Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Start! The Bible for New Believers

Start! The Bible for New Believers is edited by Greg Laurie and is a great source for those new to the Christian faith. This Bible is a New King James version. The text is easy to follow and clearly referenced. What makes this Bible a great tool for newer believers and for those curious about Christianity is the supplemental material included. In the beginning of the Bible is an article titled, "The Plan of Salvation." This article gives a story of one man's path to the Lord and explains why we need salvation and how to become saved. Following this article is one titled "Secrets to Spiritual Success" that defines Christianity and discusses ways to be spiritually successful, such as reading the Word, praying, confessing sins, forgiving others, and being part of a local church. This article has practical methods to help new believers in understanding the basics of Christianity. In the back of this Bible, there is also an article listing and explaining the essentials Christians need to understand about God and Jesus. There are truths listed here that help new believers understand God's plan and His characteristics. Each book of the Bible has an introduction that helps the reader understand who the author of the book was and the purpose for it being written. Finally, throughout the books, there are small sidenotes and articles to explain further important truths and facts within each book. These small articles will help new believers grow in their faith and understanding.

I enjoyed reading this Bible for several reasons. First of all, the layout was helpful and I found the introductions to each book to be beneficial to understanding of the context of the book. I also enjoyed the additional insight given within the small articles to help in understanding important concepts. The print was easy to read, and the size of the Bible makes it practical to easily carry with me. Each main section within the books is set off with red type and a title, making it easier to understand the main idea of each passage. With the additional articles for new believers, I think this Bible would be a wonderful gift for a new Christian. It is easy to find references and breaks down many concepts into easy to understand language. I intend to pass this Bible on to someone I know who is new in the faith.

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