The Transformation Study Bible

For over thirty years, millions have come to rely on the timeless wisdom of Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe’s “Be” Commentary series. Dr. Wiersbe’s commentary and insights on Scripture have helped readers understand and apply God’s Word with the goal of life transformation. According to Dr. Wiersbe, “It isn’t enough for us simply to read assigned portions of the Bible each day, as helpful as that is. A truly transforming experience involves meditating on what we read (Ps. 1:2), studying it carefully in the light of other verses, and then obeying what God tells us to do (Josh. 1:8).” Now available for the first time, The Transformation Study Bible offers the full text of the highly readable New Living Translation with accompanying notes and commentary from the 50 books in Dr. Wiersbe’s “Be” series.

The former pastor of The Moody Church in Chicago, an internationally known Bible teacher, and someone who has given his life to a deep examination of the Word of God, Dr. Wiersbe lends his vast experience and scholarly insight to the most beloved and revered book of all time. This effort is to encourage believers of all levels to know and love the Bible and to experience the same transformation that has radically changed his life. The result is a Bible that is clear, understandable, and applicable to the lives of its readers.

This study Bible has many of the same features as other study Bibles: book introductions, outlines, and a dictionary/concordance.  The biggest difference I’ve noticed is in the notes on each page.  As already mentioned, the notes and Catalyst articles come from Wiersbe’s “Be” Series of Bible studies.  They are more devotional than academic in nature. The Catalyst articles and notes offer insight, points for reflection to challenge one’s sincere devotion to God, and /or a point on which to meditate longer; they speak to the heart.  I have enjoyed reading them and being challenged by them during my daily Bible reading.

Another feature that will especially appeal to pastors is the Index of Preaching Outlines.  These are basic preaching outlines that highlight the teachable/preach-able sections of each book, with the exceptions of Psalms and Proverbs.

Finally, there are colored maps and several pages for personal notes.

Since I’ve never owned a NLT Bible, I was not sure how I would like the NLT.  It’s different.  It’s wordier.  I don’t mean that in a negative way; I’m just not used to it.  Though I prefer a word-for-word version, I have enjoyed my time in the NLT the last couple of weeks.  It really has helped my daily reading to be more devotional.

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