Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Transformation Study Bible

The Transformation Study Bible
General Editor Warren W Wiersbe
Published at David C Cook

About this Bible
As pastors seek to make the Word of God more understandable in an age that is unfamiliar with the Bible, and as growing disciples seek to discover the truth of Scripture in a skeptical culture, there is a great need for guidance in both the preaching and study of God’s Word. Whether you’re a pastor, a seminary student, or a truth-seeking disciple, an understanding of the Bible can be made clear to you with the help of one of the most influential, in-depth, and practical Bible scholars in modern history.

For over thirty years, millions have come to rely on the timeless wisdom of Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe’s “Be” Commentary series. Dr. Wiersbe’s commentary and insights on Scripture have helped readers understand and apply God’s Word with the goal of life transformation. According to Dr. Wiersbe, “It isn’t enough for us simply to read assigned portions of the Bible each day, as helpful as that is. A truly transforming experience involves meditating on what we read (Ps. 1:2), studying it carefully in the light of other verses, and then obeying what God tells us to do (Josh. 1:8).” Now available for the first time, The Transformation Study Bible offers the full text of the highly readable New Living Translation with accompanying notes and commentary from the 50 books in Dr. Wiersbe’s “Be” series.

“The Transformation Study Bible will better enable readers to appreciate, appropriate, and apply the Word of God, which will result in ‘purity, joy, right values, hope, comfort, freedom, new life, peace, guidance, wisdom, integrity, encouragement, and effective prayer,’” states Wiersbe. In other words, if you want to be a new person, knowing and obeying the will of God and becoming more like Jesus Christ, there is perhaps no finer tool to encourage that process than The Transformation Study Bible.

One of the most anticipated and comprehensive study Bibles of the year, The Transformation Study Bible has been a lifetime in the making by a man who is widely known as a prolific and trusted writer and theologian. The former pastor of The Moody Church in Chicago, an internationally known Bible teacher, and someone who has given his life to a deep examination of the Word of God, Dr. Wiersbe lends his vast experience and scholarly insight to the most beloved and revered book of all time. This effort is to encourage believers of all levels to know and love the Bible and to experience the same transformation that has radically changed his life. The result is a Bible that is clear, understandable, and applicable to the lives of its readers.

My thoughts
I was curious about this Bible because it was stating on the cover of the jacquet – The Study Bible for Growing Disciple. So I wanted to see what this Bible has to offer more than the other ones we had at home. Even though we already owned a New Living Translation, I took the opportunity to review The Transformation Study Bible which is based on the NLT.

So indeed the text of the Bible itself is based on the New Living Translation. I find it a simple translation to read especially for new believers. But for people like me who would like to have more from a Bible, I was looking forward to discover the notes and Catalyst sections in this Bible. The Catalyst notes will highlight some key character issues in the scriptures. These are considered the heart of this new Bible as it contains information discussed by Mr. Wiersbe. The study notes at the bottom of the pages also are from Mr. Wiersbe and they explain to the reader what the verses means and how to apply them in your life. Seriously, though it made me think of the NLT Application Bible that we have.

You will also find cross-references to scriptures throughout the Bible, book outlines for the various books of the Bible, overviews for each books, colorful maps, a dictionary-concordance as well as the “Be Transformed “ section which gives the reader a life changing impact from the scriptures included in a book of the Bible.

I think this Bible has potential if the reader takes the time to study the notes and ponder on the Catalyst notes. It is sad that there aren’t enough spaces in this Bible to scribble some personal notes when God is speaking to us during our study time. I would have preferred having more spaces to write down my thoughts and feelings while I read this Bible.

Honestly, I don’t think I would have purchased this Bible if I would have been to a Christian store. Why? Simply because this Bible is too close to the NLT Application Study Bible that we have at home. However, if I wouldn’t have own another NLT Bible, I would have seriously consider getting this one. I do find that there is too many kinds of Bible on the market and many have similar objectives for the readers. So I would strongly suggest that if you want to purchased a new Bible take the time to visit your local Christian bookstore and compared the ones in which you are interested in. Also seek the Lord in which Bible would be best for you. You would be surprised in what He might suggest.

The Transformation Study Bible is available everywhere even at amazon.ca and indigo.ca.

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