One Book That Will Breathe Life Into Your Lungs

IMG_9826.jpgSometimes, when I let life get loud, I forget that there is a place I can go for quiet and calm to sooth my soul. I forget there is a place, with words like writing on the wall, that I can run to, and unfold and fall apart. A place to take my brokenness, and inquisitiveness, and doubts, and faith. A place, and a person in whom, I can be met.

And it does not answer all of life’s questions. And, often times, it leaves me to burn with an unrelenting wonder and frustration over its mysteries and myths—the ones that none of the world can solve.IMG_9813.jpgAt the very least, though, I am reminded that there is a greater narrative being told than just that of my wretched character. I am reminded that there is, and always has been, a theme of creation and existence and suffering and struggle and survival running deep in wide through all of life.

I am also reminded that, intimately intertwined within that narrative, is one of love. Like the reading of a bedtime story to a child wrapped warm in covers on the bed, and how—the child cannot see the author of that children’s book. And yet, that doesn’t change the fact that the book was written for that child. Written with that child in mind. So much so that if that child (or the rest of them) did not exist, neither would that book.

Thomas Nelson’s beautiful Study Bible, written in the NKJV translation, is like that child’s story, written with every one of us in mind. Within it is held the many God-inspired, God-breathed narratives of people—fighting in their creation and existence, fighting through struggle and suffering, and fighting for survival.

And, in all of this fight, weaved in and through every beautiful beginning and complex ending, the story told, over and over and over again, is one of man always seeking out redemption and purpose and love, and God infinitely showing up to give and be and do all that—and more.

Here’s an inside look of the Thomas Nelson Study Bible:

What’s really good about Thomas Nelson’s Study Bible, is that it’s perfect for just reading, or for getting knee-deep in history and text to study. It has:

  • Over 15,000 verse-by-verse study notes
  • Bible times and culture notes
  • Word studies with Strong’s numbers
  • Extensive cross-reference system
  • In-text maps and charts
  • Book introductions, outlines, and timelines
  • Full-length articles, a concordance, and color maps

Personally speaking, my favorite feature of this bible is the colored maps. For me, reading the bible doesn’t come full circle unless I’m able to reference maps and align the text with supplemental tools that are historically accurate. There’s no point in reading the bible if you’re just looking for a sappy pick-me-up. You have to dig for what was before you can even think about what could or should or might be. Like an archaeologist, trying to understand the present or guess at the future, first you must look for the pieces of timeless truth wrapped in eras of civilization and culture. That’s what’s precious—that’s the gold.

IMG_9864 3.PNGThis bible is for anyone—literally. It’s great for those looking to deepen their faith and, being a study text, it’s even great for those that seek to refute or deny the Christian faith. It’s perfect for anyone that simply wants to read the biblical narrative of creation or an account of man’s history. It’s also great for anyone hoping to learn more about God or what the Christian faith entails.

This bible, in particular, would make a great gift—something to be gifted on Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day.

The cool news is, I’ll be giving away one FREE NKJV Study Bible! Valued at about $50, this bible comes in a gorgeous cranberry color and boxed in its beautiful original packaging.


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Giveaway ends SATURDAY (1/19) at 11:59PM. US shipping only.

Disclosure: I received this book for free from Baker Books. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review. This giveaway is in no way associated with WordPress.

7 Replies to “One Book That Will Breathe Life Into Your Lungs”

  1. Rae,
    What you wrote about the Bible’s powerful message of love and referenced it to that of telling a child’s bedtime story is such beautiful insight. And, even more, how you go further to say that without God’s children this book simply wouldn’t exist. That’s the essence of His creation of us. It reminds me of Hebrews 11:1, how faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. Also, I was just being reminded of our hearts being as precious as gold and how the teachings of God are meant to be as roadmaps to our beliefs and faith rather than simply looking at something in its beauty without it taking us any deeper than the surface of its beauty. This Bible is magnificently crafted in its creation but the words that it breathes are a true hidden gem.

    Always With Love,


    1. Amen, sister. Just this week, I needed to remember this very truth. I sat down and read it as a story…without trying to figure it all out and study it deeply and come to conclusions. And man, did it breathe life into my heart.

      Blessed by you, always.


  2. This part :”A place to take my brokenness, and inquisitiveness, and doubts, and faith. A place, and a person in whom, I can be met.”
    My GOD! I was just teaching bible study last night and was talking about how the Lord is not unapproachable and actually delights to hear our requests and cries. In this season, I am being so mindful to take each an every burden to Him because I know he cares for me, and He is my all in all.

    PS– I too enjoy a good map in the Bible, I find it give a 3D experience reading the word so we really have the imagery of the settings of that time.

    With Love,


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