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NIV, Student Bible, Hardcover Hardcover – August 6, 2011
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About the Author
Philip Yancey serves as editor-at-large for Christianity Today magazine. He has written thirteen Gold Medallion Award-winning books and won two ECPA Book of the Year awards for What's So Amazing About Grace? and The Jesus I Never Knew. Four of his books have sold over one million copies. Yancey lives with his wife in Colorado. Website: www.philipyancey.com
Tim Stafford is Senior Writer for Christianity Today and the author of more than thirty books including The Student Bible (with Philip Yancey). His most recent publications are Miracles: A Journalist Looks at Modern-Day Experiences of God's Power, and Birmingham (a novel). Tim and his wife, Popie, have three children and live in Santa Rosa, California.
Top Customer Reviews
Introductions to the chapters, and the questions through out the pages, make you stop and think. This has served me well for two decades.
Argue translations if you must, but this just works. It is simple. Easy to read. If you want something more complex, try the NIV Study Bible.
If I were buying a Bible for someone new to the faith, this would be the one I'd buy and would recommend.
It has in all respects, been "an old friend."
If you're a fan of the new NIV (2011 update) and want a Bible with basic study notes, this is great! It provides three reading plan ideas to help people work through Scripture. It also provides a brief topical index and maps in the back for further study. My favorite part is Yancey's guided tour through Scripture. Instead of leaving comments on EVERY verse in Scripture, he hits the highlights. It's like being on a tour with someone who's seen the scenery before and wants to point out the very best to you, not every little detail. This is great for teens who are forming a basic understanding of their faith and trying to comprehend the overall story of Scripture and how it applies to today. In some Study Bibles, I think the attempts at application are a little shallow or too emotionally-driven. This Bible, again, in MY opinion, balances scholarship and application well.
Who should NOT get this Bible:
If you're someone who's read through the Bible several times, been part of Bible Bowl or Awana, or really want to jump into the nitty gritty of Scripture, you won't be satisfied with this text. It is aimed at entry-level readers and offers a big-picture view of Scripture. It is a great introduction to understanding God's Word and can certainly help someone with an intermediate knowledge of Scripture and theology. But for people with a good set of Bible study skills and experience under their belt, look elsewhere.
Considering who this Study Bible is aimed at (teenagers), I believe they addressed their demographic very well. Students with open hearts and curious minds will be blessed to find out that the Bible applies to their lives, is relevant to world issues, and can be understood by everyone.
The leather bound edition is very nice, especially as a gift, and will last a good long time. I'd suggest the hardcover if it will be kept in a Bible cover.
Tim Stafford and Philip Yancey write excellent study notes.
The binding feels durable.
The faux leather feels borderline indestructible. (It feels like the same material as a basketball lol.)
The resources (maps, 100 people you should know etc.) are really nice to have.
Aesthetics. I Had a previous version of this study bible and the 'theme' was blue and had a road sign for the guided tour. Now the theme is like a tealish color and the guided tour has a tree (The same one you see on the front). Personally I like the old color and I think the road signs make more sense for a 'Guided Tour' of the Bible.
Overall I'm very happy with it. The aesthetic changes aren't personally my favorite, but the study notes are by far still my favorite.
Here are some of my favorite features:
- From the moment you open it up there are in-text "helps" (think signposts) that help direct you so that you can navigate the Bible easily (note: this is not reviewing the Kindle edition - I have not seen that)
- There are many in-text sidebars that give very brief, yet helpful explanations about what you are reading. There aren't so many that it takes up too much space, but there are enough to help a reader have some crucial "aha moments" while reading.
- Reading Plans: There are three great reading plans ("tracks") available to guide someone who wants to read through the Bible but doesn't know where to start. The first time I read through the Bible entirely I used the "track" that takes you through the entire Bible in three years (requires reading about 5 min. a day).
- Introductions to Books of the Bible: Accessible and simple, these give the reader an idea of how the particular book fits into the larger Biblical narrative.
- "Cool Factor:" I know...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
First, I like this version of the Bible. It is in modern day English that I understand. Next I like the background information. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Caro
The bible itself and its contents are great, best bible I have owned. This purchase was my second of the exact same bible because I wanted to gift if to my friend. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Wonderful student Bible. Exactly what I was looking for for my daughter.Published 2 months ago by Sean Snyder
Love the easy to read format which is not heavily endowed with "though" and the like. Has several reading plans in it and expands in user friendly language on important... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer