Review: The Spirit-Filled Life Bible
This is a review of The Spirit-Filled Life Bible, Third Edition from Thomas Nelson.
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As far as study Bibles go, I am not the biggest fan of them, necessarily. When I sit down to read the Bible, too much extra stuff on the page can distract me easily and before too long, whatever I read that was trying to get in can slip from my mind as I am reading the footnotes, maps and graphics, etc. And the Spirit-Filled Life Bible has a lot of extra stuff on the page; but it works. Really well.
As a study Bible, the key features come in handy in helping come to a deeper understanding of what is “going on” in the text of Scripture, as well as providing practical applications:
-Word Wealth: Interspersed throughout the Bible are different words which have been “word studied,” and provided are their original language, meaning, contextual meaning and comments, as well as Strong’s number to go with it.
-Kingdom Dynamics: Various contributors have written series of articles on different topics related to Scripture complete with applications or comments for further study. At the end of each one of these sections is a chain reference to the previous reference on the topic and the next. Added to this edition are contributors such as Robert Morris and Mike Bickle, amongst others.
-Praying the Word: Also, throughout this study Bible are short prayers after impacting verses that can help guide the reader who is looking toward a more devotional than academic approach to reading.
-Truth in Action: Each book of the Bible is categorized by key themes, and the editors provide markers to help the reader identify themes clearly.
Also, the articles in the back are a solid additional source of additional learning on Biblical topics related to salvation, the Second Coming, the place of suffering, etc.
I previously reviewed one of these Bibles in the New Living Translation, but I have to admit that there is something about the language of the New King James Version that just seems more appropriate for the Spirit Filled Life Bible. This edition is worth the time to pick up, study, and read for oneself in how to best walk the Spirit-filled life.
I received my copy of this book for free through the BookLook Bloggers program in exchange for reviewing it; I was not obligated to publish a positive review. The opinions expressed are solely my own.