The Best Study Bible I’ve Seen in Years! A Review of Thomas Nelson’s NKJV Study Bible

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Hi friends!

I have the privilege of telling you today about a fantastic study Bible that has become my new favorite!  The BlogAbout Blogger Network generously sent me the most gorgeous (inside and out) copy of Thomas Nelson’s new NKJV Study Bible to use and review.  I love it and it has made my devotional and Bible reading times so rich and rewarding!



The NKJV Study Bible is beautifully printed and bound in cranberry-colored softcover faux leather.  Its full-colored pages have gorgeous photos of art and geographical regions of Bible lands, as well as golden page edges.  There are two ribbons to mark the spots you’re reading in.  Each Bible book has an interesting introduction that describes the events, purposes, and timelines of the books, as well as chapter outlines.  It’s a hefty Bible with a good weight; after all, there are 2201 pages!  There is just SO much to this Bible; check out what’s included!

  • Verse-by-verse study notes, on more than 15,000 verses
  • Notes on Bible times and culture
  • Word studies with Strong’s numbers (one of my favorite ways to study, by delving into the original Greek and Hebrew!  The Strong’s numbers help you to discover more without being an ancient languages scholar yourself.)
  • Extensive cross-reference system
  • Maps and charts explaining more about what’s going on in the text
  • Full-length articles by evangelical Bible scholars, a concordance, and color maps
  • Clear and readable Thomas Nelson NKJV Comfort Print®


What I encountered with the NKJV Study Bible

Each spring, our church offers a cool optional prayer and Bible reading activity for the first 21 days of the new year.  That gave me the perfect opportunity to put this study Bible to the test.  And oh, was it a rich and fulfilling time!  The Bible reading was divided into a New Testament (a daily chapter from the Gospel of John) and an additional chapter or chapter portion (sometimes in the Old Testament, sometimes in the New).  So, each day I was reading the book of John chapter-by-chapter, and then reading verses of Isaiah, Psalms, 1 Corinthians, etc.  That would have been an amazing three weeks in and of itself.  But this Bible added so much depth to that!

The book of John starts with a gripping introduction (as do all the other 65 books of the Bible) and reminds us that this gospel includes the reason it was written: to show us how to find eternal life (John 20:31).  It tells us about its author, “the disciple Jesus loved,” widely understood to be the apostle John.  It includes a timeline of the years covered in the book, and the time scholars believe it was written.  The gospel’s theology is shared (that Jesus, the Word, is God) as well as the acts of Jesus that serve as His deity’s proof.  The intro closes with an outline of the book.



As the book of John progresses, the NKJV Bible includes verse-by-verse footnoted teaching, Greek word studies (for example, “The Word,” “The Only Begotten Son,” “born again,” “fountain,” and more).  There are also maps of Jesus’ journeys and photos of the lands He walked through, like Tiberias, a Capernaum synagogue, and Nazareth.  There are infographics (charts) on everything from Jesus’ trials, to the Old Testament predictions (and consequent fulfillment) of the Messiah’s death, to Peter’s restoration.  And more!  There are just so many amazing additions that both bring the Bible to life for the reader and deepen his or her understanding of it.

I have to mention one last thing I really appreciated, and that’s this Bible’s translation.  There are quite a few Bible translations out there, which are produced by people who read and study the original Hebrew and Greek, then translate it into modern language.  I’ve used, over the years, the NASB, the NIV, and the Message for my Bible study and devotional reading.  This study Bible, as you might have noticed from the title, is in the New King James Version, which (other than knowing it existed) I was mostly unfamiliar with.  Well, I love it!  It seems both very personal and very faithful to the Scriptures I’m familiar with.  In fact, it wouldn’t be exaggeration for me to say it has brought my Bible reading to life.  And all the qualities and aspects of this Bible that I loved in the Gospel of John book occur in all the other books of the Bible as well!



All in all, this Bible has been a wonderful experience for me.  And I think it would be the same for anyone who’s looking for a great study Bible in a fresh and vivid translation, with all the extras that bring the Old and New Testaments into greater focus.  Whether you’re considering it for a gift for someone else or for you, yourself, it will be a fantastic faith experience.  Definitely, check this Bible out!




More on the NKJV Study Bible:

You can see even more about this amazing study Bible, and why it might be right for you, by watching this YouTube video about it!  Just follow the link in the preceding sentence to see this gorgeous Bible.




Enjoy!  –Wren

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“The Daily Question for You and Your Child” Book Launch — For Beautiful, Rich Moments Together Between Parent and Child


I have just had the opportunity (as part of Waterbrook & Multnomah Launch Team) to preview and use the most beautiful and wonderful book that can provide years of rich conversations and keepsake memories between you and your kiddos!



As a parent, are you noticing that the years and moments are flying by?  Our son is 16 and we are beginning his junior year of high school.  As I’m sure you can do that math, you probably can see that we have ONLY two years of high school left.  I am suddenly very, very aware of the brevity of that time left.

I’m so happy to have received The Daily Question to use with our child.


What is The Daily Question?

The Daily Question is a 3-year sort of journal where you can sit down with your kiddos–each day–and answer questions that range from silly to deep to opinion-based; from concrete to abstract, from spiritual to physical.  Each day, starting from January 1 and ending with December 31, has a question for your kids to answer.  And each day has three sets of lines for kids to fill out themselves with their answers, or for parents to fill in (if the kiddos haven’t mastered writing yet).


What kinds of questions will you find in The Daily Question?

There are a huge variety of questions in this sweet book.  They aren’t only serious at all; they’re fun-loving as well.  Here are some of my favorites:

  • What are 5 things you like that are yellow?
  • What new thing could you invent?
  • What do you think college will be like?
  • When did you last have to be brave?
  • What do you need most from Jesus today?
  • and 360 other amazing questions!


How could you use The Daily Question in your family?

So easily!  You could use it at bedtime, during those sweet moments right before your kiddo goes to bed.  Or in the morning when you get up.  Or, during a mealtime.  It doesn’t even have to be at a set time, although I think the book is so wonderful that it could easily become part of an enjoyable bedtime or mealtime routine.

Honestly, I’m using it with my high schooler!  He’s writing a lot this year (fiction, essays, journals) so this is an easy addition to our days.  Its calm, interesting, yet non-intrusive questions provide a way for us to chat or connect on thoughts or ideas that maybe we wouldn’t have thought of.  But it would be just as amazing to use with a toddler, kindergartner, elementary- or middle school-aged kid.




In closing…

I heard a speaker a couple of weeks ago at a teachers’ training seminar that talked about how the current group of American students (elementary to high school) is more connected online or via cell than any other generation.  However, at the same time, they’re actually less socially connected in real life.  And they are absolutely longing for that connection.

Then, just last Sunday our pastor spoke of the importance of being involved in community.  Clearly, we all need that; human beings thrive via connection and community.

If you’re looking for a lovely, easy-to-use tool to engage with your own child, and provide some of that connection, I recommend The Daily Question.  It is just a fun, beautiful way to connect with your kiddos…and have a lovely keepsake of their thoughts and dreams in the process.


Enjoy!  –Wren

DISCLOSURE:  From time to time, FINCHNWREN may receive a free product or service in exchange for our honest opinions expressed in our blog. We are not required to write a positive or glowing review, nor are we additionally compensated for these reviews. We share our own opinions, and our family’s opinion, of these products. We’re disclosing this in accordance with FTC regulations.


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