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    1. The Sins of Scripture : Beyond Texts of Hate to the God of Love
    by John Shelby Spong
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    Asin: 0060762055
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-01)
    Publisher: HarperSanFrancisco
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    In the history of the Western World, the Bible has been a perpetual source of inspiration and guidance for countless Christians. However, this Bible has also left a trail of pain. It is undeniable that the Bible is not always used for good. Sometimes the Bible can seem overtly evil. Sometimes its texts are terrible.

    Bishop John Shelby Spong boldly approaches those texts that have been used through history to justify the denigration or persecution of others while carrying with them the implied and imposed authority of the claim that they were the "Word of God." As he exposes and challenges what he calls the "terrible texts of the Bible", laying bare the evil done by these texts in the name of God, he also seeks to redeem these texts, hoping to recover their ultimate depth and purpose. Spong looks specifically at texts used to justify homophobia, anti-Semitism, treating women as second-class humans, corporal punishment, and environmental degradation, but he also delivers a new picture of how Christians can use the Bible today. As Spong battles against the way the Bible has been used throughout history, he provides a new framework, introducing people to a proper way to engage this holy book of the Judeo-Christian tradition. ... Read more


    2. Annals of the World: James Ussher's Classic Survey of World History
    by James Ussher, LARRY PIERCE, MARION PIERCE
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    Asin: 0890513600
    Catlog: Book (2003-10)
    Publisher: Master Books
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    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Master Books commissioned this important literary work to be updated from the 17th-century original Latin manuscript to modern English and made available to the general public for the first time. In its pages can be found the fascinating history of the ancient world from the Genesis creation through the destruction of the Jerusalem temple.

    Find Out:
    • Why was Julius Caesar kidnapped in 75 B.C.?
    • Why did Alexander the Great burn his ships in 326 B.C.?
    • What really happened when the sun "went backward" as a sign to Hezekiah?
    • What does secular history say about the darkness at the Crucifixion? ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars James Ussher was extremely knowledgeable
    He was very knowledgeable to true history, and not the evolutionary fairy tales that exists today.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Incredible!
    I eagerly awaited the arrival of this book, and was amazed beyond my best expectations. The first day I picked it up, I could hardly put it down, reading long past midnight. The descriptions of the people, the rulers, the battles, the times, are fascinating. Not only is there a treasure trove of biblical information, but also many first person accounts of encounters with Cleopatra, Alexander the Great, etc. The source materials used are from the people who were there! Any one with an interest in history and notable people of the past will be fascinated. Remember Herod, who ordered the slaughter of the infants when Jesus was born? According to this, he included his own children! Read about Ptolemy Philopator, who in 216 BC tried to murder all the Jews in Alexandria by locking them in the hippodrome with 500 drunken elephants. (It didn't work.) Really, you have to see this to believe it. This is definitely worth every penny.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Go To School, You Delinquent!
    Instead of going to school, I read this instead. I win! Summary: For more than three hundred years, Ussher's colossal Annals of the World remained inaccessible to all but the most esoteric of scholars. This is the first-ever English translation of this enormously important work. A hero of biblical chronology and one of the most astute church historians ever, Ussher is both loved and hated. He is loved by all those who share a commitment to the fidelity of Genesis as an accurate account of human origins, and who consistently hold to the literal, grammatical, historical approach to Bible interpretation. He is hated by evolutionists and compromising theologians who would seek to integrate evolutionary cosmology with the philosophy of science advocated in Holy Scripture. Many thanks to the people at Masters Books for years of research and hard work to bring this volume back to life, and in such a beautiful form. As of this writing, Amazon does not have a photo of this great-looking edition, but it is truly heirloom quality.
    What Augustine was for orthodoxy and Calvin was for theology, James Ussher was for Biblical historiography. No man in church history left a more indelible imprint on the thinking of Christians concerning the chronology of the ancient world than Ussher. Though he was an Anglican Archbishop of Ireland who died during the rule of Cromwell, Ussher was decidedly a Puritan. He was so revered by all, including Cromwell (an independent), that Ussher was given the honor of being buried in Westminster Abbey.
    For three hundred years, his rigorous and comprehensive scholarship on chronology and biblical history was considered the unassailable standard by theologians. Until the very recent takeover of our major seminaries by misguided theories of origins which integrate evolutionary cosmology with Scripture at the expense of sound theology and sound science, Ussher's work was not only a staple of Christian education, but his comments were found in the margin notes of many King James Bibles.
    Ussher did what no other theologian of note had ever accomplished. He dedicated an entire lifetime of study to the issue of world history and chronology. His studies required him to travel extensively throughout Europe, examining the oldest and most rare manuscripts in the world, manuscripts which today are missing or have been destroyed, which is why Ussher's work can never be replicated.
    Dr. Francis Nigel Lee (who has more than ten doctorates), a biographer and commentator on Ussher, explains that the Dublin-born prelate was "raised in a Bible-believing Calvinistic environment. He soaked himself in the Holy Scriptures without ceasing. He also read the Early Church Fathers - systematically, every day, for eighteen years. After becoming Professor of Divinity at Dublin's Trinity College in 1607, he wrote the Irish Articles during the next decade. Head of Ireland's foremost Theological Faculty, Ussher was internationally the greatest Anglican antiquarian and theologian of his age - if not of all time."
    Ussher not only gave us a reliable date for the age of the Earth and drafted the documents which were the primary influence outside the Scriptures themselves on the Westminister Confession of Faith, but he proved through his exhaustive and well-documented research that the first five hundred years of Christianity in Ireland predated the influence of the Roman church. According to Lee:
    "Ussher was very emphatic that Christianity had first reached the British Isles not via Rome but directly from Palestine. He put the arrival date, shortly after Calvary, at around A.D. 35f and not at all at around A.D. 596f (and from the Vatican). (See Ussher's 1631 Discourse of the Religion Anciently Professed by the Irish and British and his 1639 Antiquities of the British Churches. Especially the latter is highly impressive. The Schaff Herzog Encyclopaedia rightly describes it as a work of twenty years' labour, great research, and critical penetration.) Ussher was a pioneer in the historiography of the Early Church. He set out to prove that the Ancient Church in the British Isles was independent of the Roman Church and its later unscriptural traditions. Ussher's various views themselves derived from the remnants of Irish Culdeeism or Proto Protestantism readily found themselves into the later Westminster Standards based upon his own Irish Articles."

    Hundreds of years after first publishing this work for the scholars of his day, Master Books has accomplished the massive and expensive task of translating the entire 960-page tome so that this rare treasure trove of ancient history can, for the first time, be accessible to the general public. Updated from a seventeenth-century Latin manuscript into modern English, "The Annals of the World" contains the fascinating history of the ancients, from the Genesis creation through the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple in A.D. 70. At last, students have a comprehensive history of the ancient world which allows them to draw heavily from Scripture and primary source documents. Despite the open mockery of him by evolutionists committed to their own religiously driven view of earth history, Ussher's scholarship remains unassailable and has stood the test of time.

    Annals of the World is packaged in a beautiful display box, and the volume itself is smythe-sewn with gold-gilded edges and foil embossing. It includes eight appendices, and contains over ten thousand footnotes from the original text which have been updated to references from works in the Loeb Classical Library by Harvard Press.

    This is perhaps the most significant Christian publishing event of 2003. This is a multi-generational book, meant to be passed to your children. Christian fathers owe it to their posterity to acquire this volume and display it in a place of prominence in the family library. ... Read more


    3. The Renovare Spiritual Formation Bible
    by Richard J. Foster (editor), Dallas Willard, Eugene H. Peterson
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    Asin: 0060671084
    Catlog: Book (2005-05-01)
    Publisher: HarperSanFrancisco
    Sales Rank: 81122
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    In this major new Bible, the foremost names in Christian spirituality and biblical scholarship, including Richard Foster, Dallas Willard, Eugene Peterson and Walter Brueggemann, come together to provide a unique study Bible that rediscovers Scripture as living and active text of spiritual formation. NRSV translation.

    The Renovaré Spiritual Formation Study Bible offers a new way for discovering the full riches of the Scriptures. As bestselling author and the project's editor, Richard Foster explains, "When I first began writing about Spiritual Formation, the soul hunger in people was obvious and the resources meager. Since then, a publishing avalanche has occurred on the subject -- some helpful, some less than helpful. But there has remained a huge gap; a gap that if not filled will seriously undermine all the gains that have been made. The gap I refer to is a resource for approaching the Bible through the lens of Christian Spiritual Formation."

    The Word of God is not merely a text to be mastered but a lifestyle to pursue. This unique Bible, spearheaded by bestselling authors Foster (Celebration of Discipline) and Dallas Willard (The Divine Conspiracy), integrates the spiritual disciplines into the Christian life by showing how they are central to the Bible's teachings and stories. The desperate need today is for a richer, fuller understanding of the relevance of Scripture for daily living. The Renovaré Spiritual Formation Study Bible focuses on illuminating issues of spiritual formation throughout the Scriptures, providing a unique window into how we can become more intimate with God. More substantial than a devotional Bible, yet deeper than a study Bible, the Renovare Spiritual Formation Study Bible is poised to redefine what the Bible can mean for Christian discipleship. ... Read more


    4. The Message Remix (Bible in Contemporary Language)
    by Eugene H. Peterson
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    Asin: 1576834344
    Catlog: Book (2003-07-01)
    Publisher: Navpress Publishing Group
    Sales Rank: 774
    Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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    God’s Word was meant to be read. But more than that, it was meant to be understood. It was first written in the language of the people––of fishermen, shopkeepers, and carpenters. The Message Remix gets back to that: You can read it and understand it.

    In The Message Remix, there are new verse-numbered paragraphs that will help you study and find favorite passages. Or, you can just read it like a book and let the narrative speak to you. After all, it is God’s story, with its heroes and villains, conflicts and resolutions. Either way, it’s God’s Word––the Truth––in a user-friendly form. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Caution: Camel Ahead
    Let me tell you what I love about this translation. It captures the heart and spirit and soul of these long dead writers and makes the message breathe again. It lets you read a letter from Paul in the New Testament and get a glimpse of what it might have been like to be in that first century church when the parchment was opened and read for the first time - hearing your issues, fears, hopes, and sins being directly addressed.

    I can appreciate that this is far from a word-for-word translation. But word-for-word translation is not the gold standard of biblical scholarship that many make it out to be. The problem with literal translation is that while you can translate the words accurately, you have just ripped them out of their original context and culture and thrown them 2000 years into the future, and plopped them down on to a page for everyone to ooh and aah over. It's all very academically commendable that you can tell me that "in John Chapter 3 verse 15 Jesus says that 'whoever believes may in Him have eternal life'... that is according to a third century papyrus fragment which is also found in a fourth century uncial; but that third century papyrus also adds in the phrase 'will not perish' - but that isn't found in the fourth century Latin manuscripts, or the early Coptic or Syritic versions, so that phrase was probably added..."

    Sorry, my eyes just glazed over. My mind was wandering... something about missing the forest for the trees. Someone very wise once warned about being too careful to strain out the gnat, while swallowing a camel...

    Anyway, my point is, by every account, listening to Jesus speak was a life changing experience. This translation captures that essence - which carries crucial meaning and impact. Think of this contemporary example: Martin Luther King's "I have dream" speech. What makes it so powerful? The words are a part of it, certainly. But there is also the context of that unprecedented moment in time - that gathering. There is the very simple vocabulary he used - that conveys the sense that this man is "of the people". There is the rhythm. Those strong Baptist cadences that signal a call and response. That conveyed the sense that this was not just a political message - this is a spiritual message. All of those woven together, consciously or unconsciously, are used to shape our messages. They say, "THIS SENTENCE IS IMPORTANT. This one, not as important, but stay with me because I'm building to something good." Think of what would be missed if you didn't speak English, knew nothing about the 60's in America, but only had a word for word transcription of that speech. You might scratch your head wondering what all the fuss was about.

    Get my drift? The truth is, anyone who studies language will tell you that we don't communicate words, or even sentences. We speak, we communicate, in paragraphs. A paragraph is an idea. We use sentences, or fragments of sentences to build paragraphs. If you really want to get to the heart of the Bible (yes, I'm finally coming back to that) you want to grab a hold of the paragraphs. Take those ancient Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic words and re-arrange them into meaningful paragraphs, one idea building on another, and you will have come back to what the original author was trying to get across. The ancient words are not (pardon the pun) " the message". They are the tools used get the message across to their contemporaries. If we want to experience that same message, we have to blow the dust off these words, and try to reconstruct the inspired, revolutionary, life altering meaning that burned in their author's hearts. The Message is a tool that can help in that regard. It's not the only tool, to be sure - but even if this was the only Bible you ever read, I think I can safely say that you will be the better for having experienced it.

    Re: 5 stars - I mean, jeeze, if you don't give THE BIBLE five stars, you must have some pretty tough standards...

    5-0 out of 5 stars Thank you, Lord, for The Message
    For 35 years, as a Christian, I have soaked in, and absorbed The Word of God from King James to New American, so, I guess one could say I have a loving knowledge of "The Bible". This said, I recommend to anyone, the content of The Message. Personally, I don't care if this be the only translation that anyone ever picks up. If the Spirit of God uses it to convey one bit of Truth to your soul and spirit, then, hallelujah! Receive it and keep going. God has used it so often in my personal quiet time, to clarify and shed new Light on the Truth of a long-loved passage, that I can only express joy that it has come to us in these days that can otherwise look so dark. Read The Message. In my opinion, it's The Word.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Helpful, but not to be used in place of the Bible
    Recently I purchased a devotional so that I could study the Bible daily and really begin to study and understand God's word. As we all know, the Bible isn't the easiest thing to understand at times. There are some scriptures that I just can't understand completely, and I really didn't like getting a vague idea about what I was reading. I'd sit there for long periods of time thinking it over and over, praying about it, but I just couldn't get it sometimes. So, I bought The Message Remix to help me. I still belive strongly that The Message Remix should NOT be read in place of the Bible, but should be used ONLY as an aid in reading the Bible. It's a good source to turn to for quick clarification.

    1-0 out of 5 stars A Different Gospel
    First, I was deeply grieved by a youth pastor below who used The Message as his primary translation. He would do well to read what a real Bible translation has to say about "tying millstones around the necks" of youth and the warning for not many to aspire to teach, for they will receive a stricter judgment. I was also nauseated by people who wrote that they were bored with the same "tired old verses". God's Word, tired and boring?? No way. It's the deceptive, selfish human heart in our material, entertainment age that demands entertainment at the cost of real human souls. Dumbing down and watering down the Word of God to appeal to people who have the capacity for intelligence but are too lazy to apply their intelligence to study and comprehension? If your teens are having a hard time understanding the Bible, parents and pastors, try spending some time with them and explaining it. Or encourage them to apply themselves in school.

    Galatians 1:8
    But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.

    I hope that Eugene Peterson does not find himself gnashing his teeth on judgment day as Jesus pronounces "I never knew you. Depart from me you worker of iniquity." I pity those teachers who follow in the footsteps of Mr. Peterson, who had added and subtracted from the Word of the Almighty God. The Message is filled to the brim with New Age references, a politically correct agenda and an obscuring of the message which is necessary for salvation. If a person is not familiar with New Age terminology, as many Christians are not, then they are ripe for the picking.

    Jesus is referred to as "the Master". The Master is a new age expression. New Agers believe that many "enlightened masters" have come to planet earth- Buddah, Krishna, Mohamed and Jesus being a few. Christians know that Jesus isn't merely an enlightened master, He is Lord and the only way to salvation. The Bible says that people who are not saved can not say that Jesus is Lord. Neither does the Message say it. What does that tell you?

    Here is a comparison of the NKJV version and The Message. If you want to compare the Message against any other version or verse, you can go to biblegateway.com and reference any version you like.

    Romans 10:9-10 (NKJV)
    9that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

    (How is the NKJV too complicated for anyone who comprehends English to understand? But look at how the Message adds many words and yet complicates and obscures the message, not simplifying as was it's stated purpose.)

    Romans 10:9-10 (The Message)
    9Say the welcoming word to God--"Jesus is my Master"--embracing, body and soul, God's work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead. That's it. You're not "doing" anything; you're simply calling out to God, trusting him to do it for you. That's salvation. 10With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: "God has set everything right between him and me!"

    Why does Mr. Peterson feel it necessary to change the "Jesus is Lord" to "Jesus is my Master"? It doesn't clarify anything. 2x he tells the person to make a confession other than what the real Bible says. This example is not even the worst of his mistranslations, additions, insertions of personal opinions not marked as thus, subtractions and twistings of scripture.

    The Bible says that Sexual immorality, adultery and homosexuality are sins, but The Message removes these references in favor of "sex without commitment and intimacy". Or sex without love. In other words, a non-discerning person (and believe me, if they think this is an honest translation they are sorely lacking in discernmenet) will be led to believe that sex is OK as long as they feel love, commitment and intimacy; whatever that means to them.

    This "bible", if it can even be called such, is preparing the church for the great apostacy when so called Christians will abandon real salvation for the one world religion. I was downright shocked when I read this book and then angered that so many are willingly swallowing the lie. Don't become one of the fooled, it's not only your soul at stake but also your family and friends, whom are in your realm of influence.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Format
    It is a nice portable size. Please note that the paper is thin and the words on the other side show through. ... Read more


    5. Searching For God Knows What
    by Donald Miller
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    Asin: 0785263713
    Catlog: Book (2004-10-13)
    Publisher: Nelson Books
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    6. The Message: New International Version Parallel Bible (New International Version)
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    7. The Prophet
    by KAHLIL GIBRAN
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    Asin: 0394404289
    Catlog: Book (1923-09-12)
    Publisher: Knopf
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    In a distant, timeless place, a mysterious prophet walks the sands. At the moment of his departure, he wishes to offer the people gifts but possesses nothing. The people gather round, each asks a question of the heart, and the man's wisdom is his gift. It is Gibran's gift to us, as well, for Gibran's prophet is rivaled in his wisdom only by the founders of the world's great religions. On the most basic topics--marriage, children, friendship, work, pleasure--his words have a power and lucidity that in another era would surely have provoked the description "divinely inspired." Free of dogma, free of power structures and metaphysics, consider these poetic, moving aphorisms a 20th-century supplement to all sacred traditions--as millions of other readers already have.--Brian Bruya ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Worth your time
    Most stories have some sort of existential or spiritual point to make. Gibran's story has many. But unlike most books this one sacrifices length and plot, employing a simple and poetic (in prose) directness in order to tell us not so much the meaning of life as how to live. The prophet in Gibran's story is asked by his people to talk about everything from the law to pain and death. And his sermons are both instructive and profound without being over righteous or narcissistic. In fact, so carefully woven and universal is Gibran's prose that one could conceivably adopt The Prophet as some sort of new age holy book. This would, of course, not only be potentially unwise but also unnecessary since its foundations are clearly derived from Judeo-Christian spiritual values. It certainly does not square with many eastern religions in its almost excessive romanticization of notions such as good, evil and God. And even for western readers, it is probably most valuable when considered as an eloquent reminder of our own spiritual heritage. I will keep this book and undoubtedly reread it many times over for its depth and wisdom. It isn't easy to write a modern set of spiritual aphorisms without sounding awkward, cliched, or downright wrong. But Gibran manages it with a natural attractiveness and spiritual sincerity that has assured its status as a modernized tome of timeless spiritual values.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Spiritual masterpiece
    Khalil Gibran's The Prophet is a truly awe inspiring work of prosaic poetry. Despite being a native-born Arabic speaker, Gibran wrote The Prophet in English, ensuring that his powerful words lost nothing in translation.

    The work's 28 short chapters recount the words of a prophet as he leaves his home to depart on a new journey. The words that flow from the prophet's mouth and onto the pages are philosophical and spiritual treatises on all aspects of life. Chapters discuss the range of human experiences and include discussions such as "On Friendship", "On Pain" and "On Death." What unites the 28 chapters is Gibran's thought provoking and probing literary style as Gibran's prophet invokes his listeners to live life to the fullest. The book is not overtly religious but every word and sentence is filled with a spiritual clarity.

    The book is eminently quotable with every chapter providing a nugget of truth worthy of repeating. Amazingly, Gibran packs his masterpiece into less than 100 pages, making it a very quick and easy read. Readers will find themselves returning to The Prophet again and again to recapture the beauty of Gibran's words.

    The Prophet, which Gibran himself recognized as his greatest masterpiece, is a timeless literary classic. Its truth has touched generations of readers and will undoubtedly continue to do so.

    5-0 out of 5 stars MidWest Book Review
    If I have ever read a book that is timeless, other than the Word of God, it would have to be this one. Although I may not have agreed with every word written, so many of the words of wisdom within these pages brought peace and comfort to me.
    I read this book many, many years ago. I quoted from it at times and thought of it often. The words seemed to wrap themselves around your heart and spring out in times of need. There are not many books that can stake that claim, and I have read many.

    A classic in my opinion and a book that will never be outdated.

    Recommended.

    5-0 out of 5 stars the beauty of spirituality
    I was given this book by a writer friend who called it "the most beautiful book I've ever read." So, since she and I have similar literary tastes, I was inclined to read it. This little book, written in a rich, colorful, deep, and wise poetic style, is full of some of the most moving and impressive spiritual phrases and messages I've ever read. It was written in 1923 but its poetry and wisdom are timeless.

    David Rehak
    author of "Poems From My Bleeding Heart"

    5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Wonderful!!
    This is a book you can read and re-read many many times.
    Great and timeless thoughts about relationships, love and
    friendship. I will share this with my family. :)

    Jeffrey C. McAndrew
    author of "Our Brown Eyed Boy" ... Read more


    8. The Life Recovery Bible: New Living Translation
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    Asin: 084233341X
    Catlog: Book (1998-11-16)
    Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
    Sales Rank: 3938
    Average Customer Review: 4.87 out of 5 stars
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    The popular Life Recovery Bible is now available in the New Living Translation. Designed for both the Christian who is seeking God's view on recovery and the non-Christian who is seeking God and answers to recovery, the Life Recovery Bible will lead readers to the source of true healing-God himself. The features of this best-selling Bible were brought together by two of today's leading recovery experts, David Stoop, Ph.D., and Stephen Arterburn, M.Ed.

    Features:

    Recovery notes pinpoint passages and thoughts important to people in recovery.

    Twelve Step devotionals discuss the important truths of the Twelve Steps in the context of Scripture.

    Serenity Prayer devotionals reflect on principles from the Serenity Prayer illuminated by specific Bible passages.

    Recovery Profiles feature recovery lessons drawn from the lives of key Bible people.

    Recovery Principle devotionals show how the Bible addresses many specific concerns of people in recovery. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A God-Send For Insights Into Life And Healing
    I started reading bibles in depth 3 years ago, and I have purchased just about every translation and study bible in print. I was looking for God, for healing, for insights into what it really means to be a Christian, how to find release from the bondage of addictions and idolatry of any sort, and how to grow spiritually.

    I purchased this bible in August 2002. Since then, I have found answers in it that no amount of personal or group bible study using other bibles, Christian radio, professional counseling by therapists or pastors, church attendance, or prayer have given me.

    Almost every page has foot-notes, devotionals, in-depth comments, which teach about addictions and how to gain freedom, details about the road to recovery, all within a Christ-centered framework using the 12 Alcoholics Anonymous steps.

    You can look up just about any life-experience topic in the excellently organized index/concordance in the back of the Bible, to focus on passages which help you understand who you are, what you do, why you do it, and ways to gain release from whatever plagues you, and get closer to God in order to gain peace and restoration.

    I have abandoned all my other bibles in favor of this one. I would urge anyone who needs help in self-control, discipline, overcoming compulsive/obsessive behaviors, to dig into the Life Recovery Bible. You will be blessed abundantly.

    If you simply want to grow spiritually, and you have no addictions, this bible is also for you.

    Every day I can look forward to new insights and teachings in this bible, which I can apply immediately to my life.

    The text is easy to read for such a large Bible, the NLT translation is easy to understand, and the footnotes and other devotionals do not interfere with my enjoyment of every page.

    There is another Life Recovery Bible in the NIV (New International Version), which in my opinion is not nearly as good as this one.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Life Recovery Bible
    I have been involved in a Christian 12 Step Recovery group for over a year. When I finally purchased this bible and began reading the additional information that is included, I was surprised the way the characters and stories are revealed in a truly different light (they weren't perfect!). Many believe we must be perfect for God to love us, this is so far from the truth. This book shows how God made us to love us. It reveals the flaws of people in both the old and new testaments. They have gone through the same things we are still going through today (because afterall, there is nothing new under the sun). God is never surprised by what happens, he knows our days from the first to the last (even every hair on our head). Upon reading this bible, I see how other people dealt with issues, how they responded to God, what pleased God and what didn't. This has really helped me chose which direction to go, even when I make the wrong choice, I know that God will love me anyway. If I continue to follow these steps, seek God when I am weak, praise him daily and truly have a heart for Him, he will say "Well done, thou good and faithful servant!" Oh I wait for the day!

    5-0 out of 5 stars WOW, this book is amazing
    Not being particularly strong in the word of God, as I have struggled with my issues in recovery, this book has been an amazing resource. Many times lessons I have read have not made sense to me, and I haven't been able to see the relevance in my life. This book really has provided wonderful insights to me, and makes the study of the Bible very pertinent to me. I highly recommend this to anyone who is on the healing process.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Well worth the investment
    I am a regular listener to Steven Arterburn on the radio--and have read several of his books. He frequently gives this Bible outrecommends it to listeners, so I couldn't resist the urge to check it out for myself.

    The primary reason I purchased it was to read the study helps, as I know that he has some tremendous insights into the recovery process from a biblical perspective. I was not disappointed. I received a bonus though when I began reading the text of the Bible. The New Living Translation is without a doubt one of the most readable (without sacrificing accuracy) translations that I have read. It is like reading one of those good novels that you cannot put down. Within a week of purchasing it, I had read the books of Acts, Romans, Ephesians, I and II Timothy, and am halfway through the book of Matthew. It is that good.

    One of the problems with older translations (i.e. the KJV) is that you have to mentally translate what is being said into language that you are familiar with. Its like a person who's first language is Spanish, but speaks English fluently as a second language. Unconsciously, they have to filter an English conversation through their natural Spanish proclivity. When they communicate in Spanish, that process is not necessary. That's the way that I found reading the NLT. It freed my mind of a distraction so that I was more free to hear the Holy Spirit. Doing so gave me some insight into one passage in particular that I had never received reading other versions.

    I would highly recommend this Bible to new believers. I would also recommend it (especially for devotional reading) to seasoned bible students.

    As has been said in several other reviews, the study aids are helpful to ANY Christian. We are all in recovery. Some of our addictions are just more socially acceptable than others. I give this Bible 5 stars!

    5-0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars isn't enough
    The New Living is an excellent contemporary translation easy to understand.

    And even better are the Twelve Step devotionals interspersed throughout. There is a lot of growth and healing available in the Twelve Step process. God is so good!

    Also recommended as a companion workbook, "The Twelve Steps - A Spiritual Journey, a Working Guide to Healing Damaged Emotions" ISBN# 0-941405-44-3. (Check a Christian bookstore) ... Read more


    9. NIV Audio Bible Dramatized CD
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Eye opening.
    This is the first time I have "heard" the bible. Oh I have heard snippets of Scourby (which is excellent in it's own right), but this NIV version really brings the whole bible to life. I have picked up so much that years of reading didn't give me. There really is something remarkable in "hearing" the word of God.
    I purchased the dramatized version. While there is light background enhancement such as violin, flute and rushing water etc, I didn't get distracted. I feel it is like watching radio!
    If you get annoyed with background sound, you might consider the voice only version. And after searching the net (and I even work for a book store!) I found Amazon has the best price and I got free shipping!

    5-0 out of 5 stars To enjoy the wonderful words of God!!!
    I rec'd this and started listening to it in my car and it is so wonderful!!! I can't express what an insight this is to my reading of the bible. I heard things that I know I read but this audio version makes it more ALIVE!!!

    I am truly excited to be able to hear this in all of its wonderful aspects, music, voices...it's like i'm there! This is how God's wonderful word should be - Alive and vital!

    5-0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Bargain
    It has a handy bag which contains all of the 64 audio CDs. The black bag protects the CDs very well. You can take it with you around easily. Besides, the music is relaxing. The narrators do a good job. To sum up, NIV Audio Bible Dramatized CD is useful and convenient.

    5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT
    I am satisfied w/ this product. It was what I was expecting.

    5-0 out of 5 stars AWESOME, JUST AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I'm so THRILLED to tell everyone about this INCREDIBLE audio dramatized Bible. I always had a hard time reading the Bible, it was hard for me to follow and I would find myself thinking about other things...and that's not good. This is WELL WORTH the money, make sure to BUY THIS, you won't be sorry AT ALL!!!!! GOD BLESS!!!!!!!!! ... Read more


    10. The Case for Christ:A Journalist's Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus
    by Lee Strobel
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Good read. But problems.
    A former atheist, Mr. Strobel presents convincing evidence in these two closely related, even complementary volumes to prove that Jesus Christ is who He claimed to be, the Son of God and Messiah, and that as a result, Christianity is the most logical religion. Using skills he acquired as a reporter in a metropolis, the author details the investigation he pursued.

    He did not go to just preachers, or to any kindly old grandparents who have dedicated their lives to being at the church all day on Sunday. He used scientists, theologians, and even psychiatrists to make his cases. Drawing upon little known historical facts, archeology, psychology, and sometimes even gruesome medical evidence, each aspect is presented in a concise, easy to follow, yet intense fashion. Inconsistencies in the Bible are taken apart piece by piece and shown to not be inconsistent at all. Translation, perspective, and factors of history and culture the modern reader would be unfamiliar with are explained.

    **** However, there are some facts that are not completely accurate; being stated too broadly, and some of the logic used does not ring completely true. Despite this, the sum total of these two books is sound, and whether read or listened to will provide the skeptic with enough proof to change his or her mind, and the believer to have their faith reinforced. At worst, each book is fascinating. At best, it will lead others to the faith.

    Reviewed by Amanda Killgore.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Excellent apologetics but horrible journalism
    I wish Amazon.com didn't force reviewers to rate all books with 1-5 stars. Since I was forced to rate Lee Strobel's book _Case for Christ_ I gave it 3 stars, but that's not really how I feel. As an introductory apologetics book I would give it 5 stars, but as a work by a journalist I would give it 1 star. Read on to find out why.

    Lee Strobel is an ex-investigative reporter for the Chicago Tribune who describes himself as a "former spiritual skeptic." Using his skills as a former legal affairs journalist, Strobel set out to "retrace and expand upon the spiritual journey ... [he] took for nearly two years." The Case for Christ is a summary of Strobel's interviews with thirteen leading Evangelical apologists, including Craig Blomberg, Bruze Metzger, Edwin Yamauchi, Ben Witherington III, and William Lane Craig.

    In light of Strobel's frequent reminders that he used to be a hard-nosed, skeptical journalist, I skimmed the table of contents and index to see which critics of Christianity he interviewed. In so doing, I discovered a glaring deficiency in Strobel's journalism: Strobel did not interview any critics of Christian apologetics, even though he attacks such individuals in his book. For example, Strobel devotes an entire chapter to his interview of Greg Boyd (an outspoken faultfinder of the Jesus Seminar), yet Strobel never interviewed a single member of the Jesus Seminar itself! Likewise, he repeatedly criticizes Michael Martin, author of Case Against Christianity, but he never bothered to get Martin's responses to those attacks. This hardly constitutes balanced reporting on Strobel's part; indeed, on this basis, one is tempted to dismiss the entire book.

    Nonetheless, I was compelled to review _The Case for Christ_, for two reasons. First, it comes with a number of endorsements from high-profile Evangelicals. Second, Strobel interviewed a number of high-caliber Evangelical apologists, many of whom are worthy of consideration in and of themselves. Thus _The Case for Christ_ constitutes a pseudo-anthology of Evangelical scholarship.

    I have reviewed Strobel's book in detail on my website, but here I will summarize its major strengths and weaknesses. _Case for Christ_ is a creative, well-written contribution to Christian apologetics. Moreover, Strobel is to be commended for summarizing the work of so many leading apologists for Evangelical Christianity in such a compact and easy-to-read format. Yet Strobel did not interview any critics of Evangelical apologetics. He sometimes refutes at great length objections
    not made by the critics (e.g., the claim that Jesus was mentally insane); more often, he doesn't address objections the critics do make (e.g., the unreliability of human memory, that non-Christian historians do not provide any independent confirmation for the deity of Jesus, etc.) Perhaps this will be a welcome feature to people who already believe Christianity but have no idea why they believe it. For those of us who are primarily interested in the truth, however, we want to hear both sides of the story.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A must read for every "seeker"
    THE best father's day present I've ever received. Wonderfully done. Lee Strobel asks the hard questions of world class experts and delivers a compelling case for my God and Savior, Jesus Christ.

    I loved McDowell's "Evidence that Demands a Verdict", but this is so much more readable. His mix of present day law cases to introduce and illustrate each segment drew me in and his personal interviews with the people who know the real facts about Jesus and the New Testament was entertaining as well as informative. It was like being in on the best conversations about Jesus you could hear.

    I'm grateful for this author and this faith strengthening book. Christians: Buy it, read it and give it to others.
    Non-Christians: This is a wonderful close-up of the facts about the life of Jesus.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Very compelling, but should give more opposing arguments.
    Strobel does an excellent job of examining the evidence for the Ressurection of Christ from all angles. His findings are very logical and convincing. This is a really good book to read if you are as confused and skeptical as I have recently become. The methodical way that Strobel presents the evidence in this book argues very very strongly for the truth of the Bible. The only shortcoming as far as I'm concerned is his neglecting to really give the full arguments for the liberals and atheists (or if he did, they sure don't have very solid cases). I would highly reccomend this book to anyone interested in learning about the history and the evidence of Christ and the church.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful introduction into Christian apologetics
    Lee Strobel has done a masterful job in tackling some of the most pressing and often heard questions about Christianity and the Christian faith. This book was a very easy read for many reasons. Two of which are: Lee is to the point when answering many pertinent questions; Lee presents it in such a logical and factual way that makes his claim that much more convincing. This is not only a great book to have for reference, but it is also a great book to give to the non-believer. ... Read more


    11. The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language
    by Eugene H. Peterson
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    Readers who have either found the Bible to be an intimidating proposition or who are so familiar with it that the words have lost their meaning will discover that Eugene Peterson's The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language is a welcome way to read and reread one of thebest-loved books of all time. It's directly translated from the Greek and Hebrew texts and is intentionally designed to be a reading Bible rather than a study Bible. Each of the 66 books has an introduction by Peterson, and there are no verse numbers to interrupt the flow of the passages.

    The vibrant flavor of the text is evident from the opening verses of the book of Genesis: "First this: God created the Heavens and Earth--all you see; all you don't see. Earth was a soup of nothingness, a bottomless emptiness, an inky blackness."

    There's renewed vigor in some of Jesus' most well-known words of the New Testament in John 3: "This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn't go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again."

    Whether it's the poetry of the Psalms, the thundering tirades of the Old Testament prophets, or the ageless words of Jesus, Peterson breaths new life into timeless passages in thisfresh-voiced paraphrase. --Cindy Crosby ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars A true Bible?
    Personally I think the argument over the legitimacy of "The Message" is somewhat ridiculous. Having had the great opportunity to receive formal training at a Christian college I study texts in the original language, but I would never preach or teach from a Greek edition. Why? Because few, if any, would understand it!

    Perhaps the reason so many of the church attending public are biblically illiterate is because of the over-emphasis on word for word translations. These translations are good for studying, but honestly are not easy reading. Though the biblical authors were inspired, their language was not. Language is simply a tool used to communicate ideas; the goal of Peterson's translation is to "convert the tone, the rythym, the events, the IDEAS, into the way we actually think and speak" (Introduction, emphasis added.)

    Not everything in the Bible can be easily understood, and until the end of this present world there will be those God has gifted with the building up of the church who are able to offer additional assistance - but this easy to read paraphrase is certainly a good avenue for the layperson to become familiar with the Bible's content.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best "Reading" Bible Available Today!
    Every Christian needs at least two Bibles versions, one for study and one for reading. While the New International Version is still the best choice for study, The Message is now the best choice for devotional reading. It belongs on every believer's bookshelf.

    The Message is not a translation, but a paraphrase. A paraphrase is not as accurate as a translation, but is much easier to read and to understand. The Living Bible is a tremendously popular paraphrase of the past. After decades of use however, it has become dated and is now difficult to find. The Message is clearly its successor for the English-speaking church.

    With the plethora of study Bibles on the market today, it is easy to get lost in all of the notes, graphs, charts and other helps. As a result, one can lose the joy of just READING the Bible. Study Bibles with all their helps play an important role, but for simply reading God's Word devotionally "The Message" is by far the best choice.

    1-0 out of 5 stars A Different Gospel
    I was deeply grieved by a youth pastor below who used The Message as his primary translation. He would do well to read what a real Bible translation has to say about "tying millstones around the necks" of youth and the warning for not many to aspire to teach, for they will receive a stricter judgment. I was also nauseated by people who wrote that they were bored with the same "tired old verses". God's Word, tired and boring?? No way. It's the deceptive, selfish human heart in our material, entertainment age that demands entertainment at the cost of real human souls. Dumbing down and watering down the Word of God to appeal to people who have the capacity for intelligence but are too lazy to apply their intelligence to study and comprehension? If your teens are having a hard time understanding the Bible, parents and pastors, try spending some time with them and explaining it. Or encourage them to apply themselves in school.

    Galatians 1:8
    But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.

    I hope that Eugene Peterson does not find himself gnashing his teeth on judgment day as Jesus pronounces "I never knew you. Depart from me you worker of iniquity." I pity those teachers who follow in the footsteps of Mr. Peterson, who had added and subtracted from the Word of the Almighty God. The Message is filled to the brim with New Age references, a politically correct agenda and an obscuring of the message which is necessary for salvation. If a person is not familiar with New Age terminology, as many Christians are not, then they are ripe for the picking.

    Jesus is referred to as "the Master". The Master is a new age expression. New Agers believe that many "enlightened masters" have come to planet earth- Buddah, Krishna, Mohamed and Jesus being a few. Christians know that Jesus isn't merely an enlightened master, He is Lord and the only way to salvation. The Bible says that people who are not saved can not say that Jesus is Lord. Neither does the Message say it. What does that tell you?

    Here is a comparison of the NKJV version and The Message. If you want to compare the Message against any other version or verse, you can go to biblegateway.com and reference any version you like.

    Romans 10:9-10 (NKJV)
    9that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

    (How is the NKJV too complicated for anyone who comprehends English to understand? But look at how the Message adds many words and yet complicates and obscures the message, not simplifying as was it's stated purpose.)

    Romans 10:9-10 (The Message)
    9Say the welcoming word to God--"Jesus is my Master"--embracing, body and soul, God's work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead. That's it. You're not "doing" anything; you're simply calling out to God, trusting him to do it for you. That's salvation. 10With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: "God has set everything right between him and me!"

    Why does Mr. Peterson feel it necessary to change the "Jesus is Lord" to "Jesus is my Master"? It doesn't clarify anything. 2x he tells the person to make a confession other than what the real Bible says. This example is not even the worst of his mistranslations, additions, insertions of personal opinions not marked as thus, subtractions and twistings of scripture.

    The Bible says that Sexual immorality, adultery and homosexuality are sins, but The Message removes these references in favor of "sex without commitment and intimacy". Or sex without love. In other words, a non-discerning person (and believe me, if they think this is an honest translation they are sorely lacking in discernmenet) will be led to believe that sex is OK as long as they feel love, commitment and intimacy; whatever that means to them.

    This "bible", if it can even be called such, is preparing the church for the great apostacy when so called Christians will abandon real salvation for the one world religion. I was downright shocked when I read this book and then angered that so many are willingly swallowing the lie. Don't become one of the fooled, it's not only your soul at stake but also your family and friends, whom are in your realm of influence.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A Refreshing New Translation
    I don't get why some are so up in arms over this book. There are some mild flourishes taken with the text but it's merely for theatrical emphasis on what's already there. The Message maintains biblical accuracy as far as I can see. No one will come away from the MSG believing in a god other than the God that the KJV or the NIV maintain in their interpretations which, by the way, also have their critics.

    I still prefer my NIV, though I do think The Message is a good opportunity for those who have trouble following the versions currently available. I'm not so pontifical that I assume that everyone must read or understand the written word at my level in order to have access to scripture. However I only gave it 4 stars because I really wish that the book had chapter and verse numbers to make it easier to follow along in a group study or to look up passages on your own for comparison. Otherwise I think The Message is a great starting tool or companion to the versions already available.

    1-0 out of 5 stars A Perversion of God's Holy Word
    The Message is clearly and by far a perversion of God's holy and true Word. It's almost as if Eugene Peterson sat down one night realizing that he personally thought God's Holy Word was boring so he decided to pervert it by "spicing" it up with his terrible paraphrases and "translations" which makes this "bible" the most off-based and far from the original translation. He uses excellent descriptor words (notice the sarcasm) such as hocus pocus and 3 uses of the word potatoes (2 relating to something that is not a big worry) (he must have been a previous farmer in Idaho). Do not buy this book if you have any sort of reverance for God's true Word at all. I'm not sure where he went with this one, but if you want a good translation to easily understand go with the NIV, or if you want the closest renderings to the actual greek and hebrew, go with my favorite--the NASB. ... Read more


    12. If You Want to Walk on Water, You've Got to Get Out of the Boat
    by John Ortberg
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Simply Superb!
    This title is the first work I have read by John Ortberg. I now intend to read his other books as well, so impressed was I with what I experienced here. I have read the writings of many, many Christian teachers, and this book has become one of my few favorites.

    Ortberg is very profound in his exposition of the Scriptures, while at the same time being very readable and understandable. He draws upon a wealth of contemporary illustrations to support his points, which makes his teaching even more powerful. His words strike a chord common to the hearts of all readers.

    Ortberg targets Christians rather than non-Christians, believers who are "sitting in the boat" rather than "walking on the water." He encourages persons to launch forth in faith, to take chances, and to live life to its fullest. He discourages persons from playing it safe and never putting themselves in a position to see God do what only He can.

    I strongly recommend this book to all Christians. Laypersons as well as ministers can benefit from this powerful message. If you want to walk on water, you've got to get out of the boat!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Warning: This book could change your life!
    This is a book for people like me: feeling stuck in a job you hate, believing that God has called you to much more than what you are doing, but afraid to leave the "security" of the life you have built for yourself. In other words, for whatever reason, you're a "boat potato!" Using the familiar Biblical story of Jesus walking on the water and Peter walking out to him (at least until he saw the wind and the waves!), Ortberg, in his entertaining, engaging style, encourages you to overcome your fears, embrace God's call, and trust that God will work through you to do great things you could not do on your own. Between this book and his previous book, "The Life You've Always Wanted", John Ortberg is proving to be one of the top Christian writers on the scene today. You can't afford not to read this book!

    3-0 out of 5 stars A CURATE'S EGG AND A FISH SUPPER
    Being part of a reading group helpfully exposes one to choices of book not normally made, hence my grappling with this work. Now as I write the group has yet to discuss this book properly, but the early opinion is that it is like the famous curate's egg, good in parts. Or to put it another way, I was once criticizing a certain edition of the bible which has inclusive notes and commentary, noting its theological deficiency in certain Pentecostalist respects to a visiting speaker. He replied, crisply, and with much justice, that I should "Treat it like a fish supper: take the good parts and leave the bones." So it is that I proffer these comments, hoping to take the good, but wary of the bones. And I hope the brother, should he see these few notes, will take them as well meant even if not very laudatory.

    THE FLESH
    The style is down-to-earth, easy reading. The overall tone is positive and encouraging. I am much heartened by his analysis of the parable of the talents and the observation that it was the one-talent servant, not the two or five-talent servant, who buried his gift and denied his master the rewards, and hence lost even his single talent in the long run. As he says, surely both pride and sloth can be causes of this fault. As a thief of time the TV is a great evil, true (p.46), but it is just an excuse for the underlying lack of priority. Get rid of your one-eyed god and you will not regret it! I most happily testify to this truth. He also says that earthly achievement and heavenly reward are related, an under preached truth. Apparently the Quakers are still a force to be reckoned with in the States, he quotes Parker Palmer to great effect on discerning one's vocation, and rebuts humanistic hubris with regard to the 'myth of the limitless self'. [I dub it the 'conceive it, believe it, and achieve it' heresy...it just begs the question of the rightness of your original conception.] He also distinguishes between a career and a calling, and notes that 'work has become our new religion' (p.71). All excellent points; the finest fillets.

    Speeding on to p.132, I notice that he has noticed that the media in the States are horribly similar to their Brit counterparts: 'The media frighten us because fear sells'. True enough, it is the "Open them up with the emotional can-opener, then scoop out the soft parts" philosophy. AKA the "Beat them into submission, then sell them stuff in the ads, and lard on the political propaganda of the day" theory. Finally, the few pages on the missionary, Frank Laubach, a burnt-out failure in his mid-forties who came back from nowhere, are quite outstanding, and are worth expansion into a chapter.

    THE BONES
    However, this is a book of 228 pages, and I have leapt over most of it in a single bound. The title of the book is a truism and it fails to avoid tautology: it is a logical loop, an identical proposition, it begs the question, it is a petitio principii, a statement of the obvious, self-evident, garrulous, and otiose. "To do something you have to do something." Well, to do anything takes a step, but not necessarily out of a perfectly good boat into a deep lake. This whole book is essentially a less-than-coherent sequence of sermon vignettes and snippets loosely arranged around the metaphorical get-out-of-the-boat idea, not the actuality of the event. Exegetical opinion is sharply divided on whether Peter achieved anything whatsoever by getting out of the boat and getting put back in. Maybe the majority vote got it right and Peter was just being his famously impulsive egotistical old self. There is simply no way to equate miraculous or metaphorical walking on water with vocational achievement. One is unique action 'in extremis', the other is humble pedestrian action according to one's daily lights. The humanistic hubris he rejected earlier is re-introduced by quoting Susan Jeffer's 'feel the fear and do it anyway' self-assertiveness self-help mantras. They likewise tell us nothing because they beg the question, what SHOULD we be doing?

    I also question his analysis on p.14 of the Greek verb 'parerchomai' (meaning 'to pass by') as being of any significance here, as he claims it signifies a theophany in the Septuagint Greek OT. I have no Septuagint to hand, but I can say with confidence that in my Greek NT and lexicon this is not the case at all, it is just an ordinary compound verb (cf, 'parabaino'), used because someone 'passed by' in the ordinary way. It is the event that makes the word significant, not vice versa. And to be accurate, in the Greek of Matthew which he quotes, the word parerchomai does not occur, its cognate form 'parelthein' is used. Finally, as the text makes absolutely plain in the Greek and English, Jesus was not a ghost or apparition, he was his solid Incarnate self...the opposite of a theophany in fact.

    A similar odd analysis of biblical terms occurs on p.222 where 'shalom' is interpreted in a most extravagant style and its obvious dictionary meaning (peace) is not given. Apparently under its magical influence lawyers 'would have really useful jobs like delivering pizza that is non-fat and low in cholesterol'. This is a biochemical paradox as in his broad sense cholesterol is a form of fat, but it is the general sense of the whole section which I question here. I can but wonder at the indulgence of his editor.

    AN AFTER-DINNER MINT
    So I commend this book to Christians as food for the soul, go carefully and you will not choke on a bone.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I don't swim well
    I don't swim well but this book made me ready to get out of the boat! Creative, humorous and real. A must read for any Christian who feels a bit stuck in their routine. I'm looking forward to reading more of John's books soon!

    5-0 out of 5 stars What an encouragement
    I'm reading this book for the 4th time since November. I keep finding more useful information each time I read it (verifiable by the amount of the text that gets hilighted each time I read it). I've taken the "Bob Challenge" that the author challenges the reader with and it has been a great success. It is also a great sequel for anyone currently going through or who has gone through the national "40 Days of Purpose" campaign. ... Read more


    13. How to Read the Bible Book by Book
    by Gordon D. Fee, Douglas Stuart
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    Asin: 0310211182
    Catlog: Book (2002-03-01)
    Publisher: Zondervan Publishing Company
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    Helps people read the Bible as a whole; and even when the whole is narrowed to whole books, helps readers to see how each book fits into the grand Story of the Bible. ... Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars dissapointed...
    i could only read an hour of this. the 1st 3 chapters are on the bible code. the rest is probably just as bad.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Bible as a Whole
    I was exposed to this book as I was visiting Regent College and talking with Gordon Fee in his office there. It was about a week prior to the release of the volume and he was excited about it. Dr. Fee pointed out that this was actually mainly his own project and Dr. Stuart acted primarily as a consultant for the Old Testament material. He explained his vision in very canonical terminology. He wanted to create a reader's guide to the Bible as a whole and explained that this is more of a one-person project in order to give the book unity. Verses are descibed in relation to surrounding passages. These passages are included in the individual book of the Bible. The books are a part of larger section of Scripture (e.g., Genesis is part of the "Narrative of Israel in the Biblical Story"). These sections combine together to make the whole of the Bible itself. There is an overview to the whole Biblical story and one for each section. The chapters about the individual works of the Bible have the following setup (using Genesis as an example):

    ORIENTING DATA FOR GENESIS
    -Content (brief synopsis)
    -Historical Coverage (estimation of time the events take place)
    -Emphases (short list)

    OVERVIEW OF GENESIS (few paragraphs to summarize material)

    SPECIFIC ADVICE FOR READING GENESIS (a page or two of advice)

    A WALK THROUGH GENESIS (divides the book into sections and gives short commentary on each section)

    The chapters end with a brief concluding paragraph which reiterates the books role in the whole of the Bible. This book is extremely accessible for the layperson wanting a guide to reading the Scriptures. All too often verses and passages are used apart from their biblical story and this guide is a wonderful reminder of those dangers as well as a helpful tool in changing our perspective. Of course it is helpful if you have read How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth by these authors, but it is not necessary. I have a degree in biblical studies from Messiah College and whenever I am about to jump into a new book for personal Bible study, I find myself consulting How to Read the Bible Book by Book as a starting place.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A good guidebook for the Bible
    This book provides specific guidance for reading each book of the Bible by providing an introduction and summary of each book. This title also tries to tie together the big picture and how each book fits into that overall story. This is helpful because many of us at times get lost in the details. I recommend using this book with How the Read the Bible for All its Worth by the same authors in order to get the most benefit. ... Read more


    14. The Second Coming of Christ: The Resurrection of the Christ Within You (2 Volume Set)
    by Paramahansa Yogananda, Yogananda
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    Asin: 0876125550
    Catlog: Book (2004-09)
    Publisher: Self-Realization Fellowship Publishers
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    In this unprecedented masterwork of inspiration, Paramahansa Yogananda takes the reader on a profoundly enriching journey through the four Gospels. Verse by verse, he illumines the uni­versal path to oneness with God taught by Jesus to his immediate dis­ciples but obscured through cen­turies of misinter­pretation: "how to become like Christ, how to resurrect the Eternal Christ within one’s self."

    Never before available in its entirety, this landmark work by one of the most revered spiritual teachers of our time transcends divisive sectarianism to reveal a unifying harmony underlying all true religions. A groundbreaking synthesis of East and West, it imparts the life-transforming realization that each of us can experience for ourselves the promised Second Coming -- awakening of the all-fulfilling Divine Consciousness latent within our souls.

    Yogananda said, "In titling this work The Second Coming of Christ, I am not referring to a literal return of Jesus to earth.He came two thousand years ago and, after imparting a universal path to God’s kingdom, was crucified and resurrected; his reappearance to the masses now is not necessary for the fulfillment of his teachings.What is necessary is for the cosmic wisdom and divine perception of Jesus to speak again through each one’s own experience and understanding of the infinite Christ Consciousness that was incarnate in Jesus.That will be his true Second Coming." ... Read more


    15. Life Application Study Bible: New International Version
    by Not Applicable (Na )
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    Asin: 0842348921
    Catlog: Book (1997-06-01)
    Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
    Sales Rank: 2671
    Average Customer Review: 4.46 out of 5 stars
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    The Life Application Study Bible is today's #1 selling study Bible because it helps people see how the Scriptures are relevant to today's issues. This edition of the Life Application Study Bible lets you enjoy the best-selling Life Application features with the popular New International Version.

    Special Features:

    Popular New International Version text Over 10,000 Life Application notes help explain God's Word and challenge readers to apply the truth of Scripture to life Personality profiles highlight over 100 important Bible characters Book introductions provide vital statistics, overview, and timeline to help readers understand the message of each book 200 thumbnail maps highlight important Bible places and events 260 charts help explain difficult concepts and relationships Cross-references Harmony of the Gospels built right into the text of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John Dictionary/concordance Words of Christ in red letter Daily reading plan Topical index to all notes, charts, maps, and profiles Deluxe edition includes padded cover and ribbon marker ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars This bible is so helpful!
    I was in the market for a Bible that helped to shine light and understanding on God's word. Some (the Old testament) is hard to understand. But the writers of this Bible have put so much helpful information on every page. It helps me to meditate on the Scriptures, and to apply them to my daily life. This Bible brings to life the authors, the times in which they were written, and how they can benefit us today. It is truly "life's application bible".

    5-0 out of 5 stars What a Great Bible for Today's Way of Life
    There are so many good things about Tyndale's "Life Application Study Bible" (LASB) that I'm not sure where to start. The negatives are short and quick: (1) it contains too much typology, interpreting far too many events in the OT as announcing Christ, e.g., the burning bush was not Christ, but God himself; (2) it tends to get a little preachy in places; and (3) after a careful reading I found sixteen misspellings and intertext reference errors (which I submitted for correction in the next edition to the publisher).

    But that's nothing compared with what you get: a set of concise book, event, and character outlines that are unmatched in current Bible publishing. The point of the LASB is to relate the Bible to our lives today, and not the way we lived 400 or even 2000 years ago; in other words, LASB's goal is to make the Bible directly relevant to its reader. It certainly succeeds.

    Perhaps its least noticed but best feature is its one-column text format, giving the reader full verses. The poetry of the Psalms and within the prophetic books is retained and in metered format to distinguish it from prose and didactic sections. Loaded with footnotes explaining not only the what, where, who, but the why. The editors tell you WHO James is, and who his brother is, and give you hints to distinguish him from other Jameses. Each book is set up with an introduction, along with a "blueprint" model that gives the major themes of the book; a separate "megathemes" (meta is the proper word) section lays out the thematic significance of the book with explanation; and finally a "vital statistics" section that gives a quickview of the book's setting, key people, purpose, etc. The maps in the back are quite good, too.

    So there's no reason you won't want this Bible, even as a supplement to more scholarly bibles like the New Revised Standard Version Oxford Annotated Edition. I highly recommend it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Warm, thoughtful, and helpful
    I do not want to offend readers of this review, or turn anyone off to Christian believers, but I found the content of some reviews of this study Bible to be both misleading and disturbing.

    We should leave to those who are educationally qualified the task of commenting concerning theology and translation accuracy. Certainly, I would not consider myself a theologian or Bible scholar, but I have read and studied the Bible in various translations over the past 30 years (I'll be 50 in September). Personally, I am enjoying reading this version, and find it to be an excellent compliment to others that are "more scholarly". We are all entitled to our opinions, but when expressing them, let's do so prayerfully, with supporting facts, and humbly...especially when dealing with God's Word and the work of those who try to help others understand it. We are cautioned in that Word not to be judgmental, lest we ourselves come under judgment, and to be careful not to be stumbling blocks to others.

    In closing, to those who are looking for a Bible version that will help them understand God's Word better, I can say that this translation and the explanatory content that accompanies it are helpful to me.

    5-0 out of 5 stars L.A.B. is a GREAT study Bible for Pastors !!!
    WOW! What can I say @ the L.A.B. Bible that has not already been said by others? I am a Baptist Church Sr. Pastor, and I now preach/teach 4 sermons per week. I have many great Bibles in my peresonal Bible collection (old ones, new ones, several languages, big ones, small ones, etc) BUT my L.A.B. is one of the four main Study Bibles I love, prefer, & use in my personal Bible study time. (Along with: (1) The NIV Study Bible, (2) The Ryrie Study Bible, and (4) The Open Bible Study Bible).

    ~ So, if you are looking for a great study Bible with tons of study aids, helps, charts, notes, verse commentary, informative intro material to all 66 Bible books, etc., the L.A.B. is one of the best I have ever used in over 23 years of being a church staff member -- most of these years as a Sr. Pastor preaching 3 or 4 sermons each week.

    The Commentary notes about the verses (printed at the bottom of the pages) are among the best I have ever read and used in a study Bible. The study notes truly are thorough, inspiring, benefical, theologically conservative, and helpful.

    ~You cannot go wrong with the L.A.B. ... you will not regret buying one and using it to study God's Holy Word.

    *My only complaint is that a large section (about 200 pages) literally just fell out in one chunk as the binding came lose gave out! This happened after I had the L.A.B. for only 1-1/2 years or so. I plan on taking it back to the store where I bought it to see if they will repair it. I trust that they will.

    But, as far as the content is concerned -- you will love the L.A.B.!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Study Bible, Easy to understand Footnotes!
    This is the best Bible I have owed. We were recommended this Bible from my Falther-in-law. He is a retired Pastor and uses it as part of his research. The Footnotes make reading the Bible enjoyable and easy to understand. I would recommend it to anyone! Our daughter (14 years old) asked for one of her own! We have also bought several others and have been giving them to people in our Church. ... Read more


    16. The Prayer of Jabez: Breaking Through to the Blessed Life
    by Bruce Wilkinson
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    Asin: 1576737330
    Catlog: Book (2000-04-25)
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    Average Customer Review: 3.38 out of 5 stars
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    Even well-versed Biblical scholars might be perplexed if asked about Jabez, a little-known man listed in 1 Chronicles, chapter 4. Yet his simple petition is the cornerstone of The Prayer of Jabez and has become a call to live a more "blessed life" for countless readers.

    The prayer is a simple one: "And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, 'Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain.' So God granted him what he requested."

    In an era where many Christians shy away from anything that smacks of "name it and claim it," author Bruce Wilkinson alleviates misgivings by putting the prayer into perspective. Wilkinson, founder and president of Walk thru the Bible Ministries and a popular speaker for Promise Keepers, writes in a persuasive, conversational style that will woo even the most cynical reader. He has used the Jabez prayer for more than 30 years, and testifies enthusiastically to the changes it has wrought in his own life. Wilkinson challenges readers to recite the Jabez prayer every morning and keep a record of the changes that occur. The power, he emphasizes, is not in the prayer itself, but "rather, the power is in what you believe will happen as a result of the prayer, and the action you take." Wilkinson makes a convincing case. --Cindy Crosby ... Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars A short book on a long topic
    I read The Prayer of Jabez as part of a women's Bible study. It has its merits, and almost all of the other women who read it were very enthusiastic about it.

    For myself, I happened to develop a very poor opinion of it, partly because of the out-of-context and inappropriate interpretations that these enthusiastic women produced from it, which ranged from...

    ...the mother who said that God would give her a huge house if she prayed these words for 30 days...

    ...to the group leader who said that the Bible says that Jabez built furniture for a living...

    ...to the school teacher who said she learned in Chapter 3 of the book that the Bible directly quotes Jabez as saying "Surely I was born for more than this!"

    The author does go to a little trouble to explain that the blessings that one should seek are the blessings of effective service -- not more money, a nicer house, or anything materialistic (although one can easily see how a stable job or a reliable car, etc., could be instrumental to increasing the opportunity for effective service).

    However, it's a short book, and that brief point (they're ALL brief points) appears to have been lost on many readers.

    If you are a serious reader -- a voracious, thoughtful, engaged, educated reader looking for a well-reasoned, well-written, well-supported, carefully balanced treatise on prayer -- then you will probably be unhappy with the blithe and superficial treatment that Mr. Wilkerson has given to his lifetime of prayer in this book.

    On the other hand, serious readers with genius-level language skills and a solid background in the topic are not the market for this book.

    The target audience is "normal," busy, television-oriented people with short "soundbite" attention spans, average language skills, and a deep conviction that God wants to punish them instead of help them.

    If you're looking for something short, light, and emotionally inspiring, then this book will fit probably the bill.

    The reading level and style is about on par with Chicken Soup for the Soul, and its brevity will appeal to most: I read the whole book in less than an hour.

    There's nothing particularly new or particularly challenging in it, but most of the concepts in it are the sorts of things that we could stand to be reminded of. If you already understand something about the theology of prayer and the non-materialistic nature of God's goals for people, then you are unlikely to mis-understand the book and lead yourself into serious error (e.g., the prosperity doctrine).

    And you may leave the book feeling empowered to ask God for more opportunities to serve -- and you will be more aware of these opportunities when they appear.

    1-0 out of 5 stars American Christianity for a Dollar At It's Best
    Hey I think I'll buy the prayer of jabez wallet or the journal, or the watchband, or the prayer of jabez study guide or the prayer of jabez lamp.

    Give me a break...our American Christianity is a joke...it's all trying to make a buck...look at the christian bookstores...they'll try to cash in on anything...

    If Jesus walked into one of them, He'd overturn all the tables...just like He did in the temple

    1-0 out of 5 stars "Blessed Life?"
    You know, it's too bad the patriarch's of the faith had not the wisdom and insight of Bruce Wilkinson...they might have saved themselves a whole lot of paing and suffering.

    Poor Jeremiah would never have been "stuck in the muck" for all that time.

    Hosea never would have needed to marry a harlot.

    Paul's thorn in his side would have been removed.

    None of the apostle's would have needed to die a martyred death. On that line of thought...none of the Christian martyr's throughout the ages needed to die such horrible and torturous deaths.

    Christians in the middle east and in China are suffering only because they cannot get their hands on this "wisdom" espoused by Wilkinson.

    We can also cut out Christ's words from the bible, much in the same way Thomas Jefferson cut out the miracles from the bible. There is no need to read about how He came to bring the sword and not peace (Matt. 10:34-36) or how the Son of Man has no place to lie his head (Matt. 8:20).

    Carried to it's logical conclusion, it commits the ultimate blasphemy...Christ needn't die...if only our Lord had the wisdom of Bruce Wilkinson. What a pity.

    But, praise be, Bruce Wilkinson can help us, by this prayer usher in that hope that is promised in Rev. 21:4 and we will suffer no more.

    Please, people, all joking aside, read your bibles. Start with 1 John 4 then read Matt. 7:15 and Acts 20:29. Maybe, just maybe, your eyes will be open to the false teaching that is in these pages.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Definitely NOT a "Health and Wealth Gospel" book!
    Wilkinson does not tell us how he interprets the passage of scripture he talks about in his book. For example, he doesn't compare scripture with scripture, nor does he interpret the prayer through personal experiences. (Wilkinson's personal experiences only illustrate the results he has gained through the prayer, not his reasons for interpreting it in this manner.)

    However, it's obvious that he has interpreted Jabez's prayer through the Holy Spirit because this entire little book is about the Great Commission--that is, the spreading of the good news of Jesus dying for our sins. Of course, Jabez himself could NOT have used his prayer in that manner: (1) Jabez lived long before Jesus, and (2) Jews in those days didn't try to convert the world to Judaism.

    Nonetheless, Wilkinson's interpretation of the prayer is a useful one for Christians. For one thing, it encourages us not to interpret the prayer of Jabez or any other prayer for our personal gain (materialism or selfishness). Instead, Wilkinson reminds us to pray all our prayers for God's glory instead of our own. He asks God to empower us to serve Him. Wilkinson thinks he's asking God for opportunities to spread the Gospel (in part, he is); but God uses prayer to change our hearts, and it's clear that God has used this prayer to change Wilkinson's heart away from selfishness toward a life of serving God.

    God has also touched my heart through this book. Although I don't pray the Jabez prayer, and I'm not planning to reread Wilkinson's book anytime soon (since I prefer to read the Bible itself over other Christian books), I have gained by reading it because it reminds me of the duty and delight of a saved believer to tell others about Jesus.

    Because the Jabez prayer overlaps and compliments the Lord's Prayer, I have taken portions of each prayer with Psalms 51:2 to make my own prayer, which sometimes helps me to overcome weak temptations to sin: "Lord, lead me not into temptation, but deliver me from evil. Protect me from evil. Cleanse me from evil."

    Normally, it's better just to read the Bible instead of a book about the Bible. But this book is an exception.

    Anyone who thinks this is a book on selfish prayers needs to (re)read it, and pay closer attention to the first three chapters. The Health and Wealth Gospel existed before this book was written, and is 180 degrees contrary to the teachings of Wilkinson's book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I think it is a great book
    I have read the book once..A friend of mines bought it...after reading it i immediately went out to buy a copy for myself..
    I have said a prayer many times over the past 6 months...and god has indeed blessed me... ... Read more


    17. Hebrew-English Tanakh
    by Not Applicable (Na )
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    Asin: 0827606974
    Catlog: Book (2000-07-01)
    Publisher: Jewish Publication Society of America
    Sales Rank: 16512
    Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars
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    Featuring the oldest known complete version of the Holy Scriptures, placed next to JPS's renowned English translation, considered by both Jewish and Christian scholars to be the most authoritative translation of Hebrew scripture.

    Find the authoritative Hebrew text according to Masoretic tradition (accepted by scholars and rabbinic authorities), complete with cantillation marks, vocalization and verse numbers. The Hebrew text is conveniently formatted to match the English translation, and is slightly larger than the English for easy reading. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars If you had to have one Bible . . .
    JPS has produced the best known, non-Christian, translations of the Bible. (There is no such thing as an Old Testament-just a Bible as opposed to a Christian Bible!!) The relatively famous JPS Tanakh (acronym of Torah, Nevi'im/Prophets, and Ketuvim/Writings and spelled various ways--TN'K, Tanach, Tenach)is fine for an English translation and carried out by acknowledged experts. But let's be frank. You don't have a Bible if you do not have the original Hebrew next to the translation.

    If you really study Bible you do or will come to realize this, and will never be satisfied with just the vernacular. The English (our vernacular language) is just an attempt to convey the meaning of the Hebrew. So it makes sense to have both, side by side.

    There are a number of Bibles that include both, Christian and Judaic products, most notably one of my favorites the Koren Jerusalem Bible.

    But here is what you need for a useful tool after you have both Hebrew and English:
    *The Hebrew Text should include as much of the Masoretic structure and features as possible (can't go into "Masoretic" here). DOn't expect it to include the Masoretic notation (Mp, Mm)[You'll need a BHS, Aleppo, Leningrad MS in Hebrew for this type of thing and Okla v'Okla]. But it MUST have the parshas (weekly readings for the Torah all Jews worldwide read together). Included in the Masoretic Text are some interesting features like enlarged letters, text written with spaces to appear like stacked brick (song of the Sea Shemot/Exodus 15) for example. There's too many beauties of the Hebrew to describe---but make sure yours get in as many of them as possible!!!!

    *Typeface is very important. You are used to English and your mind can "recontruct" words in a bad English font. But Hebrew is a different matter. The Hebrew should be large and clear, especially the niqqudim (vowel-points and accent marks some of the others mention--btw, most Hebrew primary religious texts will show vowel-points). A small Hebrew type can be a disaster (I have to use a magnifying glass and reading glasses to read some of my books like Jastrow's Sefer Millim).

    *Personal pref- I like a Bible that tries to bring across Hebrew names instead of Anglicizations (ex., Moshe rather than Moses; Yerushalayim> over *binding

    So how does JPS H/E Tanakh stack up here? Typography excellent!!! Masoretic features-parshas, no Masoretic notes really, and all is shoved in a column for sake of page layout instead of MT format. JPS uses the anglicizations ;-( but is in modern language ;-)

    The JPS H/E Tanakh comes in several bindings. I have the "leatherish" thick, flexible, industrial strength plastic and I think it will hold up. It has a ribbon marker insertd in the binding. In other words, this binding (and paper)is similar to the binding on Christian Bibles. (You could walk down the street with it and not be missionized!!!! ;-)

    Get it. It is well worth $... The Koren Bible I mentioned differs in that it keeps much more MT format, but its typography is tooo small, but it does not anglicize proper nouns and even symbolizes Het and Tsade (whch I can't do here). So if you must choose one, choose the one you can see all the text with the naked eye--JPS H/E.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A Great Corroboration. . . .
    Although I am not Jewish, even as a devout Christian, I found this Hebrew-English Tanakh to be a great asset to my library, and for any Christian's library for that matter. The JPS translation is a bit different from the King James which most of us are used to but the Hebrew characters alongside the English, in addition to the concordance numbers makes this edition an unbeatable one. Sometime, in my life, I would like to learn Biblical Hebrew, but for now, this Tanakh has aroused my curiousity enough. What I thought was odd was how the order of the Old Testament books are arranged differently than in the Christian Bible. For example, the last two books are 1 and 2 Chronicles and all the of the prophets are grouped together. For somebody who is ignorant, this was a big shock. In addition, the Book of Genesis starts at the back instead of at the front. Odd but cool, in every respect! For the price, I was expecting a cheep paperback copy but I was surprised to find that this edition came in a durable, plastic, cardboard binding, which thus makes this a good deal!

    5-0 out of 5 stars This is the only Jewish Bible that yoou'll ever need
    I own several copies of the "New" JPS translation (it has been around for a few decades now). I own the original three volume edition, the full-size and the pocket size with and without Hebrew text. And despite the fact that I have a few other bibles (including the Judaica Press edition of various books and the entire Soncino Bible) this is the one that I refer to the most.

    The translation is readable and accurate although not in the literal sense. When they stray from the literal meaning, it is included in a footnote, as good scholarship requires.

    The Hebrew-English addition has the original text facing the translation, which is sometimes helpful if you want to improve your vocabulary, but only beware, the translations is not always word for word.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Too light for my eyes...
    I was very disappointed with the print quality in the edition I bought. The print was GREY, not BLACK. This makes for difficult reading. I purchased the $24.50 edition, which was described as "Leather Bound." The reviews all stated that they described the "Leather Bound" edition, which were, however, linked to adds for a $52.50 edition of the book. I'm wondering if the more expensive edition has significantly better print. If it does, this should have been noted. I might have decided to put out the extra money for a better quality item. As things stand now, I am returning the disappointing GREY-printed edition.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Hebrew-English Bible - Excellent Translation!
    JPS' "Hebrew-English Tanakh: The Traditional Hebrew Text And The New JPS Translation" is the best Bible I have seen for the purpose of study. The translation is superior and when in doubt, the Hebrew text is right there, alongside the English, to compare. This edition was recommended to me when I began a two year course on Judaism and Jewish Life sponsored by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

    This JPS edition of the Tanakh, composed of the Pentateuch, the Nevi'im (Prophets), and the Kethuvim (Writings), was translated from the original authoritative Hebrew text into the modern idiom of English in three stages, representing the collaboration of academic scholars with rabbis from the three major branches of organized Jewish life in America. The Torah was published in 1962, The Prophets in 1978, and the Writings in 1982. The text preceding the Preface, and the Preface itself, include an excellent history of the Hebrew text.

    I have read this edition through, and find it to be a most rewarding experience. The English translation is the closest to the original Hebrew that I have seen. The print is clear and easy to read and the notes are superior. The Hebrew font is large enough to read without eye strain, and includes vowels - which is a plus for me. And the book is beautifully bound. I continue to refer to it almost daily for study purposes and for my own personal edification. I think this is one of the best book purchases I have ever made.
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    18. Holy Bible: New Living Translation, Burgundy Leather Flex,
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    Asin: 0842332537
    Catlog: Book (1997-03-01)
    Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
    Sales Rank: 4915
    Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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    Looking for a gift presentation Bible? The Gift and Award Bible is perfect for church presentation and award programs. A great-value gift Bible that includes Life Application notes and other helpful features:

    New Living Translation Text 52 in-text Life Application notes with memory versesDictionary/concordance Words of Christ in red letter Presentation page Plan of salvation Durable binding ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Lot to Offer at a Low Price
    Dollar for Dollar, the New Living Translation (NLT) is probably the best and most intriguing type of Bible I've ever bought. I don't pretend it's my favorite Bible of all--because it isn't really a Bible, it's a paraphrase of the Bible as opposed to a true translation. But I really like it.

    Of course, any translation of the Bible is going to be some sort of paraphrase, because different languages use different idioms that have to be rendered into English using different words. There are "strictly literal" bibles like the NASB that go for a word-for-word approach; most bibles are "literal" bibles like the New Revised Standard and New International, the latter in particular taking the "freedom to be idiomatic." ...

    The physical presentation of this modestly-priced version is worth remarking on. For fake leather, it looks reasonably genuine, and there are other colors available besides the best-selling black. The type is quite small, but uses a blocky sort of Roman setting that makes reading as easy as possible, even the red letters. The pages are ordinary paper, not "onion-skin." About my only gripe is that the text is too close to the inner margin, but this tome (made in Mainland China) is well-stitched, not the sort of bindery to fall apart quickly upon heavy use.

    For very little money I advise the avid Bible reader--or the Bible reader who finds passages in his/her favorite Bible a little hard to fathom (and who among us has not?)--or the just-plain curious to invest in this handsome, intelligent little paraphrase. If your experience is like mine, you'll be surprised at how likeable it is.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Bought it to witness to a friend... got one for myself.
    I originally bought this to help witness to a friend who doesn't happen to own a bible, then after flipping through it for a few minutes, I decided I just had to have one for myself.

    The NLT has been one of my favorite translations for a while, just behind the NASB (out of the 8 I physically own, and the dozens I have on CD's). And remember, it's a translation, not simply a paraphrase. It is a reliable translation that is easy to read. I find it interesting that some words it decides to give a more literal translation as well. Such as the word we often see translated as "gospel" is more often than not translated as "Good News."

    To be fare though, I think there are times where it doesn't translate some verses, especially in prophets, deep enough. Simply because an analogy a prophet used is really difficult to understand unless one really chews on it for a while. But this is a rare exception, not the rule.

    This particular print of this transtion is very useful. It has a very nice concordinance and dictionary in the back, as well as some key passages and verses that are highlighted throughout. The map in the back while decent, could probably be a little better.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Reads easily and accurately
    This a most likeable translation. The English reads with the same ease as a daily paper or magazine. It is also very accurate; precision is not sacrificed to style. I was surprised at how much I am enjoying using this translation. I am used to high toned translations such as the Revised Standard Version. I am using this on a daily basis and recommend it to others.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Not the Best
    Some people are completely enamored with the New Living Translation, and if you are, then that's great, but I found the translation to be too simplistic. It doesn't have the sophistication of, say, the NIV, and at times it almost seems like a children's Bible. It would be good for people who don't really like to read because the words flow so easily and it isn't difficult to understand at all.

    As for the translation itself, it may or may not be the most accurate translation out there; I don't know. To explain: you must keep in that accuracy and precision are not quite the same thing. (I can give you a precise number of people in Washington D.C. right now--let's say 583,216--but I can't guarantee how accurate that number will be.) Precise translations are word-for-word. They don't take into account the linguistic and cultural differences involved. They tell you exactly what the authors wrote but not necessarily what they were trying to say. (Idioms, for example, are translated literally and often sound strange to our culture.) More accurate translations strive to give a literal translation when possible but make sure the idea is never lost, even if that means changing the translation to fit a more modern context.

    Precise translations are best for in-depth Bible study because they have less bias to them, but they should only be used if you are very familiar with the culture that produced the original manuscripts. Accurate translations are better for general study because the theology is more obvious, but there is much more opportunity for the translation to reflect the bias of its translator(s). Still, a good accurate translation should reflect the intent of the original authors, and that makes it an invaluable companion to a more precise translation.

    I'm not so sure the New Living Translation holds true to the intent of all its authors--especially in the more theological passages. Apparently what the translators did (I may be wrong) was to take the original Living Bible, modernize it, and compare that to the actual manuscripts to make sure it was a legitimate (if not the best) translation of the text. That's not a bad thing if you're looking for a Bible that is easy both to read and to understand. However, it IS a bad thing if you want to dig deeper into the Scriptures.

    So for me, the gift/award edition of this Bible is perfect. Considering this version will spend more time on the shelf than others, it's nice not to spend too much money on it. Others less interested in detailed study might be glad to make it their preferred translation. To each his own.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The NLT Bible
    I absolutely love this translation of the Bible. To clarify, a translator takes the original words from the original language and makes it make the most sense in the new language. There is nothing wrong with a thought by thought translation, rather than a word by word translation, such as the NIV. THis is a wonderful Bible for those just coming into the belief, or those who do not understand some passages in a Word by Word translation. It is relatively inexpensive, and it is a wonderful gift. I would recommend it to anyone and everyone, and have bought several as gifts for friends and family. ... Read more


    19. How To Read The Bible For All Its Worth: A Guide To Understanding The Bible
    by Gordon D. Fee, Douglas Stuart
    list price: $15.99
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    Asin: 0310246040
    Catlog: Book (2003-10-30)
    Publisher: Zondervan Publishing Company
    Sales Rank: 5419
    Average Customer Review: 4.53 out of 5 stars
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    Biblical interpretation for both beginning and experienced Bible readers. Changes to the new third edition include: updated language, new foreword, improved diagrams, substantial rewriting of several chapters to make them more user-friendly, and updated list of recommended commentaries and resources. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars We commend this book to you
    This is a book on interpreting the Bible and applying it to your life. My seven-member Bible study group (from an Evangelical Free church) did a 13-week study/discussion of this book. Thirteen weeks may sound like a long time, but it worked well for us for two reasons: First, the book is not light reading. You need time to read, struggle, re-read, and come to grips with each chapter. Second, the authors often ask the reader to read large portions of scripture as part of studying a particular chapter in their book. In their chapter on the epistles, for example, the authors ask the reader to read through all of I Corinthians in one sitting, then study it *again* using techniques that they teach in the book.

    We believe that this book is not a "basic primer"--it is not a book for beginning students of the Bible. For new Christians, let me suggest a book recommended by the authors themselves: "Knowing Scripture," by R. C. Sproul.

    OUR FAVORITE THINGS ABOUT THE BOOK: 1) The book is written by two seminary professors who tell us, in the book's preface, that they are "believers, who think we should obey the biblical texts, not merely read or study them." 2) The emphasis of the book is on helping readers struggle with the questions of applying the Bible to their own lives. 3) The book eases the reader into the subject matter by giving some general principles of interpretation and by discussing the relative strengths of different Bible translations. 4) The book then divides the Bible into different types of literature (e.g., parables, law, epistles, prophets, and so forth); this approach helps to clarify the "rules of the road" in interpretation. As one example, the authors lay down some rules for understanding proverbial wisdom, and from these rules, we understand that Proverbs are not legal guarantees from God.

    OUR NOT-SO-FAVORITE THINGS ABOUT THE BOOK: 1) Even in the most recently printed version, there are some curious typographical errors. 2) A couple of members of our Bible study felt the book was "difficult reading" in some places. 3) If you want exposure to *several* viewpoints about how Old Testament Law does or does not apply (or applies in part) to New Testament Christians, you'll need to look elsewhere.

    FINAL THOUGHT: If you are looking for more than a basic primer on reading and applying the Bible to your life, we commend this book to you. This book changed the way we study scripture--for the better. All members of my Bible study group rated the book at 4.5 stars or higher.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book to learn Biblical interpretation
    This is the book I have been looking for, for a long time. It takes the reader through each type of writing within the Bible(Epistles, Narratives, Acts, Gospels, Parables, Law, Prophets, Psalms, Wisdom, Revelation.) Each chapter explains why this type of writing was given, who it was given to, and how it can be understood. The writing is very easy to understand without a lot of theological academic jargon and yet has a great deal of scholarship behind it. Each chapter gives concrete guidelines for intepreting Scripture (something that each of us do instinctively, but perhaps without conscious thought or appropriate context.)

    Following these guidelines, each chapter provides an example of interpreting a passage of Scripture. This makes the book very practical and easy to understand and use. I wish more academic tomes would add in some practical helps.

    As with all books about the Bible, not everyone will agree with Fee and Stuart's interpretations, but the methodologies they describe are invaluable for any reader to use in understanding this ancient, wonderful, and mysterious text.

    Also extremely helpful is the discussion on different Bible translations and study materials (Bible dictionaries, commentaries, and handbooks.) If you are building a library to read and study Scripture for yourself, I would start with this great book on exegetical methods.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Read and re-read
    I have read and re-read this book. I have used it over and over. It is awesome and terribly important to engrave the contents in your head otherwise you may miss the incredible things the Bible has to offer.

    1-0 out of 5 stars not very good..
    i've read many bible outlines and i can say this one isn't any good. i could only read this for an hour.

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best introductory texts available
    This is the foundational understanding that everyone should know before studying the Bible. Although it is written in an easy to understand style it is still full of very valuable information. For example, people often ask why there are so many different translations of the Bible. The authors do an excellent job of showing the complications and difficulties of translating and how different versions of a verse could each be just as viable as an accurate translation.

    The authors also deal with the problems of interpretation, exegesis, historical and cultural context and literary conventions of the time. They look at the narrative style of the Old Testament and its function as well as Acts, the various parables, prophets, psalms, wisdom literature, and the revelation. You may not agree with every aspect of their treatment of the various books and literary styles, but this is the best treatment of the problems of translation and interpretation that I have come across to date. "How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth" is highly recommend for anyone interested in Bible translation or interpretation. ... Read more


    20. The Macarthur Bible Commentary
    by John MacArthur
    list price: $39.99
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    Asin: 0785250662
    Catlog: Book (2005-03-31)
    Publisher: Nelson Reference
    Sales Rank: 694408
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