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”

Rejoice Always

“Rejoice always!” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16, HCSB

It seems so simple and so profound. Words that could easily be recited by a preschooler and yet so moving as if given by George Washington himself. As we head into Thanksgiving, I have some thoughts lined up that will lead through Thursday and potentially Friday. It is based off the sermon from this past Sunday at church. Which, to be completely honest, was more of a guided journey. It was a sermon without a sermon. Sure, it had points, but it did not really add up to what many would consider a full sermon. It was simply a time for reflection and a time for us to pause and reflect. There is nothing wrong with these times, and honestly, we could use more of them. Continue reading “Rejoice Always”

The Maxwell Leadership Bible Review

As I have said before, it is hard to review a Bible. If you want to point out the issues you have with the translation, you’re better off just avoiding the translation. Regardless, I really enjoyed this Bible. I am a huge fan of John Maxwell. I believe he is one of the greatest leadership minds of the past century. It does not matter whether it is in church, business, or home leadership, Maxwell has a wealth of knowledge that we could all stand to gain from. Continue reading “The Maxwell Leadership Bible Review”

NIV Spiritual Renewal Study Bible

Throughout our lives there are times where we feel empty and emotionless when it comes to our spiritual lives. I have not even lived thirty years on this planet, but I know what it is like to have those times. They are not enjoyable, but they are always beneficial. They help us to reflect and ponder the things that have happened and force us to draw closer to our creator. Continue reading “NIV Spiritual Renewal Study Bible”