NIV The Journey Bible Review
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If you’re looking to begin your spiritual journey and you’re investigating what works for you, the NIV Journey Bible is one to have at your side. I can’t tell you just how many things I love about this wonderful bible. I will say first however my copy is a soft cover and I would prefer if it were hard cover or leather bound. That’s my only compliant about the version I have. This would be the perfect study text for any theology student. The Journey Bible is based on the REVEAL study from Willow Creek. It explores and addresses key questions that readers may have about how relevant the bible is to us today.
I would suggest starting in the back of this bible. The explorer studies start on page 1650 and that’s a great place to start with your studies of the bible and learning about God. You could also use the “where to find it” or subject index if you’re looking for a particular subject. This bible even has a small concordance section. Great for learning the meaning and interpretations of certain words and subject matters.This bible also has book introductions but it’s not like one’s I’ve seen in other bibles. These include the bottom line – what’s the book about, central ideas – what are the main ideas in this book and the outline – lays out a frame of the book. It’s pretty simple and straight to the point. I love that because I can go to the start of any book and find what I want to read and not have to search the entire section to find it.
The Journey Bible has notes and insights like most study bibles but this one has seven explorer themes for those notes and insights. The seven themes are:
4.Reasons to Believe
This is one of the few bibles that really break things down and help people truly understand what they’re reading and how to apply it. The Five Alive Plan is a one month reading plan covering five books of the bible (Genesis, Deuteronomy, John, Acts and Romans) that contain the essential teaching of the bible. This bible would make a great gift for someone who was recently baptized. It’s a bible that you should definitely add to your collection.
About the NIV Journey Bible:
“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”—Jeremiah 29:13
The NIV Journey Bible is uniquely designed to help readers discover the practical aspects of Christianity and better understand God. Patterned after the Willow Creek model of ministry and intended for those in the investigative stage of their spiritual journey, The Journey’s exploratory approach addresses key questions inquisitive readers may have about the Bible and its relevance today. Notes and insights are woven throughout the complete NIV Bible text, drawing readers into the message and pointing the way to a relationship with Jesus. Icons trace six seeker themes throughout Scripture: “Discovering God,” “Addressing Questions,” “Strengthening Relationships,” “Reasons to Believe,” “Knowing Yourself,” and “Managing Resources.” Also included in The Journey are introductory articles that define key concepts involved in being a spiritually open person, book introductions, indexes, a dictionary/concordance, and a “Fire Alive” reading plan covering Genesis, Deuteronomy, John, Acts, and Romans.
The Journey can be used as an evangelism tool and makes a perfect gift for new believers and those looking for answers to life’s deepest questions. It is also a helpful guide for veteran Christians who want a refreshing perspective on the basics of their belief.
Title: NIV Journey Bible
Author: Judson Poling, Bill Perkins, Mark Mittelberg, Michael Vander Klipp
Publisher: Zondervan Bibles
ISBN: 978-0-310-44166-3 Softcover
Genre: Bibles, New International Version