I love the Bible… I probably have 20+ different Bibles in my house, all either a different translation or different type of study Bible. When I was given the opportunity to review, “The Lucado Life Lessons Study Bible” I jumped at the chance. If you’ve read any of my past reviews you know that Max Lucado is one of my favorite authors so having the opportunity to see what he would say in a study Bible was very exciting for me. His books on Christian living are always very moving, so I was pretty sure this would be no exception; and I was not disappointed.
This Bible is the NKJV (New King James Version), which means that it is true to the original language, which is why so many people prefer the KJV, but it is a little simpler for modern readers to understand since there are no “thee’s” and “thy’s”. What sets this Bible apart from other Study Bibles is the features Lucado has contributed…
- Life Lessons – These appear throughout the Scripture in the margins, it’s kind of a “run-down” on what a certain section is about. What is happening, what we can observe, and what we can learn from it. All given in Lucado’s unique style, as if you’re sitting there having a conversation with him.
- Full-Page Devotional Studies – Throughout the text are several full-page topical devotional studies. They cover a wide variety of topics: disappointment, fear, prayer, money, truth, salvation… etc. (I can’t tell you all of them now can I?) Each one has a brief discussion about the topic, then a scripture passage to study, along with questions pertaining to the topic…
- Christ Through the Bible – These articles are there to help the reader understand that the story of the Bible, the Old and New Testaments, are really the story of Christ, one story of God’s plan to bring us salvation through his Son. Each one explains simply how that passage relates to Christ, and to our salvation.
- New Life in Christ – These articles are there for the sole purpose of walking the reader through the plan of salvation as it is revealed. It helps the reader to learn about salvation and discipleship/the Christian walk.
The Back of the Bible has a section designed for spiritual growth, it includes:
- He Did This Just for You Verses – A listing of verses showing what Christ did for you, what he does for you, and who He is.
- New Believer Studies – This is 30 day’s worth of short studies. They start with a question… “Have you ever wondered…” and then give scriptures to read, a short paragraph or two on the topic, and then a few application questions. Finally it lists a few more verses that can be used for a more in-depth study, and a quote from Lucado for inspiration.
- “Where to Turn When” Index – Come here when you’re feeling angry, depressed, doubtful, stressed, etc. (again, I can’t tell you everything)… and there is a list of helpful verses for each question/feeling.
There is also a 30-day New Testament reading plan and a 2-year whole Bible reading plan, there is a devotional index that tells you what page devotional notes and/or verses relating to certain topics can be found on.
Like I said, I love the Bible, it is God’s Word and I cannot get enough of it. Study Bibles are readily available, but this one is unique. It has Max Lucado’s unique style throughout with the inspirational devotions, his applications, his notes, quotes from his books, etc. None of that though detracts from the beauty of God’s Word. Which would be the one concern I would have with a Bible like this, since Max Lucado is such a well known author would his work detract from God’s word? The answer is no. The way that this is put together is beautiful, and only draws you into God’s Word more, which should be the goal of any Study Bible. To draw you into God’s Word, to grow that desire, to help you study it, and grow in your understanding of it. This Bible does that. If you are looking for a Bible, whether you are a new believer or have been a believer for years, I would recommend this one.
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