Friday, November 20, 2015


As Christmas time and New Years Day draws near there are many people who consider purchasing a Bible as a gift or for personal use. There was a time in which I always recommended first time Bible readers start with a New King James Bible without the commentaries; yes, I was a Bible purist-sort of. Now I recommend people get a Study Bible particularly if it is your intent to read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation.

The NIV UNDERSTAND THE FAITH STUDY BIBLE published by Zondervan, released just in time for your holiday gift giving, is a Bible you should really consider purchasing as a gift or for your Bible reading pleasures.

In addition to containing the most recent updates for the New International Version of the Bible the NIV UNDERSTAND THE FAITH STUDY BIBLE assist the reader in applying the word to their everyday life. By including such features as “Everyday Faith Devotionals,” Culture Connections Articles,” as well as charts, graphs and a concordance there is more than enough information to help a person study.

One of the features that I liked was the “Doctrine 101 Articles” that examines foundational beliefs of Christians. But, church doctrines are also discussed  in the section “Everyday Faith” as well as other articles found throughout the book. I really appreciated the Glossary of Theological Terms- I would buy this Bible just to be able to understand words used in Christiandom that I did not fully understand.

Unlike other study Bibles NIV UNDERSTAND THE FAITH STUDY BIBLE contains more “ohhhhhh” information. The articles explain why we believe what we believe and when you read Scripture the coincides with the article you will have that ah-hah moment in which you will simply say to yourself “Ohhhhhh, now I understand.”

There are a lot of Bibles on the market and I am beginning to sound like a broken record recommending everyone that I review. The NIV UNDERSTAND THE FAITH STUDY BIBLE is worth buying as a gift and using for personal use because it will help you grow and understand what faith is all about.  xxx Marsha

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