Thursday, September 29, 2011

Book Review

Life Application Study Bible Devotional : Daily Wisdom from the Life of Jesus : the Gospels
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

Reviewed by Diane Busch

We are very enthusiastic about this New Living Translation study Bible devotional by Tyndale House.  Because it is based on the 4 gospels, we expected it to start with Matthew 1 and end with John 21, but were delighted by the interesting chronological layout.  Each week has a theme in the life of Jesus, starting with "Jesus' Coming Is Announced" and ending with "Jesus Gives Final Instructions".  For each week there are 6 daily readings, which include "Reading the Word" - scripture passages intertwined from all the gospels, "Setting the Scene" - background and explanation of the passages, "Getting Personal" - some great discussion or reflection questions, and ending with "Talking to God" - which is sometimes a prayer to pray and other times is a prayer prompt of how to pray about that day's topic.

Also, very helpful, are the two indexes in the back.  The Topical Index, allows one to look up a topic of interest and find which week and day there is a devotional study on that topic.  The Scripture Index, enables one to look up a scripture passage and find which week and day there is a devotional study on that passage.

We highly recommend you purchase this devotional to begin the new year in January.  Or even better, get it in time to begin reading in mid December, so that you will be on the second week of devotions, titled "Jesus is Born", during the week of Christmas.

A copy of this books was given by Tyndale House for the purpose  of writing this review.

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