She Reads Truth Study Bible Review

The past year or so, my life has taken some turns. I have reviewed books by female authors and here I am reviewing a study Bible geared towards women. This does not mean I have changed much, but rather I think I am trying to find resources to share with ladies I know. It is easy for me to live in a bubble and not know what is happening within the Christian publishing world when it only is released by a man. I am trying to expand my circle of knowledge.

The new She Reads Truth Study Bible is a gem. It is the new CSB translation, but has many good features about it. I can see every woman enjoying its notes, images, and splashes of color. You can tell that this one was thought out when it was arranged. There are so many things that you glance over and then notice after you look at the page again. I have followed the She Reads Truth movement from the fringe and have been more in tune with the He Reads Truth movement for obvious reasons.

If you know a woman looking for a new study Bible, I would highly recommend this one. They offer a few different cover choices and binding options. Most of all, they’re all affordable and worth every penny. I am anxiously awaiting a He Reads Truth version.

I received a copy of the gray linen for free from B&H in exchange for an unbiased review.

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CSB Reader’s Bible Review

I have shared my excitement about the CSB translation in the past and now there is an entirely new way to read it. The CSB Reader’s Bible is a very nice cloth-bound Bible that removes all of the distractions of other Bibles.

There are no verse indicators or notes or cross references to distract you from reading the words. Instead, your eyes will read verse after verse as a continuous thought with ease instead of stopping simply because the little number tells you it is a new thought. This is closer to how Scripture was originally written and read than our current numbering system of today.

Hopefully, this will allow you to connect the dots of Scripture like never before as you are capable of reading it in a new way. Although I would like the pages to be be thicker and the paper to be more sturdy, I am thankful that the folks at B&H have made this effort. There are other publishers that have removed the numbering of other translations, but they are all much more costly than this one. Sure, they may be bound better or have certain qualities that make them more desirable, but this is an accessible way to get this style of Bible to the masses.

If you’ve wanted to spruce up your Scripture reading and find new joy in it, this would be a wonderful way to start.

I received this Bible for free from the publisher in exchange for my unbiased review.

Ruth: Discovering Your Place In God’s Story

Ruth is one of the more underrated books of the Bible. We tend to overlook the truths found in the Old Testament and instead skip right to the New Testament and Jesus’ words. All of Scripture is profitable for a person. I am glad that there is now a way to emphasize the book of Ruth in a new manner.

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This new book from Eugene Peterson is unlike any other of his works that I have seen. This takes us through the story of Ruth, but allows us to see it in a new light by filling in the drawings on the pages. As the pages turn so do the images reflected not only on the paper, but also in my mind. The entire project is relatively short, but so is the book of Ruth.

It is a nice way to help relax after a stressful day while taking in more biblical truth. Overall, the pages are a good thickness and should withstand a fair amount of coloring objects.

I would highly recommend this as a gift or for personal study. I received it for free in exchange for an honest review. These words are my own and have not been influenced by the author or publisher in any way other than the printed book.

Review: ESV Pastor’s Bible

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The ESV Pastor’s Bible is a new release from Crossway that takes the trusted ESV translation and packages it with new notes geared directly toward those in leadership in the local church. Whether you are a worship leader, pastor, or evangelist, there is something in there for you.

It has a nice cloth over board cover and two ribbons to mark different locations. I really like how the blue is offset against the little bit of brown down the spine of the Bible. The colors make it look simple and yet professional. It would be great to display on a pulpit or table as you teach. The pages have a nice feel and seem to be thicker than other Bibles I have experienced. The font is easy to read and sits nicely on the pages.

The one downside is the amount of notes in the back that is the selling point of the entire thing. There are some notes, but not a lot. While it is great to have them here, if it is the selling point of the Bible, I would have expected more. The notes that it does contain are great. There are bulleted lists and such to help guide the leader in their purpose.

Overall, it would be a nice gift for your pastor. The physical aspects of it are great and are highly attractive. If your a pastor or other church leader, I would skip it unless you really like the physical aspects. You can find other Bibles which have more notes that will help you lead.

I received the product for free in exchange for my unbiased review. The words above are my own and have not been influenced in any way by the publisher.

Book Review: Simple Pursuit

I try to get my hands on every item I can that comes out of Passion City Church and the Passion Conferences. I am not a stranger to Louie Giglio’s life and the life he and Shelly are leaving. When the mention of a devotional from them was discovered, I knew I would have to acquire it. At first I was a little sad because I thought I had been lied because it turns out this is not a devotional from the folks in charge of Passion.

Simple Pursuit.jpg Instead of letting the leaders write all the words, Giglio and his crew have decided to let the attendees write their words. Rather than basking in the spotlight that is naturally pointed to them, Passion decided to turn the spotlight on the ones attending the conference. It is a rare thing for someone to be so quick to share the spotlight. Instead, we like to stand in it as long as possible, but I am thankful that this is not a situation like that. This is one where all are celebrated and all are encouraged to have a part.

I am not entirely sure the methodology that was used to select the daily devotions or the writers, but that is not the point. The point is this is a quality daily devotional that is allowing the future generation an opportunity to put their ink on paper and craft their words to the masses. This is a quality devotional product and could be used by anyone. One thing I like is that it is not divided by calendar date. Instead, it simply says day twenty-five or day 234. This to me works better because a person can pick it up at any point in the year and feel like they are right on time. It may make it a little difficult to follow along if you start in the middle of August, but that is where the nifty ribbon page marker comes in handy.

Overall, if you are looking for a fresh devotional and like the work coming out of the Passion conferences and such, this is a devotional for you. If not, you probably know someone that will enjoy it.

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review. These words are my own and have not been influenced in any manner by the author or publisher.

Review: HCSB Illustrator’s Notetaking Bible

First off, let me say I am not an artist. I doodle and can barely create anything worth even a mention; however, I believe this Bible is for people like me. Sure, it can be used by those with more artistic skill and they would do a lovely job, but it is also simple enough for people like me to use. Why is that?

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Well, despite being labeled as a Bible for Illustrators, there is still ample room for notes. Down one edge or the other, you will find lines that are begging to be filled with notes as you do your own study or listen to your pastor. There is enough spacing to allow writing that could easily be read later, but also enough room to get plenty of ideas down on the paper. Speaking of the paper, it does feel a little thicker than most Bibles, but it still seems like it could have been slightly thicker. It does a good job of keeping bleeding to a minimal (as that mainly depends upon your pen), but I recognize the fact that with thicker paper comes a thicker Bible.

I also like how each time you turn the page there is a new illustration on the page that is ready for you to add the color. That is a nice touch for those of us that should not be forced to rely upon our God-given abilities. I would have liked it better if the illustrations were not as gender biased. It seems as if every illustration is geared towards the female gender. It could just be my interpretation, but I still stand by it. The outer cover seems nice and should allow for a long life. And let’s not even get me started on how much I like the translation.

Overall, if you like to add color to illustrations that are already available and would prefer to have plenty of space in the margins of your Bible to take notes, this is one for you. It appears to be able to withstand years of use and allow you to capture your thoughts like never before.

I received this Bible for free from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review. The words written here are my own and have not been influenced by the publisher in any manner.

Book Review: NIV Proclamation Bible

As has been my normal practice in the past, I will issue a couple of warnings or other acknowledgements. It is hard to review a Bible. So many people get bogged down in picking apart the translation and issuing their disagreements with it. I do not think that is right. You should research which translation is right for you and know what you are getting before you get there.  There is useful information on the internet about every translation and what to expect with a particular version. With that being said, you can only really review the content of the notes and introductions and the like while also taking into consideration the other physical aspects. Continue reading “Book Review: NIV Proclamation Bible”