Saturday, May 22, 2010

Review - The Dad's Bible

I am a believer that one can never have too many Bibles. Anytime I can find a Bible, especially one that provides commentary from someone I trust or deals with specific topics/themes that interest me, I pick it up as soon as I can. With that said I try to only use study Bibles from authors I trust or translations that are reliable. I do try to avoid styles of Bibles that are not too specific in the information they present with the Scriptural text (i.e. The Soldiers Bible). Recently I received The Dad’s Bible - The Father’s Plan (NCV) by Thomas Nelson Publishers which is each of those things.

The purpose of this Bible is not to provide a running commentary of each passage or section of Scripture. There are very few cross references or footnotes and the typical concordance is absent. There a brief chapter introductions and a “Question and Answer” section in the back of the Bible. There is a short forward and preface at the beginning of the Bible. Throughout the text are, as the introduction calls them, notes, features and ideas from author Robert Wolgemuth linked to a particular verse or section of Scripture.

I randomly open the Bible to a passage and read the insight for that passage. I was pleasantly surprised. Wolgemuth wrote clearly, straight forward, Biblically application that any father could live out. As I found other insights and notes they all were concise, to the point, Biblically sound and things I could immediately put into practice.

These notes and insights are spread throughout the Bible and not on every page which means it isn’t a good study Bible but clearly this isn’t its intent. It also isn’t a Bible that I would take to church or to a Bible study. It’s a Bible that I would use more as a devotional Bible than anything else; a Bible that I would use for my daily Bible reading. The translation, NCV, is fairly new and one that is geared to a younger reader, making it an easy Bible to read from as a devotional.

As a book it stays open when sitting on a table which is nice. You don’t have to hold it open with your hands or some type of weight. The paper has an old look to it, much like the Archaeological Bible, and is of good quality, meaning it won’t tear easy. The font is easy to look upon with colors that aren’t distracting. Nothing fancy to it.

If you are looking for a devotional Bible for a dad this would be a worthy resource. A father could read through this in a year and have the Bible read with some valuable insight on what God requires of fathers. You can purchase it at Christian Book in the hardcover format for $29.99.

Disclaimer - I received this resource free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their Book Sneeze book review blogger program. All that was required of me is that I review it, positively or negatively, on my site.