God’s Book of Proverbs

I don’t have statistics on this and there has probably never been a government study, however, I would estimate that the book of Proverbs is probably second in line to the Psalms in popularity. We all know the wisdom that is contained in Proverbs, sometimes a bit befuddling but nevertheless, it’s there to dig out. The blessing of Proverbs is reading, meditating and interpreting. The fun is playing (for lack of a better word) with all of the various categories of wisdom that the book imparts.God's Book of Proverbs

So, B&H Publishing has produced the book of Proverbs arranged by topic. It’s cleverly titled God’s Book of Proverbs: Biblical Wisdom Arranger by Topic. They have categorized 60 topics. The topics range from Anger to Wonder and everything in between, all arranged alphabetically. Depending on your own personal analysis of Proverbs, sixty may seem like a lot or too few. Regardless of your analytical viewpoint, it is a blessing and entertaining to peruse through the various topics.

But, wait! Not only did B&H arrange the Proverbs topically, they also included a subject index at the back. It serves as a sort of cross reference although most of the words in the topics are included in the index. So, if you want to know what Proverbs says about indulgence, look up the word in the index and you get the page(s) on which the topic is found. It makes the entire process of using Proverbs as a lifestyle mentor quite simple.

Structurally the book is small, devotional size, 6 ¾” x 4 ¾”. It comes with a ribbon in case one decides to use this book devotionally and a Presentation Page in case one decides to use it as a gift. The translation is the Christian Standard Bible (CSB), Holman’s newest translation. It’s probably another promotional attempt for this new translation.

The bottom line is that this is a worthwhile purchase for personal use, as a gift and even for counseling. The price is set well at $9.99 but you can likely find it for less at online dealers.

Disclaimer: This book was provided to me by B&H for a fair and honest review.

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NKJV Minister’s Bible

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.NKJV Minister's Bible

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.