Posted by: nancyisanders | November 30, 2014

Book Review: NIV Discover God’s Heart Devotional Bible

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NIV Discover God’s Heart Devotional Bible
Zondervan

Summary
This NIV version of the Bible features a simple plan for reading through the Bible in one year: Six readings each week with one day off every week for a total of 52 weeks. The unique feature of this Bible, however, is that each of these readings is accompanied by a one page devotional that includes three keys:

God’s Story
This is a summary of the passages you just read. This is especially helpful in some passages that may be more difficult to read through or hard to understand. This pulls out the main theme of the section they highlight.

The King’s Heart
This section of the devotional really reveals God’s heart. I especially love this section because so often unbelievers quote a passage from the Bible and criticize God for doing such and such. In this section of the devotional, we are reminded that God’s love is so infinite for each of us and that the events in the verses we just read were part of God’s amazing plan to shower his love on us and protect us and bring about His ultimate good in our lives and in the lives of the people who were living at that time.

Insight
This section of the devotional is so helpful to understand at a deeper level what the passages we just read in the Bible are really all about. It really sums things up in a nutshell

What I Like
The devotionals included for each day’s reading are unique from other Bibles (and I have a lot since I’ve read through the Bible each year for many years!). This Bible, overall, has a very simple feel. No commentaries for the verses. Just simple footnotes. No maps or concordance or other features. The whole focus of this Bible is to reveal God’s heart to us from the first page of Genesis to the last page of Revelation.

I think this Bible can be given to someone who has been hurt or who has felt abandoned by God because that person can find healing and hope and see that God really does love them passionately and beyond what they could ever have imagined. Just reading the devotionals myself made me feel very encouraged and loved. The great God of the universe loves me (and you!) in a very personal way as is revealed through His Word, the Bible.

As a bonus to the one year reading plan, in the back there are also several other reading plans including:
* A tour of the Bible in 90 days
* A 30 day reading plan for a new Christian
* A 30 days with Jesus reading plan (I love this!)
* 30 themes in Psalms
* And more!

-Thanks, BookLook Bloggers for another wonderful free book in exchange for my honest review!

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