Thomas Nelson’s NKJV Spirit-Filled Life Bible review – Rating: 8.7

Thomas Nelson's NKJV Spirit-Filled Life BibleI received a copy of Thomas Nelson’s New King James Spirit-Filled Life Bible Third Edition from their BookLook Bloggers Program (HarperCollins Publishers) for me to do a review of it. I would classify this one as a Study Bible, even though it is not sold with “Study” in the name of the Bible.  It has the typical study notes at the bottom of the pages and other study tools throughout like most Study Bibles have. Please note that my rating of this Bible is based on the design and the physical characteristics of this Bible only.  If it were based on content, I would not rate it as high as I did.  This is because I personally don’t subscribe to everything that is stated in the commentary/notes and there are a few things that I have often warned others against that are clearly prescribed in this Bible.  However, with that said, this Bible is made very well and designed very nice. So, this review will come with a very strong cautionary warning about a doctrine that I do not believe is correct. However, if you subscribe to the prosperity gospel and all other things related to the Charismatic and Pentecostal beliefs, then this one will be right up your alley.

Overall, the physical quality of this Bible is nice.  The copy that I received is a black genuine leather binding and is thumb indexed.

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In full disclosure, I was not required or requested by Thomas Nelson or BookLook Bloggers to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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QUICK SUMMARY:

**See all sections below for full detailed review**

Overall, the NKJV Spirit-Filled Life Bible by Thomas Nelson is a very well made Bible from a physical and design perspective. The copy that I am reviewing is the genuine leather version with thumb indexes. My review will mostly consist of the features and design of this particular Bible. However, I want to throw in my personal convictions into the mix as well. This particular Bible contains some doctrines that I personally feel are very wrong. Specifically, one of the doctrines that are promoted is that of the Prosperity Gospel. I have often spoken to many about how incorrect I feel this doctrine is. It is pretty clear in the study notes and articles that this Bible does promote that doctrine.

This Bible is the third edition with the executive editor being Jack W. Hayford from the Foursquare denomination. There are several teachings and quotes that he has proclaimed that don’t line up properly with my personal convictions. With my disagreement now voiced, from a design and quality perspective, this really is a very well designed Bible. Outside of the content issues I have, the study notes and different study tools are designed very nicely and the print quality is very good.

I did have one small problem with the thumb index tabs though. On two of the seventeen black thumb index tabs, a few of the previous pages were slightly pasted down under the thumb index tab. One of them released fairly well after playing with it for a little bit, but one of them actually tore the page as I tried to very carefully release it. I’m not a personal fan of thumb indexing in Bibles and any Bibles I personally purchase for myself do not have this feature, but I know some people love thumb indexed Bibles.

Overall, I would say that if you are in a Foursquare church or Assembly of God type of church, you may find this Bible to be helpful. But with that said, I again go back to my caution about some of the doctrines presented in the study notes and commentaries within this Bible. Can I say that I would recommend this Bible? Well, based on my convictions and the doctrines that I personally hold true, no, I could not. With that said, I know that there are many Charismatics and Pentecostals that will likely want this Bible.

I received a copy of this Bible in exchange for this review from Thomas Nelson and all opinions are my own.

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DESCRIPTION OF THIS BIBLE:

Type of Bible:  Study Bible
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publish Date: September 4, 2018
ISBN-13 of Bible Reviewed: 978-0529100719
Price: At the time of writing this review, the cheapest place to get this Bible from is Christianbook.com. They have it for $69.99 – suggested retail from the publisher is $109.99. Please note that these prices do not include any potential shipping charges.

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9100719: NKJV Comfort Print Spirit-Filled Life Bible, Third Edition, Genuine Leather, Black Indexed NKJV Comfort Print Spirit-Filled Life Bible, Third Edition, Genuine Leather, Black Indexed
By Thomas NelsonEncounter the power of the word, walk in the freedom God intends and experience the Holy Spirit with the NKJV Spirit-Filled Life Bible. Now in a full-color third edition with new contributors, it is even more dynamic. With over 2 million copies sold, the NKJV Spirit-Filled Life Bible continues to equip God’s people to live in his kingdom, exercise gifts of the spirit, and lay hold of God’s promises. Features include:

  • Word Wealth – More than 650 word studies (including over 100 new ones) shed light on key terms, drawing important meaning from the original Greek and Hebrew.
  • Kingdom Dynamics – Dozens of biblical themes are addressed in notes by Spirit-filled preachers, teachers, and writers, including many new contributors for this edition
  • Truth-In-Action – Handy, helpful thematic charts provide practical application from every book of the Bible
  • Praying the Word – 192 guided prayers based on significant passages throughout Scripture
  • Book introductions and outlines
  • Verse-by-verse study notes
  • Includes a new full-color design with updated maps and charts, a detailed NKJV concordance, and in-depth articles about the Spirit-filled life
  • Designed with the exclusive Thomas Nelson NKJV Comfort Print® typeface

Bible Version: NKJV – New King James Version
Physical Characteristics:
  • Guaranteed for Life
  • Genuine Leather
  • Full color
  • Smyth sewn
  • Three very wide black ribbon markers
  • Thumb indexing
  • Gold gilding
  • Double Column format
  • Words of Christ are in red text
  • Center column cross-references
  • 2,176 pages
  • Scripture type size is 10 point
  • Dimensions: 7.1 x 2.5 x 10.1 inches
  • Approximate weight: 3.9 lbs
  • Printed in China
  • This Bible does fairly well at laying flat for reading and studying.  It’s not the best one by any means, but it isn’t the worst that I have seen either.

NKJV Spirit-Filled Life Bible leather cover

NKJV Spirit-Filled Life Bible

NKJV Spirit-Filled Life Bible Thumb Indexing

 

SPECIAL CONTENT OF THIS BIBLE:

Pre-Scripture Text Pages

  • 1 Presentation Page
    • This is the typical “Presented To”, “Presented By” and “Presented On” that most all Bibles have.
  •  1 page of Table of Contents
    • Typical Table of Contents
  • 2 pages of an Introduction by Jack W. Hayford (Executive Editor)
  • 4 pages of contributors where it lists the different contributors that provided their input on the Kingdom Dynamics, Articles, Word Wealth and Truth In Action study tools. These contributors are all primarily from a Charismatic background.
  • 3 pages that explain how the Kingdom Dynamics tool is and how to use it.
  • 9 pages of Getting Started with Kingdom Dynamics
    • This is a list of the Kingdom Dynamics that listed by groups in their canonical order within the group.
  • 1 page explaining how the Word Wealth tool is to be used
    • Word Wealth is where they take the original Hebrew or Greek word of 650 different words and give a better understanding of what it means as well as the Strong’s numbering and definitions
  • 7 pages of Word Wealth Index that lists the Word Wealth in alphabetical order (English order)
  • 1 page explaining the Praying the Word study tool which gives you a very short (typically one sentence) prayer that relates to a certain section or single verse of Scripture. Following is an index of 2 pages showing where these are all located.
  • 1 page explaining the Truth In Action study tool which gives you a chart form tool for each book of the Bible showing a summary of the foundations and teachings in each book and then giving you a call to action on how to apply this truth in your life. This is followed by a single page that lists out the different charts for the Truth In Action
  • 3 pages of Charts and In-Text Maps that are used throughout this Bible
  • 5 pages of a Preface to the New King James Version
    • This is the typical letter from the Translators to the New King James Version that you see in most all other NKJV Bibles.
  • 1 page of Special Abbreviations that list out the different abbreviations used across the NKJV translation and footnotes
  • 1 page of Abbreviations of Books of the Bible
    • The typical list of the books in canonical order with the abbreviation used

Scripture Text Pages

  • Book Introductions
    • This Bible follows suit like many Study Bibles that you see where each book starts off with an introduction to that book. For this Bible, the Book Introductions cover things such as Authorship, Dates of the writings, Outlines and Themes. Not the most detail I have ever seen, but very typical of what you will find in a majority of Study Bible book introductions and still very good and easy to follow.

NKJV Spirit-Filled Life Bible Book Intro part 1

NKJV Spirit-Filled Life Bible Book Intro part 2

NKJV Spirit-Filled Life Bible Book Intro part 3

  • Word Wealth – More than 650 word studies (including over 100 new ones) shed light on key terms, drawing important meaning from the original Greek and Hebrew.

NKJV Spirit-Filled Life Bible Word Wealth

  • Kingdom Dynamics – Dozens of biblical themes are addressed in notes by Spirit-filled preachers, teachers, and writers, including new contributors for this new third edition.

NKJV Spirit-Filled Life Bible Kingdom Dynamics

  • Truth-In-Action – Handy, helpful thematic charts at the end of each book provide application from every book of the Bible.

NKJV Spirit-Filled Life Bible Truth In Action

  • Praying the Word – 192 guided prayers based on significant passages throughout Scripture

NKJV Spirit-Filled Life Bible Praying the Word

  • Red Letter Words of Christ
    • The red letter color used for the words of Christ is actually a very nice color red.  Sometimes you may find bibles that have almost a pinkish tone to the “red” letters, however, this Bible has a very nice deep red color.  Very well done.

NKJV Spirit-Filled Life Bible red letter words of Christ

  • Center Column Cross-References
    • The cross-references in the NKJV Spirit-Filled Life Bible are done in the center column and as typical cross-references in most Bibles, these are a smaller font, but the print is nice and clean making it a little easier to read and use.

NKJV Spirit-Filled Life Bible center column cross-references

  • Articles
    • There are many articles in this Bible.  Keep in mind that these articles are all going to be from the Charismatic or Pentecostal background and some will contain doctrine that I believe to be incorrect.

NKJV Spirit-Filled Life Bible articles

  • Charts
    • There actually are a large number of handy charts used in this Bible and they are designed very nicely.

NKJV Spirit-Filled Life Bible charts

  • In-Text Maps
    • I have seen many study Bibles that have maps that are contained within the actual pages of Scripture.  Nearly all Bibles have those maps at the end of the Bible, but the in-text maps are a very handy tool and a benefit to your studies.

NKJV Spirit-Filled Life Bible in-text maps

  • Illustrations
    • There are many illustrations that are done very nice and helpful in your studies

NKJV Spirit-Filled Life Bible illustrations

  • Study Notes
    • There are many verse-by-verse study notes in this Bible. Obviously, I did not read each one, but like most of the other study tools in this Bible, the study notes are from the Charismatic / Pentecostal background.  Like any other commentary/notes, they will take on the doctrinal beliefs of the author that wrote the comments.  So, these will have doctrine built in and some will reference doctrines that I do not personally believe in.

NKJV Spirit-Filled Life Bible verse-by-verse study notes

Intertestamental Pages

  • Bridging the Testaments
    • This 2-page section gives a nice timeline that covers the events that led to the fall of Israel and Judah and the things leading up to the last written book of the Old Testament.  Then the intertestamental period leading into the New Testament books. There are portions in the timeline that cover the world events happening during the timeline as well.  This is only 2 pages, however, I really like how this gives a bit of a higher level than what other tools I have seen in other Study Bibles.

NKJV Spirit-Filled Life Bible between the Testaments

  • Harmony of the Gospels
    • This 6-page section is a fairly typical harmony of the Gospels, but this one breaks it out by the different phases in Jesus’ life and ministry and gives estimated years of when each event happened.

NKJV Spirit-Filled Life Bible harmony of the Gospels

Post-Scripture Text Pages

  • Articles
    • There are 38 pages that consist of seven different articles, many of which are rooted in the Charismatic / Pentecostal tradition. These articles are “Holy Spirit Gifts and Power”, “The Key of Suffering: Unlocking God’s Glory”, “Worship and Intercession: The Calling of All Believers”, “Aflame with Passion for World Evangelism”, “The Believer’s Potential and Pathway for Ministering Healing to the Nations”, “Understanding Messianic Jewish Ministry”, and “How to Lead Someone to Jesus”.

 

  • NKJV Concordance
    • 146 pages of the typical concordance for the NKJV translation that you find in most NKJV Bibles.

NKJV Spirit-Filled Life Bible concordance

  • 8 additional pages of full-color maps
    • These are the typical maps you find at the end of most Bibles and for the most part, these appear to be the standard set of maps you find in most Thomas Nelson Bibles.  Printed on good paper with nice graphics and easy to read compared to some of the other maps I have seen in some Bibles.
      • World of the Patriarchs
      • Exodus and Conquest of Canaan
      • Land of the Twelve Tribes
      • Kingdom of David and Solomon
      • Jesus’ Ministry
      • 2-pages of Paul’s Missionary Journeys
      • Jerusalem in the Time of Jesus

NKJV Spirit-Filled Life Bible end of Bible maps

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MY REACTIONS:

This section is where I get to tell you about how I like or dislike this Bible in a detailed manner.

MY OVERVIEW OF ENTIRE BIBLE:

Ease of Use:

I would say that this Bible is fairly easy to use. I’m not going to go into the readability of this translation vs. that translation.  For this review, I am looking at the helpful tools that are provided and not at the specific translation (NKJV in this case).
To any Bible reader/student, the tools and layout/design of this Bible are done in a very easy to use and pleasing manner.

Does Commentary Convey Biblical Truth:

The articles, study notes and study tools that are in this Bible are based on the Charismatic and Pentecostal background. Again, I will throw in my convictions on doctrine and think that while some portions of the notes are very good, some of them will go into the Prosperity Gospel doctrine and other areas which I do not believe to be correct. Just take that as my belief if you are considering this Study Bible.

The Durability of This Bible:

The copy I received is a genuine leather Bible.  I have always had a personal preference toward higher quality leather in leather-bound books, and I think this one will hold up very nicely.  The leather cover is a tad stiffer than what I personally prefer, but it does feel very nice in the hand. Overall, I would say the durability of this Bible is very good.  This Bible is Smyth Sewn (or section-sewn), which means it will hold up really well over a long period of time.

NKJV Spirit-Filled Life Bible Smyth sewing

Lifetime Guarantee:
According to the Thomas Nelson website, their Bibles do have a lifetime guarantee.  This is shown on the back of the box the NKJV Spirit-Filled Life Bible comes in as well.  They do have some information about their guarantee on their website and used to have you “register” your Bible to activate it.  However, you no longer have to register your Bible which I received confirmation from the publisher on this.  Basically, if you have issues with your Bible, just contact the publisher, but it might be best if you kept your receipt in case you need it for any reason.

Typeface and Print:
  • Scriptures are a very readable 10 point font, which is a little larger than the standard size used in many Bibles and Study Bibles that typically are a 9 point font or sometimes smaller.
  • The book introductions and articles have a very nice sized font making it a very clean and easy to read experience.
  • Scripture text and the cross-references and study notes are separated by a thin black line making it easy to know what you are looking at.
  • If you are a note-taker, there is not very much room to write in the margins of this particular Bible – especially on this particular one that has thumb indexing.
  • Show-through is where on thinner paper stocks, you can see a ghost of the print from the other side of the paper showing through.  You will get a little bit of the distracting show-through that see in some Bibles, but it’s not as bad as what you see with other Bibles that use real cheap or thin paper.  The NKJV Spirit-Filled Life Bible actually is done on nice white paper that is fairly opaque so the show through on the Scripture text is fairly negligible.  It is more noticeable with the colored headers for the articles and the design elements of some of the study tools if they are on the opposite page, but again, I wasn’t very distracted by it.  If you are highly sensitive to show-through, then you may notice it a little more than what I did.
  • Full-color maps in the back of this Bible are very good. Some of the maps in the back do have some slightly smaller print which may be harder to see for some people, but I did not have any trouble. Of course, I just got new glasses last month, so maybe that is playing into the equation.
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MY CHRISTIAN REVIEWER RATINGS:

Below, we have the overall ratings that I would give to this particular Bible with a 1 to 10 range.  Keep in mind that when I am doing these ratings, it is based on the physical makeup, format, extra-Biblical content and value of the Bible, not rating the Word of God or a particular translation.

Quality:  8.5  This is a genuine leather Bible which gives it a huge benefit to the quality.  Yes, it is Smyth sewn which helps the quality level even more from my perspective.  The reason I rated this one a little lower is that of the thumb indexing – the black colored tabs had a few issues where they pasted down some of the previous pages on two of the seventeen thumb index tabs.  In order to release it on these two thumb index tabs, it tore a couple pages.  I have never been a huge fan of thumb indexing anyway, so any Bibles I purchase for my own do not have this feature.  Outside of that thumb index issue, this is a good quality Bible.
Appearance: 9.1   The appearance of this Bible is actually very clean and easy to follow. The design that the publisher came up with does make it very easy to follow the different types of articles and tools.
Value: 8.5   Considering the price you can get this Bible at, I feel that the value of this Bible is actually very good.  Again, I can’t say enough about my concerns over some of the doctrines contained in the study tools, but I if that is what you follow, then you will like this Bible most likely.
Innovation: n/a   I can’t say there are any points that would adjust my score based on innovation.
Other/Wildcard: n/a  No wildcards to speak of with this Bible

Overall Rating: 8.7 out of 10

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Bible Formats and Options:

Here are some of the different formats that this Bible comes in per the publisher as well as links to the purchase each of them (prices listed below are at the time of writing this review and are subject to change):

ISBN: 978-0529100719 (Genuine Leather, Black Indexed – This review) $69.99
ISBN: 978-0529100146 (Hardcover) $31.49
ISBN: 978-0529100160 (e-Book, ePub format) $14.99
ISBN: 978-0529100702  (Genuine Leather, Black) $62.99
ISBN: 978-0529100542 (Imitation Leather, Brown, Indexed) $53.99
ISBN: 978-0529100597 (Imitation Leather, Burgundy) $47.99
ISBN: 978-0529100696 (Imitation Leather, Burgundy, Indexed) $53.99
ISBN: 978-0529100016 (Imitation Leather, Brown) $47.99

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Company Summary:

In 1798, Thomas Nelson founded his first publishing house in Edinburgh, Scotland, determined to make books, particularly Christian classics, affordable to the common man.  In 1931, Pat and Bernie Zondervan began their publishing journey in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where they began buying and selling books and Bibles.  HarperCollins Publishers acquired Zondervan Publishers in the 1980s and Thomas Nelson in 2012, integrating the two similar, yet uniquely different, publishing groups under one leadership.  Today, the strength of these great names—Thomas Nelson and Zondervan—continue to represent the highest quality in Christian publishing, creating the Company’s foundation.

HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc. is a world leading Christian content provider. Our parent company, HarperCollins Publishers, is the second-largest consumer book publisher in the world and is a subsidiary of News Corp. Though the Company formed in 2012, its heritage dates back to the late eighteenth century. Thomas Nelson and Zondervan, two highly sought-after Christian inspirational brands, are the keystone publishing programs.

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