Tuesday, December 31, 2013

NIV Ragamuffin Bible: A Bible Review

About The Bible:

Do you believe that God not only loves you, but that he also likes you?

It's just one of the soul-searching questions posed by bestselling author Brennan Manning who confesses he has been 'John the beloved, Peter the coward, and Thomas the doubter all before the waitress brought the check.'

The NIV Ragamuffin Bible offers a collection of Manning’s raw, painfully honest, yet grace-filled devotions, meditations, and reflections of his journey limping back to---like the prodigal son---his overjoyed father. When you journey through this Bible, you will likewise find yourself returning to your Heavenly Father, basking in the knowledge that God not only loves you, he delights in you.

Features:* Complete text of the world’s most popular modern-English Bible, the NIV* 104 Devotions guide you into a deeper connection to God and his Word * 250 Reflections help you understand what it means to be a child of God* 150 Quotes offer short but thoughtful insights into God’s kingdom

About Brennan Manning:

Brennan Manning spent his life and ministry helping others experience the unconditional love of Jesus Christ. A recovering alcoholic and former Franciscan priest, his own spiritual journey took him down a variety of paths, all of them leading to the profound reality of God’s irresistible grace. His ministry responsibilities varied greatly – from teacher, to minister to the poor, to solidary reflective. As a writer, Brennan Manning is best known as the author of the contemporary classics, The Ragamuffin Gospel, Abba’s Child, Ruthless Trust, The Importance of Being Foolish, Patched Together, and The Furious Longing of God.

My Review:

If you were to look at our personal library, you will see that we are collectors of just about every Bible translation out there. From NIV to The Message to NASB and KJV, my husband and I love using various translations to help us dig deeper into God's Word. Over the years, we have also been blessed by several Devotional style Bibles, that combine Scripture with daily devotions that bless, encourage and challenge us in our walk with Jesus.

Recently I received the NIV Ragamuffin Bible. Right off you are drawn in by a neutral, eye catching cover in this hard-cover Bible. The Bible is written in a medium sized font, and dispersed between lines of scripture is devotions written by Brennan Manning, who passed away in 2013. Within his words, Manning reminds us that we each have our own baggage, things that have brought on our own individual journey's to where we are right now. And yet, God sees us where we are, and loves us too much to keep us there. Manning writes in a manner that is simple, yet profound and meets us right where we are, in the midst of mess, and helps us come to a fuller understanding of God's Grace for us.

While I would say this is definitely more a devotional Bible versus a Study Bible (there are no maps, concordance, etc) it is a good Bible and will definitely encourage all who read it!

I highly recommend this Bible and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase The Ragamuffin Bible at your favorite Book Retailer from Zondervan

***I received a complimentary copy of this Bible, courtesy of The B & B Media Group and Zondervan, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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