Saturday, August 23, 2014
Bible Review: The NIV Spiritual Renewal Study Bible
Spiritual keys, split into seven parts for each testament, seem more geared toward those looking for a self-help book, focusing on leaving the past behind, forgiving each other and surrender to God. The "self-help" feel doesn't come across so much in the "key devotionals" so much as in the editors' introduction to and explanation for them. I suppose this fits what I know of editor Stephen Arterburn's specialities, though. I don't know much about editor David Stoop.
The remaining extra content includes profiles of people in the Bible and lessons from their lives; books of the Bible introductions that focus on "Spiritual Renewal Themes" and provide essential facts, as well as outlines of the books' content; and spiritual discipline devotionals (great reminders of the Biblical support for activities such as prayer, study, worship, repentance and more).
I did find at least one minor instance of modern-day sensibilities sneaking into the content, but it wasn't a deal-breaker, and the devotionals do not appear to delve into any controversial issues.
The content is laid out well with pleasant fonts, and it set up in such a way that readers can easily use the Bible for daily devotionals. It's not a Bible for deep study, but it's a good resource if you're looking for something to help you start acting in your faith.
* Disclaimer: I received this Bible for free in exchange for my honest review of it.
Posted by Wheeler Reviews at 9:36 PM