Wednesday, July 16, 2014

NIV Essentials Study Bible

_225_350_Book.1032.coverNIV Essentials Study Bible – Easily Graps the Fundamentals of Scripture Through Lenses from 6 Bestselling NIV Resources
Published at Zondervan

About the Bible

The NIV Essentials Study Bible helps you quickly and easily understand, interpret, and apply God’s Word to your life. The variety of features in this Bible presents a multifaceted, exciting format for studying Scripture. There are many different ways to explore God’s Word: question-and-answer studies; detailed in-text study notes; timelines, photos and charts; helpful devotional insights; and profiles of Bible characters. Now you don’t have to choose, because the NIV Essentials Study Bible provides you the chance to explore the Bible using all these study methods and more. With each of these lenses included in one Bible, you will discover how to best understand the essentials of Scripture.This edition includes the entire NIV Bible text with the world’s best notes for learning. It incorporates the finest content, images, and study tools from the most popular Bibles that are loved and used by Bible readers just like you. It features:

  • Flyover Lens: Start each book of the Bible with the right perspective from easy-to-read introductions from the popular Essential Bible Companion.
  • Unpack Lens: Easily understand and interpret Bible passages with bottom-of-the page study notes and in-text charts from the best-in-class NIV Study Bible.
  • Dig Deep, Look Close Lens: Understand the fascinating historical significance of the Bible with articles and photos from the bestselling NIV Archaeological Study Bible.
  • Q&A Lens: Get concise, easy-to-grasp answers to your most perplexing questions about the Bible with questions and answers from the beloved NIV Quest Study Bible.
  • People Lens: View Scripture from the perspective of the 100 most important people in the Bible with notes for the student of any age excerpted from the timeless NIV Student Bible.
  • Guided Tour Lens: Get a bird’s eyes view of Scripture with a Guided Tour, also excerpted from the category-leading NIV Student Bible.
  • Insight Lens: Find meaning in the Bible by reading these magazine-style call-outs from the NIV Student Bible.
  • R&R Lens: Reflect & Respond with this quick inspirational focus time, which unveils the sweeping narrative of the Bible as seen in the award-winning The Great Rescue, NIV.

My Thoughts

I recently received the NIV Essentials Study Bible which I considered like a fabulous Bible for youth, young adults as well as not-so-young-anymore adults.  This Bible is packed with fundamentals of Scriptures based on six bestselling NIV resources: NIV Study Bible, NIV Quest Study Bible, NIV Archaeological Study Bible, NIV Student Bible, The Great Rescue Bible, and The Essential Bible Companion.  The goal of this new Bible is to help the reader to explore the Scripture through a multifaceted, exciting format that combines study styles.   Consequently, the best parts of Zondervan’s most popular Bibles and study materials have been inserted in this precious tool which will allow you to study the Bible through a variety of lenses.




From the pages of The Essential Bible Companion, the book introductions will allow you to obtain a quick overview of each book of the Bible through an organized and information format.  You will discover key concepts, verses, teachings and terms for each book as well as maps, photos, and a timeline taken from the NIV Quest Study Bible.

If you want to follow a more traditional approach while studying the Bible, you can spend time in the Unpack Lens which includes study notes from the NIV Study Bible located at the bottom of the pages.  You will find explanations of the text, verse-by-verse and discover how the events and truths of the Bible fit together.

The Dig Deep, Look Close Lens will present the historical significance of the Bible with articles and photos adapted from the NIV Archaeological Study Bible.  In these articles, you will read either about the reliability of the Bible, the artifacts, the archaeology, the history or the people.   Going in hand with this specific lens, I find that the People in Focus Lens will allow you to examine the Scripture through the stories of the most important people in the Bible by adapting the notes found in the NIV Student Bible.

The Q&A lens will guide the reader in finding answers to some of the most perplexing questions found in the NIV Quest Study Bible.  However, the Reflect & Respond Lens will provide an inspirational focus time based on sweeping narrative of the Bible in The Great Rescue NIV.

The Insight Lens will provide articles from the NIV Student Bible that condense the material and provide a better understanding of the meaning of the Scripture.  These articles are written like a magazine article and provide a Life Questions section at the end in order to relate the passage to real-life situations.  Also taken from the NIV Student Bible, The Guided Tour Lens provides a bird’s-eye view of the entire Bible for the reader.  Finally, the Highlights included in the NIV Essentials Study Bible will point our interesting facts and will highlight something in the passage that might get overlooked otherwise.

Also included in this Bible you will found a table of weights and measures, reading plans, a subject index and a concordance.   The reading plans are very interesting because you can pick whichever reading plan that would be better for your time with God.  The reading plans included are: One Year Through the Bible, 60-Day Overview of the Bible, 20 Not-so-Famous Bible Stories, 30 Days of Great Faith, and 30 Days with Jesus.  And to complete the NIV Essentials Study Bible, you will find  photographs, charts, and maps to complete your study of the Word of God.

The NIV Essentials Study Bible is a great tool to have if you want to deepen your relationship with God.  Not only is it good for new followers that wants to discover God in a multi-faceted way but it is also great for older believers who wants to read a different kind of Bible which will allow you to deepen your understanding of Scripture.  This edition not only contains the complete Word of God but also offers essential tools from six proven Bibles version of Zondervan at the same time. 

The NIV Essentials Study Bible would make a wonderful gift for a new believer, a graduate, for someone who is getting baptized, for a youth, for a dear friend or a family member.   If you are looking for a Bible that contains articles and information to deepen your study of the Scripture but don’t want to purchase different versions of the Bible to do so, the NIV Essentials Study Bible will offer lenses from six of the most popular resources from Zondervan.  The NIV Essentials Study Bible is available for purchase at your favorite bookstore, even on and


It is also available for the Kindle.


Disclaimer: Thanks to Zondervan for sending me the above mentioned product for review purposes. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

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