This is a review of the new NIV New Spirit-Filled Life Bible, with Jack Hayford as the editor. I really wanted the physical copy of this bible as mine are all back in storage in Nashville. I downloaded the ebook version on to my iPad and use the Kindle App. I am used to reading digital, and keeping my bag light, so, this was a blessing as well. When I saw Jack Hayford was the editor, I knew I wanted my hands flipping through this bible. I’ve been watching him preach on tv for decades.
First, I want to say the tag line for the title is, “KINGDOM EQUIPPING THROUGH THE POWER OF THE WORD.” It is not what many reviewers are saying, “Find the Holy Spirit throughout the Bible.” The description of this bible is:
Find the Holy Spirit throughout the Bible. Jack Hayford, founding pastor of The Church on the Way, has led a team of anointed scholars to produce the New Spirit-Filled Life Bible. This outstanding resource offers a fresh look at the Scriptures and the work of the Holy Spirit. This Bible addresses important issues of Spirit-filled living in the context of solid biblical scholarship.
This is accomplished by integrating the following through the pages and text of one of my fav versions of the bible, The NIV version.
- Kingdom Dynamics—41 themes throughout the Bible that give us values as we advance the gospel throughout the world.
- Word Wealth—More than 550 key terms defined and brought to life, pulling the language from the original Greek and Hebrew into everyday English.
- Truth-In-Action—Charts with practical application from every book of the Bible.
- Detailed book introductions: Author details, Date details, Key Words, Content, Personal Application, Christ Revealed in that book, The Holy Spirit at Work in this book and an detailed outline of the book.
- Verse-by-verse study notes
I was very impressed with the attention to details in creating this as an ebook. As you can imagine, this is jam packed with all of the above, along with maps, concordance and more. Getting to each section could have been a nightmare. Zondervan did an amazing job with keeping the experience seamless. That being said, do not skip the section on “How to Use This Bible.” Especially the part that distinguishes reading the physical edition compared the digital. It will be worth your time.
As long as I’ve been a Christian, over 35 years, I have never been part of a denomination. I have always been a member of a non-denominational church. Picking up this bible, you do need to realize that all commentary is provided by men and women of 20 different denominations. Although personal opinions of the contributors do not appear in the Kingdom Dynamics, the over all theme of this bible is based on charismatic beliefs. That is why I was attracted to it, but might be why you are not.
If you enjoy reading the NIV version of the Bible as well as having a theme, like I do and why I have so many, then adding this one to your ipad, Kindle will be a great resource. I cannot attest the physical version as far as ease of use, colors etc.
*I received a digital copy of this book for free in exchange for my review, my opinions here are entirely my own and could never be bought!
Read a Preview of the New Spirit Filled Life Bible below.