I’m happy to tell you that because of the kindness of Hendrickson Bibles I get to tell you about their latest release called Everyday Matters Bible for Women. I like the title because it says two things to me. First is when we turn to the Word of God every day “matters”AND we have help to handle our everyday “matters” with the spiritual disciplines that are the focus of this Bible.
Hendrickson Bibles chose the New Living Translation (NLT) which uses clear, contemporary language. You will find separate written reflections throughout the books of the Bible written by some of today’s foremost Christian thinkers. There are 300 articles that focus on 24 spiritual practices such as faith, Bible Study/Meditation, and submission, among others. Each spiritual practice is explored in four different types of articles which are Everyday Matters, Everyday Profiles, Everyday Reflections, and Everyday Q&A’s. The color coded icon for each spiritual discipline will be noted on the far right top of the reflection itself and a scripture is referenced at the bottom for further study. There is a section in the back that gives a short “About” for each writer who contributed. One of the writings that caught my attention is on page 1545. It is called “Tempted to Leave” by Elaine Creasman. The spiritual discipline is Community. If you feel alone in your faith this is an encouragement to persevere and welcome Christian fellowship. Another reflection I enjoyed comes under the spiritual discipline of contemplation. It is on page 68 and 69 and is written by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun. In one of her paragraphs she says, “It’s not enough just to have eyes and ears. We need to learn how to hear and see God’s presence and his guidance for us.” That alone can be contemplated for a long time.
There is a section in the back that shows how you can use this Bible along with the articles for a small group study. I think it could probably be used as an individual study also. It’s noted that if you spend two weeks per spiritual practice your study would last approximately a year. There are other study models mentioned either shorter or longer. It’s nice to have these choices to make the Bible so effective for study.
Also in the back is a “further reading list” to give you more learning material on the spiritual disciplines. It’s a great reading list referencing such writings as Constantine’s Confessions all the way to ChristianBibleStudies.com. I definitely intend to use this.
I think this is a bible that any woman would want to buy or receive as a gift. It would especially be good for a new Christian who is looking for help in maturing in their spirituality.
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