Whatever you’re facing, the Bible has something to say about it.
How do you respond to that statement?
Recently, I received a free hardcover copy of the Life Counsel Bible in exchange for an honest review. After reading about the features of this Bible and knowing it was in a translation I didn’t already have, I jumped at the opportunity.
Though I rarely use this blog to discuss products, I’d like to share my initial thoughts about this new Bible study and counseling resource.
Many thanks to Lifeway Christian Resources for providing a product sample for this review. Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.
In December each year, Dave and I choose which Bible we’ll use the following year for our daily Bible reading. The Life Counsel Bible doesn’t include a “read through the Bible in a year” outline, but I have found it helpful to read alongside my “Bible in a year” reading. I find the CSB (Christian Standard Bible) translation easy to understand and accurate when compared with other translations.
Here’s what I like so far
The Life Counsel Bible’s unique offering comes with 150 full-length articles on topics like anxiety, depression, abuse, sexuality, marriage, divorce, parenting struggles, finances, and more. Written by respected Christian counselors and scholars, the articles are scattered throughout the Bible text. I did find that confusing at first. However, all articles are listed in the Table of Contents.
As a betrayal recovery coach, the first article I read was “Freedom from Addiction, Turning from Your Addictive Behavior” by Edward T. Welch. This article resides near my daily reading in 2 Peter 2. Welch ties in our addictions to worshiping something other than God and being controlled by it. 2 Peter 2:19 says, “People are enslaved to whatever defeats them.”
The edges of the beginning of the books and articles are green. The Bible text edges are white. This creates visual appeal and separation when you look at the Bible.
At the beginning of every book of the Bible, you find several helpful tools to learn more about that book.
- Circumstances of Writing. This section gives the book’s author, the approximate date the book was written, and other historical tidbits.
- Contribution to the Bible. This is how this book fits into the entire Bible story.
- Structure. You guessed it—the parts of the book and how they relate together.
- Truth for Healing. An overview of themes and truths related to healing found in this book.
Throughout this Bible, they’ve included word studies that relate to personal healing and growth. I enjoy reading these, but they are randomly placed within the Bible text, which I find a bit confusing.
At the end of the Bible, you find an extensive appendix section, including an endnote to the articles, concordance, topical Scripture index, and beautiful clear maps. Lots of helpful information here for anyone who wants to dig deeper into these topics.
What I’m not so thrilled about at this point
It appears the articles aren’t in any sequence. With the listing of articles and their page numbers, this isn’t a huge deal. Still, I think a less scattered placement would be helpful.
The hardcover Bible is hefty, with over 1890 pages. It’s a big boy. Therefore, this isn’t a Bible I will carry with me from place to place. Instead, it will sit by my favorite chair and be used for study. The publishers do have imitation leather and leather-bound versions of the Bible, which may not carry the same weight.
While the typeface is easy to read, the pages are very thin (probably good due to the size of the Bible). In certain lighting, the print bleeds through. Also, the thin pages can be challenging to turn one at a time.
I’m not one who reads all the introductory pages of a particular Bible translation, even though I know it contains good information. However, to understand the footnotes and many abbreviations, it’s almost a must for this Bible.
While I find the colors used to produce this Bible translation appealing, the light green is sometimes tricky to read within the text on these thin pages.
Would this be a good resource for you?
Yes. The Life Counsel Bible provides a valuable resource, both personally and professionally. Use it as a study Bible. Read the articles to see how they apply to your healing journey. Spend time using the word studies and the linked passages to grow your faith. Any time you invest in studying the Bible benefits you. That’s a good thing.
This Bible would also make a lovely Christmas, birthday, graduation, or wedding gift. And, as of the publication of this post, Amazon has the Bible for 24% off.
As a coach, this is a vital resource I will recommend to my clients who want to deepen their relationship with God and their knowledge of the Bible. I plan to use it through the next year as a study Bible and to learn more about biblical counseling through reading the articles.
Reread the opening statement.
How did you answer that question? If you struggle to believe that the Bible could have the answers you need, please reach out. I promise to listen to your struggles with an open mind and help you explore what you need to build your trust in God.