Lifeway Women’s Bible (CSB) (GA CLOSED)

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Hi dear ones!

I have got the most beautiful Bible to tell you about today. It’s the Lifeway Women’s Bible, and it’s full of questions, articles, ideas, and study helps (and journaling space!) alongside its Scripture pages. I received a copy of this Bible from Momentum Influencer Network. Let me tell you more about it, plus you can enter to win a copy for yourself!

About the Lifeway Women’s Bible

This absolutely gorgeous Bible is just a joy to use. I received the Marigold Leathertouch version of the Lifeway Women’s Bible. It’s housed in a sturdy covered board slipcase. The Bible also comes in other versions, both hard- and soft-covered (Butterscotch Genuine Leather, Camel Cloth-Over-Board, Gray/Mint Leathertouch). The Bible is designed to be perfect for laying flat on a table or open in the reader’s lap. But, there’s so much more beauty inside!

The Lifeway Women’s Bible is a study Bible, a journaling Bible, and a devotional Bible all in one. Wide margins on each page invite you to write your thoughts and what you’re learning as you read. Amazing women who are exceptional Bible teachers offer deeper study moments throughout each book of the Bible (like what it means to be “Set Free from Sin,” by Priscilla Shirer, or Kelly D. King’s character profile on Abigail; “Bowing Down to False Gods,” by Kelly Minter, or the essay and questions designed for reflection on 1 Corinthians 10, by Whitney Capps). Book introductions profile the author, date, “big picture,” summary, key verses, and fascinating timelines of the book’s era and cultural events. There are study lists with verse references, like the Prophecies of Jesus’s Second Coming. And, if that weren’t enough, there’s a plethora of helpful material at the end of the Bible, with reading plans of different lengths (90-day, 1-year, 3-year), a great concordance, and colorful maps.

This is a Bible that you could use for exceptional devotional reading times or even deeper study (whether word study, character study, or just book study). It’s incredibly rich and full of the things a woman needs and wants for her own Bible reading.

My thoughts and experiences with this Bible

I love so much about this Bible! It is so full of study material and ideas I’ve never thought of investigating myself (like the prophecies I mentioned above, of Jesus’s second coming). And each one of these moves me to deeper consideration of the verses or chapters I’m reading; to really engaging myself with what is happening in the story. (As a matter of fact, I was struck as I was reading this Bible recently of what Nebuchadnezzar’s utter destruction of Jerusalem could have looked like, and what the Babylonian soldiers were doing; and what the Jewish people saw and suffered.)

I also love each Bible book’s introduction, which centers the reader squarely in the moment of history when it occurred (those timelines are incredible!), and clearly states its key verses. Those help me in a new and fresh way to prepare my heart for reading and my mind to notice what God is doing there.

Word studies have long been a treasured part of my most-valued Bible study tools. They are so rich in providing us, as people who don’t (probably) speak the original language, with more of what those words in the text meant to the original reader. There are over 25 word studies scattered among the books of this Bible, and I believe that they’ll be as rich for the reader as they have been for me.

I also appreciate how, in this Bible, the way believing women’s voices can speak (in the essays, articles, etc.) to women who want to hear, know, and experience God themselves. We as women make up an enormous part of the Body of Christ. Not greater than male believers, but not less than, either. We are fellow Christians and fellow workers in the kingdom, saved by grace and faith in Jesus. We are mothers, daughters, sisters, employees; single and married, old and young–with all the rich experiences life gives us in these arenas. What a joy to have the fantastic women teachers in this Bible to come alongside us with the Word of Life; understanding us as their audience in their devotionals, essays, and journaling helps. What a gift!

My favorite parts

How to you select a few favorites from a Bible that is so overflowing with the wealth of wisdom, encouragement, and discipleship? It’s hard! But I’m going to share just a few with you here:

  • Jeremiah 31 has long been a favorite of mine, where God says that He is going to “put my teaching within them and write it on their hearts. I will be their God and they will be my people.” (v. 33) Gloria Furman’s words on that encourage me so mightily: “God is going to write His law straight onto human hearts. That is amazing! Every single person who is included in the people of God will truly know Him.” (p. 1140)
  • Years ago, when I’d survived a horrible car wreck, God brought my attention to Psalm 103 while I was recovering in the rehab hospital. “My soul, bless the LORD, and do not forget all His benefits. He forgives all your iniquity; he heals all your diseases. He redeems your life from the Pit; he crowns you with faithful love and compassion. He satisfies you with good things; your youth is renewed like the eagle.” (vv. 2-5) Those verses still move and bless me! In Angela Thomas Pharr’s closer look at that Psalm, she says, “Only God could bring a woman up from the pit, and then give her a crown…The crown is a symbol of redemption. In Psalm 103, the pit is exchanged for a crown.” We’re all rescued from some kind of pit, though, aren’t we? God’s gift of salvation even saves us from the ultimate pit.
  • 2 Timothy will never not be one of my favorite Bible books. It’s Paul’s last letter to his beloved “son,” Timothy, who’s then pastoring a church himself. Humanity, the walk of faith, encouragement; it’s full of things Timothy needed but that we also need. In Ravin McKelvy’s accompanying character profile of Lois and Eunice (Timothy’s granny and mom), we see the value of discipling and passing on the faith to our children, whether they’re our own or little ones we teach or coach. Those women made a remarkable impact on Timothy’s life; one that Paul noticed and commended. What an encouragement!

This Bible is a Bible that you’ll treasure, that you’ll use for years and years. It speaks to us as women, as children of God, as followers of Christ; and as dearly-loved ones. Just what each and every one of us needs!

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To enter to win the Lifeway Women’s Bible, just click on the link below that says, “Enter here!” That will take you to a Giveaway Tools entry form, where you’ll be able to enter in a variety of ways. Giveaway closes on 12/15/22. One entrant will be selected to win. US only, ages 18 and older. Best wishes!

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Enjoy! –Wren

Disclosure: Many thanks to Lifeway Christian Resources for providing a sample of the product for this review. Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.

The new Lifeway Women’s Bible ~ a review

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I received the most fantastic new Bible for women to tell you all about! It’s the Lifeway Women’s Bible and it is gorgeous. It is a study Bible that is packed full of maps, devotionals, inspiring words from a variety of Christian teachers (who are also women!), and ideas to help you grow in your faith. Let me tell you more!

About the Lifeway Women’s Bible

Published by Lifeway and designed especially for women, this Bible is perfect for the serious Bible student, the newbie to the Christian faith, and everyone in between, including teens all the way through women in the mature years of adulthood. The version or translation is the Christian Standard Bible (CSB). It’s available in several colors (butterscotch genuine leather, camel cloth-over-board, gray-mint leathertouch, and marigold leathertouch). It comes in a quite sturdy slipcase. Its 1938 pages (plus 4 front-and-back pages of maps at the end) include:

  • Bible reading plans, including The Bible in 90 Days, Daily Bread (The Word of God in a Year), and a Three-Year Reading Plan
  • An extensive concordance
  • Bible Genre (or book type) intros which contain a short description and key passage reading plans
  • Word studies–over 25 of them!
  • Over 30 charts, tables, and maps
  • Over 100 articles alongside key passages for application and reflection, especially for women and the life needs they’d express
  • 40-plus character profiles of key women in the Bible
  • Reflection and application questions
  • Devotional thoughts and inspirational quotes
  • And, all the extras are written by Lifeway women, like Priscilla Shirer, Gloria Furman, Kelly Minter, Lysa TerKeurst, and tons more

Each book of the Bible has an introduction which contains its timeline (where it falls in human history), plus sort of biographical information: its author; what its Big Picture is; key verses; and a book summary. And, segments of each chapter are divided and titled, as you can see below in John 14.

You can also see an example above of some of the devotional thoughts, as Mary Jo Sharp discusses John 14:6 in A Closer Look.

Each Scripture page also has a wide margin, which can be used for journaling or written prayers.

My impressions of the Lifeway Women’s Bible…and how I used it

I LOVED this Bible!

The leathertouch cover is soft and smooth and a pleasure to hold. And the marigold color is so gorgeous! It made me feel happy just to pull it out of its slipcase and open it. It is a heavier Bible, but it is worth it for all the bounty it contains. The print style and size are easy on the eyes. The binding enables the Bible to lay open to the pages you’re reading, without the need to hold it or place something on the page edges to keep them from closing.

Some of my most-respected Christian speakers and Bible teachers are featured as the authors of articles and devotionals. And I do love that it’s focused on me, a woman, and shaped around the life experiences I have had–although many of the articles speak to the Christian experience as a whole, rather than to one gender’s or the other’s.

I’ve enjoyed reading the Christian Standard Bible translation. I do like to read from different versions and I loved the breath of life that the CSB brought to my reading. It isn’t dramatically different from my preferred translations (the NASB, the NIV, or the NLT) but it is different enough that it impacted me in a wonderful way.

I used my Lifeway Women’s Bible both for devotional reading and for deeper Bible study (you can see in the photo above that I’m starting a Galatians study). It worked so beautifully for both. I love that the devotional passages, quotes, and articles can engage me more deeply on a person, a word, or a thought. And, there is such a variety of them! In this same Bible you can read articles on:

  • God Who Is Unchanging (by Jennifer Rothschild)
  • Meditating on God’s Word (by Priscilla Shirer)
  • Encouragement for a Restless Heart (by Sarah Doss)
  • Ministry During Suffering (by Gloria Furman)
  • Christ, Our Debt-Taker (by Angie Smith)
  • Where’s Your Identity? (by Colleen Searcy)
  • Character profiles on women as diverse as Miriam, Lot’s wife, Lois and Eunice, Elizabeth and Mary, and many more
  • Word studies: for example, Yoke, Immanuel, Righteous, Trial, Hope

It is a joy. It’s a beautiful Bible, it’s a delight to open it, to read it, to study, and to enjoy all its extras.

The Lifeway Women’s Bible is one that I’d love to give dear ones as a gift. I recommend it for graduation gifts, for birthdays, and for holidays. Or, if you are needing a new Bible for yourself–this would be a lovely gift for you to purchase, for your own study and enjoyment!

Where you can purchase it

You can purchase the Lifeway Women’s Bible at the link below. There, you can also download a free sample of this Bible and see more of its abundant resources.

Purchase the Lifeway Women’s Bible here

Enjoy! –Wren

Disclosure: I received a copy of the Lifeway Women’s Bible from FrontGate Media. All opinions shared here are honest and my own.