This week has been so, so, so, sooooo busy! But, I am never too busy to set aside some quiet time to study the Word and to share my current thoughts with all of you. It’s what I’m here for 🙂 .
While I enjoy receiving books and other items to review, it is even more special to me when I have the opportunity to review a new Bible. This Apply the Word Study Bible was released earlier this year and is in the New Kings James Version Translation. I’ve worked my way through the text over the past few months and here are my thoughts:
I Love the Compact Size
I work from home and often study while taking breaks and moving between the master bedroom, guest room, office, living room, kitchen, etc. — Having a bible that I can easily move around with is key! This text measures approximately 5 and 1/2 inches by 9 inches by 2 inches and tucks neatly into the crook of my arm along with my journal, pen, and highlighter case.
The Subject Headings Direct Your Eyes
I really admired the use of bold, block headings in a variety of shades and colors. These were used to label the application notes as well as the included study notes about people and places in the Bible. My professional communications professor at UNC’s School of Government always stressed the power of tones, fonts, and appropriate spacing in providing visual cues and my thoughts immediately went to her when I observed these elements in body of the text. (Hi Professor Setzer! 🙂 #PresentationZen)
Highly Effective Use of Subtle Images
I am an adult, but I still appreciate pictures in the books that I read (when appropriate). Especially my Bibles and cookbooks. I always imagine how some scenes and images may have appeared and the examples shown below were extremely useful references for me. I try to use study bibles such as this one while preparing my lessons and podcasts, so the more context I can understand about a certain passage, the better!
I am a big fan of maps and I especially need them when a passage relies heavily on geographic references. I really liked the fact that this bible includes small maps within the body of the text as well as a set of larger maps in the rear of the text.
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