As a pastor who is interested in ministry to men, I was excited to be able to review the “Men’s Bible”, an edition of the Good News Translation (GNT) with ‘helps’ provided by the National Coalition of Ministries to Men. The GNT has been available for years, so it is not my intention to review it; people much more qualified than I have done that many times. My intention is to focus on the devotional aspect. What makes this Bible different, special, if you will, is that it has a number of devotions geared towards helping men become the men of God that they we intended to be.
Devotions written by several dozen experts in the field of men’s ministry address the issues of a man’s purpose, his priorities and help him discover what it means to live as a Christian man. In other words “how do I live for Christ?”
Unlike some of the other devotional bibles I've seen where the devotionals are scattered throughout the Bible, in this Men’s Bible they’re conveniently located together so they can be easily found. Each one follows a standard format: a prayer, a scripture passage/key verse, the devotional reading, questions to reflect on, an opportunity to respond, and a closing prayer.
Apart from the Old and New Testaments, this Bible includes a “tool kit” – a list of passages that might be helpful in special circumstances or difficult times (i.e. being a friend, caring for the aged, celebrating, temper, college, military, death, jail, losses, temptations, relationships); the “Battle” –the devotionals mentioned above; and the “challenge” additional devotionals at the end of the book covering marriage, pornography and being a friend.
If you’ve been a Christian for a while, this is a great addition to your library. We all have moments when something is going on, and we really need the comfort that comes from God's word. The lists in the ‘toolkit’ make those special passages easy to find.
If you’re a new Christian, this Bible would be a great first Bible. It will certainly help when you think that you’re probably the only one that’s ever gone through a certain something (you’re not) or you’re the only one that’s ever become a Christian and still been tempted by pornography or argued with your wife (you’re not). And some of the devotions will just make sense because that’s exactly where you happen to be on the day that you read them.
Good Job. A sorely needed resource in today’s society where men frequently “grow up” without a positive male role model.
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I received a copy of this Bible in exchange for my honest review.