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I love spending time reading my Bible. My devotional time is important to me, because it refreshes and invigorates me. There are times, though, that I struggle with deciding what to read next. I use a Bible app a lot, which is awesome, but there is just something about the feel of the pages of a Bible that I miss. I recently received the new Modern Life Study Bible for review, and thought it’d give my study time a nice little shot of adrenaline.
About the Modern Life Study Bible:
“Using historical context and fresh insights backed by biblical scholars, The Modern Life Study Bible explores the timeless truths that connect the people and stories of the Bible to the opportunities and demands we face today. We still wonder who God is, how to discern His will, and how we fit into His plan. God is at work in our world, inviting us to experience His presence. The Modern Life Study Bible is designed to draw you in, helping you to know and embrace what it means to follow Christ in today’s world.”
The Modern Life Study Bible is published by Thomas Nelson, is 1984 pages printed in full color, is hardcover, and it retails for $49.99.
The Modern Life Study Bible features:
- More than 2,400 concise articles and book introductions
- More than 220 full-color maps
- Hundreds of diagrams, tables, and illustrations
- 66 inspirational biographies
- Indexes to aid navigation and study
The Modern Life Study Bible is a beautiful Bible. The color palette used throughout is attractive. The paper used is thick enough that you don’t feel like you’re going to tear the pages as you thumb through it, but not quite as thick as a standard page of print. The print is on the smaller side, so if you have trouble reading fine print you’ll need your readers on. The maps, illustrations, and charts are easy to understand. Each book of the Bible includes a description of the book, as well as “Key Events” found in that book. The Bible includes biographies (labeled as Life Studies) of influential Christians throughout history, such as Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Watchman Nee, Sojourner Truth, C.S. Lewis, Amy Carmichael and Booker T. Washington.
Perhaps my favorite aspects of this Bible are the two charts that show the Parables of Jesus and the Miracles of Jesus. The charts list each of the parables and miracles of Jesus and where to find them in the four gospels. It’s a great reference tool.
While I don’t typically use the NKJV for study purposes, and I don’t necessarily agree with all of the extra-biblical helps doctrinally, this is a great study Bible. The biographies, practical tips, and reading plans are sure to add depth to any study of the Bible.
What better time to gift a Bible to someone than for Easter, when we celebrate that Christ has risen from the dead, the greatest miracle of all!
What translation of the Bible do you use for study?
Check out the Godly Reflections Devotional while you’re here.