For the past several weeks, I have had the pleasure of using the Our Daily Bread Devotional Bible. This Bible combines the New Living Translation Bible (which happens to be my translation of choice for my personal study) with devotionals from the publishers of Our Daily Bread.
During my review of the Our Daily Bread Devotional Bible, I spent the majority of my time in Romans. Each book of the Bible opens with an outline showing the author, date written, purpose, and themes. There is a devotional for every day of year, which provides key scriptures for you to read along with a short devotional. Each devotional tends to be located on different page from the scripture it is relating to which may be designed that way in effort to ensure the reader focuses on the key passages of scripture first before diving into the devotional. Although there are 365 devotionals, this is not a Bible that will have you reading through the entire Bible in a year but you will have read some passages from each book of the Bible.
One devotional that I really enjoyed focused on Romans 16:1-16. In reading this particular passage of scripture, one may easily skip over thinking it doesn’t have much value because in the bulk of these passages, Paul spends sending greetings and recognizing other believers whose names aren’t mentioned anywhere else in the Bible. Yet the corresponding devotional points out that those who “cut the coal” where just as essential as those fighters on the front line during World War II. In the same manner Paul showed appreciation for those unsung heroes who served faithful. And it reminds us (or me) that my service no matter how small is significant in God’s eyes.
For those looking for a devotional Bible, they should consider this Bible. However, as one who already owns several NLT Bibles, I might would just opt for a subscription to Our Daily Bread but I did appreciate the convenience of having it all in one book.
- Hardcover: 1442 pages
- Publisher: Tyndale House Bibles (October 11, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1414361955
- ISBN-13: 978-1414361956