[Review] NIV Hope in the Mourning Bible: Finding Strength Through God's Eternal Perspective
Devotional Editor: Timothy Beals
Publisher: Zondervan/B and B Media Group March 2014
Genre: Bible, New International Version an Update from the 1984 and 2005 editions
Rating: 4 1/2 Stars for Very Good
Source: Free copy from Zondervan in exchange for a review. This review first appeared at The Christian Manifesto.
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Link for more information at Zondervan/B&B Media Group: NIV Hope in the Mourning Bible.
After the stress and rush of the funeral, people go back to work and life for them is business as usual, but for the grieving, life has irrevocably changed without the presence of their loved one.
Grieving is laborious. Some days will be better than others. The flowers which were delivered eventually turn brown and the blossoms fall away. Sympathy cards are read and possibly misplaced. But, God and his word are an ever present help. God's word is a soothing balm for our troubled soul.
“Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord; Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy.” Psalm 130:1-2, NIV.
Zondervan, has published a Bible specifically for those who are grieving.
A well-rounded crew of writers who have experience on issues such as: “post-traumatic stress disorder”, “caregiver of the critically ill”, “addiction”, “death of a child”, becoming a “widow”, “traumatized children”, “mental health”, and “divorce recovery”. These writers contribute to the devotional parts of the Bible.
Each book of the Bible, both the Old Testament and New Testament, has devotional pages ministering to the grieving person through Scripture, prayer time, and a short devotion. The devotionals are one to two pages in length. Some of the devotions have questions for further reflection. In the book of Genesis I counted four devotionals. In the book of Psalms there are sixty-one devotionals. A total of fifty-two weeks of devotionals are included in the Bible.
The NIV Scripture used is an update from both the 1984 and 2005 editions. There is a introduction note explaining the editors decisions and work towards “as original authors intended”. The biblical texts used for the Old Testament and New Testament are explained. Throughout the bible, end-notes are given explaining textual variants of “uncertainty”.
The words of Christ in the New Testament is in black, not red.
The bible is small and easy to carry, the dimensions are 8.75”x 6.00”x 1.50”.
The type-font is eight point.
The bible does not have: an introduction to each bible book, nor reference verses, nor further explanatory notes, nor a concordance, nor a dictionary. The NIV Hope in the Mourning Bible is not a study Bible, its mission is to address and comfort the grieving.
In the back of the bible: “table of weights and measures”, “author biographies”, “additional resources”, and a free music download with words to the songs included.
Over-all I found the Bible to have accomplished its aim in providing a ministering agent to the grieving.
My dad passed away last August. I am grieving. Dad had made his home with us for over eleven years. He was more than my dad, he was my prayer partner and best friend.I have read through the devotions, and one of them stood out to me at first sight: “Our True Identity”. You see I'd cared for both my parents full-time, a total of thirteen years. Mother had Alzheimer's, and daddy a host of physical limitations. Mother passed away in 2008. To say life is different is an understatement. Talking to family and friends help, but nothing helps more than reading God's word. His word is a “lamp for my feet, a light on my path”. Psalm 119:105,NIV.
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