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The Jesus Calling Devotional Bible puts readers in touch with God and His answers for their life situations. Missionary Sarah Young had been journaling her prayers for years when she began "listening" for what Jesus was saying to her within the words of Scripture. In this Bible, 260 scenarios pose life struggles to which Sarah Young gives answers from her Savior-words that Jesus has lovingly laid on her heart-words that have comforted and ...
The Jesus Calling Devotional Bible puts readers in touch with God and His answers for their life situations. Missionary Sarah Young had been journaling her prayers for years when she began "listening" for what Jesus was saying to her within the words of Scripture. In this Bible, 260 scenarios pose life struggles to which Sarah Young gives answers from her Savior-words that Jesus has lovingly laid on her heart-words that have comforted and inspired Sarah and many others around the world.
Posted September 27, 2011
I recently got the chance to review this bible and I love it. It is the NKJV. It has all the chapters of the bible like a regular bible. Then plus a index to subjects you want to read about or what your going through. Sarah Young the one who writes devotion books has over 200 devotion from her other books placed throughout this one as devotions in it too answer prayers from what we may be praying or going through and it answers it like what God might say to you. It highlights important bible verses on the side. I really like this bible and will use it as a devotion bible. It has so many wonderful ones throughout the whole book.This is a wonderful version for a devotion bible to have devotions from and learn new things:) I am glad to get too own a copy!
I got this book free from booksneeze free for my honest review
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Posted October 11, 2011
I am writing this review with aims: I hope that if the publishers read enough requests for an NCV rendition they will produce it if it feasible for them as a company. Below is my contribution to that end (smile). God bless! So, similar to the other reviewer, I value a bible integrated with devotionals that do not become the main draw in the bible. In other words, I prefer that my devotional bible contain devotionals that (1) send me back to scripture, (2) cause me to appreciate the scriptures freshly, and (3) instigate the integration of SCRIPTURE into my thoughts, attitudes, and behavior perhaps more broadly and deeply than otherwise would be happening. The devotionals in this bible are the type of devotionals that can do this (for me, at least). Amazing and astounding! I own many, many bibles, and I find the devotionals in the Jesus Calling Devotional Bible to usher me into contemplation, prayer, worship, and SCRIPTURE READING better than any bible I've owned or even read. That's just exciting and a real blessing! Thank you, Thomas Nelson, Sarah Young, and other contributors! I reflect on this every time I go to Barnes and Noble (which is pretty frequently) and read from the Jesus Calling Devotional Bible. So, this WOULD BE the bible for which I would be willing to trade most of my other devotional bibles except for one thing: it's in the the NKJV (New King James Version). Don't get me wrong: I grew up on the KJV, so the KJV is close to my heart and I therefore have nothing against the KJV or NKJV themselves. It's just that there is a bit of a disconnect between the style of the devotionals and the style of the NKJV. This seems to matter, because when I read a devotional in this bible, I get close and personal with the content of the Word and consequently with the Lord as I contemplate. Then, when I turn to read scripture about that content (because the devotional DOES inspire me to do so), it feels like I am engaging a literary act of parsing language . . . if that makes any sense. I feel the instinct to grab a Hebrew-Greek KJV Keyword bible or something to verify that I'm getting the right meaning. Maybe this would change over time as I re-acclimated to the KJV, but in the back of my mind I would always be wondering about comprehension issues that come with literal translations, and what I was possibly "misunderstanding" as a result. In summary, I find the devotional content of this bible to be "it" so to speak: These devotionals usher me into relationship and right back to scripture. Wow and yay! However, due to known comprehension issues with literalist translations and due to the fact that reading one of the devotionals and then reading relevant NKJV scriptures feel like two disparate types of actions . . . I will hope and wait for the NCV rendition.
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Posted October 4, 2011
If you're not familiar with Sarah Young's "Jesus Calling", I highly recommend it. It's a collection of many of her journal entries where she felt God was speaking directly to her. The words are presented to us in His voice, from His perspective, and contain wisdom which pertains to all of us.
As part of their Booksneeze program, Thomas Nelson recently sent me a copy (free for review purposes) of their new "Jesus Calling" devotional bible.It's the New King James translation, and the "devotional" portion is quite extensive, and very well done. A friend saw it at my house the other day and called it a "bible plus", an appropriate description, if you ask me.
A "devotional" bible can sound like a great idea, but result in something not so great. Bookstore shelves are full of devotional bibles which consist of the personal opinions of authors, or which seem to be a blatant attempt to capitalize on the popularity of some recent book, movie, or popular author. It appears that some were dreamed up by someone in the Marketing department rather than an attempt at truly benefiting the reader. ("The Toy Story 3 Devotional Bible": it's only a matter of time.)
The "Jesus Calling" bible, however, does not fall into such traps. The "plus" part of this "bible plus" is very well done. It supplements the surrounding Scripture, rather than trying to drown it out. For example, at the end of Job, the devotional calls to mind Romans 8:28, reminding us that God will cause all things to work together for the good of those who love Him. How many bibles have the good sense tie Job with Romans 8:28? How many preachers do that?
If you are in the market for a new bible, I recommend this one.
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Posted October 5, 2011
Hi! Oh, my goodness, I am SO excited to tell you about this new Bible I got from Booksneeze- but before I dive in, I need to say that I received this book for free from the Thomas Nelson publishing company in exchange for a legitimate review. So anything I say is completely and honestly my opinion. So, now, anyway, on with the show! The "Jesus Calling Devotional Bible- NKJV", edited by Sarah Young, is so amazing. It's a thick Bible- big enough to read with some good devotions in there, but not so huge that it sprains your back every time you pick it up. With prayers from everyday average Joes (and Janes) like us as well as several devotionals written by Sarah Young, this Bible is a very touching edition. The devos, written from the perspective of Jesus (it refers to Jesus as "I", "me", "myself", etc. and the reader as "you", "your", etc.) With the Thomas Nelson Bible Guarantee for Life, if you wear this Bible out (which I certainly hope you do! Everyone need Bible time!!) you're set up. I love the Bible, period. And the little extras set up in this edition sets this up for a solid five out of five stars.
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Posted December 15, 2011
I love this devotional even though it's not on my Nook. If you can't find the in sale get it here. Well worth the investment.
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Posted September 28, 2011
Jesus Calling Devotional Bible, NKJV- Enjoying Peace in His Presence By Sarah Young, General Editor- is another new themed bible published by Thomas Nelson Publishers. This themed bible is a nice idea. The padded cover art is impressive. Devotions from the book "Jesus Calling" are dispersed within. The main thing that would have made this bible better is if it was offered in a more user friendly version such as the NCV which is also published by Thomas Nelson. Sarah Young's writings and devotions are very easy to read and understand in stark contrast to the more literal NKJV. Therefore I believe the easier to read NCV version would have been a better translation to pair up with Young's devotional style. I hold the same opinion for the Max Lucado themed bible which I feel should have been offered in the NCV version as well. In fact, I wrote a comment about this (on the booksneeze fb web site) and the feed back I received was that an abreviated version of the bible- simply a series of selected readings- not nearly the entire bible, was available as a devotional in the NCV version. But, why not have the NCV version available as an option for their themed bibles? In the Start Bible for New Believers I really feel it was a disservice not to offer that bible in NCV version either. I think the end result is that all these nice, attractive looking themed bibles will wind up taking bookspace on people shelves with only the devotionals being read but not the actual bible text. I Simply do not understand why Thomas Nelson publishers avoids publishing its themed bibles in the NCV version which they publish as well.
As a blogger I have had the opportunity to review a number of bibles and bible translations. As a believer I read the bible because it is the word of God. A frequently used translation by Thomas Nelson publishers, the publisher I blog for, uses frequently for their themed bibles the NKJV- New King James Version. The NKJV as well as other more literal translations- such as the KJV, NASB, NRSV and ESV tend to be overly literal to the point of being difficult to understand. This is especially evident in the Psalms, and other old testament books as well as the letters in the New Testament. For example, a bible marketed for new belivers titled the "New Believers Bible- Start" ironically, is available in only the literal NKJV, rather than a more user friendly version such as the NCV. The NCV which also is available by the same publisher but under- marketed, would be more appropriate for a new believer or new bible reader. Furthermore, a Max Lucado themed devotional bible is also available in NKJV only and not the more modern yet reliable NCV- New Century Version. For those readers who enjoy Lucado's simple to understand books, the NKJV does a disservice- and a more user friendly version for this themed bible would be more appropriate.
As a blogger for booksneeze I received this book for the purpose of writing this review at no cost.
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Posted October 4, 2011
This devotional bible couples the New King James Version Bible with over 200 of Sarah Youngs writings. It is filled with prayer and devotionals from, Sarah's early devotionals. This Bible includes an index to subjects you want to read about or what your going through. This devotional bible has a beautiful padded cover and the inside pages are beautifully decorated, but not overly so. The artwork really compliments the bible. If you are a fan of Sarah Young you will be very pleased with bible.
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I am never very impressed when another devotional Bible comes out. There are so many different options out there, and I think one of the things that is weakening our Christianity in general is a tendency to depend more on other's opinions of what God's Word is speaking to us directly. But I was pleasantly surprised with this devo. Jesus Calling is well worth the time to read and devour and meditate on.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 8, 2013
I have many Bibles of different translation. I have Sarah Young's Jesus Calling and when I saw Jesus Calling Devotional Bible was available
I ordered the Bible immediately. The Bible is the New King James version and one of my favorites.
Posted October 26, 2012
I bought this for my daughter's Nook. She has the hardback copy also. She brings her Nook everywhere. I have the Nook app on my phone and read it when I'm on the go.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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