Monday, July 14, 2014

Celebrate Recovery Bible (2014) - A Review

A Review

Since 2007, the Celebrate Recovery Bible (CBR) has been a standard resource for those working with those working through various recovery programs within the church.  In 2014, Zondervan created a slightly revised (i.e. very slightly revised) version of this work.  The major change was an updated Bible text: the 2007 CBR was based on the 1984 edition of the NIV; the 2014 CBR is based on the 2011 edition of the NIV.  
The back cover suggests that two “lessons” have been removed from the newer edition (reduced from 112 to 110 lessons).  All other material remains essentially unchanged - though I did not look at all the text, I could find no changes in the various essays, lessons, and biographical material I did examine.  
As in the past, Celebrate Recovery uses an eight step recovery process - rather than the better known 12 step process.  I did not find this to be difficult as I have seen in my studies of the recovery movement programs ranging from 8 to 10 to 12 to endless steps.   Regardless of what model seems most helpful, the Celebrate Recovery Bible will serve as a helpful tool in growing as a believer during the recovery process.  On the other hand, if you own the earlier version of the CBR, I see no reason to make an additional purchase of this new version, unless you are a strong supporter of the 2011 NIV.  If you do not own a copy of the CBR, picking up a copy of this Bible will help an individual in their own spiritual growth or assist the one walking alongside someone on their own spiritual journey.

This review is based on a free copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review.  The opinions expressed are my own.

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