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"Burning Bush 2.0: How Pop Culture Replaced the Prophet"
Explore a whimsical and sincere examination of the ways God communicates with us—sometimes subtly and secretly—through our media and entertainment streams.
The Bible refers to those of us who love Jesus Christ as "saints" about 100 times, but how do we become more recognizable as the saints we’re intended to be?
Instead of starting with our toe aligned at Square One, we can turn to early Christian saints, known to have lived out their faith, and find out what they most want to tell us. Thankfully, this lovely edition of the New American Bible revised (NAB+) will help us to hear and heed. For example, in the article, “The Saints and The Bible,” we discover:
Saints Study Scripture. Saints Memorize Scripture. Saints Pray Scripture. Saints Use Scripture in Spiritual Warfare. Saints Seek Guidance in Scripture. Saints Proclaim Scripture. Saints Apply Scripture.
To further guide us, this edition includes “Readings from the Saints,” a list of key themes, and other inserts that give us “a mini-course on understanding, praying, and applying Scripture drawn from the teachings, writings, and examples of the saints.” Even more than this, I discovered inspired writers with whom I identified and connected so well, I want to read more of their timeless works and eventually chat with them in person in eternity.
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I am sorry to say this but the "Saints Devotional Bible" is a rip-off. I was expecting an actual devotional bible, with guided study plans that walked you through key topics in the scriptures, with quotes from Saints scattered throughout the scriptures in such a way that they help to deepen your understanding of key passages: much like Protestant "devotional" bibles. I don't think the Catholic publishers recieved the memo on what exactly makes up a "devotional" bible??
This bible is bound with a thin easily-bent and very easily torn cover. No thumb indexing. No color, nothing "devotional" in these pages.
The blurbs from the Saints are lumped together at the center of the bible and don't even contain photos of paintings or Icons or anything else that might be spiritually inspiring - just bricks of text. And you can easily find these same bricks-of-text information for FREE on the Internet or in the Library!
For the price this bible is uninspiring, more like an inexpensive "gift" bible that you would hand out to a new believer that isn't 100% sure yet if they want to remain Catholic.
You would be far better off using whatever bible you have at hand + a separate book or website containing writings of the Saints + an Icon. Then you would not be stuck with this thick and heavy gimmick bible that feels as if the cover will tear away after a few weeks of use. If you want a new updated NAB just buy a regular NAB for much less and forgo this bible.
(I've used many, many Protestant "devotional" bibles ~ compare and contrast them with this supposed devotional bible and you will see what I am talking about. The reason I don't stick with Protestant devotional bibles is because oftentimes the Protestant theology in the notes and quotes clash with Catholic theology. So I was excited to see a Catholic devotional bible on the market! Until it arrived in the mail...)
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