Best Bibles This Year
Every year we get a new batch of Bibles. There is a plethora of Study Bibles. There are lots of different translations to choose from, not to mention the numerous apps for your phone or tablet. It used to be easy to pick out a Bible; you just went down and bought one. If you were a man you bought a black one and if you were a woman you bought a white one. Now, you have to know what translation you want, whether it’s going to have Jesus’ words in red, what different notes you need in it, what is it going to be used for, what size is it going to be, whether it’s going to be leather bound or hard back or soft back, and so forth.
So, what is the right bible to carry for you? Here’s a list of Bibles to peruse and come up with the right one. Maybe it won’t be on this list. Maybe it’s a Bible that you saw your neighbor had at church last weekend. You don’t want it to get lonely on the bookshelf. As a former pastor of mine said once, “They get lonely unless you bring them out. They like to be around other Bibles, after all.” Okay, that’s not exactly the way he said it, but it is close enough.
Or maybe you subscribe to the technology era. As long as it has the Bible’s words on it, it’s a Bible, after all. And some of the paid apps have all sorts of commentaries on them, as well. You can get a lot in a little space with an ebook and you carry it with you all the time as well if you carry a phone.
Life Application Study Bible
“Life Application Study Bibles are designed to help readers understand and apply the Bible’s teachings to their lives. They are are available in the NIV, NLT, KJV, NLT, and NKJV translations.
“Discover how you can apply the Bible to your life today. Impacting more than 20 million lives over 30 years, the Life Application Study Bible is the #1-selling study Bible of our generation. Now, it has been thoroughly updated and expanded to be even more helpful and relevant for your life and today’s world.
“With a fresh, new interior design and comprehensively updated study notes and features, this Bible will help you better understand God’s word and provide you with practical ways to apply it to your life every day.”
To me, the difference between a Study Bible and a regular Bible is the extras you get with the Study Bible. As far as the text of the Bible goes, they are all the same, within translations, of course. What “extras” do you get with most Study Bibles? Each Study Bible’s extras are different so I really can’t tell you that, but I can tell you about a single Bible.
This one has a colored Vital Statistics section that tells “an at-a-glance straight fact list about the book.” An overview with a summary of each book with applications that relate to life today. The Timeline has “key events and dates in the book and history shown in chronological context,” so if you don’t mind skipping around, you can still read the Bible in chronological order. It will tell you what to read next. The Blueprint tells how each book is laid out and why. Megathemes tells the theme of each book. Key Places shows us maps of the most important places in the book. Character References are abundant.
These are just a few of the things available in the New Life Application Study Bible in 2020.
The Best Study Bible For Beginners
Let’s look at a Study Bible for beginners. It’s called that because it has one purpose: to study. The Bible is more than an accessory for church; it’s a tool to use in church. That is it’s purpose today, anyway. So the best Study Bible for beginners is probably the One Year Chronological Bible. The write-up I’m looking at on this says “Every Christian should read through the Bible chronologically at some point in their lives. Doing so allows for the story of the Bible to flow more easily and can help the reader understand context better. For new Christians, it might be a good way to read through the Bible for the very first time.” The One Year Chronological Bible NLT (New Living Testament) is available in softcover from Amazon for $ 15.19, and available in NIV from Amazon for $ 14.64. Another thing you will notice is that different translations are priced differently.
Let’s say you already own a Bible or you want to try an ereader. The One Year Chronological Bible readings are online and cost you nothing. However, the One Year Chronological Bible is based on the Bible published by Tynedale and starts on January 1st and ends on December 31st. So, if you are calendar-challenged, like me, it may be a good investment to buy the One Year Chronological Bible. Just a thought.
The Best Study Bible for Evangelists
You might think that evangelists should know the Bible backward and forward so well they shouldn’t need a Study Bible. No, you will never know the Bible as well as you would like. There will always be someone who knows something you don’t and you can read a passage several times and get something new from it every time. So let’s move on to the best Study Bibles for evangelists.
A very good one is The Evangelism Study Bible. Evan Tell, Inc. is an evangelism training and outreach ministry in Dallas, TX, and for more than forty years has focused on one mission: the gospel. The Evangelism Study Bible has “all the tools necessary for sharing the gospel in a clear, simple, and guilt-free manner.”
The Best (Or Better) App
Many different apps are available for your cell phone and tablet. My favorite of these is YouVersion’s Bible. the free version has many versions of the Bible, Not just the King James Version, the New International Version, or the New American Standard Version. It has daily devotions, a “social media” page where you can invite friends to share the app with you. A verse of the day, and much, much more, in an easy to understand format. I don’t know about you, but easy is a big word with me these days. If anything, there’s too much in this app. Then we get to the paid version. It has many commentaries and such that you can download and use. The one thing that is missing is a map section (that I can find). he Bible Gateway app is where you find them. Although the phone is a bit small for a map (in my opinion, the Bible Gateway has many different styles of maps.
Bible.Is is a good app also. The thing I like about Bible.is is that it has a section just devoted to telling you how to use the app. The thing is, this shouldn’t be necessary.
Android’s most popular app is Audiobooks. Whether you are on a walk, or in your car, or just listening to your phone, there is comfort in knowing you have the word of God with you.
The largest selection of audio books, audio shows, and the Bible are on Audiobooks. There are even functions that let you manage your listening speed.
There You have it. The best Bibles, and Apps you should want. Of course, these are only my opinion. You have to form your own. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and start forming!