12.23.2011

Jesus Calling Devotional Bible Review AND Giveaway

Merry Christmas Giveaway! 

Well, friends as a very special thank you toYOU, my faithful followers and friends, to celebrate the joy of the season and my first Christmas as a blogger in this wonderful Blogosphere, I am offering the chance to receive this beautiful, Jesus Calling Bible by Thomas Nelson Bibles. You know I was excited to receive it myself, as I shared on an earlier post but in keeping with the season it certainly is more blessed to give than receive! Let me tell you about this Bible and then I will give you details on how one special  person will receive it as a Christmas Gift to start the new year off right!  I know that you are all special, but I only have one Bible to give! 

My Personal Perspective:

This particular Bible is perfect in size. This is a huge deal to me, as I like to tote my bible of choice about with me for coffee shop jaunts, Sunday School, church, chick chats, etc. You get the picture. It is easy to hold and handle.To me this can be a make or break deal. Thumbs up on this detail. Next I love the coloring. When I am considering a devotional Bible for myself, if the color does not appeal to me, that's a potential strike out! But I love the fact that the page quality is good ( I like to write a bit and hi-light), and the colors work nicely; they are similar to the cover colors which you may be familiar with. Warm and inviting colors equal another thumbs up.
Let me back up to say that I use certain Bibles at home to study, prepare and work on lessons, and have a definite BFF Bible  but also enjoy starting the New Year, or various seasons of life, with a devotional Bible for daily quiet times. Thumbs up, naturally for the fact that Sarah Young's writings from Jesus Calling and Jesus Lives are topically served alongside scripture throughout the Bible. 
I also think that the "When Your Heart Longs For Help" section is especially positive for those seeking encouragement and empathy through reading the words of others going through a similar situation in the spiritual realm. These are written prayers to Jesus, from unique perspectives and circumstances expressed alongside scripture and Sarah's devotions. Sometimes reading the prayers of others can help us find our own words to pray to Jesus. So a thumbs up for real life authenticity of shared prayers.


Now here are some things you might need to know if you are considering buying or using this Bible for your personal use. These are not necessarily thumbs down, just depends on your preference- keep that in mind!

OK, so first off, I don't hate the New King James Version, it is just not my favorite. I usually peruse many translations but have somehow gotten comfortable with the New International Standard Version (1984). Now don't get your britches all up in a bunch. I know there are more literal translations etc. This is just the reality. I also am enjoying newer translations, so that is just my two cents. Many people and teachers love the NKJV. I may change my mind sometime. But for now, not doing it, although I am open. If you love it, perfect, you are thrilled that this is the available version!
Next up, in a Devotional I like to see a Reading Plan. For instance starting out with marked days with a specific reading for that day. Not that you can't find a reading plan online or somewhere, BUT if I am going to dish over my cash, I am looking for format with regard to Devotional Bibles. I have a friend who loves her devotional Bible without a format and she uses just prints out an online daily reading schedule. This is straight up Genesis to Revelation format. That is good but you want to know, if you are like me when it comes to checking Bible details. I think it might be nice to have a Reading Plan in the back for a future publication.

Over all I'd say you are a pretty happy camper coming away with this Bible!

* I did receive this book from Thomas Nelson for free, but the opinions expressed are completely MINE!


Here is how to enter the Giveaway:

You must simply enter a comment below this post! 

You can get ONE extra entry to win by "following" Beneath The Surface: Breath of Faith in a new way, ie. Networked Blogs, Facebook Page or Google Friend Connect. Leave another comment so I know you did this!

Please share with friends who you think might be interested.
I will draw the Winner on New Years Eve! 



Publisher's Description :



Jesus Calling Devotional Bible, NKJV, NKJV

Enjoying Peace in His Presence
Multicolor, Padded Hardcover
The Jesus Calling Devotional Bible puts readers in touch with God and His answers for their life situations. Missionary Sarah Young had been journaling her prayers for years when she began "listening" for what Jesus was saying to her within the words of Scripture. In this Bible, 260 scenarios pose life struggles to which Sarah Young gives answers from her Savior—words that Jesus has lovingly laid on her heart—words that have comforted and inspired Sarah and many others around the world.
Features include:
  • 260 scenarios with devotions by Sarah Young
  • Hundreds of inspiring scriptures highlighted throughout the text
  • New King James Version® (NKJV) in paragraph format
  • Index to devotions
  • Two-color text
  • Presentation page
  • Ribbon marker
Part of the Signature Series line of Thomas Nelson Bibles
The New King James Version—More than 60 million copies sold in 30 years



22 comments:

  1. Dawn, I would love to have this Bible. I do enjoy all your posts. Have a Merry Christmas.

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  2. I do follow you on Networked Blogs.

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  3. I would love this Bible. I follow you on FB, Networked Blogs and here as well. Will be sharing. Bright blessings! Thanks for the great review.

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  4. I would love to have this Bible, Dawn. I saw it a Barnes and Noble not too long ago, and fell in love with it. And I'm with you on many of those 'thumbs up' comments!

    I follow you on Network Blogs, Facebook and, of course, here through Google Friend Connect!

    Have a wonderfully blessed evening, my dear!

    At His feet,
    Pam

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  5. I was given the Jesus Calling devotional last year and thoroughly enjoyed it!

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  6. I've loved using the "Jesus Calling" devotional this year so think the bible would be amazing. I "liked" you on Facebook.

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  7. I just tried to post a comment and lost it! It was 2 paragraphs. Bummer! Well, Dawn, this is a great idea! I would love to read the NKJV again, It's been about 3 years since I've read that version. Scott gave me a coffee table size 1876 Original Greek Translation for Christmas. It is so beautiful I'm afraid to open it!

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  8. Hi Dawn,
    What a wonderful opportunity! When I was visiting my sister in August, I picked up a copy of the "Jesus Calling" Devotional and it has been life changing. Just yesterday, I heard about the new Devotional Bible and thought to myself, "how wonderful it would be to have that Bible for my very own". Now, this morning, here I am...on your blog, hearing about this Bible again. :) Isn't God amazing?! Yes, He is! All the time.

    Happy to be "following" you.....and I "like" you on FB...

    Happy New Year to you..and as you commented on my blog, here's "To the hopes and dreams of a New Year-by His grace, for His glory." I love that!

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  9. This is a great giveaway and i follow your blog :)

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  10. What a great way to pass on blessings to a fellow sister in Christ. I have the Jesus Calling Devotional, a dear friend gave it to me for my 40th birthday. I treasure this devotional and my friend! I have liked you on Facebook and also word of mouth. Your blog is wonderful.

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  11. What a tremendous blessing! I already own the devotional i wanted to buy the Bible, as well, but spent my Christmas allowance on a few people in my family. Thanks for offering the opportunity to receive the Bible for free! I was already following your blog via Networked Blogs. I'm now following as Google account holder. Abundant blessings!!!

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  12. I would love to win this Bible. Thanks for the review and the giveaway!
    rjs682 at yahoo dot com

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  13. I am following NB, email, gfc and fb
    rjs682 at yahoo dot com

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  14. I would love to have this Bible.

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  15. I would love to have this. i especially like the shared prayers section.

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  16. I like you on Network blogs and Facebook

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  17. I would love to have this Devotional Bible. I do like the shared prayers section.

    Choose me, please!

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  18. I keep hearing about this Bible and would love to have it! Happy New Year Dawn!

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  19. I am now Following you on Network Blogs too!

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