Not a study Bible; not a devotional Bible - but a working Bible designed for the new (or experienced) pastor seeking to improve his/her public ministry.
The binding is a quality imitation leather with a nice feel, alas no leather smell. The Bible text is the NKJV (1982) text. For those preferring the traditional KJV the same Bible is available with that translation. The font is readable and comfortable to use. The text includes the translator’s notes but is devoid of other footnotes or cross-references, though chapters and verse markings are present.
What gives this Bible value is the 180 pages of helps provided in one place for the pastor’s public ministry: weddings, funerals, dedications, the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, worship helps, pastoral care, and a variety of pulpit invitations. Some of this information will be used once, some multiple times, and others will serve as templates for future use. Much of this information can be found in a typical “Pastor’s Manual”, but having additional information present with the Bible is helpful. Also, not having to carry two texts (Bible and manual) into the pulpit is of additional help.
A couple of things I would like to see in the future:
Publish the helps with additional translations. Neither the KJV nor the NKJV are my favored translations. I would hope that the Thomas Nelson might work with other publishers to make these tools available with a greater variety of translations.
The other improvement would be to make the helps available as an e-book, thus allowing the pastor to manipulate the various service helps to fit their individual needs without retyping the material. As best I can tell, this edition is not available in Kindle, Nook, LOGOS, or WORDSearch - having it available in any of these formats would be helpful.
This review is based on a free copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions are mine alone.