Why I Prefer the 'Life Application' Study Bible
A page from the Life Application Bible
The Life Application Bible key information
When it comes to Bibles, I have had many over the years, and some I still have in my collection. The Life Application Bible I purchased for nearly 20 years ago now, and it still remains my favourite Bible. In fact, I wrote in the diary the day I purchased it, and it was 28th February 2007. I'll explain why I like this to any other Bible I've had in the past. As I attend Church most weeks, having a Bible that I can easily read and understand is vital. Sometimes I like to follow up what has been said in the sermon by the Bible verses given. And I find it particularly helpful when we have Bible studies.
I like that on each page the majority of the verses are explained in smaller print at the bottom of the page in the notes section. This I find helpful when there is a passage of the scripture I don't understand, or need a fuller explanation of a certain verse or verses. The verses are explained well and easy to read.
- John 14:6 - Jesus told him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me."
- Meaning - Jesus said he is the only way to God the Father. Some people may argue that this way is too narrow. In reality, it is wide enough for the whole world, if the world chooses to accept it. Instead of worrying about how limited it sounds to have only one way, we should be saying, "Thank you, God, for providing a sure way to get to you!"
What I also find useful in this Bible is short character profiles about some of the main people in the Bible. It gives a short description on the person, who they were, what they did etc. It gives key factors such as:-
- Strengths and accomplishments
- Lessons from life
- Vital statistics
- Key verses
The main body of the text where the Bible verses are is easy to read, and I find that reading the verses aloud easy. The text and font is clear and laid out in such a way that it is easy to follow on to the next Chapter. There are also blocks of text with different kinds of useful information. For instance, famous songs in the Bible. This tells you where in the Bible these songs are and the purpose of the song. And right at the beginning of the Bible in Genesis, it tells you want what created on each day. And on the next page explains about what the Bible says about marriage, and where to find this in the Bible. At the back of the Bible is an in depth index to easily find what you want in the Bible. This is useful as sometimes I want to read about a particular subject or person, and this is easy for me to find what I want.
At the beginning of each book is an introduction with key facts, vital statistics and information about the main people in the book and what each book is about. If you are new to reading the Bible, this is one that will certainly help anyone on their path with God. Likewise, I believe people who have been Christians, or even leaders, could benefit from a Bible like this. It gives so much information on not just the verses, but also key people and places in the Bible, which I found very helpful with getting to know the people better.
Now, of course I know that everyone is different and has their own personal favourite Bible to read. There's no right or wrong. Every version of the Bible is different and that is down to personal choice. A friend at Church prefers the King James version. He's always preferred that 'old fashioned' way of reading, so to speak. But I personally like it more simplistic and easy to read, which is why I opted for the Life Application Study Bible. And I think sometimes it can also come down to finance. Let's be honest, Bibles cannot be cheap. Unless you can pick them up second hand or be given one, brand new copies can be expensive. But I am glad to have had this Bible for coming on to 20 years, and still happy to read it and refer to it when I need some explanation on certain texts or passages.