Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Take Action Bible

The Take Action Bible. Nashville, etc: Thomas Nelson, 2011. ISBN 978-1418546496.

As study Bibles go, this is a simple Bible. It does not have extensive notes. The pages with Bible text are just that - the New King James version with minimal footnotes. I read and enjoy the New King James Version. I find it a good balance between the poetry of the King James and the accuracy of more recent translations.

There are six additional sections, printed on thicker, glossy paper. The sections are "Go," "Serve," "Give," "Heal," "Teach," and "52 Action Ideas." Given the theme of this Bible, "Take Action," it makes sense that is not for long periods of study.

Each section has Scripture verses, then personal, inspirational stories along with questions to help focus the reader on putting knowledge into action. The stories are good, but very short. I would like to have heard more about the people and what God does in their lives.

The six additional sections seem (literally) to be just stuck into the Bible text. I expected some additional materials throughout the text itself. Adding more notes to help the reader put Scripture into action would make this much more useful.

My final opinion? This is a small, thin paperback Bible. It would make a great giveaway Bible to use with a youth group or other group looking to put faith into action. An additional leader's guide with more extensive materials would make this a great tool. I would would feel comfortable giving this Bible through my ministry.

I received a complimentary copy of this Bible from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their "BookSneeze" program. The receipt of this gift did not affect my review in any way.

Take Action Bible, NKJV

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