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Abide NET Bible Review
I love a great Bible. For over 10 years my HCSB Study Bible (no longer in print) has been my go-to Bible. It travels with me to church and speaking engagements. It’s what I use for my daily quiet time and deep study of God’s Word. While I love the study notes, I had to train myself not to look at them. It was so easy to peek and see what scholars thought before I spent time with the Holy Spirit as my teacher.
When the opportunity to review the new Abide NET Bible became available, I jumped at the opportunity. I was intrigued by the layout, journal prompts, prayer prompts, and using a different translation. (The NET translation is a newer thought-for-thought translation released in 2005. Most find thought-for-thought translations easier to read.)
The word “abide” drew me in too. Over 12 years ago, John 15: 4 (Abide in Me) was our women’s ministry theme for the year. That year I discovered the beauty of abiding in Christ. I want to Abide in Him and I want every woman our women’s ministry touches to have that same desire too.
The Abide Bible is designed to help you experience the peace, hope, and growth that comes from encountering the voice and presence of God in Scripture.
Every feature in Abide is designed to teach and develop Scripture-engagement habits that help you know the power and spiritual nourishment of abiding in Christ.
I’ve spent the last month using the Abide Bible in my daily quiet time to take it for a test drive. In this post, I share the features and benefits of this new Bible option.
Features and Benefits
Created in partnership with Bible Gateway and the Taylor University Center for Scripture Engagement, The Abide Bible’s features include articles, book introductions, and practical Scripture engagement prompts based on five ways of engaging deeply with the Bible:
- Praying Scripture: Pattern your prayers after biblical texts, personalizing the prayer and gaining language for the thoughts and emotions you want to express.
- Picture It: Place yourself in a biblical narrative as a bystander or participant in important events.
- Journaling: Focus and reflect on Scripture and its meaning for your life, opening yourself to God’s voice as you ponder.
- Engage Through Art: Consider a classic piece of art—photograph, sculpture, painting—and let it deepen your meditations on scriptural truths.
- Contemplate: Follow the church’s longstanding practice of reading, meditating on, praying, and contemplating a passage of Scripture in order to experience God’s presence through the words of the Bible.
These five prompts are placed throughout every book of the Bible encouraging the reader to pause, engage, journal, and pray. If you love to journal or would like to journal but don’t know where to start, you’ll find these prompts lead you into deeper contemplation of God’s Word.
When it comes to Bibles there are two very superficial things I long for:
- A Bible cover that will last for years.
- A font I can easily read.
I graduated to readers several years ago, however, one of the thought-for-thought Bibles I use for comparison has a font size so small that even with my readers on I struggle to read it! I was thankful that was not the case with the Abide Bible. The font size is 9. While the prompts are in a smaller font, they are still easy to see.
The cover is a beautiful soft stone leathersoft™ with stitching around the edges and a gold design imprinted on the front. It’s so soft, yet durable. The Abide Bible is also available in hardback and other colors including blue and brown here. It arrives in a colorful gift box protecting the edges from any accidental damage during shipping.
All options come with two ribbons – which I find so useful in keeping my place for my daily reading. The Bible is not small, it’s 10 in high by 6.75 inches wide.
This video below gives you a glimpse inside.
Additional features of the Abide Bible include:
- Bible book introductions provide a concise overview of the background and historical context of the book about to be read
- 365-Day Bible Reading Plan guiding you through the entire Bible in a year
- Line-matched, single-column Scripture text for improved readability
- Smyth-sewn binding lays flat in your hand or on your desk
While there is some space on some of the Bible pages to journal your answers, the Abide Bible is not a journaling Bible. If you want to keep your thoughts and scripture together, you’ll love the NET Abide Bible Journals. You can purchase them as sets here or you can purchase each journal individually. The same prompts you’ll find in the Abide Bible are recorded in the Abide Bible Journals.
Free Devotional and Download
Thomas Nelson is providing a sneak peek and a free devotional for you to check out the Abide Bible.
The Abide Experience: 21 Days in John, a FREE Video Devotion featuring Dr. Phil Collins, general editor of the Abide Bible. The 21 Days in John FREE Video Devotion also provides a free download of the book of John from the Abide Bible.
The Abide Experience is FREE and includes 21 Video devotions delivered by email and a full download of the book of John from The Abide Bible!
A Fresh and New Approach to God’s Word
If you are looking for a new way to engage with God’s Word, the Abide NET Bible is for you.
The prompts will propel you to respond to God’s Word in new ways, through prayer, journaling, and meditating on God’s Word. It’s an invitation to look at scripture through multiple lenses, ones you may not have thought of on your own.
Transform your personal Bible devotions into intimate, ongoing conversations with God with various Scripture engagement approaches that keep Bible reading fresh and new.
Disclosure: Many thanks to Thomas Nelson Bibles for providing a sample of the product for this review. Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.