Monday, August 19, 2013

Compiled by
Barbour Publishing

A Review

This is one of the best devotional Bibles that I have seen.  A number of features help it stand out:

  1. It allows the reader to read the entire Bible in a year
  2. Each daily entry consists of an Old Testament passage, a New Testament passage, and a selection from the Psalms or Proverbs.  Also included is a short excerpt from the writings of Andrew Murray.
  3. The Bible Dictionary included as an appendix adds value to the book.

I have three concerns:

  1. The use of the KJV - Though I know that the KJV is love by many, I would have prefered a more modern translation. This issue can be overcome by having a second translation nearby from which to read the selected passages.
  2. An index is needed to key particular Bible versus to the day of the year where it can be found.  This would be especially helpful given that the Old Testament, New Testament, and Psalms and Proverbs readings are intermingled throughout the book.  This becomes a small problem if the reader is familiar with the order of the Bible books - something I fear may not be true for a new believer.
  3. The readings chosen from Andrew Murray are not keyed to the day's Bible passages.  For example, January 1st has readings (as expected) from Genesis 1, Matthew 1, and Psalm 1.  However, the passage quoted from Andrew Murray is based on Daniel 6:10.  Again, an index might help alleviate this problem, allowing the reader to find a passage in context as he or she reads Andrew Murray's devotional thoughts.

I continue to find Andrew Murray's reading to be inspiring - drawing my heart back to the things that are important.  When also reading the Bible on a regular basis, the reader's spiritual life is going to be challenged and moved forward.  As noted in the title, this Bible is not a scholarly Study Bible, but it is a well-done devotional Bible.  

This review is based on a free electronic copy of this book provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review.  The opinions expressed are mine alone.  

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