edited by Dr. Warren Weirsbe
One of the most wonderful things about book blogging is having a publicist offer a book for review that turns out to be something you never knew about but that you now have to have. That is how I feel about this version of the Bible.
First, let me show you a picture of a page in my own Bible. You may have to enlarge it to see it clearly, but all that jumble along the edges? Those are notes I've taken during sermons and classes over the past few years. (By the way, if you DO enlarge it, please ignore my horrible handwriting - how embarrassing!) There are MANY pages in my Bible that look like that. I even bought a wide-margin Bible so I could have room for lots of notes. I write about the meaning of the passage, cross-references to other verses, comments about other translations, etc.; I want to be sure that I don't miss a vital piece of information that may come in handy later on.
I know myself, and so when I read the press release for The Transformation Study Bible I knew it would be an amazing resource that I simply had to have. And I was so right!
So far I have only skimmed it but I can't wait to spend time reading it. This is the type of Bible I have always wanted. Each book in this Bible begins with an outline listing the main events/topics of the book and also an overview. Then there is a section summarizing the lessons that we should apply to our lives. The book itself has TONS of footnotes with background history, clarification, and explanation on a verse-by-verse basis. Plus there are cross-references to verses in other parts of the Bible. Basically everything I was trying to record on my own? Yeah, it's all here. Wow.
The only thing that could make it better would be big margins for me to take notes in - because I know there will be more note-taking in my future.
Highly, HIGHLY recommended for anyone wanting to understand the Bible better.