Saturday, September 22, 2012

Everyday Matters Bible For Women

Recently I was given the opportunity to read and review a new Bible that has been geared toward women. This New Living Translation is written in a contemporary style that is easy to comprehend and flows beautifully. However, my review will be focused on the features. Twenty-four disciplines that will assist us to receive power and strength to do those things that we cannot possibly do on our own and enrich our lives are a wonderful and welcome part of this Bible. The colorful icons used are a great reminder of the meaning of each. Additional content from some of the most respected Bible teachers and leaders give insight to help the reader grown and expand her knowledge of how to apply the Scripture to personal circumstances.

Every discipline is explored in four ways
Everyday Matters. Two-page articles introduce major themes and focus on an essential part of understanding and practicing a discipline.
Everyday Profiles. Profiles of twenty-five Biblical women highlight a particular discipline.
Everyday Q and A’s. Short articles delve into a difficult aspect of the spiritual practice and offer practical help on incorporating the discipline into your daily life.
Everyday Reflections. Selections illustrate ways to personalize and apply God’s Word to your own situation.
More than 300 articles and features by more than 140 of today’s most well-known Christian leaders and writers, including: Kay Warren, Priscilla Shirer, Elisa Morgan, Nancy and John Ortberg, Richard Foster, Liz Curtis Higgs, and Lauren Winner. 

Special Features include . . .
• 4-color throughout
• Color-coded icons identify each Spiritual Discipline addressed in contributors’ material
• How to Use This Bible in a Small Group Study
• Index of Spiritual Practices
• Resources for further reading 

My personal favorite translation of the Bible is the Holman Christian Standard (HCSB), but I frequently use the NLT for a daily devotion from YouVersion. I do enjoy having more than one version to help me dig deeper in Bible studies, and am quite pleased with this Bible, and the way it is set up to help me delve into a greater study of subjects of interest. Whether it is guidance for yourself or someone else asking about a particular issue or for small group discussions, the Everyday Matters Bible For Women is a fantastic resource.

One thing on the negative side would be the lack of a concordance. That is a feature I use frequently, so this Bible would not be the one I kept handy at all times for a quick reference and Scripture source. Also, it has a pretty cover, and while that is nice, my preference is a soft cover for a Bible I use daily. The last hard cover Bible I purchased for myself was in three separate pieces when I replaced it. I will use this one, but it will be more of a reference Bible than the one I keep within arm's reach.

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Disclosure:  I received a free copy of this book/Ebook/Product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. We are disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. Each are part of The CWA Review Crew.

 GREAT NEWS for those like me who prefer soft-cover!!  I just found out that there is also a softcover version!! Of course, I haven't actually seen a copy, but it looks much like the Bible I use daily, so I feel certain that it is fantastic!

* One more tip: I have heard people complain about highlighters bleeding through pages on some Bibles. That used to drive me nuts, so I found a solution that works for me. I now use colored pencils. I can erase if I make a mistake (or a grandchild decides to help me "color" when she spots my Bible and pencils), and I don't have to worry about bleed-through.

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