Bible Matters by Tim Chester

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Tim Chester has written the perfect book to help people approach the Bible. Though it would help Christians at any point in their journey, it’s especially instructive to those who are new at wrestling with the Bible. Along the way, Mr. Chester will both enlighten the reader on the doctrine of the Bible and give some guidance on how to properly study the Bible. Through quality writing and timely illustrations, he helps you see that the Bible is no mere book, but a word from God to us.

Though he covers a lot of ground that you also find in other books about the Bible, he certainly traces out his own path. Still, he begins by explaining that the Bible is from a God who speaks. Next, he gives us a particularly helpful chapter on how God spoke in the Bible. This chapter will answer a lot of questions. In the third chapter on God speaking in the Bible, he explains the Holy Spirit’s role. In chapter 4, he sees Jesus as a key theme of Scripture.

Though it is often overlooked by other writers, Mr. Chester explains how the Bible is relational. This chapter really helps you to get your head on straight about the Bible. Likewise, the chapter on the Bible being intentional proves what many critics deny. I enjoyed the chapter explaining that the Bible is enough too. You wouldn’t think that would have to be explained, but many Christians need to hear that message.

In chapter 8, he finally gets to the chapter that’s going to be in any book on the Bible – one discussing its reliability. He does a fine job with that subject, but appropriately uses Spurgeon’s analogy that a lion doesn’t need defending! The chapter on the Bible being accessible will help those who are always looking for some message in code. Hint: it’s not there. He rounds out the book with a chapter about reading the Bible, and a short conclusion on why he loves it.

There’s a substantial study guide at the end of the book. With that resource, every chapter could be turned into a study group discussion.

This book is profitable and is worthy of a wide audience. I highly recommend it.

I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

The King James Study Bible (Thomas Nelson)

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Thomas Nelson’s King James Study Bible in the full-color edition is a beautiful choice for those seeking a helpful, conservative study Bible. My teenage son is especially into study Bibles, so when I received this Bible for review I asked him first to take it and look at it. He loved it! My review copy was cloth over board, but he says now that this is the Bible he wants in a leather edition for his high school graduation present. He already owns some other nice study Bibles from different publishers, but in his view the notes were “deeper” and he felt he would get more out of it in his studies than from other such volumes.

From my point of view, in addition to what my son appreciated, I also was impressed by the many full-color maps and charts. There were archaeological notes, personality profiles, and discussion of important Christian doctrines. Every book of the Bible had an introduction and outline and there were helpful indices and a concordance at the end. The pictures were beautiful and I agree that the notes were helpful.

I’ll have to agree with my son on ranking this volume at the top of KJV study Bibles. I can think of one other KJV study Bible that’s almost as attractive, but the notes put this volume over the top. You owe it to yourself to look over this volume if you are in the market for a KJV study Bible. You won’t be disappointed.

I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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KJV Expressions Bible–A Review

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The KJV Expressions Bible published by Hendrickson publishers is the perfect Bible for those interested in journaling. This Bible gives over 2 inch margins on the outside of each page. With the recent upsurge in adult coloring there’s ample room for that activity as well. Finally, and much more in line with my tastes, this Bible gives you wonderful room to take notes.

The wide margin Bibles I’ve used in the past are rather expensive. This volume is much more inexpensive, though it might be your choice for your second Bible rather than for your “church” Bible. You might even prefer to fill up all the note pages, and decide that means you’ll deserve a new one when that happens. If you’re looking for note taking, journaling, or coloring, this is an attractive, economical choice.

The volume comes in an attractive brown, leather over board edition. To give you all that journaling room there’s no other frills, as you’ll find it’s all just the biblical text. At the end of the Bible they did include a harmony of the Gospels, a list of the miracles of the Old and New Testaments, and a list of the parables found in the Bible.

I don’t think you’ll regret getting this Bible if you do. My son is begging me for my review copy. He thinks it’s awesome. I’m sure you will too.

I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

KJV Word Study Bible

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Are you looking for a Bible that in addition to the text can teach you how to do word study? Do you use the KJV? I think you’re really going to like this new Bible by Thomas Nelson. (You can get it in hardback or in imitation leather). The Bible is a book of words. Our understanding of the Bible boils down to an understanding of the words. Every Bible student should be particular about understanding the words, especially the keywords. This new Bible will greatly help you in that endeavor.

Each book of the Bible is given a short overview in a few paragraphs with some especially important keywords to watch for. Then, in the KJV text every word that is especially studied in their added notes is underlined. Some of the discussions will take place on the page you are on while others require you to look at a list in the lower right corner of the page and go to another passage where that word is discussed. While what words are discussed may strike you as arbitrary, many words in the text get covered.

You can expand your studies by the indexes provided in the back. There’s an English word index which will guide you to the passage and Strong’s number where you can do further study of the word. Next, there’s a Scripture passage index that takes Scriptures in order from Genesis to Revelation to let you see what words will be discussed. Finally, there is a separate Hebrew and Greek index tied to the Strong’s numbers to open yet another way for further study. In addition, there’s an abbreviated concordance followed by some attractive, full-color maps.

This Bible is not a reference Bible. A reference Bible aids study by providing background information or brief commentary. This Bible is exclusively to help you develop your word study skills and get more out of your Bible reading. I consider it an awesome tool for all Bible readers out there.

I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.