s Bible, published by Thomas Nelson, is “perfect for both devotional and extended reading.” Its simple cloth over board design and protective box make it practical for everyday use.

This Bible is designed to eliminate distractions from God’s Word sometimes created by cross-references and notes. It puts as little between the Word and the reader as possible. Chapter and verse markers are located in the margins. Line matching eliminates most ghosting, and the 10-point text itself improves readability. There are no translator’s notes. There are two satin ribbon markers and a Smyth sewn, lay-flat binding.

This is a wonderful Bible.  Its simplicity reminds me that it is God’s Word that we need. Footnotes, articles, and cross-references are extra help, but not absolutely necessary. Even the simple color scheme of this Bible is designed to minimize distraction.

I would recommend this Bible to anyone wishing to focus on the Word of God.

Kara

I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.

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Book Review, “NKJV Faithlife Illustrated Study Bible,” published by Zondervan

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The NKJV Faithlife Illustrated Study Bible is published by Zondervan in partnership with the makers of Logos Bible Software. This version is packed full of “Biblical insights that you can see.”

This Bible includes many features to assist serious Bible students. It has the full text of the NKJV. There are over one hundred full-color infographics, timelines, and tables. There are twenty-seven family trees and people diagrams, including three detailed timelines chronicling the life of Jesus, His ministry, and His death and resurrection. The book introductions include outlines, backgrounds, themes, and maps or timelines. Information regarding original Biblical languages is revealed in the verse-by-verse study notes. The words of Jesus are presented in red ink. Also, there are contributions by many respected authors or scholars, such as Charles Stanley, Lee Strobel, Timothy Keller, and Robert Chisholm.

This is a spectacular Bible. It is full of information about the Bible presented in colorful and appealing ways. I especially appreciate the many maps and timelines included.

I would recommend this Bible to anyone looking for a more serious study of the Bible.

Kara

I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.

 

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Book Review, “The Woman’s Study Bible,” Thomas Nelson publishers

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The Woman’s Study Bible, published by Thomas Nelson in the New International Version, promises “God’s Truth for Balance, Hope, and Transformation.” It is specifically designed to assist women strengthen both their Biblical knowledge and their relationships with Christ.

This Bible features special notes and features appealing to women and highlights women throughout the scriptures. It includes contributions from more than eighty women, varied by denomination, education, occupation, and ethnicity in order to encourage mentorship. Special features include a full-color design, readable 10.5 font, biographical portraits of over 100 Biblical women, verse by verse study notes, over 300 in-text topical articles, essays from women who are experts in various fields, book introductions and outlines, full-color maps, charts, timelines, family trees, quotes from Godly women of history, a topical index, and a concordance.

This is an incredible Bible. The large type makes it easy to read, and the use of color adds to the reading experience. I especially like the family trees. I also appreciate the introductions, which specifically include the audience and the literary characteristics.

I would recommend this Bible to any woman who wishes to expand her Bible knowledge and Christian life.

Kara

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Book Review, “NKJV Unapologetic Study Bible,” Thomas Nelson publishers

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The NKJV Unapologetic Study Bible, published by Thomas Nelson, is designed to assist the reader in standing firm for God in today’s world. It is meant to help one understand the Bible in a manner that gives “confidence to unapologetically define and share your faith, rooted in the truths of Scripture.”

The goal of this Bible is to inspire readers to be more like Christ in all ways: thoughts, speech, and actions.  It includes introductions for each book to explain its content and give context. It also includes over two hundred articles placed near relevant Scripture passages, over seventy quotations from historical figures, and more than fifty profiles of historical figures.  Included are a Table of Monies, Weights, and Measures, an Index of Features for Canonical Study, and an Index of Features for Topical Study. The Words of Christ are presented in red.

This is a marvelous Bible, presenting many features to assist one in increasing his knowledge of God’s Word. I found the many articles, quotations, and profiles quite helpful. I always appreciate having the Words of Christ in red, as it helps to emphasize His teachings.

I would recommend this Bible to anyone who wishes to truly understand Scripture.

Kara

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Book Review, “KJV Know the Word Study Bible,” Thomas Nelson publishers

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The KJV Know the Word Study Bible, published by Thomas Nelson, is an incredible Bible. It is designed to assist the reader in transitioning “from being a casual reader of the Bible to becoming a regular student of the Bible.” It encourages one not to “settle for being a reader when you can be a student of God’s Word.”

This Bible breaks down large passages into easy-to-understand segments. It offers three different ways to study: book by book, verse by verse, or topic by topic.  Also included are book introductions, two-color interior page designs, a comprehensive list of theological notes, a concordance, and full-color maps. The Words of Jesus are in red. The Topic by Topic Articles are found at the beginning of this Bible, making it easy to locate information related to specific themes.  Some of those topics are: God the Father, Love, Purpose, Obedience, Evil, Relationships, and Suffering.

This hardcover Bible would be an asset to anyone wishing to learn more about the Word or deepen his relationship with Christ. I would recommend it to both beginners and those who have been studying the Bible for years.

Kara

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Book Review, “The King James Study Bible,” Thomas Nelson publishers

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The King James Study Bible, published by Thomas Nelson in large print format, is a beautiful Bible. It is intended to “provide conservative Christians with a reliable study Bible that is both scholarly and spiritually relevant.” It combines technical aspects with opportunities for application.

This Bible contains many features to assist any Bible student. It is presented in full color. Its doctrinal footnotes offer a system for studying the scriptures and tracing them throughout the Bible. Personality profiles of key men and women of the Bible are located near the verses in which they are mentioned. Archaeological Sites focus on significant Biblical places and the findings surrounding them. There are center-column references, maps, images, charts, study notes, book introductions, outlines, topical indexes, and a Hebrew/Greek word-study concordance.

This is a lovely Bible. I appreciate the large print and the colorful pictures and maps. I especially like the lifetime guarantee offered through Thomas Nelson Publishers. It is, however, very large and heavy, making it more difficult for some to use in a practical manner.

I would recommend this Bible for any serious Bible scholar.

Kara

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