Sunday, August 30, 2009

The Transformation Study Bible with General Editor Warren Wiersbe

The Transformation Study Bible
General Editor Warren Wiersbe
David C. Cook / 2009 / Hardcover
ISBN-13: 978143476527

Dallas/Fort Worth, TX—As pastors seek to make the Word of God more understandable in an age that is unfamiliar with the Bible, and as growing disciples seek to discover the truth of Scripture in a skeptical culture, there is a great need for guidance in both the preaching and study of God’s Word. Whether you’re a pastor, a seminary student, or a truth-seeking disciple, an understanding of the Bible can be made clear to you with the help of one of the most influential, in-depth, and practical Bible scholars in modern history.

For over thirty years, millions have come to rely on the timeless wisdom of Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe’s “Be” Commentary series. Dr. Wiersbe’s commentary and insights on Scripture have helped readers understand and apply God’s Word with the goal of life transformation. According to Dr. Wiersbe, “It isn’t enough for us simply to read assigned portions of the Bible each day, as helpful as that is. A truly transforming experience involves meditating on what we read (Ps. 1:2), studying it carefully in the light of other verses, and then obeying what God tells us to do (Josh. 1:8).” Now available for the first time, The Transformation Study Bible offers the full text of the highly readable New Living Translation with accompanying notes and commentary from the 50 books in Dr. Wiersbe’s “Be” series.

The Transformation Study Bible will better enable readers to appreciate, appropriate, and apply the Word of God, which will result in ‘purity, joy, right values, hope, comfort, freedom, new life, peace, guidance, wisdom, integrity, encouragement, and effective prayer,’” states Wiersbe. In other words, if you want to be a new person, knowing and obeying the will of God and becoming more like Jesus Christ, there is perhaps no finer tool to encourage that process than The Transformation Study Bible.

One of the most anticipated and comprehensive study Bibles of the year, The Transformation Study Bible has been a lifetime in the making by a man who is widely known as a prolific and trusted writer and theologian. The former pastor of The Moody Church in Chicago, an internationally known Bible teacher, and someone who has given his life to a deep examination of the Word of God, Dr. Wiersbe lends his vast experience and scholarly insight to the most beloved and revered book of all time. This effort is to encourage believers of all levels to know and love the Bible and to experience the same transformation that has radically changed his life. The result is a Bible that is clear, understandable, and applicable to the lives of its readers.

Dr. Wiersbe writes, “The remedy for discouragement is the Word of God. When you feed your heart and mind with its truth, you regain your perspective and find renewed strength.” By providing a new set of tools for Bible students of all levels, David C Cook and Warren Wiersbe have partnered to provide an essential tool to help bring the “perspective” and “renewed strength” that comes from a life transforming study of God’s Word. This fantastic and long awaited resource will bring more clarity than ever before to the study of God’s Word.

MY REVIEW

I used this Bible today as I fasted and prayed about some events in my life. I have to say it was a great Bible to use. Here are the many facets I enjoyed about this Bible.

The forward of the Bible makes a profound statement that shouldn't be overlooked, "What Your Bible Will Do for You If You Will Let It". That's what it's all about, our relationship with God. We have to allow God access to our lives. It is then explained how to make this possible.

Next we are given the Introduction to the New Living Translation. One point that struck me and I've never considered is that the Bible was written to be read aloud! I did take some time to read to read part of Proverbs outloud and it was just as I thought it would be, powerful. I also appreciate that Dr. Wiersbe explained the difference between how Bible's have been translated and that they tried to find a balance between the two: "word-for-word" (formal-equivalence) and "thought-for-thought" (dynamic-equivalence).

At the introduction of each book is an outline. It breaks down the book so that you can turn right to a section you want to study or read about. As you dive into each wonderful book, you are given study notes at the bottom of the page, which I absolutely love!!

My favorite part of this Bible has been the Catalyst sections. They each cover a different topic that's being covered in the section of Bible you're reading. I wanted to share a few pieces from topics that are covered. In Proverbs, Personal Inventory is discussed. At the end is says, "Life is too short and too precious to be wasted on the temporary and the trivial." Profile of a Fool ends on this note, "Foolish tendencies in each of us are part of our sin nature. Recognizing them and depending on God's remedies for these flaws are the first steps toward wisdom, forgiveness, and eternal life."

For me, an important aspect in a Bible is the Dictionary/Concordance. Without that, I find it lacks an important elements to help readers. There are also beautifully illustrated maps at the back. I also appreciate that there is a large section left for personal notes.

This version of the Bible will probably become one of my favorites!

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