Review: Everyman’s Bible

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First the nitty: (From Amazon – click the picture for product page)

  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers (May 17, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0842374833
  • ISBN-13: 978-0842374835
  • Finally, a Bible that every ordinary guy–from truck drivers to lawyers–can call his own. This is a guy’s type of Bible–straight talk about the challenges of life. Notes cover everything from work issues to relationships with women to common temptations guys face. Every Man’s Bible is written by the best-selling author of the Every Man’s series, Steve Arterburn.

Then, the gritty:

Reading the various reviews and reader’s comments on commercial sites, it is evident that Tyndale has hit their target audience. The only serious complaint found on Amazon is that it while the notes are great, it is along side the NLT. Myself, I like the NLT, finding it well suited for missional work.

The pros:

The Everyman’s Bible is filled with various writings, notes, and tips geared towards men. Tyndale takes a hard stand on conservative biblical principles, which is favorable for the audience. It’s basic features include the ‘Men, Women and God’, ‘Someone You Should Know,’ and ‘What the Bible says about…’ along with various charts. All are written in a manner geared to young men who will use this bible for the intention of this edition.

This is not a study bible. Instead, I believe that the added features are geared more to a daily help series, or perhaps as an addition to the traditional gift bibles. Including as ‘commentary’ different life helps, semi-devotional sections, and very little actual study material, this bible appeals to young men, perhaps those getting married, new fathers, etc…

Unlike the NLT Study Bible, the notes in theĀ  Everyman’s Bible is written in a conversational style, in easily understood, non-ambiguous English. Further, it generally provides summary’s of its notes, such as on page 377. In the ‘Someone You Should Know’ section, relating to Abner, after providing a semi-devotional, it simply says:

The Point: Although bad things happen to good people, God’s justice will prevail in the end.

At the beginning of each book, you will find a very short summary of the book, a conservative view on the writing of the book, key concepts, an estimated reading time, verses worth memorizing and something which I am not sure many will like: The Masculine Perspective.This perspective speaks, you guessed it, directly to men.

The bible is well made (I have the hardcover) and because of its dimensions, handy to carry around. It will make an excellent tool in a small, men’s, study group.

The cons:

I am not in favor of the brown/tan color scheme. I realize that it matches the canyon on the cover, but these are not my favorite colors.

While this bible is an excellent tool for a young men’s study group, and indeed, will serve as a fine gift for men at different stages in life, I still find a bible geared solely to either gender, something not up my ally. I want a bible that I can share with my wife, or give to my daughter as well as my son. This is a personal preference, acknowledging that this is not the goal of this bible.

Recommendation:

This will make an excellent bible for a young men’s bible study, as well as a gift for special occasions.

I want to thank the fine people at Tyndale for this review copy, and their continued good work.

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14 Replies to “Review: Everyman’s Bible”

  1. So, how would you say it compares to the Patriot’s Bible ?
    :dodges thrown object:
    Actually, this sounds pretty good. I’m looking for a Bible for my soon-to-be-13-year-old son’s birthday, and I’ll take a look at this one. Thanks for the tip!

  2. On 1 July 2009, so in just under a day Sydney time, I am starting to read the Bible in one year using an NIV Life in the Spirit Study Bible. From your Bible reading experience, have I “chosen wisely”?

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