Have you noticed, in general, that Christian men have slim choices in devotionals? I have been to quite a few men’s groups, and the study material might as well have been a tract that I was handed on the street on the way in. The fact that a Men’s Devotional Bible exists was exciting news.
My initial unboxing was a little disappointing. I love the look of the cover. It’s very simple and neat — black background with a white frame for the title and a small beige accent. The font is clean and elegant. My issue is that this is a hard bound volume. I am used to a leather bound travel bible that I can throw in my bag all day long. This hardcover doesn’t seem like it would take the punishment of permanent backpack residence. That being said, it may be the only negative.
It’s the ESV Men’s Devotional Bible, and it comes with 365 devotions created under the editorial oversight of Dr. Sam Storms with contributions from more than 50 Christian leaders. Introductions are written to orient men to each book of the Bible and are directed specifically at how the book can relate to a man’s walk with God.
There are also articles throughout the Bible that address the importance of sound doctrine, life in the local church, leadership, the heart and a host of other issues relevant to men today.
After reading through a couple of chapters, I noticed the first devotional. It was a very well written piece expanding the scripture to a practical life application. Immediately, some of my own concerns were brought to mind, almost as if the author had become my counselor. The devotions are clear and include strong applications of the reading that are not too short nor too long. Like I said earlier, they are written in a comfortable tone that speaks right to the reader.
I am normally a KJV person, but I found the ESV to be very clear and easy to read. I’m sure there are many in depth translation comparisons, so I’m not going to go there.
In the past I have had other study bibles. What immediately set this one apart is the lack of notes at the bottom of the page. Everyone has seen the 50 pound NIV study bible with the split page view. This is, in my opinion, a feature of this bible rather than a negative. The lack of notes allows more focus on the text, and the devotion unpacks it in a more natural and conversational tone.
Aside from the hardcover, this is a great Bible. Although it wouldn’t make the travel team, I would definitely have this on my desk at home. Men are in need of specific attention more so than ever. This is a great step to begin catching up to the vast amount of reading and study materials being hoarded in your women’s devotional groups.
Come on guys, we need to get together more, so that there is a bigger market for more books like this one.
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