Writing a Bible review is a funny thing. On one hand, I want to say, “Good job, God! You did a smashing job on the New Testament!” Being the best-selling book of all time, God knows His inspired Word is good stuff. On the other hand, I have to consider how each Bible has been adapted through translation, notation, and explanation to aid in one’s study of the good book. All these things come to mind as I introduce The Transformation Study Bible from David C. Cook Publishers.
The Transformation Study Bible’s general editor is renowned Bible teacher Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe, a former pastor at Chicago’s Moody Church. A lifetime of study has gone into the commentaries, cross references, study notes, and concordance contained in this book. Additionally, Wiersbe adds a touch of his “Be” series and “Catalyst” notes that encourage readers to apply Scripture to real-life situations.
Presented in the easy-to-read New Living Translation (NLT), The Transformation Study Bible is a good resource for Christians who want to dig deeper into their study and understanding of Scripture. Before each book of the Bible is a in-depth overview explaining the history, setting, and intended audience. The Scripture itself is jam-packed with verse-by-verse commentary, textual footnotes, and cross references as well as the aforementioned “Catalyst” notes.
This isn’t a Bible I would carry to church, but it definitely enhances personal study of the word—in community or individual settings. While some of the footnotes may seem a little elementary to seasoned Christians, The Transformation Study Bible’s expansive commentary has something for everyone, including learned scholars.
*I received a copy The Transformation Study Bible from David C. Cook Publishers for review. And I’m keeping it!*