Thursday, November 10, 2016

NIV Faith and Work Bible

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A Review

My interest in this Bible comes via a number of avenues. First, my thoughts return to my training as a vocational counselor.  Much of that training focused on the value we as humans place on work and/or being out of work. I was also drawn to this Bible by my work with college students completing their internships in Computer Science.  But my interest came most clearly as I thought of my own somewhat staggered career path - which has included formal education and experience in Chemistry, Ministry, Computer Science, and Counseling. As the book’s cover suggests, “You invest a significant part of your life working … it matters.

This Bible consists of helps that focus on work and the study of Scripture and the Christian life in general. These include a series of biographical and anecdotal stories of those who involved with their work and a series of essays written by well-known Christians exploring the topic of work and faith. Of a more general nature are a series of brief articles dealing with core doctrines that will influence our attitude toward our life’s work and a 31-day reading plan for studying “Scripture’s overarching storyline.”  Helpful indexes are provided to the biographical, doctrinal, and storyline studies.

The variety of helps means this reader is unsure whether this volume is better classified as a Study Bible or as a Devotional Bible - perhaps it is some unknown type of Bible that lies somewhere in between. It  is also unclear to whom this Bible is addressed. It would be a welcome addition to the library of the Christian involved in vocational counseling (whether a professional counselor or a pastor). It also belongs in the church library within reach of the lay community seeking their own understanding of their career  choices. Finally, this Bible would be a welcome gift for the layperson examining their own career decisions - either at the beginning of their career or seeking a mid-career change.  

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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