This Bible is unique because it’s marketed as being one that’s for “anyone in the investigative stage of their spiritual journey”, and I think that many of the features included in this Bible are great for new believers and people with questions in general. In the very beginning, there are two pages answering the question: What is a Spiritual Explorer? It tells you that “if you’ve picked up this Bible, you may very well be a spiritual explorer”, and goes on to give you information about what’s included in this Bible, as well as where to look for specific information. It also talks about how it’s not just about each of us seeking God, but that “Jesus is the ultimate “seeker”. After that are sections on “How to Seek God”, A Summary of the Bible (In Its Own Words), Who is Jesus?, Crossing the Line: How to Follow Jesus, and more. These alone were some great resources, and they aren’t like anything I’ve ever seen in another Bible before!
I really appreciated that each book had a simple one-page introduction, followed by a one-page story that related in some way to the book. The story for the book of Deuteronomy was the best one I’ve ever seen related to Deuteronomy, which is a book that is often misunderstood and even ignored by many in the church as being a book that just “isn’t relevant” today. It talked about how a teacher had loved children, and how that simple act of loving them helped them to become successful adults – beyond what anyone would have thought they could do. Then it related it to what we learn in the book of Deuteronomy, and how God provides guidance – and love – to us. The law of love is an important one – that we love God above everything else because God loved us. These one-page readings are all fantastic in providing ways to make the stories of the Bible really come to life, for people at all stages – not just for people who are new to the faith.
The only negative thing about this Bible was how thick it was. I didn’t feel like it would be an easy one for someone new to the faith, or questioning things, to read and study. I would have much preferred the Bible to be bigger in overall size – wider, taller – than to have it be so thick.
I received a free copy of this Bible from the publisher, in exchange for my honest review. I was in no way required to write anything positive – all thoughts and opinions expressed here are completely my own.