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BookLook Review: NIV Real-Life Devotional Bible for Women edited by Lysa TerKeurst

on October 2, 2014

About the Bible:

You spilled coffee on your shirt before walking out the door. Ran late to your appointment. Snapped at your children, then regretted it all day. And spent an hour at the grocery store with no dinner on the table to show for your efforts. A typical day has come and gone. Life is full of obligations, emotions, and relationships. Some are life-giving, yet sometimes the weight and responsibility of everyday life is heavy to bear. As wives, mothers, friends, and daughters, we need to know we’re not alone. We long for someone who understands—someone to help us find perspective. When our days are long, and our nights are restless, it’s easy to think we should be able to handle things on our own. Or that no one struggles like we do. And that’s when we need a friend … to encourage us, to understand us, and help us become the woman God wants us to be. You’ll find that friend on the pages of the NIV Real-Life Devotional Bible for Women. Filled with insightful daily devotions written by Lysa TerKeurst and the women at Proverbs 31 Ministries, the devotions in this Bible will meet you right where you are, in the good days and in the hard days, in the car pool line or the doctor’s office. With God’s truth as the foundation, this Bible will help you maintain a peace-filled place of balance in spite of your life’s hectic pace. Features: The beauty and clarity of the New International Version (NIV) Bible, 366 daily devotions from the women at Proverbs 31 Ministries inspire you to live authentically as a woman of God, Author biographies, and a helpful subject Index.

You can purchase a copy at Zondervan.

About the Editor:

Lysa TerKeurst is a New York Times bestselling author and national speaker who helps everyday women live an adventure of faith. She is the author of 15 books and the president of Proverbs 31 Ministries, where she and her team encourage over 500,000 women worldwide through their daily online devotional. Her remarkable life story has captured audiences across America, including appearances on Oprah and Good Morning America. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and five children.

My Opinion:

I have this same Bible in a hard cover format but it is bulky and not really one that fits in my night stand drawer for easy reading in bed, so when I had the chance to review the compact version is beautiful blue duo-tone genuine leather I jumped on it.  My favorite color is blue and most Bibles for women usually are pink or the majority of pink – so finding a women’s devotional Bible in blue was awesome!  Each daily devotion is alongside the Scripture that it is derived from, so reading both the devotional and the Scripture reference will aid in both an understanding of the devotion as well as a way to look at God’s Word and how it still relates to us.  Each devotional also gives other verses to explore that relate to it as well as what page the next devotion will appear on, so no flipping around to find the next one.

There is also a topical index so if you want to work on anger, or if you need to figure a way out of your busyness, depression, going through trials, even quilting are just a few of the many topics you’ll encounter.  The author index is great if you have a favorite female speaker or leader and you want to read what her specific devotionals say it’s easy to find what she’s written.  The Bible is the easy to read NIV version and I use this Bible when I just need a good way to get into what the Lord is saying, I think my only complaint is that in the Psalms, Selah is only noted in the foot notes instead of within the text, this is supposed to aid in readability but as one who is used to reading Selah it’s sort of hard to get used to.  That said, there is not an exact interpretation of Selah but from what I’ve read on the use of the word, as my children have asked in the past, it’s meant to be a pause or reflection – so as we read the Psalms and come upon Selah the Psalmist is telling us to pause, to reflect on those words.

 

As in most compact versions, the print is quite tiny – so if you’re like me and have a hard time with small print get out your eyeglasses or a magnifying glass.  Okay, it’s not that tiny – but it is tiny enough that my glasses do improve my reading experience, but that goes for just about any book I read these days.  The beautiful blue silk ribbon will help you in keeping your place and definitely adds even more the the feminine feel of the Bible – that goes along with the light floral design in the corner of the devotional pages.  This is a beautiful Bible, and would make a great gift for a lady in your life, especially if she likes blue.  The top part of the cover is a smooth light blue while the bottom part is an embossed darker blue (I’m sorry, I can’t remember the exact colors as they were listed on the package).  The beauty of the outside of this Bible adds to the beauty of what is between the covers, God’s Holy Word that He gave to us and it’s one I’m happy to be able to put in my nightstand or in my purse.

 

 

(c) 2014, Sarah Bailey/Growing for Christ, All Rights Reserved, Unauthorized Duplication is a Violation of Applicable Laws

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