I love reading different Bible versions to get a complete picture but the NIV is by far, my favorite. I feel like it’s the easiest to understand and is just written in a way that I am comfortable and familiar with. I feel like I don’t have to think as hard to understand it. The words can sometimes be complex enough as it is. I don’t need the language to ad any more challenge to it. That’s why I was excited to read Believe: Living the Story of the Bible to Become Like Jesus with selections from the NIV.
The Preface does a beautiful job of explaining the book and all that it is about. It is broken into three sections: Think: What do I Believe? Act: What Should I Do? and Be: Who am I Becoming? I love the simple way that this is broken down because these are questions believers have and struggle with. I think the Preface sums it up perfectly when it states:
As you turn the page and read the first core belief about God, remember that believe is an action word. God is personally watching over you as you embark on this journey. He doesn’t want you to just believe in your head these truths; he wants you to believe with your whole heart his Word as the operating system for your life.
What a great statement that really sets the foundation for this entire book.
Each section has ten chapters dedicated to one of the three topics. I like the overall structure of the book because I feel like it goes in the appropriate order. There are sections of scripture taken directly from the Bible, the NIV, and expounded upon. I like that it takes scriptures and actually explains them and goes into depth about what they mean.
I will say this; it’s not an “easy” read. It’s why I call “dry” reading. It’s not exciting and in all honesty, not always interesting. But as a believer it’s important to know. It reads more like a history book to me with more about facts than feelings. It’s direct interpretations of the scriptures but not the personal stories and connections in the devotionals I usually prefer.
That being said, I still liked the book and took it for what it was. It isn’t meant to be entertaining or make you laugh or a simple light read. It’s real depth for believers and such an important wealth of information and wisdom to be gleaned from it. The Believe Bible is a great tool for believers and one I will probably read again to make sure I captured all that I can from it.
About the Book
Grounded in carefully selected Scripture, Believe, NIV is a unique spiritual growth experience that takes you on a journey to think, act, and be more like Jesus. General editor and pastor Randy Frazee walks you through the ten key Beliefs of the Christian faith, the ten key Practices of a Jesus-follower, and the ten key Virtues that characterize someone who is becoming more like Jesus. Every believer needs to ask these three questions:
WHAT DO I BELIEVE?
WHAT SHOULD I DO?
WHO AM I BECOMING?
Each chapter uses short topical passages from the New International Version to help you live the story of the Bible. As you journey through this book, whether in a group or on your own, one simple truth will become undeniably clear: what you believe drives everything.
Using this edition of Believe, church families around the globe can now embrace a full ministry year through worship services, small group studies, and family activities. Learn more about this church-wide experience at BelieveTheStory.com.
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