Saturday, October 8, 2011

Life Application Study Bible Devotional

Tyndale House Publishers (August 25, 2011) 400 pages
Source: Tyndale review book

Desciption from Amazon:

Readers of the Life Application Study Bible—the #1 bestselling study Bible—will welcome the arrival of the new Life Application Study Bible Devotional. Let the life of Jesus sink into your mind and heart with 312 readings from the gospels—one for each weekday and one for the weekend. In the Life Application Study Bible Devotional: Daily Wisdom from Jesus, each week focuses on a different event in Jesus’ life—drawing out daily wisdom from his parables, teachings, conversations, miracles, and interactions with people. You’ll learn important biblical principles, become inspired to put God’s Word into practical action, and be forever changed by a year spent going deeper with your Savior.

My Review:

I was really excited about getting this devotional book! I mean, REALLY excited. As much as I want to know God's Word-dig down deep kind of knowing, I have a hard time with studying of any kind. It's not easy for me. (Is it for anybody, though?!) I've never been one to study. I didn't in school, and I'm absolutely amazed that I got good grades. I zone out in lectures, too!

This devotional book has 6 lessons per week. The devotionals are only 1-2 pages each day. They are great whether you need a quick devotional or a good study. You can easily pair this book with commentaries and online study tools that could take this from a 5 minute study to a longer one, which is what I recommend. I haven't did that for every lesson. Some lessons don't triger quite as much studying opportunity as others.

I like that this book is a great way to compare the New Living Translation Bible with my favorite, the New King James Version. When the Bible verses are listed throughout the devotional, I like to look them up in the NKJV, too. It lets me compare in small doses. It gets me into the Bible! There's also great background information about the times, which I love!

I don't like that some of the devotionals have bad wording for my tastes. For example:

"If Jesus had been just a very good man, his life and death would have provided a great example of how a person should live. We could honor him and learn from his lifestyle. If Jesus had been only a great human teacher or orator, we could be motivated and inspired to work and achieve. But a great moral leader and powerful speaker can't save us from our sins, can't change us on the inside. Jesus can. As the divine Creator, he has the power to make us new."

I completely understand where they were trying to go with this, but it's just wrong. IF Jesus was just a good man, then He was a liar and led millions of people astray. That's not exactly what I would call a good role model. He was so much more than just a good man, though!!!! Again, I feel it was just bad wording, and I do understand what they were trying to say. I know! I'm being a little bit picky there, but I just didn't like it. ;)

Overall, I really love the Bible verses and background history, but I'm not in love with the devotional parts. I have read things that I disagreed with. I've already learned a great deal, though, and I plan to continue with the studies. There's a year's worth of devotionals, so in order to do a timely post, I haven't read every single one.

*I was provided a review copy from Tyndale Publishing in exchange for my honest opinion.

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