Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Lucado Life Lessons Study Bible

Well-known pastor and author, Max Lucado, is now the general editor of a new Bible... the Life Lessons Study Bible. The tag line reads, "Inspirational Applications for Living Your Faith." As I initially flipped through this copy of the Bible (New King James version), I noticed distinct things that I liked and disliked, cosmetically speaking. The Bible is sturdy, well bound, and hardback. It feels good in my hands. The paper is the typical thin, but easy to turn, pages. I like how the text (mostly) is in a one-column format. I feel that it's easier to simply read the Bible when it's in one column. However, I did not like the color scheme: a burgundy/rose colored background image along the top of the pages and burgundy/rose wording for the headers and features on the pages. It was distracting for some reason to me. This also might limit the appeal for a male reader.

Upon further digging in, I again found some likes and dislikes regarding this particular Bible. Lucado adds in "life lessons" in the sidebars that go along with the corresponding Bible text on the page. I found these to be "inspirational" and "devotional" in nature as opposed to deeper "study" note. Personally, in a study Bible, I am looking for deeper notes (word meanings in original languages, something about that period in time, doctrine, etc). I liked his write up at the beginning of each book within the Bible. Not only is there an "About This Book" box, but there is also a story-type synopsis that sets the mood for the particular book. Personally, it sort of put me in the mindset of the author and scene of the particular book before starting to read it.
Lucado includes a helpful article on "How to Study the Bible" as well as other sections including a devotional index (of his sidebar life lessons) and a 2year reading plan in the front of the Bible. In the back of the Bible, the reader can find "more help for your spiritual growth" with sections including, "He Did This Just for You verses," "Spiritual Growth verses," "30 Studies for New Believers," "A 30-day Overview to the New Testament," and a "'Where to Turn When' Index." There are also several blank, thicker pages in the back for notes or whatever the reader desires.

All in all, I would recommend this (specifically) to a new believer or someone that is looking for a devotional-style of study in the Bible. The 30 Studies for New Believers look like a terrific month-long start to begin a dedicated quiet time with the Lord. If you are a fan of Lucado, you will like this copy of the Bible as it seems true to his devotional style of writing.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

1 comment:

JustBummin said...

You also may want to know that here's also a free 365-day mobile app for both iPhone and Android that is based upon the Lucado Life Lessons Bible. It's a an awesome little app and a great way to experience this particular Bible. Just thought I would share.