Study Bibles and Specialty Bibles are all the rage and a top priority with publishers at the current time. Just examine our most recent reviews and you’ll find a large number of study Bibles. However, Ministry Bibles are a highly specialized category. At the same time, it is one of the minister’s most valued possessions. With all that’s involved in the minister’s daily duties, it is most beneficial to have a resource available for consultation for all of those daily demands.
With the several that are available, the NKJV Minister’s Bible, recently published by Thomas Nelson, fits the requirements excellently. The biblical text is the New King James Version; however, it is the features which makes this edition so valuable. The “Resources for the Minister” section has been converted from Nelson’s Minister’s Manual, NKJV Edition and includes virtually all advice, suggestions and examples that a minister would need. Categories include Weddings, Funerals, Dedications, Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, Worship, Pastoral Care and Invitations.
This Bible is unique for several reasons. First, the abundant minister’s helps are placed in the middle of the Bible (between the OT and NT) as opposed to the end. There is even a thumb index indicating the location making accessibility effortless. Second, the size is handheld, measuring 9 x 5 1/2 inches and the soft brown leathersoft cover makes for elegance and ease of handling. Third, the 9-point type, while somewhat small, is still easy to read. And fourth, it comes with three ribbon markers which is, of course, most convenient.
This is one of those specialty Bibles that every minister should definitely have in his possession. The contents and their arrangement make it highly convenient for the busy life of a pastor.
Disclaimer: This Bible was provided to me by Thomas Nelson publishers for a fair and honest review.