Reading the Bible is something I love. Not a day where I don’t catch something that hits me. The reading I do (in the sidebar) takes me through New and Old Testament at the same time, which mixes things up and covers a lot of ground that pertains to my life. Always hits something I needed for the day and that’s not an understatement.
OK, that said, I enjoy a number of translations and try to read through different ones here and there just for contrast… but the King James Version?
Your chance to win your choice of one of these three Bibles down below!
Lifeway Publishing sent me three of their KJV Holman Bibles: the Ultrathin Reference Bible, the Study Bible and the One Big Story Bible. Spoiler alert: I’m not a fan of the thees, thous and adding “eth” to the end of about every verb. Honestly, I think it can be a bit daunting to the new believer and perhaps even a bit cliche of what non-believers expect when they open God’s Word. Still, in looking at these Bibles with fresh eyes, it struck me a bit different than it has in the past. Authoritative, poetic, appropriate, reverent were three words that came to mind. Here’s a little of what I discovered in each:
One of the helpful aspects of a study Bible is if you have questions about the Verse or Verses you just read, chances are there’s a perspective down below that is helpful. This Bible is packed with them on every page. Study notes, remember, are someone’s perspective and not Scripture. Still, it can be helpful to hear what someone else’s thoughts on a passage are. Cover is a pretty cool leather that is almost a football-like texture.
Ultrathin Reference Bible
The portability of this make it a great Bible to take anywhere. Being a reference Bible, you’ll see several cross references throughout to help you compare a passage with what other parts of God’s Word. Love the two-tone look of the LeatherTouch cover and can tell it will have some durability.
Two-tone LeatherTouch cover
Red letters where Jesus is speaking
Center column cross references
Kids One Big Story Bible
Handing a kid a KJV Bible in my opinion can be a party kill right off the bat. In my opinion, because it doesn’t speak more commonly in the language of today, it can make God appear more distant than we know He is. Still, I get it, it’s the world many faith-led families are in and as such, there are kids who will have no trouble as they readeth through it. Although this does have some illustrations in it, this isn’t an illustrated Bible per se. In fact, it’s pretty much just a solid first Bible and not a lot of fluff. Sidebars help make sense of passages. The “Big Words” sections, for example, help define some of the more cumbersome words.
“Christ Connection” feature that shows how each Bible story points to Christ
“Big Questions?” feature to tell kids what they want to know
“Seeing the Big Picture” feature that digs into key Bible stories and provides parents with discussion material
“Big Words feature” that acts as a full-color Bible dictionary
100 Top Memory Verses for kids to learn
Introductions for every book of the Bible, written for kids to understand
Full-color maps on 8 pages
Which brings me to this: would you like to win your choice of one of these Bible FREE? Just enter below and I’ll be giving away a Bible on Monday (6/28/21).