• Thompson Chain Reference Bible, ESV An Honest Review

    Thompson Chain Reference Bible, ESV Published by Zondervan As a member of the Bible Gateway Blogger Grid (BG²), I received this Bible free in exchange for my honest review. #BibleGatewayPartner Along with my grandfather’s Thompson Chain Reference Bible (KJV), I now have my own Thompson in ESV. As one of the most extensive, yet discernible, Bible study systems published, the Thompson exists as a helpful study guide for anyone wanting to dig deep into God’s Word. As a young preacher in the late 1800’s, and dissatisfied with available reference Bibles, Dr. Frank Charles Thompson developed his own simple but scholarly Bible study system. In 1908, encouraged by church members to…

  • NIV Beautiful Word Bible Journal, Mark An Honest Review

    NIV Beautiful Word Bible Journal, Mark, Published by Zondervan As a member of the Bible Gateway Blogger Grid (BG²), I received this Bible free in exchange for my honest review. #BibleGatewayPartner In addition to the 54 pages containing the full book of Mark in the NIV translation, this journal includes blank, but lightly lined “Notes” pages, and a helpful section with “Tips for Bible Art Journaling”. The paper is thick allowing for journaling pens to be safely used without fear of the ink bleeding through the page. The typeface is the Exclusive Zondervan NIV Comfort Print in 9.5 point print size for easy readability. There are 13 full-color illustrated verses…

  • NIV Beautiful Word Coloring Bible for Girls An Honest Review

    NIV Beautiful Word Coloring Bible for Girls, Published by Zondervan As a member of the Bible Gateway Blogger Grid (BG²), I received this Bible free in exchange for my honest review. #BibleGatewayPartner I was pleasantly surprised to open a package and find this beautifully designed coloring Bible. Although this Bible is targeted for girls ages 8-12, it’s classic design makes it perfect for even older teens or adults. My teen daughter loves it! And so do I. Packaged as a sturdy boxed gift set, stickers and colored pencils are included. And the colored pencils are no ordinary pencils – they are quality twistable pencils, in four colors, that produce nice…

  • NIV Study Bible An Honest Review

    NIV Study Bible – Fully Revised Edition Published by Zondervan As a member of the Bible Gateway Blogger Grid (BG²), I received this Bible free in exchange for my honest review. #BibleGatewayPartner I love gleaning through a new study Bible … picking out new bits of information, discovering contextual maps, illustrations, and expanded notes on specific passages. So when I received this newly revised edition of the trusted NIV Study Bible I was eager to dig in. For 35 years the NIV Study Bible has helped readers understand God’s Word. In this fully revised edition, Bible publisher Zondervan offers their exclusive NIV Comfort Print® typeface along with many updates to…

  • Halley’s Study Bible, NIV An Honest Review

    NIV Halley’s Study Bible, Red Letter Edition, Comfort Print Published by Zondervan As a member of the Bible Gateway Blogger Grid (BG²), I received this Bible free in exchange for my honest review. Pastor Henry Hampton Halley (1874-1965) originally printed his 16-page booklet titled Suggestions Concerning Bible Study as a study help for his audiences in 1922. By 1960 Halley’s Pocket Bible Handbook was in it’s 22nd edition, with 968 pages. Today, Halley’s Bible Handbook has more than 6 million copies in print in multiple languages. Bible publisher Zondervan has now combined Halley’s notes alongside the New International Version Bible translation in Halley’s Study Bible. Verse-by-verse study notes,  photography of…

  • Artisan Collection Bible, NIV An Honest Review

    Artisan Collection Bible, NIV  Published by Zondervan As a member of the Bible Gateway Blogger Grid (BG²), I received this Bible free in exchange for my honest review. Physical characteristics: This Bible features lines on each page for journaling, consisting of about the outer third of each page. This provides generous room to write study notes, thoughts, or even illustrate directly onto the pages of scripture. The size of this Bible is great to carry and lays open fairly flat on my lap. The pages are dark-gold “art-gilt” edged and not as thin as many Bible papers, making it ideal for journaling. The color of the paper is a creamy…

  • The Jesus Bible Artist Edition, ESV An Honest Review

    The Jesus Bible Artist Edition, ESV Published by Zondervan My new everyday Bible! As a member of the Bible Gateway Blogger Grid (BG²), I received this Bible free in exchange for my honest review…and honestly, this is my new favorite Bible! I love everything about this Bible. Physical characteristics:The size is perfect to carry and lays open flat on my lap. The pages are gold edged, with a slight thickness so they feel more “book-like”. The color of the paper is creamy, not stark white, making it easy to read and more comfortable on my eyes. The cover is beautifully designed with watercolor swashes and a soft leather-like feel. There…

  • NIV Life Application Study Bible, Third Edition An Honest Review

    NIV Life Application Study Bible, Third Edition Published by Zondervan This is a beautiful Bible, with all the study helps and references I have come to rely on in a study Bible. Physical characteristics: The copy I received has a beautiful, soft leather-like feel . It is perfect size, comfortable to carry and perfectly fits on my lap. There are also two attached bookmark ribbons. The pages are nicely “Bible” thin, with gold edges. The type and font are a bit small for my preference, but certainly not unreadable. I also appreciate the scripture references for each page are located at the top outside edges – making it easier to…

  • Simple Discipleship A Book Review

    Simple Discipleship Grow Your Faith, Transform Your Community By Dana Allin Published by NavPress Good resource. Presents the idea of discipleship as a simple, somewhat organic process, growing out of relationships – stemming from Jesus’ example of how He interacted with His disciples. The author has been involved with developing a discipleship assessment tool, available online for a fee, and refers to this assessment throughout the book. The book I received includes a code for one free online assessment. As described in the introduction, the book is broken up into four parts. The first part of the book digs into what characterizes a disciple of Christ. The second part involves…