Of all the products I review, Bibles are my favorite, especially study Bibles. This latest one, the Life Essentials Interactive Study Bible is one of my new favorite Bibles.

I’ve got to be honest, though. When I first saw the cover, I wasn’t impressed. It didn’t look like anything I’d be interested in, but I’m never one to turn down an opportunity to check out a new Bible, so I said yes. Then when it arrived, I glanced at it unenthusiastically and laid it down on my end table to be forgotten. After staring at it for a couple of weeks, I decided it was time to look it over so that I could write my review.

I turned to Genesis to the passages about Rebekah since I was working on my Rebekah episode for All God’s Women. As soon as I found the page, I knew this Bible was something special. This is the definition of a study Bible. Unlike many study Bibles where the commentary is written in tiny print you can hardly read or on separate pages from the Bible text covered, Life Essentials has the commentary truly immersed with the text.

Bible scholar and pastor Dr. Gene Getz has defined 1500 principles to live by. This Bible provides the biblical basis for these principles, explaining how the principle is not just found in the highlighted passages, but explaining how it fits in both in the Old and New Testaments. In other words, it puts it into the bigger picture, which I really appreciate. So often I see where authors will pull out a single verse and teach on that lone verse without placing it in context. This is the exact opposite of that.

Life Essentials uses a unique color coding to highlight the passages being focused on with the commentary. An additional feature which most people will find helpful are the QR codes that lead you to 250 hours of free in-depth teaching to accompany the commentary.

Life Essentials is the perfect Bible for anyone wanting to understand better what the Bible says for us today. It provides background information to help us understand the scripture in context, then gives commentary to apply it to today’s living. It would be useful to give to new Christians to help them understand the Bible, but it’s just as useful for seasoned Christians who want to study more in depth.

If you’re wanting to dig deeper in your Bible study, you’re in luck as I have an extra copy to give away. To enter in the drawing, comment below with which book in the Bible you’d like to study more in depth. A winner will be chosen at random on April 27, 2020.

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About the Author Sharon Wilharm

Christian women’s speaker, Sharon Wilharm, is a ministry leader, podcast host, and female filmmaker whose stories have impacted audiences around the globe. An accomplished storyteller, Sharon draws the audience in with humor, engages them with stories, then ties everything together to bring to light spiritual truths. Her heart’s desire is to encourage women in their walk with the Lord, showing them how to find God’s will for their life through prayer and scripture. “God is the Master Storyteller,” says Sharon. “I love helping women see how God is always at work behind the scenes laying the foundation for the glorious future He has in store for us.” Sharon is a firm believer in the power of prayer and has many stories to share of God working in miraculous ways in her own life as well as those around her. She’s passionate about teaching women how to pray and loves engaging with women in personal prayer. Wherever she goes, she finds herself surrounded by women in need of prayer, and she considers it an honor to pray with women whether they’re friends, family, or complete strangers. Sharon has enjoyed a lifelong fascination with women of the Bible and loves applying the biblical stories to modern situations. She teaches a Women Through the Bible study at her church, applying the S.O.A.P. method of scripture study. She especially enjoys delving into lesser known women and discovering encouraging truths for women of today. She recently launched a new podcast where she works her way through the Bible sharing the stories of All God’s Women.


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