Saturday, May 28, 2011

The Lucado Life Lessons Study Bible: Inspirational Applications for Living Your Faith NKJV

I found this more of a devotional Bible than a study Bible. It has full page Bible Studies on 48 various topics and Life Lessons on the margins of most pages. A Devotional Index gives verses in the Bible, Life Lessons, and “Christ Through the Bible” articles scattered throughout the Bible relating to the topic. A two-year reading plan is included. A history of the King James Version with explanation of the value and benefits of the New King James Version is given.

This book was disappointing. I expected that the Life Lessons would go along with the scripture they were near. Often, the “Situation” and “Observation” starting the Life Lesson referenced the verses. The “Inspiration” part is quoted from Max Lucado’s books and often had nothing to do with the verses. Many times the “Inspiration” would have fit better somewhere else in the Bible. The quotes from Lucado’s books were interesting, funny or inspiring, but not pertinent enough. They distracted from the Word, rather than intensifying my attention or learning.

The “full-page Bible Studies” were very disappointing. The study guide for the verses did not lead to understanding or exploration of the scripture.

The pages are too thin and the printing on the other side is distracting. The page numbers are very near the center opening, making it difficult to find the page for which you are searching.

In general, I cannot recommend this book to the serious Bible student. If you enjoy reading Max Lucado, it is easier to read his books than the chopped up quotations in the margins here.

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