Thursday, November 9, 2017

How Does It All Go Together? {The Jesus Bible Review} #HolidayGiftGuide2017

***Bible received for consideration. Post contains affiliate links. All thoughts are 100% my own. 

Recently, I asked my 4 year old daughter what the Bible was about. Her simple response? Jesus.

She was right of course, we all know that everything from the Bible, starting right at Genesis 1:1 is leading up to the story of Christ. As Christians, this is the foundation of our faith, and we understand that it's all connected somehow or another.

But how exactly?

We might know some of the references from the Old Testament to Jesus... but where is Jesus in Genesis? How does it ALL lead up to Christ's death and resurrection. Wouldn't it be great if there was a better way to truly understand exactly how Jesus fits into it ALL?

Great news! Now there is: The Jesus Bible:

Sixty-Six Books. One Story. All About One Name.
Encounter the living Jesus in all of Scripture. From the Passion Movement, The Jesus Bible, NIV Edition, with exclusive articles from Louie Giglio, Max Lucado, John Piper, Ravi Zacharias, and Randy Alcorn, lifts Jesus up as the lead story of the Bible.
Textured yet soft to touch, classic woven material encases the Bible for smooth access to the faithful plot. Profound yet accessible study features help you meet Jesus throughout Scripture. See him in every book so that you may know him more intimately, love him more passionately, and walk with him more faithfully.
  • Introduction by Louie Giglio
  • 66 book introductions highlight the story of Jesus in every book
  • 7 compelling essays on the grand narrative of Scripture by Louie Giglio, Max Lucado, John Piper, Ravi Zacharias, and Randy Alcorn guide you to treasure Jesus and encourage you to faithfully follow him as you participate in his story
  • Over 300 full-page articles and nearly 700 sidebar articles reveal Jesus throughout all of Scripture
  • Single-column text of the most read, most trusted modern-English Bible — the New International Version (NIV)
  • Room for notes and journaling throughout
  • NIV dictionary-concordance
  • Ribbon marker

I must admit, when I first heard the name of this Bible I found myself thinking, 'Jesus Bible? Aren't they ALL Jesus Bibles?' Technically yes, but again, we don't always realize that as we are reading those old testament books. In the Jesus Bible, each book begins with a fairly in depth look at the book we are about to read--- the who, the what, the why... everything we need to gain a better understanding of the book at hand. Throughout, we find MANY side notes that give us an even deeper look, and help us to fully understand how it all goes together. We'll also find essays that give us a better perspective too. I love that even as I'm reading the Old Testament, I can feel as though I am truly learning more about Jesus through it all.

Another thing that I really loved about this particular Bible is that it has plenty of room in the margins to take notes. Technically this is not considered to be a journaling Bible... there are no lined sections and many pages DO have those side notes, but we do have wide margins on those other pages so you can record your own notes, reflections, etc as you read. For me, I know this can be extremely beneficial in helping me to better remember what I've read.

While I enjoyed this Bible as a more mature Christian, I cannot help but think this would be even greater to gift to someone who is new in their faith. But even still, it's certainly one that EVERY Christian can benefit from having in their collection.

Have someone on your list wanting a great new Bible? You can purchase The Jesus Bible at your favorite Christian book retailer.


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