Sometimes, 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.At 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.
This 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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