Monday, September 1, 2014

NIV Streams In The Desert Bible

  • Hardcover: 1536 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (March 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310441846
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310441847

Are you in a desert experience? Let your thirsty soul be restored and refreshed through the daily devotions in the NIV Streams in the Desert Bible.
At some point in our lives, we encounter the trials and deep mysteries of the Christian faith. And when we do become like a thirsty traveler, what we most desire is for hope, comfort, and encouragement to burst forth like a sparkling, clear river.
The hopeful daily readings in this Bible promise to revive and refresh you—one of today’s generation of faithful sojourners—by providing daily devotions in modern, easy-to-understand language that beautifully captures the timeless essence of the original. These devotionals are presented alongside Scripture using the popular New International Version of the Bible.
While the devotions in this Bible were originally written by L. B. Cowman—a pioneer missionary in Japan and China from 1901 to 1917—this devotional Bible has been edited by James Reimann. It maintains the beauty of the original Cowman writings while making the devotionals more accessible for the readers of today.
• Complete text of the clear, accessible NIV Bible
• 365 daily readings of strength and encouragement from L. B. Cowman
• Foreword by Jim Reimann

My take on this Bible:
Streams In The Desert Bible  blends devotions from the updated version of Streams In The Desert together with the easy to read NIV text of the Bible to provide 365 daily readings. The devotions are paired together with scripture verses that illuminate the devotional thought. Because it is arranged in 365 daily readings the combination is perfect for use as a daily devotional read. There is even a go to line at the bottom of each devotional that makes it super easy to find the next devotional. Included in this Bible is a subject index that makes it easy to find topical issues that may be of interest.There are also several blank pages for jotting down notes. One issue I have with this Bible is that the font is a bit small. Overall I found this Bible to  be straightforward and simple, which makes it easy to use. The devotionals are easy to navigate and because they are paired with the scripture that they relate to I found myself reading those as well as the devotional. I did miss the presentation page and the introductions to each book of the Bible. That said I still think this Bible is great for what it is, and I wouldn't hesitate to give it as a gift.

A complimentary copy of this Bible was provided for review. 

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