Tablets, móviles y niños

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La presencia en nuestras vidas de dispositivos electrónicos que utilizan internet (teléfonos móviles y tablets) es, a todas luces, inevitable – lo cual no es malo – pero su uso está rápidamente alcanzando dosis que nadie puede negar que constituyen un abuso.

Me gustaría compartir con ustedes las observaciones que a lo largo de los últimos años he podido hacer desde el privilegiado sillón de neuropsicólogo infantil (y por tanto terapeuta de familia).

Siempre me he mostrado muy crítico del abuso que se ha estado haciendo de la televisión. Sus efectos han sido marcadamente nocivos y son numerosísimos los estudios que lo demuestran. Inocentemente durante mucho tiempo pensaba que la televisión y los móviles o las tablets eran equivalentes, que sus efectos eran comparables. Desgraciadamente los efectos de éstos últimos son mucho más nocivos.

De la televisión siempre he dicho que es nociva en un doble sentido:

  1. Por el efecto…

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JOT BIBLE LIFE-NOTES (TM)

Biblias y sus diseños

The perfect Journal

I love writing. I also love Bibles. And I love Jot Bible as it is the perfect combination of Bible and room for writing notes. I’m in the habit of taking notes when reading the Bible or hearing a preacher and I’m sure this JOT Bible will help me keeping my notes in order.

You can buy a journal and taking notes. Or simply you can take notes on your own Bible… but doing it in a 45 GSM acid free and highly opaque paper is another thing.  It is a thrilling experience having a handwritten Bible journal full of notes, thoughts, blessings… and leaving them as a legacy to your children. And the editor of Jot Bible Life-Notes has found the way of gathering quality, personality and spirituality in a sole book.

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Of course, this is not a Journaling Bible or a wide margin Bible, even it…

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Terapia de Solución de Problemas: Manual de Tratamiento

descargaLa consejería se ha convertido en un elemento indispensable en el ministerio pastoral. Cada vez son más los pastores que cursan estudios de consejería paralelamente a su ministerio pastoral. Uno de los inconvenientes de la integración de la consejería en el ministerio pastoral es el tiempo. Es difícil poder incluir sesiones de consejería dentro de la apretada agenda de un pastor, y más teniendo en cuenta que un plan de consejería podría alargarse por quince o veinte semanas. En este caso, la terapia de solución de problemas se puede convertir en el mejor aliado de un pastor. Los detractores de dicha modalidad argumentan que no es efectiva porque el foco de la terapia no es el cliente sino la solución del problema, lo cual no es totalmente cierto.

En su libro Terapia de Solución de Problemas: Manual de Tratamiento, Nezu, Nezu, y D’Zurilla (Desclée De Brouwer, 2014), presentan un detallo manual sobre cómo desarrollar de manera exitosa un tratamiento basado en la terapia de solución de problemas.

El libro está dividido en tres secciones. La primera sección (capítulos 1-3) introduce al lector en el área de la terapia de solución de problemas proveyendo datos empíricos sobre la efectividad de esta modalidad terapéutica. Los autores proveen una información generosa sobre estudios que han arrojado resultados positivos en clientes que han sido tratados con dicha modalidad. Los autores proveen al mismo tiempo definiciones clave para la familiarización con términos que más adelante aparecerán en el libro. Esta sección es especialmente útil para iniciados o noveles en la terapia de solución de problemas.

La segunda sección (capítulos 4-5) está enfocada en los primeros pasos de un tratamiento basado en la terapia de solución de problemas, a saber: Evaluación, planificación del tratamiento y consideraciones clínicas generales. El concepto de avaluación no se enfoca tanto en cómo evaluar a un cliente, sino en dilucidar si la terapia de solución de problemas es apropiada para un cliente en concreto. Esta sección aborda también elementos indispensables como es la relación terapéutica. Asuntos como las características personales del terapeuta o las expectativas de participación del cliente son desarrollados en esta sección.

La tercera y última sección (capítulos 6-11) ocupa la mayor parte del cuerpo de esta obra. En dicha sección se presentan las directrices a seguir en la aplicación de la terapia de solución de problemas. También se presentan casos prácticos por medio de los cuales el lector puede aplicar mentalmente los conceptos e ideas presentados por los autores. Los capítulos 7-10 presentan kits de herramientas útiles en la aplicación de la terapia de solución de problemas. Estos kits son de valiosa utilidad, ya que son como herramientas que el terapeuta necesitará en el día a día si quiere permanecer en el plan de tratamiento trazado en las primeras sesiones con el cliente.

De especial ayuda pueden resultar los tres apéndices que aparecen al final del libro. En ellos el lector podrá encontrar instrucciones para la puntuación del test de solución de problemas, folletos para el paciente con figuras, formularios, hijas de trabajo y folletos educativos.

Conclusión

Nezu, Nezu, D’Zurilla ofrecen, posiblemente, una de las obras más completas y accesibles en el área de la terapia de solución de problemas. Este libro es altamente recomendable para consejeros, psicólogos, pastores, y todos aquellos que trabajan ayudando a personas con sus problemas emocionales y del día a día.

Puede adquirir el libro diractamente de la editorial en este enlace 

I received a copy of this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

Comentario Exegético Práctico del Nuevo Testamento. Efesios.

Biblias y sus diseños

De mano de la Editorial Andamio, nos llega un comentario traducido de la serie en inglés publicada por Zondervan.

Este primer volumen promete, y anticipa toda una serie digna de confianza. Les dejamos con este “video review” sobre este libro. Disfrútenlo:

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Discipline That Connects With Your Child’s Heart: Building Faith, Wisdom, and Character in the Messes of Daily Life

descargaParenting can be both a blessing and a challenge at the same time. While in the past rudeness and physical discipline were the two predominant ways for parent to discipline and educate their children, today many other alternative ways of discipline children are available and taught by family specialists.

The book Discipline That Connects With Your Child’s Heart: Building Faith, Wisdom, and Character in the Messes of Daily Life (Jim and Lynne Jackson, Bethany House, 2016) is one of those books that brings hope for both parents and children concerning discipline. This book offers tools and concepts parents can easily impalement in their role as parents. The focus is on disciplining children in a way we can orient to change in their hearts through discipline. The authors advocate for an alternative for ineffective way of punishing children. Instead they offer a way parents can touch their children´s heart so children can change their negative behaviors and attitudes.

The first section (chapters 2-6) deals with the parents’ issues first as there are things parents need to change first so they can be able to discipline their children in a way their hearts will be touched.

Section two (chapters 7-9) address unconditional love from parents to their children. The idea in these three chapters is that parents have to accomplish the objective of transmitting the idea they love their children no matter what they have done; that love rules home environment and relationships.

Section three (chapters 10-13) is mainly focused on promoting strengths in our children.  They have great potential, things they can do and actually do great, and our mission is to encourage them in their lives.

Section four (chapters 14-16) promotes the concept of accountability for our own actions. The concept is that parents are entitled to teach their children to take responsibility for their own actions instead of blaming someone else. Biblical discipline is the cornerstone in these three chapters.

Section five (chapter 17-18) serves as the closing section. These two chapters address the issues of rebuilding and reconciling. If we intend to promote a change in our children’s hearts then we need to learn how to restore them into communion and how to rebuild what has been broken.

This book also offers a generous appendix section with answers and questions related to parenting issues.

I highly recommend this book to parents or even those working with children in any setting, as this book promotes discipline that connect with your child’s heart.

I received a copy of this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

The new about the project of building Dallas Theological Sminary

I found this column from a newspaper inside one of the used books (Salvation, by Lewis Sperry Chafer, 1922) I purchased during my undergraduate years at Baptist University of the Americas. Unfortunately the date is not shown but can be stimated. 


Walter Brueggemann on Money and Possessions

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Walter Brueggemann is one of my favorite Old Testament scholars. I had the privilege of meeting him personally when I interviewed him in preparation to write a short biography of his life and work [1].

What makes Brueggemann’s writing so compelling is the wide scope of his scholarship. In every book Brueggemann writes he brings his vast reading to support his presentation. Readers are challenged to look at the text from different perspectives because his reading of the text provides new insights and applications to the life and work of the church in the world.

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Walter Brueggemann’s most recent book is Money and Possessions, published in November 2016 by Westminster John Knox Press as a supplement to Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching. Interpretation is an outstanding series of commentaries to which Brueggemann has contributed the volumes on Genesis and 1 and 2 Samuel.

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Book Review – New Testament Theology: Exploring Diversity and Unity (Frank Matera)

Frank J. Matera. New Testament Theology: Exploring Diversity and Unity. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2007. 520 pp. $55.00.

matera-nttFrank Matera is a prolific Roman Catholic New Testament scholar who had published books on NT ethics and Christology prior to this New Testament theology (hereafter “NTT”). He conceives of NTT as a specifically theological task and feels that history of Christian religion should be a separate discipline. Matera further contends that for those who see the NT as inspired Scripture, the presupposed internal coherence should be seen in how we carry out the task of NTT – that is, NTT should display the unity of the writings while doing justice to the diversity. This is a primary aim of Matera’s NTT, as made plain by the book’s subtitle and throughout the introduction. His method of achieving this aim is by taking into account the implied narrative of Scripture.

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NIV Application Commentary: Hardcover Giveaway and ebook Sale

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From now until the coming Sunday, every NIV Application Commentary eBook is on sale for just $4.99, with even bigger discounts when you buy bundles (I highly recommend the Pentateuch one! I bought each of those volumes individually the last time the series is on sale). Click here to see all the volumes and deals.

The NIVAC series helps you understand the Bible’s ancient message and see how it speaks powerfully today. When I am preparing a Bible study or sermon, I always turn to this series for help in crafting applications. I’m pretty good at the nerdy stuff like exegesis, but I need help connecting what the text meant to what it means.

Notable volumes in this series include:

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NIV Holy Bible For Girls, Journal Edition

_225_350_book-2032-coverSome Christian publishers are taking the initiative of publishing Bibles addressed to young people. In the past, it was very hard finding Bibles addressed to teenagers. The good news is that this situation is changing and one can find a wide catalog of bibles for youths. One of the publishers that is working hard to provide bibles for youths is Zondervan.

One of their latest publications is the NIV Holy Bible For Girls, Journal Edition. As the title states, this Bible is addressed to girls, meaning young girls and teenagers. The translation used in this Bibles is the very well-known NIV, a translation that is more contemporary and intelligible for young populations.

The volume I am reviewing here is the hardcover format. It feels strong and compact at the same time. This Bible is available in two different colors: pink, turquoise, mint or purple. It comes with an elastic ribbon (elastic closure) on the outside that keeps the Bible closed and looks like a journal.

Inside this Bible, readers will find a single column text with a very wide margin with lines to write notes. Wide margins will allow readers to take notes without any kind of troubles. That is what this Bible is for: read and write.

The size (6.5 x 1.6 x 8.4 inches) makes this Bible very manageable so readers can take it everywhere.

Something I miss in this Bible is the maps at the end of it. I believe maps are always helpful and could help young readers to get familiar with biblical places.

Other than that, this journal Bible could be a motivation for girls to read their Bibles and take notes at the same time, as this journal Bible is designed for that.

I received a copy of this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

Preaching Christ from Psalms

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Review: I, II, & III John (NTL)

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3791899Judith M. Lieu is Lady Margaret’s Professor of Divinity at the University of Cambridge in England. Lieu is the current President of the Society of New Testament Studies, as well as the University Gender Equality Champion with special responsibility for Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Lieu is the author of numerous books and the Editor of the journal of New Testament Studies.

I, II, & III John: A Commentary is a classic example of the New Testament Library series. The commentary begins with an introduction that covers all three Johannine Epistles and tackles the standard introductory matters with clarity. Lieu is well aligned with the current critical consensus concerning the date and authorship of the epistles, and thus concludes no compositional relationship with the author of the Fourth Gospel.

The commentary proper stands in the top rank of critical commentaries on the Johannine Epistles. Lieu is judicious in her interaction…

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Discovering the Septuagint: A Guided Reader, by Karen H. Jobes

descargaAnyone familiar with the study of koine Greek knows that it is a lifelong discipline. Seminaries offer different levels of study of koine Greek. Opportunely, the literature addressing the study of Greek is abundant and clearly classified by levels from introductory to advance grammars and handbooks. The book Discovering the Septuagint: A Guided Reader (Kregel) is addressed to students advance students. The purpose of this book and the public this book is addressed to is announced by the author. Jobes (2016) stated, “It is intended to aid students who have had at least three semesters of koine Greek begin to read the Greek Jewish Scriptures as found in the Rahlfs-Hanhart critical edition of the Septuagint” (Jobes, 2016, p. 9).

The author and the contributors have included over six hundred verses extracted from the Septuagint, concretely from nine different books. Each book used in this book is preceded by a brief introduction addressing critical issues in translating the book from Hebrew into Greek, as well as historical aspects.

The Greek text is presented in chapters and verses as we have in our Bibles. The verses are accompanied by grammatical and syntactical notes (not to be confused with commentaries). The purpose of the notes is to help the student to better understand the use of verbs, tense, and the use of words in general. Jobes does a great job in inserting her own voice when necessary and using appropriate terminology without falling in elongated notes. It helps readers to read the text more fluently and without getting stuck between the Greek text and the author’s notes.

Though the target audience of this book is very specific, I believe pastors familiar with Greek can benefit from this book in many aspects. Of course, this book is highly recommended to seminary students currently studying Greek. This book can be considered as a companion textbook that will give them so much light to deepen their knowledge of Greek.

I received a copy of this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

Study Finds Prayer Reduces Coronary Illness in Patients (Arch. of Internal Medicine).

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A study published in PubMed and the Archives of Internal Medicine, 1999, found that subjects who were prayed for had some remarkable results. The study, the research team explains, was a “Randomized, controlled, double-blind, prospective, parallel-group trial” conducted in a “Private, university-associated hospital” setting (p. 2273). The researchers had a sample size of 1013 consecutive patients who were newly admitted to the coronary care unit (CCU). These patients were randomized into two groups. One group received remote and intercessory prayer (prayer group = 484) whereas the other one did not (usual care group = 529). The first names of the patients in the prayer group were given to a team of outside intercessors who prayed for them daily for four weeks. Patients were generally older with their mean age being 66 (p. 2274).

Patients, however, were unaware that they were being prayed for, and the intercessors did not know…

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Traducción del libro Skills for Effective Counseling: A Faith-Based Integration

828601Creo que ya puedo hacer oficial el proyecto de traducción del libro Skills for Effective Counseling: A Faith-Based Integration que yo personalmente traduciré para la editorial española CLIE.

Este libro acaba de salir al mercado en inglés, el 14 de octubre para ser exactos, publicado por Intervarsity Press como parte de la colección Christian Association for Psychological Studies (Asociación Cristiana de Estudios Psicológicos).

Los autores Elisabeth A. Nesbit Sbanotto, Heather Davediuk Gingrich andFred C. Gingrich son profesores en el Denver Seminary, curiosamente cerca donde yo vivo, y son personas con una extensa experiencia en el área educativa y profesional de la consejería clínica.

El libro se enfoca en el uso de micro herramientas y habilidades en consejería, dando un enfoque muy práctico de lo que sucede dentro de las sesiones de consejería. Los lectores a quienes va dirigido este libro son consejeros cristianos (incluso seculares) y pastores ejerciendo labores de consejeros, no limitándose a esta audiencia.

El libro se compone de 486 páginas, por lo que la traducción va a ser algo laboriosa. Por eso agradezco las oraciones que puedan hacer por mí y por la futura difusión de este libro.

La fecha de lanzamiendo al mercado de la edición en español es incierta todavía, si bien una posible fecha podría ser el año 2018.

Agradezco a editorial CLIE que haya tenido a bien secundar mi idea de traducir este libro y haber mostrado su total respaldo y cooperación desde el principio.

Que el Señor bendiga Su obra,

Rubén de Rus.

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Greek for Everyone: Introductory Greek for Bible Study and Application (A. Chadwick Thornhill, 2016)

9780801018916-1New Testament Greek study has become a required are of study in almost every seminary. However, discrepancies regarding the most effective approach are still common among scholars.  Because of that and for other reasons, novice students may feel intimidated by Greek studies. At this point, a helpful and efficient introduction to New Testament Greek is crucial.

Greek for Everyone: Introductory Greek for Bible Study and Application (A. Chadwick Thornhill, 2016) is a recently released Greek resource for beginners published by Baker. As it is common and necessary among introductory Greek books, it begins with an introduction to Koine and a table containing the Greek alphabet. Thornhill provides an introduction to the study of grammar, including phrases, clauses, and conjunctions. The first three chapters are devoted to that.

The author graciously inserts a chapter (4) where he comments resources for navigating the Greek New Testament. That is of great help considering this is a book for beginners who do not know where to start. Interlineal Bibles, lexicons, analytical lexicons/parsing aids, concordances, and grammar resources are included in this chapter. Thornhill adapts his work to new generations by providing online resources for the study of the Koine Geek. Something I personally miss is the inclusion of software and computer programs available today that have become of great help for students of the New Testament Greek. The resources the author includes are free, while most of the programs require payment (BibleWorks, Logos, etc.)

Then the author moves to grammar issues, and chapter 5 is an introduction to Greek Verbs and Nominals. He states verbs “are the movers and shakers od languages” (Thornhill, 2016, p. 35). He includes person, number, voice, tense, time, and every pertinent aspect that must be addressed in the study of Greek verbs. From here to chapter 13, the book focuses on grammatical issues at an introductory level. Chapters 14 through 18 are complementary chapters that help readers to apply what can be learned from this book. Chapter 15 is a comparison of some English translations, while Chapter 17 is a call to avoid the study of words as if this approach will constitute a solid contribution to the understanding of the New Testament Greek. Thornhill alerts readers about the dangers of using this approach. Chapter 19 is of great help as it addresses the grammar of theology. In this chapter, the author comments on hermeneutical issues and how Geek grammar fits into it, including historical context. The appendixes included at the end of the book are also of great help for those initiating in the study of the New Testament Greek.

Summarizing, this book is called to become an outstanding book for those who want to initiate their studies of the New Testament Greek by themselves or in seminary. The author made a great effort in providing a clear introduction to the study of Greek. The only objection that can be made is the non-inclusion of electronic resources (pronunciation of words, for example) directly linked to this book, though the author refers to online external resources that include that. I anticipate this book will be a primary resource for decades to serve those initiating in the study of Greek.

I received a copy of this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

Review: Dictionary of Daily Life in Biblical and Post-Biblical Antiquity: I-N

Sojourner Theology

9781619707276oThe landscape of specialized biblical and theological dictionaries produces continual growth year-by-year. These dictionaries generally boast a more focused intention on content and tend to provide a more unique product as an end goal. The level of usefulness of these dictionaries can vary greatly depending on the academic or personal interest of the individual. However, because of the unique quality of such works the price-point is generally out of reach for the average consumer—especially for a multi-volume work like that being reviewed here. The intersection of such usefulness and availability is tellingly rare in this distinctive reference genre, and thus when it is clearly observed attention should be widely merited.

The Dictionary of Daily Life in Biblical and Post-Biblical Antiquity (DDL) edited by Edwin M. Yamauchi and Marvin R. Wilson is a recent multi-volume dictionary series that is certain to offer itself as a benefit to many. At present, three…

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Review: The Emmaus Code: How Jesus Reveals Himself Through the Scriptures

The Domain for Truth

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David Limbaugh. The Emmaus Code: How Jesus Reveals Himself Through the Scriptures.  Washington D.C: Regnery Publishing, November 9th, 2015.  256 pp.

The subject of this book is on the Messianic prophecies found in the Jewish Scriptures and how it was fulfilled by Jesus Christ.  This book truly surprised me.  The author is a conservative political commentator, author and the younger brother of talk radio host Rush Limbaugh.  Maybe it is because I became somewhat skeptical of talk show hosts writing books on Jesus after my experience of reading Bill O’reilly’ book on “Killing Jesus” (it left a bitter taste in my mouth with how poor the theology was) but when I first picked this book up my expectation was really low.  Again this book surprised me in the sense that it was really well researched and written.  At first I didn’t know what to make of the book’s…

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4 Reasons Spurgeon Died Poor

I was not able to avoid comparing this interesting facts about Spurgeon and prosperity preachers we have today.

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NKJV Study Bible, Second Edition

_225_350_book-2012-coverIn recent decades, outstanding Study Bibles have been released by Christian publishing houses, which is always beneficial for those who like to study the Bible. Some of these bibles have become classic resources due to their seriousness and helpfulness in behalf of readers, and have been in the market for years. That is the case of the NKJV Study Bible second edition. Thomas Nelson has released this classic with a new design, new features, and more resources.

From the outside to the inside

The Bible I received for the purpose of this review is eye-catching at first. The two tones rich turquoise/rich midnight Blue imitation leather cover feels strong, durable, and flexible at the same time. Its embroidery with white thread constitutes an elegant touch for this Bible. The classic “Holy Bible” inscription is not imprinted on the front the cover but in the spine. Its design resembles a diary. The age of the pages looks silver gray and match with the blue tone cover.

What Readers Will Find Inside

Readers will feel content with this Bible in terms of resources and information. This Bible has plenty of study notes: more than 15,000. The notes are very thorough and written with the cooperation of prominent scholars. It also contains 150 Bible times and culture notes, 114 articles on key Bible doctrines, 350 word studies with Strong’s numbers, “Christ in the Scriptures” feature, topical index, concordance, charts, in-text maps, and full-color maps.

Every book is preceded by a convenient introduction including an outline and a timeline pertaining to the historical context of the book. The introduction also contains the theme “Christ in the Scripture”, which has the purpose of presenting Christ in every book of the Bible.

The page layout is the classic two-column distribution. I personally like the cross-references placed between the two columns. The margin is extremely reduced and does not allow for personal notes.

The sheets are made of ultrathin paper, for the sake of weight (3 lbs). It would be heavier with a less thin paper.

Additional resources

The NKJV Study Bible offers lifetime warrantee. According to Thomas Nelson, “If the Bible you purchased fails because of manufacturing defects, you may return it for a free replacement. If the same Bible is no longer available, it will be replaced with a Bible of the same or greater value. This guarantee does not apply to normal wear and tear.” That is simply amazing.

Conclusion

The NKJV Study Bible second edition is called to continue being an exceptional and durable resource for pastors and Bible students in general. The seriousness of the notes and the convenient study resources make of this Bible one of a kind.

Take a look inside of it

 

I received a copy of this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

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