CONGRATULATIONS to Leela, the winner of the Fresh Start Bible. Thanks to all of you who entered!
I have a fantastic new Bible from Gateway Church to tell you about. The BlogAbout Blogger Network sent me the Fresh Start Bible to use and review, plus another copy to give away to one FINCHNWREN reader! Read on for more details…and to enter to win! This Bible would make a lovely gift for you or for someone you love.
The Fresh Start Bible
This is the perfect time of year, in the lead-up to the holidays, to consider a new Bible. In fact, the Fresh Start Bible would be excellent for a new Bible, and Bible reading plan, for the new year that starts January 1! I received the softcover edition. It is enclosed in a white slipcase that holds the softcover Bible, which has an embossed gray cover with a linen look. The Bible has a nice heft, and the pages are thin (but not too thin) and smooth. It stays open well when you’re reading it, whether it’s on your lap or on a solid surface.
The Bible translation is the NLT or New Living Translation, which is a modern and easy-to-read version. Here’s an example, using the familiar verses of Psalm 23:1-4:
“The LORD is my shepherd; I have all that I need.
He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams.
He renews my strength.
He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name.
Even when I walk through the darkest valley,
I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me.
Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.
I truly enjoy this version for devotional reading. I do like to change up the Bible versions I am reading from time to time, just to bring fresh insights or impressions. And, I find that the NLT is a version that is accessible for most adult or teen readers.
What will you find in the Fresh Start Bible?
Lots of cool additions! There are maps of the Holy Land (both old and new), a Bible reading plan, 52 questions on faith, 59 short articles on key Bible characters and events. There is a Leader Guide for small groups. There are essays on worship and the freedom available to us in Christ, as well as Scripture lists arranged by topic. You’ll also find teaching on Scripture principles and how someone can grow in their faith.
I particularly enjoyed the introductions to each book of the Bible, and the short essays on Bible characters. Even though I’ve read and studied the Bible for years, I found that these taught me more or encouraged me in my own questions of faith, or my own spiritual walk.
It is comfortable to hold (not to heavy, but with a good weight) and easy to read while it’s in the lap or on the table. The pages (unless you’re at the very beginning or very end) stay open where you’re reading them. Its text layout is book-like or newspaper-like, which makes it very easy to just be able to start reading and keep going.
My thoughts about the Fresh Start Bible
As I mentioned above, I believe this would be fantastic for teen or adult readers. It would be useful for new readers of the Bible as well as those more familiar with its contents; for those who are interested in investigating Christianity or mature believers.
I spent time both in devotional reading as well as reading through some of the book introductions and special sidebars. I love the book introductions. I have studied the Bible using the inductive study method for years and it’s been very rich and helpful, yet sometimes an introduction can tell you more than you will glean just from reading and study. I found it moving to be reminded with 2 Timothy, for example, that Paul’s final letter to Timothy is written just before Paul’s execution, and is very personal. Or, as mentioned in the Deuteronomy intro, that Moses (Israel’s teacher and prophet) not only focuses on recounting the Law again but on worship and God’s identity (the Shema) and a prophetic word about Jesus. These made my Bible reading times just beautifully rich and meaningful.
The whole “Intersections” segment at the end of the Bible is also full of helpful study facts and additions. It actually begins with an overview of the whole Bible, covering themes, main events and key people. I really enjoyed Joel Stockstill’s essay on God’s Word in his own journey, and Pastor Robert Norris’ 15-minute Breakthough. Lots of other amazing essays there as well.
And, even though this softcover Bible is very sturdy, I like its slipcase, which will protect it even more. It would be a fantastic gift for someone you love, or even as a new Bible for yourself!
And now! I have one to give away!
Thanks to the generosity of Gateway Press and The BlogAbout Blogger Network, I have a copy of this amazing Bible to give away to one FINCHNWREN reader!
To enter, simply click on the “Enter here!” link below. That will take you to a Giveaway Tools entry form, where you’ll be able to enter in a variety of ways. Giveaway closes 12/14/19, when one winner will be selected to win. Best wishes!
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