The NIV Study Essentials Bible uses the updated 2011 New International Version text to bring the Bible to life for a whole new generation of readers. There is a lot of special content within the pages of this book that is meant to enhance the reader’s understanding of Bible passages, key lessons, and the major (and some minor) figures mentioned in the text.
While I generally prefer the NASB as a literal translation and the NLT as a dynamic, thought-for-thought translation, the NIV strikes a good balance between the two…and I have to say I prefer this updated version of the text over the 1984 NIV I grew up with, or even the 1996 update. It’s clear that a lot of thought and prayer went into the making of this Bible.
One of my favorite features of this Bible is the variety of reading plans. There’s the old standby plan for reading the Bible through in one year (in order, from Genesis to Revelation). But there are some other, shorter, fascinating reading plans – a 60-day overview of the Bible, 20 Not-so-Famous Bible stories, 30 Days of Faith (I’m a big fan of anything to do with faith), and 30 Days with Jesus (Yeshua). It should go without saying that I’m also a big fan of Yeshua, since this weekly feature is named after Him!
I also really love the Q&A section. There’s some solid biblical advice contained in this segment for some tough questions… And some of the answers are a little surprising. For example, the answer to the question “Are Christians Required to Tithe?” may surprise you. I know it did me…but it made perfect sense and lined up perfectly with the Word, citing several verses and passages to drive the point home. I’m satisfied.
This Bible is easy-to-read and easy-to-use, and I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who wants to dig deeper into God’s Word.
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