Sunday, April 13, 2014

Book Review: NIV Ragamuffin Bible

From the book cover:

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.

My Review:  
Have you said to yourself, perhaps more than once, this is the year I'm going to read the bible!   Have you reminded yourself of your New Year's goal, or Bucket List moment, to read it cover to cover?   With the Ragamuffin Bible, you can! It is a bible - not a book :)  However, what makes this extraordinary bible stand out is that it's so personable and inviting. 

With exquisite onion skin, delicate paper and easy to read font, this book is simply stunning.  It carries within it's 1,140 pages the entire bible Old and New Testaments.  Scattered through-out are small forewards and passages that make you stop and pause, relevant to the scriptures that it's speaking of.  For example, in Exodus 6:5 when God said to Moses "I am the Lord. I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians and free you from being slaves."  The small sections of thought provoking questions scattered through-out relevantly implore:  Do you really believe that God loves YOU unconditionally and as you are? 

Reading the bible is not just a desire for many of us but often the words we seek when we are in our greatest needs.  We turn to the Word for guidance.  While biblical translations are constantly updated in our ever changing world,
this version of the bible is trust and just and a beautiful adapation of the Word of God.   This book gives you the opportunity to not only read the Word, but personally reflect on the passages with thought-provoking insight and devotions to assist in getting a better connection to God.

Book review by: Kelly Santi

I was given a copy of this book to review from the B & B company.  The opinions expressed within are purely my own for an honest review of the book.

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