Archive for November, 2010

For a change of pace, I thought I would review a Bible. Now there is one thing true for any Bible translation, the Bible part of this NKJV is the exact same as any other NKJV Bible. This version of the Bible (like the NIV)  is considered to be a sixth grade reading level which may sound low but sixth graders are reading pretty advance stuff. For example, our daily newspapers are written on a sixth grade reading level.

What makes it the “Bible for New Believers” is the study notes, extra tools in the pages at the beginning and end, and the layout. For the most part they are decent and not overwhelming for a new Christian. I enjoy the deeper study Bibles like the “Life Application” or “Faith in Action” but those would be a little much for just getting your feet wet.

Some of the tools at the beginning and back are stronger than some of the tools in the Bible portion itself. I really life the explanation of salvation and the pages on the essentials of the faith. The study notes are not the best if they are using the Bible in a group Bible study but they are good and leading for personal Bible study.

I would suggest getting the paperback version of this if you are buying it for yourself or a friend. It will be good for a year or so with normal Bible study but not worth investing in a nicer binding like you would for a long-term Bible. Also, for a new Christian, I recommend getting the same version that their church uses so it’s easier for them to follow along. If their church uses the NIV or another translation, this may not be the Bible for them.

I got a free copy of this Bible in exchange for an honest review from www.booksneeze.com

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If you go to the store to buy this book to read, might as well get a box of tissues while you’re out and about. You’ll need it! However, don’t let that stop you, the testimony in this book will be very encouraging to you.

The story is about a young boy who goes through a medical emergency and almost dies (the first half of the book). He claims that he went to heaven and has observations to the effect afterwards (the second half of the book). For this reason, I wasn’t too convinced I was going to like the book.  I hate reading about kids in life and death situations. It’s one of my worst fears and have no interest in going down that road. Then to here a kid talk about “heaven”, well, I wasn’t convinced it was going to be legit let alone impactful.

I was proven wrong! While painful to travel the road with the parents through the pain of the medical emergency, it was worth it to see what God was doing in th situation and the impact of the testimony on the back-end. The things this kid says to his folks over the next couple years about heaven are matter of fact, impactful, and full of confirmation. I was so pumped about heaven and the life we have after this one that I was encouraged in some areas of perseverance I am in now.

Another quick point, for a guy who does a bunch of reviews like this, I am not a reader. However, this book sucks you right in and I had it done in one sitting. This book is worth it and the testimony is powerful.

I got this book for free from the publisher for an honest review….

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