Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Tony Evans Study Bible Review & Giveaway

I love Tony Evans. There. I said it. Oh, but not in THAT way. Like, if he were my uncle, he'd be my favorite uncle! He has been a staple in my life for pretty much the entirety of me being a Christian. Can I share a memory, albeit a vague one, of my one and only time seeing Tony in person?

My roommate, and dear friend, Vicki won tickets to go see him preach in downtown Seattle. I had this image of him in my head of this large man to fit his booming voice. Back in the mid-90s I couldn't Google him. We went to hear him speak and I think she and I were the only caucasian women in the crowd. Then there he was. His stature wasn't what I expected, but his voice was the same one I heard on the radio. lol We had the most incredible time at that church service! The only thing I honestly remember is his voice didn't match how I pictured him.

Now I have The Tony Evans Study Bible! I was BEYOND thrilled when I found out I could review this thanks to FrontGate Media. Let's check it out!

Introducing The Tony Evans Study Bible from BH Publishing on Vimeo.

CSB Tony Evans Study Bible
Contributors: Tony Evans (author)|CSB Bibles by Holman (editor)
ISBN: 9781535971133

Summary:

Tony Evans is one of the most influential church leaders of our time and has been studying and preaching the Gospel for over 50 years. He serves as senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, TX and founder of The Urban Alternative, a ministry which promotes a kingdom agenda philosophy designed to enable people to live all of life underneath the comprehensive rule of God.

The Tony Evans Study Bible includes extensive study notes and other ancillary resources carefully crafted and curated by Dr. Tony Evans as General Editor and adapted from his sermons, teachings, and writings. These features are strategically placed alongside the biblical text to explain God’s Word in a fresh way. Applying these truths will empower readers to have transformed lives that then transfer the values of the kingdom of God to others.

Features include: Elegant design, study notes crafted from Tony Evans sermons and writings, 40 inspirational articles, 50 “Lessons on Kingdom Living,” a plethora of “Questions & Answers,” numerous "Hope Words,” over 150 videos of sermons, devotionals, and teaching from Dr. Evans, page-edge cross-reference system, black-letter text, presentation page and introductory front matter, special back matter section with key definitions, theological and doctrinal charts, and other study helps, concordance, Bible reading plan, full-color maps, and more.

The Tony Evans Study Bible features the highly readable, highly reliable text of the Christian Standard Bible® (CSB). The CSB stays as literal as possible to the Bible's original meaning without sacrificing clarity, making it easier to engage with Scripture's life-changing message and to share it with others.

My Review:

Ok, let me warn you. I'm going to gush about this Bible. This has become my go-to Bible. I'm NOT just saying that. The Tony Evans Study Bible is stunning! There's no other way to put it. Let's start with the cover. The one I received for review is black/brown leathertouch. It may be imitation leather, but you would never know it. The stitching also adds to the gorgeous design. The pages have a gold trim. I also love the added touch of the gold embossed crown on the spine.

Let's head into the Tony Evans Study Bible. One of the features I liked immediately is that it lays flat. I don't have to constantly have to try to keep it open. I appreciated the section on how to use the Bible. Study Bibles tend to have a lot included in them, and to understand how each piece can be used effectively is essential to getting the most out of it. The brown shading they use to highlight the resources is easy on the eyes and draws you to notice them as part of the page, but doesn't distract from it.

Now here's a funny for you. As I began reading the Bible for my studies, guess what I heard? Dr. Tony Evans voice. Ha! I'm not kidding. I've listened to him on the radio for so long I can hear his voice as I start to read. Speaking of hearing his voice, one of the resources through out the Bible is his video devotions. You can scan the QR code or underneath each code is the url. It's so helpful to read scripture and hear teaching to go along with it.

The back of this Christian Standard Bible is loaded with all kind of helps. There are:
  • Definitions of key terms and doctrines of the Christian faith
  • Topical index
  • Attributes of the triune God
  • Bibliology
  • Names of God
  • Reading plan
  • and more
I haven't even been able to take it all in there's so much to it! I haven't done it yet... I'm still in the honeymoon phase of my new Bible -- you know what I'm talking about, right? Trying not to crinkle the pages and such, but I have a feeling I'll be doing a lot of highlighting and note writing in the one. I haven't done that for years! Can you believe it?

Now you have the opportunity to win your very own Tony Evans Study Bible!

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