Tuesday, December 10, 2013

NIV Ragamuffin Bible ~ Review

    NIV Ragamuffin Bible: Meditations for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Brokenhearted, Hardcover, Jacketed Printed  -     By: Brennan Manning
  • Hardcover: 1472 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; Special edition (November 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310405238
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310405238

Do you believe that God not only loves you, but that he also likes you? It's just one of the soul-searching questions posed by bestselling author Brennan Manning who confesses he has been 'John the beloved, Peter the coward, and Thomas the doubter all before the waitress brought the check.' The NIV Ragamuffin Bible offers a collection of Manning's raw, painfully honest, yet grace-filled devotions, meditations, and reflections of his journey limping back to---like the prodigal son---his overjoyed father. When you journey through this Bible, you will likewise find yourself returning to your Heavenly Father, basking in the knowledge that God not only loves you, he delights in you. Features:* Complete text of the world's most popular modern-English Bible, the NIV* 104 Devotions guide you into a deeper connection to God and his Word * 250 Reflections help you understand what it means to be a child of God* 150 Quotes offer short but thoughtful insights into God's kingdom.

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My thoughts on the NIV Ragamuffin Bible:
The NIV Ragamuffin Bible is like a two in one Bible. First it's a NIV Bible that is written in an easy to read text size, but it can also be used as a devotional, because there are over 100 devotional type writings peppered thru the scripture. Here are a few features of the Bible:
1. 104 Devotions that might deepen your connection with God and his word. 
2. 250 Reflections that are geared to help the reader understand what it means to be a child of God.
3.150 quotes that give insight into God's kingdom.

The reflections are writings of Brennan Manning, an author whom I had never read before. His thoughts are encouraging and uplifting. Overall this was just an ok Bible for me. While I did enjoy the devotional type readings, as well as the reflections  I was disappointed that there wasn't an index to make them easy to find, and the writings weren't always located near the scripture they referenced. .I thought the font size was great perfect for easy reading, and I like the lightweight feel of the Bible, and the NIV translation is always easy to understand. If you're looking for a Bible that also has uplifting devotional reads then this one might be just what you're looking for. A good Bible just not my favorite.

A complimentary copy of this Bible was provided for review.

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