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Why I Prefer the "Life Application" Study Bible

Louise is an online writer and Bible enthusiast. Read on for her thoughts on the Life Application Bible.

A page from the life application Bible

A page from the life application Bible

All About the Life Application Bible

When it comes to Bibles, I have had many over the years. I have a large collection. But the Life Application Bible that I purchased nearly 20 years ago remains my favorite. In fact, I wrote in the diary the day I purchased it: the 28th of February, 2007. I'll explain why I like this to any other Bible I've had in the past. I attend church most weeks, so having a Bible that I can easily read and understand is vital. Sometimes I like to follow up on a sermon by looking up certain Bible verses. This Bible also comes in handy during Bible study.

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 are 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 of the person, who they were, what they did etc. It gives key factors such as:-

  1. Strengths and accomplishments
  2. Lessons from life
  3. Vital statistics
  4. 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 are 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. The page preceding Genesis tells us what was created on each day of creation. And on the next page explains 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 in getting to know the people better.

Now, of course, I know that everyone is different and has their own personal favorite 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 find 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.

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Life Application Study Bible

© 2017 Louise Powles


Louise Powles (author) from Norfolk, England on April 29, 2019:

Kay, you're right, they do. That is also a good Bible. =)

Kay on April 28, 2019:

They have this Bible in KJV as well :)

Lyn from England on September 16, 2017:

Interesting read and an absolute bonus that it gives such clear explanations too. One to look out for, thanks. Lyn

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on April 08, 2017:

I will definitely be checking out this Bible based on this review, thank you. When I am working on learning something again from the Bible I go with 3 different ones. I am a skeptic that any is precise. But with three I think I get the gist.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on January 30, 2017:

I admire you for loving your Bible enough to share why. Now, I want to look at that Bible, based on the information you gave. Thank you.