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1. The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For?
by Rick Warren, Richard Warren
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Asin: 0310255252
Catlog: Book (2003-07-01)
Publisher: Zondervan Publishing Company
Sales Rank: 6313
Average Customer Review: 3.88 out of 5 stars
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Rick Warren helps readers to discover, develop, and fulfill God's purpose for their lives. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Supplement to the Bible for Direction and Purpose!
Rick Warrren's new book is an excellent read for the person who desperately seeks direction and purpose for life. At the outset, Warren challenges us to believe that we were created for a far greater purpose than just the pursuit of happiness.

The text is designed to be a 40-day ( a significant number in the Bible) devotion covering a particular topic and with a relevant Bible verse. Each chapter is around 10 pages and covers five major purposes: 1) You were planned for God's pleasure, 2) You were formed for God's family, 3) You were created to become like Christ, 4) You were shaped for serving God, and 5) You were made for a mission.

Warren's purpose is to move the reader from a realization of being loved by God to challenging the reader to express gratitude by loving God and serving others in Jesus' name.

Some of the more compelling topics covered were: developing a friendship with God (yes indeed, God wants to be your Friend!), finding a church and fellowship to belong to, dealing successfully with temptation, understanding how God shaped you, thinking like a servant, balancing your life, and living to please God and not man.

"Purpose Driven Life" is helpful in that it validates what the Bible already said thousands of years ago. I am now in the process of writing what I believe to be God's purpose in my life. From now on, Lord willing, I will read this book starting January 1 of every year while expecting to learn new insights after each read.

All in all, the book is highly recommended and is an excellent supplement to the Bible. Unbelievers will also be challenged to think deeply and critically about why they were created and what their purpose in life is!

5-0 out of 5 stars Understanding what the fuss is all about....
I have bought five hardcover copies, plus the PocketPC version (for my daily reading). And I will probably pick up more copies.

This book helps to focus your perspective on what really counts:

Day 3: What Drives Your Life?
This chapter sets the tone for the book and should provide the reader with enough information on what the remaining 37 days will hold, such as purpose giving meaning to your life, simpilifying your life, focusing your life, motivating your life, and preparing you for eternity

Day 5: Seeing Life from God's View
Talks of Life on Earth from God's perspective as a test, a trust and a temporary assignment.

For me, the mundane activities of everyday life, that you would not give a second thought, now take on a new light. The simple act of coming to a complete stop at a stop sign now holds greater meaning and insight to my character.

Day 25: Transformed by Trouble
Bring out that everything that happens to a child of God is Father-filtered, and he intends to use it for good even when Satan and others mean it for bad.

For me, this has been a mind-blower to understand that God has actually orchestrated life events that will strengthen my character, not tear it down.

Day 26: Growing through Temptation
For me, seeing temptation as an opportunity for growth in character was freeing. I have always viewed temptation as a deficiency in character, but now I view the decision made at this point to be the true indicator. People with a good moral compass will be tempted, but they resolve it in a manner that will be strengthen their character.

Day 40: The book ends with an encouragement to create a life purpose statement. How working through a purposes statement can really help align your priorities to reach what really matters to you the most--your purpose or, as others have put it, the meaning of life.

The books make strong defense for not focusing on the rat race, but taking inventory of your life to find out what really will matter at the end of your life here on earth in order to gain the fulfillment of a life well-lived.

I hope this review helps to give light to what all the fuss is about...

4-0 out of 5 stars Unusual
I usually run screaming from the room when self-help, religious, or "inspirational" reads are recommended by a friend. Usually I'm right. But in this case, and a few others, I was wrong. The Purpose Driven Life may not be the best book ever written, but it is full of some great ideas and elements that get the wheels turning. Certainly it's worth the price of admission. While it's not one of those fiction books that are inspirational, books like "The Five People you Meet in Heaven" or "The Bark of the Dogwood," it is nevertheless a good read and I have to also recommend it. Just don't run screaming from the room on me.

5-0 out of 5 stars Powerful
I think the reason that some people have given this book 1 stars is because it takes discipline; it takes discipline to pull away from the tv set or the pc and read a good book like The Purpose Driven life. It take discipline to design a life of purpose. It take discipline to practice God's word as advocated by Rick Warren.

So I guess 1 star reviewers just lack discipline---too bad for them.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful
I love this book. I am a Christian, but this book has helped me delve a little deeper into what God means for my purpose to be in my life and road to a closer relationship with God. I found that chapter 2 so far is one of my favorites. It does help to have a friend reading the book with you so you can discuss some of the questions at the end of each chapter, also just questions and thoughts in general from what you have read. This book also helps those who are looking for a different way to do a daily devotional to God.
Just a suggestion: I went to the back of the book to find what scriptures the footnotes were refering to. I wrote next to eacg each number the book, chapter and verse it was referring to. It made it alot quicker to go through the chapters that way. Instead of focusing on what Bible Warren took the scritures from I just used my King James version. Also in the back are further questions for you to think about regarding each chapter.
I highly recommend this book to Christians who are looking for a more structured way of finding out not only what God's purpose is for them in this life, but a bit more about themselves. This book isn't just a one time read, it is a good book to reread. It is also a good book to give to the Christian friend or family member that is trying to find their path and their personal journey on their walk with God.
Take your time reading and enjoying this book. It doesn't have to be read in 40 days. ... Read more

2. Wild at Heart: Discovering the Secret of a Man's Soul (Walker Large Print Books)
by John Eldredge
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God designed men to be dangerous, says John Eldredge. Simply look at the dreams and desires written in the heart of every boy: To be a hero, to be a warrior, to live a life of adventure and risk. Sadly, most men abandon those dreams and desires--aided by a Christianity that feels like nothing more than pressure to be a nice guy. It is no wonder that many men avoid church, and those who go are often passive and bored to death. In this provocative book, Eldredge gives women a look inside the true heart of a man and gives men permission to be what God designed them to be--dangerous, passionate, alive, and free. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Radically Refreshing & Biblically Grounded
John Eldredge's WILD AT HEART is one of the most refreshing and radical books that I have read. Why are so many men unhappy, un-fulfilled, in jobs they hate, and in marriages that are dead? WILD AT HEART seeks to answer those questions and restore the passion and God-given masculinity that so many men in today's world, and church, are missing.

Some wrongly criticize WILD AT HEART, believing Eldredge is offering up macho, dim-witted masculine bravado, or they believe that this work will be a free pass for men to leave marriages in the dust on a search for lost dreams. Eldredge will have none of that, and says himself in the book that such men are "deceived about what it is they really want, what they are made for." Don't be fooled by the various criticisms that ignore Eldredge's real meaning. A real man's desires are shaped by the Lord.

Instead, WILD AT HEART is about restoring a Godly dream in the soul of a man. A desire to truly be a man, rather than a softened-neutered-nice-but-restrained-guy that the world has somehow dictated that Christian males should be. Nice men may be socially acceptable but in creating them we have snuffed out the very fire that God would have us fan in our pursuit of Him.

This is an attempt to re-kindle that flame. To restore the three longings that are at the core of each man: a battle to fight, an adventure to live, and a beauty to rescue. Eldredge's arguments are firmly planted in Biblical principles, as well as his past personal experience. His writing style is very easy going, and he uses a lot of illustrations from popular culture, which makes the reading fun. I believe this book is an awesome wake up call to the church. For too long men have weakened themselves by ignoring our God-created passions. WILD AT HEART shows us how to restore them, and challenges us to take the right risks and live the adventure. It may be a bit scary (after all, did God give Abraham a risk-free offer on his call to leave Ur?), but there's no other way to reach the real fulfillment that God would have us find. I'm not a big fan of "men's books," but this is one that I am so glad that I did not miss. You shouldn't either. FIVE STARS.

5-0 out of 5 stars An Essential Read For Men...and Women
Following closely on the heels of his magnificent *Journey of Desire*, John Eldredge has written the "men's book" of the ages. In addition, female readers will not only gain insight into masculinity but will discover much about themselves and how God - and their men - play a role in their own personal dramas.

Much will be said and written about this book, but one aspect that merits particular emphasis is Eldredge's uncanny ability to discern from the play of children the immense "Story" that God has placed humanity in - a story filled with heroes and villains, damsels in distress, sacrifice, and a happily everafter. The author demonstrates to the reader how little boys and girls innately understand the power of (and need for) a "battle to be fought, an adventure to be experienced, and a Beauty to be won." Such is the life at the heart of the Christian gospel. After all, Jesus himself said regarding children, "of such is the kingdom of heaven."

Another key tenant of the book is that men and women must go to God individually, and not to each other, to gain validation. Eldredge stresses that true masculinity is "bestowed" from father to son. He poignantly explains, too, how Christ can take up the "initiation" of a wounded man into the fulness of masculinity (a special highlight is his inclusion of Ezra Pound's forgotten poem "The Goodly Frere", which offers an engagingly different picture of Jesus).

Along the way Eldredge summarily debunks the "precept and principle" philosophies (which includes Promise Keepers) that have unwittingly robbed the Christian faith of its vitality. No "twelve steps" here - the focus is on life, not formulas. Filled with humor and remarkable frankess, this is a heart-warming challenge to join God in a wild, gut-wrenching, but ultimately triumphant battle.

3-0 out of 5 stars Has its moments, but mostly empty
As much as John Eldridge holds himself out to be an example of "wild Christian men" I found myself not liking him very much at all. In one key passage, he describes wanting to walk out on his own wedding. The purpose of the passage is to illustrate (unconvincingly) that he was under the influence of Satan and therefore was able to call on Christ to make his wife seem appealing again.

Satan turns men into creeps, Jesus pulls them out. That's the underlying theme of the book, and in essence that's probably a truthful statement. But why oh why does Eldridge keep holding himself up as a role model when he's so obviously not an admirable character?

Wild At Heart could just as easily be titled, "My Fantasy Life as a Burly Film Character." Towards the end he even describes his wife gifting him with a sword, along with a message describing him as a Braveheart. So the man went to grad school on someone else's dime and became a counselor... yay. That's hardly wild.

The book does have some inspirational quotes, but mostly it's just phoney self-inflation. Eldridge comes across as the "poser" he so often denigrates in the text.

Read it, but only with a critical eye.

5-0 out of 5 stars Life changing and Fresh
Wild at Heart is by far the most life-changing, "hit the nail on the head" book I have ever read. John Eldredge offers up a thoughtful analysis of where men, especially Christian men, are today and what the heck is wrong. Before reading this book, I understood that there was a "boredom" in the hearts of most men. They are confined to a life of office work and an unwillingness to step outside of the box. Eldredge explained this notion to me and elaborated on it in his book, and I am confident that the Holy Spirit was talking through him when he wrote it. Eldredge shows how men try to force themselves into a safe world and how it ultimately leads to pain, sorrow, and sin. What he explains is that with Christ we are FREED from this and REGENERATED into a person who's mission is to follow Jesus into the wild of the world, into the dangerous parts. Perhaps his best connection, to me, is when he relates how C.S. Lewis depicted Aslan in the Chronicles of Narnia as a lion who was not safe but good down to the bone. While some critics of the book bring up valid concerns, they wholly skip around what Eldredge is REALLY saying. Read the book, pray about it, and judge for yourself. God willing, I believe you will be a changed man (or woman!) afterward.

5-0 out of 5 stars John Eldridge is JUST a man
Please Ignore the "Star" rating - how unreal is this?

Hello - Reading Wild at heart for me has been an inspiration. Now my belief for where exactly inspiration comes from is my own so I don't claim anyone else will have the same experience from reading this book. I wont say here what the book is about as the other reviews will explain and the only way to really know is to read this book. What I will say is that John Eldridge is just a man and not perfect so don't expect this text to be so in every way. This book contains many references to Art and popular film as well as bible text including his and other thelogians interpretations. It is clearly written, non judgemental and challenges our everyday lives and culture. Eldridge uses biblical context rather than single bible verse to explain points, something I cherish as translation can sometimes overshadow meaning. ... Read more

3. God's Politics LP
by Jim Wallis
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Asin: 006083871X
Catlog: Book (2005-04-01)
Publisher: HarperLargePrint
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Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Secular liberals and religious conservatives will find things to both comfort and alarm them in Jim Wallis's God's Politics. That combination is actually reason enough to recommend the book in a time when the national political and theological discourse is dominated by blanket descriptions and shortsightedness. But Wallis, editor of Sojourners magazine, offers more than just a book that's hard to categorize. What Wallis sees as the true mission of Christianity--righting social ills, working for peace--is in tune with the values of liberals who so often run screaming from the idea of religion. Meanwhile, in his estimation, religious vocabulary is co-opted by conservatives who use it to polarize. Wallis proposes a new sort of politics, the name of which serves as the title of the book, wherein these disparities are reconciled and progressive causes are paired with spiritual guidance for the betterment of society. Wallis is at his most compelling when he puts this theory into action himself, letting his own beliefs guide him through stinging criticisms of the war in Iraq. In his view, George W. Bush's flaw lies in the assumption that the United States was an unprecedented force of goodness in a fight against enemies characterized as "evil." Indeed, although both the right and left are criticized here, the idea is that the liberals, if they would get religion, are the more redeemable lot. Wallis's line between religion and public policy may be drawn a little differently than most liberals might feel comfortable with, and while he pays some lip service to other faiths most of his prescription for America seems to come from the Bible. Still, for a party having just lost a presidential election where "moral issues" are said to have factored heavily, God's Politics is a sermon worth listening to. --John Moe ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars We need it!
I think the American nation needs this good, thought-provoking book (whether Democrats or Republicans, believers or no-believers). "God Politics" puts the right things right. Although I might not always agree with Mr. Wallis's views on certain issues, I like the fact that he separates the dirty, shameless politics from the religion. Mr. Wallis strikes me as a very objective and down-to-earth person. I am as much impressed by him as I was by Mr. Tombak after buying his book Can We Live 150 Years?

4-0 out of 5 stars very good introduction to god ... and ... politics
The book was very cleverly written by a bright man who layed out the facts for the republican party. I love the book and certainly think it a good refrence for whats been happening this past year and with the election and all. I found it very insightful. well done. well done

2-0 out of 5 stars Liberal bias overwhelms objectivity
Do not expect fair and balanced here-this is a Bush bashing extravaganza. An occasional rebuke goes to the left; the admonishment a pep talk moreso than criticism. If 1 is Left & 10 is Right, Wallis is .01. As a Christian I respect his theology and praise his crusade against poverty. His resume is amazing for it's involvement with world leaders on many important issues. Yet his contempt for Bush overpowers reason. "Why do you see the speck in your neighbor's eye but do not notice the log in your own eye?" This Biblical lesson comes out of a discussion of Bush versus terrorism! Bin Laden has the speck & Bush the log? I find this line of thought offensive.

Similarly, Pax Romana vs Pax Americana. To Wallis, taking out the Taliban & Hussein is empire building. Page 189- "It soon becomes clear that the political leaders who run the foreign policy of the U. S. now intend to control the rest of the world". Bringing Democracy to the Middle East for all to see, dignifying women, closing rape rooms, etc, these are the things I see. Comparing our leaders to those who threw Christians to the lions is also offensive. I would think a person truly having such contempt would have moved to France some time ago.

One area I do know about as a CPA is taxes. The richest 10% pay about 70% of federal personal income tax. The bottom 40% as a group pay nothing (earned income credit refunds offset any tax revenue received). Wallis bemoans the plight of a family of 4 earning $26,625/year. Not giving them a higher tax cut is "outrageous, shameful & intolerable". But this family pays no Federal income tax, they would get $3407 earned income refund check on a 2004 short form. Is it logical to provide tax relief to those who don't pay tax? I have sympathy for the poor in many ways but the tax system is putting food on their tables, not taking it off. Further, Wallis sees the poor's tax payments (that they don't even have) ending up directly in rich people's pockets! I'm sure some poor people bought this book- did this take food off their table and put it on Wallis's? I'm kidding with that thought but it's no more inane than some of the logic in this book.

There are many other parts I wonder about, such as- "the cost of 5 days of the Iraq War would eliminate illiteracy worldwide". WOW! I'm not real knowledgeable on many topics in this book, but if others are muddled as badly as the income tax sections, it casts a pall over much of the content in my eyes.

5-0 out of 5 stars Faith and Citizenship of Sucess
After reading his book God's politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It, I believe this is one of the best political books on the analysis of contemporary US politics. Jim Wallis successfully opened our eyes. In God's Politics, the author dissected the problems of the gross misinterpretation of Christian Ethic by the Religious Right and the Republican party, as well as the little attachment to religious discourse by the Democratic Party. Through his fair and balanced analysis of the two parties, Wallis made a strong conclusion and came up with suggestions on several things that should be done if we want to see a new dawn in political discussions.

Jim Wallis is truly a gift to America, this book is a blessing to all those who hunger for political leadership grounded in authentic Christian faith. Share this book with your pastor, Sunday School teacher, youth group and congressperson. May this book be a bestseller, while it challenges the secular left and the religious right. This is a must read for any Americans and the rest of the world.

5-0 out of 5 stars Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu praises it too
I often asked myself during the last 2004 elections: Wouldn't somebody write something deep about faith and politics from a progressive line of thinking? And then came Jim Wallis with this book, as a timely gift to America. His book is the perfect answer for those who are searching for "THE RIGHT" political leadership that is steeped in genuine Christian beliefs. In the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, it was the leadership of the anti-war and civil rights movements led by the ideas of Rev. Martin Luther King, progressive clergy and nuns, made many of the social, moral and ethical changes possible. The religious right provided the leadership in the 1980s and today, it is the compassionate conservatives who with the religious right have virtually hijacked the Bible and made it a Republican idea. Their stand is giving The USA a bad name in the eyes of the rest of the world.

In "God's politics", the author successfully presented a powerful thought-provoking book that both believers and nonbelievers should read. Its dialectical approach puts a challenge to readers of both the right and left. They would be forced to think constructively and critically about the path and effects of cotemporary US at home and abroad. To me, God is neither Republican nor Democrat, and being pro-faith means committing oneself to helping the poor and needy and those who are being discriminated upon. This is a book for those who are searching for or have found Jesus Christ. Both Democrats and Republicans qualify.

While Republicans should read this book and correct their misconceptions, liberals should read it too and learn from the author, so that they can be bettered prepared for 2008. DISCIPLES OF FORTUNE, GOOD HAS A DREAMare some of the insightful books that sheds light on thefutility of idealism that is erroneously backed by religion

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4. Life Application Study Bible: New Living Translation : Indexed : Burgundy Bonded Leather : Large Print
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Catlog: Book (2001-08-01)
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The Large Print Edition of the New Living Translation makes reading the Bibl e easier than ever before. Specifically designed for those who prefer reading larger type, it features 12-point type and includes a presentation page, verse-finder index, dictionary, concordance. ... Read more

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5. Life Application Study Bible, NIV
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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 Daily reading plan Topical index to all notes, charts, maps, and profiles Deluxe edition includes padded cover and ribbon markerLarge, easy-to-read type ... 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

6. Strongest Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible Larger Print Edition, The
by James Strong, John R. Kohlenberger, James A. Swanson
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Larger print edition.The most accurate and complete Strong's ever published, the only Strong's compiled and verified by computer technology, the only truly exhaustive concordance to the KJV, and includes the most up-to-date Hebrew and Greek dictionaries for precise word studies. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Have Resource
This is the best concordance I have seen available. I've seen other Strong's Concordances and this is the best version. Since many Word Study's and Lexicon's use Strong's Numbers, this is a must have. If you don't have a need to interpret the bible or do in depth study you may stil find this useful. It's interesting to know how many times a specific word is used and where it's used. It's also good to see the original Greek or Hebrew meaning of words. Each word that Jesus used is highlighted for easy reference. This is a tool that I can't go without. it is such a huge help for me and for many pastors, teachers and bible school students that I know.

2-0 out of 5 stars Reference missing
I was somewhat shocked when the first thing that I looked up in my new Strongest Strong's was short on production. I checked out references to Luke (as opposed to Lucius). Only 2 of the 3 mentions in the Bible were given! Philemon 24 was missing!

I got that reference from the much smaller and cheaper "The New World Dictionary-Concordance to the New American Bible," copyright 1970.

My problem now is that I cannot trust Stongest Strong's lists as being thorough.

5-0 out of 5 stars No Wonder They Call It "Strongest Strongs"!!!
This Strongest Strongs Exhaustive Concordance Of The Bible is the TOP NOTCH concordance available in the free world today! This concordance is actually computer-verified for accuracy. For the first time in the history of the world, cutting-edge computer analysis provides unparalleled, pinpoint accuracy! Strong's numbering system speeds you through word studies, and
gives you clear insights into Greek and Hebrew words. The inclusion of the Goodrick-Kohlenberger numbers in the
dictionaries and indices truly gives you access to the growing library of reference tools that use these numbers.

The most up-to-date Hebrew and Greek dictionaries ensure
precise meaning in your word studies and cross-references to places and names used in Bible translations BESIDES just theKing James Translation. Word counts furnish a complete accounting of every word in the Bible and RED, Fast-Tab locators help you find your place quickly and easily. Speaking of RED, the words of Christ are displayed in RED. This is the LARGER TYPE VERSION, so you don't have to get out your magnifying glass to use. It has very clear, easy-to-read type.

A couple of MORE extras are a comprehensive guide for using your New Strongest Strong's Concordance. The binding is quite above average for a book this size as it weighs in at over 6 lbs. It has a "lay flat" Smythe sewn in binding so you aren't fighting to keep this beast of a book open. This item is superb and I just can't say enough about it! Essential for Bible studies! Get one today!

4-0 out of 5 stars Very thorough
I actually bought this concordance for some friends, yet had a chance to look it over before giving it to them, and was impressed with all its features...yet I found one drawback (hence the 4 stars instead of 5): it does not have the "....." between the KJV translation of the Hebrew/Greek word and the Strong's number.
For example, using "Angel" as the translated word, this is what I mean by the "....":
Ge. 16:7 the a of the Lord found her by a..................4397

This is a minor inconvenience until one attempts to do massive word-studies, then it becomes nearly impossible to "trace" the word to the number (at times I've had to count up or down whole collumns to make sure I have the right number - very time consuming). Thomas Nelson publishers do this in their versions, so I recomend you look at their versions if you want the "...". Other than that, I think this is a great resource.

1-0 out of 5 stars NOT Recommened
I thought this was a good Strong's until I went to look up a word and knew immediately that Mr. R. Kohlenberger and James Swanson had changed the number for a word that needed not be changed. So having one word that referred me to the wrong number in the Hebrew there is no way I would trust using this Strong's to do my studies. I have been a Bible student for many years, so I knew better when I saw this BIG mistake, but for a new student, they would never know the difference. So this is why I do not recommend this book. Get a different Strong's, preferable one that is unabridged and complete. If you can get the older ones, do so. Now I did like haveing the Nave's in this book and the other features, but you can get them seperatly. ... Read more

7. Traveling Light- Large Print Edition
by Max Lucado
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Weary travelers. You've seen them-everything they own crammed into their luggage. Staggering through terminals and hotel lobbies with overstuffed suitcases, trunks, duffels, and backpacks. Backs ache. Feet burn. Eyelids droop. We've all seen people like that. At times, we are people like that-if not with our physical luggage, then at least with our spiritual load. We all lug loads we were never intended to carry. Fear. Worry. Discontent. No wonder we get so weary. We're worn out from carrying that excess baggage. Wouldn't it be nice to lose some of those bags? That's the invitation of Max Lucado. With the Twenty-third Psalm as our guide, let's release some of the burdens we were never intended to bear. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Walking Baggage Free
If you want to go to the next level in your Christian walk, Traveling Light is a must read. Max Lucado, incidently my favorite author, has beautifully illustrated through the 23rd Psalm how to rid ourselves of the baggage that weighs down our spiritual lives. Simply written, with easy-to-understand analogies, he gently guides us into truthful examination of ourselves and easy steps to rid ourselves of each piece of luggage. My favorite characteristic of Lucado's books is they are based on Scripture. Also, with the study guide at the back, they are an excellent tool for bible studies/discipleship groups. This book in particular would be excellent for a discipleship group. I guarantee that once you read Traveling Light, you will never ever look at the 23 Psalm the same again. Truly the Lord is our Shepherd and we are His sheep.

5-0 out of 5 stars You can't believe how blessed I was
This is the first Max Lucado book (well, book) I've ever read and no words in my venacular can praise his work enough. It has so inspired and blessed me!

Traveling Light is based on the old (and one of the most famous Psalms) Psalm (23) by David the King. Lucado guides the reader with such tenderness, light-heartedness (and I mean it... You won't believe how quirky and witty he can get *Grin*) and insight into the very heart of the Psalm and God, eventually.

I enjoy thoroughly the way Lucado writes about his personal encounters as well as draws experience from others (from his wife to Moses) to illustrate each topical aspect of the Psalm. And it really helps you to see the big picture about vital life lessons such as pride, want and fear.

Apart from that, each topic is supported by reading references and questions that challenge you to probe further until you get a satisfactory answer for yourself! His intuition to human needs is amazing: Lucado is able to ask questions which I have long wanted to ask, and gives answers in his writing.

It's a brilliant book. What more can you ask for if a Psalm barely filling up a third of a page in a typical Bible is turned into sort of a guidebook comprising 220 pages? Truly, God must be in this writing. And if Max ever gets to read this book review, I'd like to thank him... For his modest sharing :o)

4-0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it very much
I enjoyed this book immensely. I will say it's not for everyone. The Book's message did hit me just right though, so it was good for me. Max has a very easy style and I've not found anything, so far, in his books that contradict what I have learned and read in my Biblical studies. What I find great about Max's books is the cross-over potential. If you are not a Christian, but looking for some guidelines or help, Max's books are just as insightful as other "self-help" books out there. Readers can take the anecdotes giving by Max and understand the core message.

Not for everyone, but if your head is heavy and you shoulders are drooping... Give this book a shot.

5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful study on 23rd Psalm
Beautifully written, with humor and wonderful word pictures, the material in this book reached deep within to give me a better understanding of this well-known Psalm. I laughed, I cried, I thanked Max Lucado, and I thanked God for showing me the truth about the burdens I bear--and am not intended to bear! I can't wait to do the study at the end with my small group.

5-0 out of 5 stars a closer look at Psalm 23
Psalm 23 is probably one of the most familiar Bible passages, right up there with John 3:16. "The Lord is my shepherd..." Perhaps it is too familiar. Have we become so accustomed to hearing it that we have forgotten the wonderful promise it contains?

Traveling Light is a verse-by-verse exploration of Psalm 23, brought to life by comparing us to travelers weighed down with excess spiritual baggage. Each chapter identifies a different burden that we may be carrying in our life: flawed views of God, self-reliance, discontent, weariness, worry, hopelessness, guilt, arrogance, facing death, grief, fear, loneliness, shame, disappointment, envy, doubt and the longing for heaven.

This walk through the 23rd Psalm reminds and encourages us to take God at His word and release those burdens to Him. As usual, Lucado supports his material with plenty of scripture, sharp analogies and just the right amount of humor. For added impact, be sure to work through the study guide at the end of the book. Then get ready to lose some luggage.

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8. Zondervan NIV Study Bible, Large Print
by Kenneth L. Barker
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Best in bibles
I brought this bible along with the Amplified Bible, NLT Study Bible and one other I cannot remember at the moment and I must say this is THE best bible I have in my possession right now.

I love how the books of the Old (Hebrew bible) and New Testament are listed in the Table of Contents. For those of you with a thirst for bible history, you will love the maps, colored graphs of the Old & New Testament and the best thing of all before each book this gem list the theme of that book, author, date, historical setting and an outline of events in that books. What more can you ask for in a bible?

This bible does not end at Revelations, beyond that book is a table of weights and measures three different indexes, and a Concordance. If you are in the market for a new bible make this the one for you.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Study Bible! - Your "Secret Decoder Ring"
Excellent Study Bible! - Your "Secret Decoder Ring"

The NIV translation is one easiest Bibles to understand at a grade reading level of 7.8. With the added study Bible features, this becomes an excellent resource for adults or for a confirmation class. Here is what you will like:

@ Did you even wonder what Jesus was referring to when he would say, "Did you never read in the Scriptures..." The 100,000 footnotes will show you exactly what scripture is being referenced!

@ The 20,000 study notes give you deeper understanding and historical context. They stick to the facts without making political statements.

@ Numerous charts, tables, maps, diagrams, and timelines help explain context and clarify key points.

@ The Concordance and Subject Guide will help you find passages.

The NIV Study Bible is the Bible that our church gives to all 6th graders. As one student said, "This Bible is like a secret decoder ring."

We also use it for our adult Bible studies. Enjoy! - Craig

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Bible
I have this Bible and love it! The study notes are great. The large print is very easy to read. I have no complaints about this Bible at all. It is indexed which is wonderful, gold leafed pages. Absolutely great for Bible study. It has helped me so very much. ... Read more

9. The Will of God
by Leslie D. Weatherhead
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Catlog: Book (1999-03-01)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Practical spiritual lessons stand the test of time.
The Will of God was written in 1944, but remains relevant today for anyone interested in a God that is more than an oversimplified, superstitious way to avoid the pain associated with the hard realities of life. "These are days full of loss and pain, of suffering and sorrow. But they are not days of waste," the Reverend Leslie Weatherhead tells us.

This little book ---- only 85 pages --- offers a simple but powerful way to reconcile genuine faith with thoughtful intelligence. Since it is our response to the circumstances of life, rather than the circumstances themselves, that determine whether or not these are "days of waste," Reverend Weatherhead's paradigm for understanding the relationship between God's will and man's will is a valuable tool to help us improve the quality of that response in the face of everything from the catastrophic to the most mundane of circumstances.

The five chapters of The Will of God were originally five sermons written and delivered by Reverend Weatherhead, but it is not necessary to be a Christian to benefit from the wisdom here. In fact, there is nothing evangelical about the book. It is a lesson in practical spirituality, applicable to us all, and it will be as relevant in another sixty years as it is today.

I suggest buying several copies at once to save on shipping --- you will want to share this one.

3-0 out of 5 stars Simple answers to difficult questions
I was very disappointed in this book for several reasons. There is very little scriptural quotation to buttress Mr. Weatherhead's ideas. There seem to be several moments when he is attempting to understand God simply as he would wish God to be, not necessarily for any Biblical reasons. There were a few moments when I felt Mr. Weatherhead was actually reading scripture at its exactly opposite meaning. For example, are we to assume that ultimately God never intended Jesus to be crucified, even after thousands of years of prophecy basically spelled out how it would happen? Didn't Jesus Himself say he came to offer His life "as a ransom for many?" Also, there is a distressing quality to see events simply as All Bad, or All Good, and nothing inbetween. The will of God either envisions the acts as they affect all people, or it is extremely limited in its scope. Are we to assume God's will only affects those who believe in Him? Are we to then assume that those who do not are outside His will and outside His reach and understanding? While he does have some interesting points, and his grouping of the Will of God into three different categories is laudable, it is difficult to agree with the conclusions he draws simply because he is so fast in arriving at them. While this book does a good job at comforting, it seems to comfort with a frustrating lack of specificity. I would recommend this book to people who are in pain, but I would not recommend it to those who want reliable answers as to why things happen when we cannot understand them. Outside of the Bible itself, I would recommend the books of Philip Yancey and C.S. Lewis. It is impossible to tackle a subject as absolutely all-incompassing and unknowable as "the Will of God" in 86 pages.

5-0 out of 5 stars What is God's will is answered.
This book is an outstanding book for anyone who wants to gain an understanding on what God's will is. I have heard the term "the will of God" used when someone has suffered greatly. I thought how can it be God's will if someone has cancer? If it's God's will for someone to have cancer is that person going against God's will when they go through surgery and chemotherapy to fight the cancer? The answer is NO! This book distinguishes between the Intentional Will of God, the Circumstantial Will of God, and the Ultimate Will of God. This little book offers a simple but powerful way to reconcile genuine faith with thoughtful intelligence. I highly recommend this book for everyone.

5-0 out of 5 stars Definitive Explanation
This is, by far, the most definitive explanation of God's will that I have ever come across. Perhaps that is why it is still so popular after almost 60 years on the market. There are several ecumenical, servant, Christian organizations that use this as one of their texts.
To underststand the will of God, try this.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Will of God is excellent
I found this book to be wonderful. In my own walk with God, I have been struggling with trying to determine the will of God. This book helped me find answers to the questions I've been asking, and has me asking different questions. It is based on a series of sermons by Leslie Weatherhead given in the 1950's. This is not a book you breeze through. The material is very deep and the language is a bit different than today's, but is very thought provoking. I would highly recommend it. ... Read more

10. Amplified Bible,. Large Print
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Catlog: Book (2001-02-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.41 out of 5 stars
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"Large print edition.Amplified Bible text and footnotes.Clear, easy-to-read type. Introductions and outlines for every book.Bible reading plan." ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Good idea, but awkward and amplifications often questionable
The Amplified Bible follows a rather unique translation principle. It claims to express "nuances" of the original Hebrew and Greek texts.

Now this idea does sound noble. There are many nuances of especially the Greek text that do not translate very easily into English. However, in trying to be so expressive, the Amplified can be very awkward to read. The extreme "amplification" of the word "blessed" in the Beatitudes demonstrates this problem. Each Beatitude begins, "Blessed-happy, to be envied, and spiritually prosperous [that is, with life-joy and satisfaction in God's favor and salvation regardless of their outward circumstances]...." Reading nine such amplifications in a row is very tedious.

But even more importantly, many of the Amplified Bible's "amplifications" are rather questionable. For instance, in Hebrews 1:4 in the Amplified, Jesus is said to have inherited "the glorious Name (title)." But Jesus' "glorious Name" is more likely merely a reference to His nature not just His title (see John 17:5). "Name" in Scripture often has this wider meaning.

So the idea behind the Amplified Bible is good, but the readability and quality leaves something to be desired. I review the Amplified in further detail, along with many other Bible versions, in my book Differences Between Bible Versions.

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Second Bible
When reading the Bible in different translations readers are often struck by the different words used by different translations. That is even between two Literal (word-for-word) translations (like the King James and the NRSV). When you get into a Dynamic Equivalence translation (like NIV) or a Free translation (like Phillips) you can be astounded, and wonder if the translators were using the same source material. Idealy, students of the Bible should be able to read it in the orginal Hebrew, Aramaic, and koine Greek. But that's an ideal the vast majority of us will never be able to meet. Enter the Amplified Bible. The purpose of the AB is to give English readers a better feel for the original material by amplifying the translation.

The AB starts with an excellent Literal translation and then uses brackets and parentheses to amplify any word that doesn't have a literal English equivalent. Brackets []contain clarifying words or comments not in the original. Parentheses () include additional meanings to the original word that the English word doesn't, for example the Greek work transliterated as pisteuo, is usually translated as 'believes', but in the orginal actually means much more. See my example from John in the next paragraph.

John 11:25- "Jesus said to her, I am [Myself] the Resurrection and the Life. Whoever believes in (adheres to, trusts in, and relies on) Me, although he may die, yet he shall live."

Why do I title this "Outstanding Second Bible"? I find that for my first read thru on any section, I prefer to use a good study Bible, as the amplified material interrupts the flow of the narrative. Especially for those new to Bible study, the amplifications can be confusing. Read your primary Bible first, then look at the AB to ensure you have a good grasp of the word meanings. My personal recomendations for primary study Bibles are: for Literal translation, the "Harper-Collins NRSV Study Bible", and for Dynamic Equivalence translation, the "Concordia Self-Study Bible (NIV)".

To sum up, the Amplified Bible is an outstanding tool for anyone interested in serious Bible study, my only caveat is that it shouldn't be your primary text.

5-0 out of 5 stars WOW
for the price, this is incredibly awesome. I love it! I love it! I love it! So will you.

5-0 out of 5 stars A trustworthy resource for in-depth Bible study.
My memories of the Amplified Bible were not good. How in the world could anybody read it? It seemed so wordy. Well, that was twenty years ago and my outlook has changed. Every serious Bible student ought to have a copy of this Bible. The Amplified Bible gives you insight to the nuances of the Greek and Hebrew text that cannot be conveyed by the English language; thus, clarity of meaning is substituted for clarity of prose. Yet, as a study Bible, it is a fair trade. For those who do not have a working knowledge of Greek or Hebrew, or for those of us whose language skills are a bit rusty, the Amplified Bible is a trustworthy resource for in-depth Bible study.

5-0 out of 5 stars I love this bible!
I was introduced to this bible because Joyce Meyer (a preacher on TV) uses it, and it helps common people like me understand the true meaning of the bible. The King James Version is beautiful, but it can get confusing at times when it uses words you are not familiar with. This Bible expands on the meanings of each verse. I have the large print hardcover version, and it is a huge help to be able to read the bible easily without my glasses. This bible has been a blessing to me because it has revealed to me deeper meanings of the bible. When reading it, I would compare it to other versions too. Just for the fun of it. I highly recommend this bible! ... Read more

11. NIV Thinline Bible, Large Print
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Catlog: Book (1997-01-01)
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- Complete NIV Bible with selected reference helps in a travel-along size at an economical price - NIV concordance and Promises and Perspectives from Scripture- Includes eight pages of color maps, and presentation and family record pages - Also available inthe New American Standard Bible ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Misleading title: Large print barely larger than normal prin
As others have mentioned, and I'll mention again, the font is just _barely_ larger than you'll find in a normal book. It's not the two- or three-times larger font we were expecting. (Pretty disappointing, considering my dad misses reading his Bible since his eyesight went bad...) I highly recommend the dramatized readings of the bible, having bought one myself (and, happily, was able to lend to my dad when his eyesight went bad).

1-0 out of 5 stars The movie was better
The KJV is so much better than this piece of crap but My friend said the NIV was so much better but it's not because the KJV really kicks a$$ and I read the KJV all the time except for when I'm not reading it and I don't think the large print is a big selling point and I think it's just a cheap ploy to target old people and sucker the old geezers into buying this when they should be reading the KJV or better yet, just watching TV like old people should and not reading the NIV either because it targets people with bad eyesight.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great size Bible!
I really enjoy reading from this Bible. It is suppose to be "Large Print" but I would call it slightly above average size print. It is perfect for my eyes. The Bible itself is very nice and streamline, making it easy to take with you and it takes up little space on the book shelf. The red letters of Christ are nice too. Of all the Bibles I have thumbed through, this one is actually sized right for daily reading.

5-0 out of 5 stars Large Print is not giant print.
Very readable. Large Print and Very thin. Very useful for private devotions or study. I enjoy it daily!

3-0 out of 5 stars Large Print not so large
"Large Print is not so large.....There was no sample or specificatrion on the font size. Not sure, but the font is a 10 or so, not too good for someone with poor eyesight or someone who has to use a magnifying glass in addition to glasses. ... Read more

12. In The Grip Of Grace
by Max Lucado
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Can anything separate us from God’s love? Does He really love us, no matter what?

How does He feel about me when I snap at anything that moves? When I’ve failed as a parent? When my thoughts are gutter-level? When my tongue is sharp? Have I drifted too far? Waited too long? Slipped too much? The answer is found in one of life’s sweetest words—grace.

It is God who lovingly holds us in the eternal grip of His grace. Our good deeds won’t help. Perfect performance is not required. The God who made us has redeemed us and covered our sinfulness with His righteousness. His holiness is sufficient for all our sin. And that’s grace.

Best-selling author Max Lucado proclaims the grace of God to be “the greatest discovery of my life.” And he wants to share that discovery by taking us on a journey through the mountaintop truths found in Paul’s letter to the Romans. “Romans is the grandest treatise on grace ever written. You’ll find the air fresh and the view clear.”

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to God's grace!
I am normally not very fond of those books which dissects the great truth of Bible into story telling and 1-2-3 steps to heaven checklist. I prefer Christian books which provoke people to think and to reflect deeper about the reality of the biblical faith, like those works from Philips Yancey and C.S. Lewis.

This one is an exception. I have never read any book by Max Lucado before. But I definitely will read more after finishing this book. The way he takes the book of Romans and introduces this most profound book about truth to people thru engaging story-telling is simply amazing. I would call this book the modern day introduction to God's grace. Highly recommended, especially good for explaining God's love and salvation plan to people who haven't yet trusted their lifes to Jesus Christ. You would also want to read Philips Yancey's What's So Amazing About Grace after you are done with this one to get a better understanding about God's grace and how to apply it on this fallen planet.

4-0 out of 5 stars One of Lucado's Best
IN THE GRIP OF GRACE tackles one of the most important stakes of the Christian faith, and one that many people have the hardest time truly comprehending and accepting as well. "Can anything separate us from the love Christ has for us," Max Lucado asks. Though we may say that the answer is no, in reality many of us live as though the answer is yes.

Lucado breaks us down into four groups: the hut-building hedonist, the fault-finding judgmentalist, the rock-stacking legalist, and the grace-driven Christian. One disregards God and indulges self, ignoring their need for grace. One tries to distract God by comparing themselves to other "worse" sinners, believing that grace is always needed by someone else. Others try to save themselves, to make themselves right before God by works; thus rejecting grace. But the grace-driven Christian trusts and seeks after God's grace, realizing that there really is nothing we can do to earn our salvation but accept it as a truly free gift.

As is typical of a Max Lucado book, IN THE GRIP OF GRACE is an easy, folksy read. It may tackle a heavy issue, but Lucado never wades too deep into theological discourse, preferring to use illustrations instead. Thus, IN THE GRIP OF GRACE is an excellent read for both new Christians and those who simply desire a book that will help them better understand their position with God. IN THE GRIP OF GRACE never reaches the heights that Philip Yancey's WHAT'S SO AMAZING ABOUT GRACE does, but it stands as one of Max Lucado's best and most universally relevant works. FOUR STARS.

5-0 out of 5 stars I've read it 3 times...
...and everytime I've received a blessing from it. Each time that I read it, there was a part of the book that really helped me in the phase of life that I was going through. The first time I read it, I was a new Christian and it helped me grow. The second time I picked it up several years later I was a backslider trying to come back to the Lord and the book truly helped me get over my feelings of unworthiness because of my backslidding. I was assured that God's grace would still cover me. The third time I read it was not too long ago, my fiance and I read it through together and it really helped us get a solid foundation to our relationship. It opened the doors of communication for us for many spiritual topics - doors that have remained open since.
I recommend it for anyone who is leaning towards becoming a Christian, or to the Christian no matter what phase of life you're at. Buy it, read it, put it on the bookshelf, but never forget about it. Pick it up and read it again!

4-0 out of 5 stars Put down the rock and take My hand!
I have been a Christian over thirty years; but in recent months, I have really struggled with my Christianity. Occasionally, I catch myself stacking rocks as the third brother in "The Parable of the River;" and I need a reminder of God's unfathomable love. In the Grip of Grace is that type of reminder. Emotionally gripping, Lucado's easy-flowing style guides the reader through the best and thankfully, most entertaining commentary on the book of Romans I have ever read. The introduction to the endearing Billie Jack was worth the price of the book! In the Grip of Grace is the literary equivalent of hot tea on a cold day; and I would definitely recommend it to both Christians and non-Christians.

3-0 out of 5 stars Feel good stuff, but not a lot of substance
Lucado has a way of communicating in such a way that you feel the love of God, and the forgiveness God offers. If you need to spend some time trying to get in touch with God's mercy and love, and you want a simple read, then this is the book for you. However, if you're looking for something that has a little more substance, then I would suggest a couple of titles by Jerry Bridges - Transforming Grace or the Discipline of Grace. Both of these cover the same topics that Lucado covers but with a more thorough exposition of the biblical text, and a more lasting and thorough coverage of what can be a somewhat controversial, or easily misunderstood subject. Don't get me wrong, Lucado is a great storyteller - he has a talent for communicating the emotion of God - but his books don't do much more than that. ... Read more

13. NIV Life Application Study Bible, Large Print, Indexed
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Asin: 0310917603
Catlog: Book (1995-11-01)
Publisher: Zondervan Publishing Company
Sales Rank: 10501
Average Customer Review: 4.64 out of 5 stars
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"Large-print edition.Book introductions, including Overview, Vital Statistics, Blueprint, Megathemes and Map for each book.Profiles of many Bible people.Carefully organized cross-reference system.Subject index to notes, charts, maps and profiles." ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars NIV Life Application Bible
...P>If ever one desires to get a one-volume multipurpose Bible, this is it !!!!
Right from Bible Study, books & character study until Theology..
Real Value for Money !!

It's non-denominational in approach. No worries for mainstream Protestant churches. Charismatics and Pentecostals are encouraged to acquire one such copy. Good for a balanced view on major doctrinal stuff.
I found this particular Bible very useful when preparing for one of my exam assignment with a local Bible college.

Very good layouts & Neat concise write-ups too.

One is better advised to purchase the large print version unless he or she has 20/20 vision.

Highly recommend this for all in the laity, perhaps those from the clergy may agree too upon having looked through one such copy

5-0 out of 5 stars NOTES BRING OUT MEANING
This is the first time I have been really excited about bible study because now I have great study notes in the NIV Life Applications edition. The notes are easy to understand and bring the text to life in a way I did not know was possible. Now that I'm 70 I hope I live long enough to really study the bible with the help of these notes. I think it would be a great gift for anyone from high school and above. My wife and I liked the one I got for myself so much that I got her one of her own. We are both delighted.

1-0 out of 5 stars Is this Study Bible right for you?
[Is this Study Bible right for you?]

Choosing a Bible is very personal and often emotional decision. There are so many different Study Bibles because each takes a different approach.

The Life Application Study Bible has earned a wide following with its excellent charts, diagrams, and tables.

Other Study Bibles such as the NIV Study Bible attempt to be as factual as possible in their commentary. Its study notes try to explain references and historical context. They do not attempt to apply God's message to your life. They try to provide facts to help you build your own personal relationship with God.

The LA Study Bible's dust jacket claims something very different from the rest:

"...Its notes not only explain difficult passages and give background information about bible life and times, but they go a step further - they also show how God's Word speaks to every situation and circumstance of your life..."

If you want to consider a variety of opinions, you might consider doing an Amazon search in Books for "William Barclay." His books often present a number of opinions, often from opposing points of view. The LA Study Bible viewpoint is sometimes one of the most extreme.

If you want to be told one perspective to apply to your life, the LA Bible may be perfect for you.

If you want to find your own personal relationship with God, you might want a more objective and informational commentary such as the NIV Study Bible or other Study Bibles.

The NIV Study Bible might also be one to consider if you want a basic Subject Index or Concordance included. The NIV is also available in a rugged hardcover version like a college textbook or a less expensive paperback version. The LA Bible's dust jacket may not hold up as well to wear and tear. Also the NIV Study Bible has twice as many study notes and footnotes.

Whatever you decide, the most important thing is to read any Bible!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Decision I Ever Made!
I have always used the King James Version of the Bible and have always had difficulty in understanding it. It never occured to me that there may be another bible out there that I could understand without having to re-read everything over and over.

I found the NIV Life Application Study Bible and while in the Bible bookstore, I held it next to the King James Version to compare. I was astonished at the difference, yet they were the same in meaning. I Quickly paid the lady at the register and went home to check out this Bible.

This version is so easy to understand, I have bought my father one, reccommended it to everyone I have the chance and I am about to buy one for my son and a good friend of mine. Don't do like I did and avoid reading your bible for years because it was too difficult or challenging. Do youself a favor and check this Bible out. You will be glad you did. You wont want to stop reading it.

I also recommend adding the Zondervan Exhaustive Concordance and the Zondervan Naves topical Bible to your study collection if you are serious about studying the bible to the fullest.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Complete Study Bible Out There
First of all, being stationed overseas, our book store has nothing but those 5 dollar bibles. I ordered this, based on a recommendation, and it was here within a week. This thing is huge and has some weight to it! I ordered the large print version which added to the size of the Bible. I highly recommend it, especially if you are in a place short of reference/study material like I am. ... Read more

14. The New American Bible for Catholics: Black Bonded Leather
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Catlog: Book (2001-04-01)
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15. Zondervan NIV Study Bible, Large Print, Indexed
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Asin: 0310930340
Catlog: Book (2003-01-01)
Publisher: Zondervan Publishing Company
Sales Rank: 33905
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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The classic, best-selling NIV Study Bible, completely revised and updated for 2002, available in a 10.9-point type large-print edition. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Study Bible! - Your "Secret Decoder Ring"
Excellent Study Bible! - Your "Secret Decoder Ring"

The NIV translation is one easiest Bibles to understand at a grade reading level of 7.8. With the added study Bible features, this becomes an excellent resource for adults or for a confirmation class. Here is what you will like:

@ Did you even wonder what Jesus was referring to when he would say, "Did you never read in the Scriptures..." The 100,000 footnotes will show you exactly what scripture is being referenced!

@ The 20,000 study notes give you deeper understanding and historical context. They stick to the facts without making political statements.

@ Numerous charts, tables, maps, diagrams, and timelines help explain context and clarify key points.

@ The Concordance and Subject Guide will help you find passages.

The NIV Study Bible is the Bible that our church gives to all 6th graders. As one student said, "This Bible is like a secret decoder ring."

We also use it for our adult Bible studies. Enjoy! - Craig

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent way to expand your understanding
I've had this bible for several years. For me, the NIV makes it more readable and more easily understood. I can certainly understand some brothers and sisters who insist the KJV is the only way to go, but it can be hard reading. In addition, the study notes are great. It is a real blessing to be able to look on the same page and see the reference to background info, definitions, spiritual context, or the Jewish law or customs or any number of other study helps. There are a lot of cross references, maps, etc. I have not noticed that the red type is difficult to read and giving it one star for that is a little harsh. Thanks to all the fine people who put this together.

5-0 out of 5 stars Delighted UK customer!
I ordered this book from the States as we can't get it in the UK.
I am absolutely delighted with it. I am not a pensioner, just 40, but do have a problem reading standard sized Bible print. This Bible is ideal. Yes, the pages are quite thin, but I guess they have to be to allow for the large print, or the book would be 4 inches thick. The binding is very good quality and the thumb indexing really useful. I would recommend it to anyone who like me struggles with small print.

As for the Amazon service, what can I say. I ordered it on a Sunday afternoon. I paid for the fast shipping as it is near Christmas and I wanted to be sure to get it before the holiday rush, and it arrived this morning, Wednesday. You can't beat that can you?

1-0 out of 5 stars Zondervan NIV Study Bible, Large Print
The site describes Bible as LEATHER BOUND when it is BONDED LEATHER. There is a big difference. Red letter is very light - should be called pink letter. Black print also light and hard to read. Print from back side of page shows thru.
NOT A BIBLE I WOULD RECOMMEND for a senior citizen or anyone who wants easy on the eyes reading.
The OLD Zondervan Study Bible, large print was easy to read.
Red print was red print. Black print was black. No shadow of back side of page showing thru. Find it!! ... Read more

16. NASB Side-Column Reference Wide Margin (Black Calfskin)
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Asin: 1581351127
Catlog: Book (2002-06-30)
Publisher: Foundation Publications Inc
Sales Rank: 234380
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Foundation gives Cambridge a run for the money!!
It's so nice to have purchased a bible of excellent quality that does not say Cambridge!! I like Cambridge bibles but sometimes it gets tedious paying extra because the bible is foreign. The NASB Thompson Chain referenc bible is not the updated version and has poor printing quality and thin pages. (printed in Korea!) Everything about this bible is great!! I love the NASB. This is my first bible from this company and I am so satisfied. This bible is beautiful. It has thick calfskin, thick paper, nice large print, and smith sewn pages!

The service with amazon was great as well.

5-0 out of 5 stars Comefortable to read, Buttery feel
Physical: This is the most wonderful feeling Bible. The calfskin is thick and buttery soft. There are 5 nubs in the spine. It runs about 6 1/2 by 9 inches and has 2 ribbon markers. I got the navy blue calfskin, which is lovely and deep in color and has silver edges on the paper. It is beautifully bound, smyth sewn and comes with a lifetime guarentee. It also comes with a black velvety slipcase.

Text: The text is the updated NAS, about an 11 point type, which makes it incrediblly easy to read. References and translators notes are on the outside edge of each page , just before the 1" margin. This is the only "negitive" to me. I prefer the margin notes being on the inside of the pages near the binding, but it is a matter of personal taste. The pages look "neat and clean" to the eye. As was stated in other reviews, each book is not given a new starting page, which I thought would be annoying, but is not. The text is so readable, it is easy to get lost in reading and studying.

Layout: There are topic headings, that are in smaller print and italisized. This is very nice because it gives the advantage of having these headings, but does not distract from the flow of the text. Text runs in a single column all the way across the page. OT that is quoted in the NT is referenced in small CAPTIAL letters.

Concordence and maps: The concordence is 82 pages. Each page of the concordence has 3 columns of entries. There are 10 pages of b/w maps at the end of the Bible. There are also 6 blank heavy weight sheets for taking notes at the end of the Bible and about 5 at the beginning.

This is the way a Bible should look and feel. I bought this Bible, because I keep wearing out my Bibles and was looking for one that will last. I believe this is it! This will serve you well if you are looking for a good literal translation and a beautiful Bible that should last a long time.

5-0 out of 5 stars calfskin edition
This Bible has the finest feel you can imagine. The French paper is just the right thickness, and the calfskin cover is satiny soft. The point size is good for tired old eyes. Obviously any Bible preference is a personal matter, but this is the Bible for me. It is a little heavy and some books do not start on a separate page. This Bible has two ribbon markers which I find a plus. It is well worth the price and it is a NASB. I can't imagine anyone being disappointed with it.

5-0 out of 5 stars a winner!
Finally they got it right. The paper, printing, binding, and leather are all first class. For note taking, this edition can't be beat. It's abit on the heavy side, but not enough to complain about, if you're really interested in having a serious self-study Bible for the rest of your life.

5-0 out of 5 stars The finest NASB sold.
I purchased my first NASB (1971 version) over 20 years ago. Here are some of the things I like about this new calfskin version:

1. The Bible version itself: This is the new updated NASB. If you've seen comparisons of the various Bible versions, the NASB often was described as the most literal version (word-for-word accuracy) of the Bible that sometimes suffered in terms of readability for that very reason. I believe the reputation has been largely undeserved. But, with this new version they have gone back over sentence structure, vocabulary, etc. with a view toward improving the readability and flow of the language. They have also removed archaic words like Thee and Thou. I believe they have succeeded in improving readability without compromising the accuracy of the translation. We now have a literal, word-for-word translation that reads with the best of the modern versions. (I initially liked the NIV, but eventually got to the point where I realized that without an accurate word-for-word translation close by, I would never really know what the Bible was saying.)

2. Large print (11 point). It's not outrageously large, just larger than the normal 7-9 point font size that you regularly see. Great if you are over 40 or just like a larger font.

3. Single column layout with side cross-references. I find that a single column allows my eye to track more naturally across the page, similar to reading a book. The side column references are extensive and helpful without crowding the actual text of the Bible. Also, there is ample space for notes in the generous margins. This is the ideal study Bible for self-study.

4. Quality. This Bible is beautifully made. The calfskin is rich, thick, ultra-soft, and flexible; unlike anything I've seen on other Bibles. The paper is of high quality and is imported from France. It has a high opacity, so there is little bleed-through and low glare off the page. The binding looks to be their typical Smyth-sewn one. Everything is done with excellence. This is the first Bible I've seen with a lifetime guarantee. If you've been disappointed lately with the quality of Bibles, you won't be with this one.

I am very enthusiastic about this version and the production quality of this Bible. Highly recommended! ... Read more

17. New Living Translation Bible (Giant Print)
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Catlog: Book (1997-06-01)
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18. Student Bible: Black Bonded Boxed
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19. The Companion Bible: Enlarged
by E. W. Bullinger
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The Companion Bible is quite possibly one of the best study Bibles on the market. However, the marginal notes and the 198 appendices by E.W. Bullinger contain a tremendous amount of complex and controversial material that may be overwhelming to the beginning Bible student and for those who are babes in Christ. Those interested in purchasing this Bible should have a Strong's Exhaustive Concordance on hand and do some research on E. W. Bullinger. Most of all, pray for God's guidance. In addition, the print in this edition is VERY SMALL. This is especially true of the marginal notes and the 198 appendices. I suggest that you get the LARGE PRINT edition.

5-0 out of 5 stars For deeper students
The fact is, that in order to understand the Fathers word we need to go back to the original languages. (You have read this from most of the other reviews, bar a few)

Also, we need to understand that the Scripture (s) when translated to English from the original tongues (in most cases) does not portray the true meaning of what the Father wrote. Make no mistake, this is done with a purpose! There are many scriptures that state that many of His children will not understand His word? Why? Because we do not take the time, knowledge brings wisdom and wisdom allows you to apply His word in your life. The more you apply His word the more He reveals to you.

What I will comment on is the legitimacy of the Companion Bible. The Companion is the KJV but it also gives you the option (along with other needed study tools) of reading and absorbing the meaning of the phrase, word, parable, etc, from the original language. Don't get me wrong many other Bibles also do this but they choose to do the research for you and then change the translation for you! Will you really allow a stranger make a life altering decision for you?

The Companion also leaves out mans traditional religious thinking. A reviewer wrote that Bullinger leaves out some of these traditions and that the Companion is based in part, on little or no true information. The Companions author had the wisdom to understand that no one flesh being completely understands all of the Fathers word. Bullinger gives you the options to form your own understanding. Bullinger comes clean and states that the answer is not clear or you can tell when something is supposition.

God states that His word is of no private interpretation. To gain Knowledge and wisdom which equates to the Fathers Blessings in your life, one must do their own study. This is what makes the Companion Bible so important for Gods children. If you are truly sincere in finding what God said in His letters to us, the Companion Bible is one of the reference tools you need. For the serious student it is a must. For the curious that have studied for themselves but have hit a dead end, it will inspire thoughts and questions. The Companion will allow you to start to understand Gods word for yourself. In a way that will answer many questions about the past, present and future periods of the time. Our role in the Fathers eternal plan depends on understanding scripture as correct as fleshly possible. The Companion allows you to rid yourself of the fantasy, mysticism, mystery and mans traditional thinking that has been wrongly injected into the Fathers Words.

With His Blessings.

4-0 out of 5 stars Reader beware............
of reviewers like Jason Schaitel below. I am a somewhat elderly son of a very elderly Baptist minister. For a great many years I have met "Christians" like him. These are those that are looking for the "only true religion/gospel", which the rest of the world knows doesn't exist. His fault finding with just about everyone he has come in contact with should be enough to warn anyone.
The Jason Schaitels of this world spend enormous amounts of time "studying" the Bible and finding fault with everyone who doesn't interpret it their way.
There is nothing wrong with this Bible. I have a vast library of Bibles, and scriptures of other kinds, from a wide variety of religions; religions that Jason would call "cults". I guess he doesn't know that most religions were once called cults, including my father's Baptist religion. The words "Cult" and "sect" are interchangeable. That's were we get the terms "sectarian" and "non-sectarian", words that Protestants use daily, but don't understand the meaning of. The scriptures I have are no different than the Bible reviewed here. They contain the author's results of their exercise in hermeneutics and exegesis. In other words, they have read the Bible, done their homework, and written their interpretations, which if you study various commentaries you will find very similar no matter what the Christian sect or "cult" is.
The idea in studying religion is to study with an open heart, and a brain--something that is remiss with many religious critics.
Pay no attention to those who decry another's religion. Read, study and understand for yourself.

5-0 out of 5 stars Shepherds Chapel
Got this bible from Shepherds Chapel in 1987... THE BEST BIBLE YOU CAN BUY! Absolutely wonderful.

Arnold Murray teaches the bible line by line.. he's outstanding. This is not a cult, which anyone can tell simply by studying with him.

- Ever wonder where the dinosaurs came from?
- UFO's?
- The apple in the garden and why would God get so upset about eating an apple?
- Why you are here?
- Where you came from?
- Who really is the Antichrist?


5-0 out of 5 stars Be cautious
I have owned this bible and used it for about 15 years, I have read almost everyone one of the 198 apendixes, many of them multiple times. This study bible offers an INCREDIBLE amount of information. I am somewhat torn when it comes to this bible. On the one hand it is so detailed, scholorly and consise it boggles the mind, on the other hand in some areas the footnotes and appendixes couldn't be more wrong. unfortunately this bible is recommended by late night TV bible teacher Arnold Murry. This man is false teacher and I was once bewitched by him, luckily some people gave me an article from the Christian Reasearch Institute pointing out the errors and false doctrines he propounds. I personally believe that after examining his doctrines and teachings he can justifiably be regarded a cult leader as Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses are. He seemed to like this bible because of the appendixes on the Gap Theory, the idea that fallen angels had sex with women in Genesis 6 and produced the "men of renoun" or Nethanim (which becomes the basis of his argument that the Jews are a half-breed of demonic/human race), and finally it's material on the Massorah (which he uses whenever he doesn't like a OT reading, he pulls an alternate from the Massorah). The Companion bible is more honest than any other bible I have seen in explaining the Bible Version issue, it explains the different critical greek textual critics and notes their differences to the Textus Receptus.

Here are some pros and cons from my perspective.
-The outlines of the entire bible are magnificent! every book, every chapter, every verse is included into an intricate outline that upon examiniation speaks volumes to the objective reader that the bible is nothing less that a divine masterpiece that could never have been faked or contrived.
-Many of the appendixes are so deep and informative it will open up a whole new world to bible reading and study. It is impossible to describe. I personally like the study on the Persian kings we find in the bible and their historical lineage, Cyrus, Darius, Xerses, etc. The study on the Psalms of Degrees was great. There is a timeline showing bible events and people back to Adam. And finally the appendixes on bible weights, measurements, coinage, geography, and time/calendar is top notch.
-The foot notes are exhaustive, the detail on the greek words are great. I especially like the Appendixes on all the different kinds of figures of speech and examples of them: syndoeche, hyperbole, simile, allegory, etc.
The word studies are great as well.

The bad stuff.
-I can't caution enough the bible student as to some of the highly controversial and sensational studies in the appendices. I have already mentioned the Gap Theory but also the Gospel in The Stars can set a bible student off on rabbit trails. The idea through out the NT is that Israel had the opportunity to choose Christ as their king and Messiah while he was there and if they had he would have been their king and Messiah then and there ushering in the Millenium and the Eternal State, making the Cross unnecesary.
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20. NIV Holy Bible Giant Print Reference Edition, Thumb Indexed, Black Leather-Look
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Asin: 0310924626
Catlog: Book (1995-12-01)
Publisher: Zondervan Publishing Company
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-14-point typeface for superior legibility and ease of reading - End-of-paragraph reference system, book introductions, and a dictionary-concordance - Bible Verses for Daily Life,Promises from the Bible, Perspectives from the Bible ... Read more

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