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  • Series: A Renovare Resource
  • Leather Bound: 2048 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne (August 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006162764X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061627644
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.6 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #458,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What do you get when you mix the life-application practicality of a devotional Bible with the expertise and commentary of a study Bible and the user-friendly graphics of an illustrated Bible? The result might look very much like this outstanding resource. Foster, author of the modern Christian classic Celebration of Discipline, and Willard, who wrote The Divine Conspiracy, spearheaded a team of more than 50 scholars, pastors, theologians and others over five years to produce a Bible that is devoted to spiritual formation. (Brueggemann and Peterson led the teams on the Old and New Testaments, respectively, using the New Revised Standard Version.) Foster writes an introductory note explaining the team's basic mission: to provide "a resource for approaching the Bible through the lens of Christian spiritual formation." An opening essay encourages readers to see the entire Bible as "the unfolding story of God's plan for how we can have an intimate love relationship with our Creator," while 15 other essays speak to various aspects and stages of that relationship, from exile and travail to Christ's coming and the future hope of eternity. The editors also include spiritual exercises, profiles of key biblical figures and discussions of how those individuals practiced spiritual disciplines like prayer and worship. Christians of many different traditions will appreciate this ecumenical resource devoted to spiritual renewal.
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“The Renovaré Spiritual Formation Bible … is unrivaled as a classic work of biblical theology suffused with a pastoral heart.” (Brennan Manning, author of Ruthless Trust)

“…[T]he most spiritually-impactful Bible of our time.” (John Ortberg, Teaching Pastor, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, author of If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat)

“This Bible is greatly needed.” (Tony Campolo, author of It's Friday but Sunday's Coming)

“With great enthusiasm, I open The Renovaré Spiritual Formation Bible. One could not assemble a finer team to compile it.” (Max Lucado, author of Come Thirsty and Traveling Light)

“This Bible helps us desire intimacy with God, not just know the typical facts and knowledge. (Dan Kimball, author of The Emerging Church, and Pastor of Vintage Faith Church)

“[An] outstanding resource...Christians of many different traditions will appreciate this ecumenical resource devoted to spiritual renewal.” (Publishers Weekly)

“...Many original and stimulating insights for the spiritual lives of contemporary Christians.” (Christian Century)

“This study Bible is both serious and accessible.” (Tulsa World)

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125 of 137 people found the following review helpful By R. Newberry on May 12, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The Renovare Spiritual Formation Bible is just out. This reviewer may add more material later, but here are the 'first' glance remarks.
First, the print in the Bible is larger than most Bibles, both in the text and the notes, a great thing.
Second, the introductions for the most part are well written and insightful. The General Introduction is good in that it sets the tone for the rest of the notes throughout the Bible.
Third, it is uneven. Some authors have many insights into spiritual formation, others do not. For example, Marva Dawn's work in John bypassed a wonderful opportunity to really talk about the Eucharist in spiriual formaiton, but there was an extreme lack of depth there.
Overall, I have given it 4 stars.
To some readers of this Study Bible, some of the concepts, like the 6 streams of the Fatih may sound new. The beauty of Renovare is its wholistic approach to spiritual formation. We tend to work on one area, but that gets us out of balance to the other critical areas of the faith. While this Bible can be used as a stand alone Bible, it is helpful to use some other Renovare publications with it. "Streams of Living Water" by Richard Foster along with his most famous "Celebration of Discipline" will help put you into the heart of the Renovare philosophy of Spiritual Formation. Dallas Willard's "The Divine Conspiracy" and "Renovation of the Heart" will aid you as well. One of the most helpful Renovare publications is James Smith's "A Spiritual Formation Workbook". This publication will help you begin and sustain a small group for Spiritual Formation. That, after all, is one of the goals of Renovare. Spiritual Formation is not a solitary thing, it works best in a community faith that will encourage, challenge, and hold us accountable for our spiritual life.
Use this Bible and the helpful publications from Renovare and begin a small group and find that in the process, Christ is indeed being formed in us.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Brandon Vogt on November 22, 2009
Format: Leather Bound
A few years back, a large group of biblical scholars and devotional writers pooled their collective talents to birth the "Renovare Spiritual Formation Bible". The project was headed up by Richard Foster, the author of the modern-day spiritual classic "Celebration of Discipline". The "Renovare Bible", while praised for its content, received mixed reviews because of its gigantic size; it looked more like a dictionary than a daily study Bible.

Well, the fine folks at HarperCollins have fixed that. In what popular writer and pastor John Ortberg calls, "the most spiritually-impactful Bible our time", the "Renovare Bible" has been re-released in a smaller size and has been renamed "The Life With God Bible".

I went through a period of a couple of year in college when I was infatuated with study Bibles. At one point I probably had at least ten different versions. The more I became drawn into theology and serious study of the Bible, as opposed to light, devotional reading, the more I hungered for a Bible filled with insights, commentaries, and notes. However, it seemed to be an empty pursuit. I never was able to find a Bible that was had enough study material to satisfy while also being practical enough to lug around and use for daily readings. Thus was the paradox: the better the content, the bigger the Bible. Also, the more academic the content the less relevance and practical the Bible tended to be.

So after discovering the "Renovare Bible" a few years back, I was intrigued by its content but immediately put off by its bulkiness. I doubted very much that I would be able to use the huge book as my every-day Bible. Yet, the names of the contributors at least matched the Bible's own weight and were still hard to pass up.
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77 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Murray Pura on July 2, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Personally, I am glad the Renovare editorial board asked those of us involved in the project to provide material that was inspirational, in-depth, thought-provoking, intricate and complex. I have never been of the opinion that Christianity ought to be reducible to a bumper sticker or a t-shirt slogan or that a Bible had to be compact and portable to be of any value. Other generations had no problem with Bibles that weighed a pound or two and had no issue with being afforded the opportunity to access copious amounts of inspirational material. They only asked that it be written with piety and integrity and that it not skate the surface. They expected to work their intellects and their spirits when they cracked open commentaries by Luther or Calvin or the Cappadocian Fathers or Matthew Henry. I believe the Renovare Study Bible lies happily within that tradition of the deeper life. It is jam-packed with essays and meditations and spiritual insights that will keep you thinking and wondering and praying and wrestling for months and years. Look, you have Walter Brueggeman of Old Testament fame, you have Eugene Peterson of The Message and Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places, Virginia Stem Owens with all her wonderful literary ability, William Willimon of Duke Chapel with all his refreshing eloquence, Dallas Willard of The Divine Conspiracy, Richard Foster of Celebration of Discipline, Thomas Oden with his love of the old Christian writings, an incredible and eclectic gathering of believers spading the verdant earth of the Holy Bible. I am going through this excellent tome from cover to cover and there is lots of good stuff. They could never have included so much solid material by putting out a slimline Bible. I wouldn't miss this spiritual journey for the world. All these writers and perspectives. It works for me.
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