About this 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 * Presentation page for gift-giving
I love reviewing Bibles. I love encouraging people to read their Bible. I’ve heard of people who buy a new Bible each year and read it and mark passages that spoke to them, and made notes throughout. At the end of the year they give the Bible to a family member. What a great heritage!
It appears that this Bible is only available in the New International Version (NIV). However, the NIV is probably the best thought for thought translation of the Bible, so a very good choice. On the back cover, of the hardback edition, you see the question, “Do you believe that God not only loves, you but that he also likes you?” I found that an interesting approach and something that has been a struggle for many.
As I read through many different passages in both the Old and New Testaments I found short devotional thoughts tied to different passages. There are also simple quotes that are encouraging. There are a few footnotes throughout but not many. There are no cross-references available provided in this Bible. There is only a brief introduction by Brennan Manning as well as an introduction to the NIV translation. At the end of Bible there is a page for weights and measurements and an extensive acknowledgements.
If you are looking for a study Bible with lots of notes and commentary this is definitely not the Bible for you. However, you are looking for a Bible in an excellent translation with short and touching devotions this is a good choice.
Disclaimer: I did receive this copy from the publisher, but was under no obligation other than to give my honest opinion.