Do YOU have a bible?
I have a number of bibles and I just received another one! You may ask why I need another bible if I already have a number of them. Well, if you were thinking that let me ask you this. Do you have clothes that you wear to church? And different clothes you wear to work? And different clothes that you wear to social events? And different clothes that you wear to the market? So much like having different clothes for different occasions, I have different bibles for different occasions! I have a study bible (Thompson Chain Reference), I have an “I need a clearer understanding” bible (Amplified), I have a Leadership bible with Leadership hints, tips, and quotes (Maxwell Leadership Bible), and when I want the true order of events (Reese Chronological Bible). But I did not have a “devotional” bible. So NOW I do! I just received the EVERYDAY MATTERS BIBLE FOR WOMEN! This has not been released yet but you can Pre-Order it on Amazon.com. It will be release the end of this month. This bible is published by Hendrickson Publishers.
Title – Everyday Matters Bible For Women
Publisher – Hendrickson Publishers
Date of publication – September, 2012Number of pages – 1603
*Hendrickson Publishers via Christian Women Affiliate Review Crew has provided me with an advanced, complimentary copy of the "Everyday Matters Bible for Women" to read in order to write my review.*I am a reviewer for Christian Women Affiliate. In reviewing the Everyday Matters Bible For Women I found a lot of very interesting stuff, good stuff, however I also found a few things that I did not like so much.
I personally like the (NKJV) New King James Version, the (AMP) Amplified Version, and the (NIV) New International Version. This bible is a (NLT) New Living Translation. This is not a problem, just something I have to get used to.
The print in the bible is small. I like to read my bible before I go to sleep at night, but after a long day of looking at a computer screen my eyes are tired at night. The small print caused some squinting (requiring me to actually use the glasses I have for reading!).
Generally, the books of the bible are printed in bold across the top of all the page, which makes it easy to find books and to navigate through the bible. This bible has the books written on the top of the first page of the particular book. The rest of the pages have the book written lengthwise in the outer margin in very light colored ink, which may slow down navigation of the bible a bit.
The pages of the bible are very thin. The pages appear to be made of rice paper or bamboo paper or something equally as thin and delicate. Though very pretty and dainty, I worry about the durability of the pages. I like to write in my bibles as well as use highlighters and markers. I will obviously not be able to do that with this bible without the color showing through on the next page. The thin pages also allow the words on the backsides of the page to show through which can be very distracting. The thinness of the pages also causes some problems while turning the pages (some of the pages stick together, which is a little frustrating).
This bible does not have any maps or a concordance. This was the biggest negative aspect for me. I like to look things up and cross-reference things, so the absence of the concordance was a bit of an issue. In lieu of the concordance, the bible does contain an index section in the back of the book that lists all of the spiritual practices and the scriptures attributed to them. Not as good as a concordance but it is a nice touch.
HOWEVER!!!!!! Let me tell you what I LOVE about this bible!
Each book of the bible has an introduction page that tells the background of the book, the outline of the book, the message of the book, the timeline, and author of the book.
Each book of the bible has a 1-inch color strip down the outer edge of the introduction page and on the first page (title page) which signifies that a new book has begun. This color strip helps to distinguish the books from one another.
One of the BEST FEATURES of the bible is the highlighting of different spiritual disciplines. The bible includes a collection of symbols throughout the bible. These symbols coincide with a specific spiritual discipline. There are 24 spiritual disciplines in the bible with a corresponding picture/symbol.
These disciplines are: Acceptance; Bible Study & Meditation; Celebration; Community; Confession; Contemplation; Faith; Fasting; Forgiveness; Gratitude; Hospitality; Justice; Mentoring; Outreach; Prayer; Reconciliation; Sabbath & Rest; Service; Silences; Simplicity; Solitude; Stewardship; Submission; and Worship.
These spiritual discipline sections include added reflections written by Pastors, Writers, and other notable people such as Joni Eareckson Tada, Kay Warren, Sheila Walsh and many more.
Other notables of this bible are the “Everyday Profiles” which highlight twenty-five women of the bible, the “Everyday Q&A” which is a question, and answer feature that offers practical help in applying the spiritual disciplines to your life. Lastly, the bible comes with an attached red ribbon to hold your page! Yes, I know this is nothing major BUT it is very convenient!
So there you have it my review of the Everyday Matters Bible for Women. If you do not have a bible you may want to consider getting this one. If you already have a bible you may want to add this devotional bible to your collection. I WOULD NOT recommend this bible for new Christians or for teens. The lack of a concordance and the personal reflections contained within may confuse a new Christian and the 24 spiritual disciplines may confuse or distract a new Christian or a teen. However I do recommend that mature, knowledgeable, and older Christians pick up a copy!
On a scale of 1-10, I give this bible a solid 8!
To purchase this bible go to Hendrickson Publishers website HERE, Christianbook.com website HERE, or Amazon website HERE.
**This review will also be posted on CWA.com and Amazon.com.**
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