Start! The Bible for New Believers
Greg Laurie, General Editor
(Note: This book was provided free for review by the publisher. This did not affect the review in any way.)
As a part of Thomas Nelson’s BookSneeze book review program, I get to choose books that the publisher will send me to read and review here on my blog. When I saw this Bible for New Believers I was intrigued, because I am always on the lookout for a Bible that Oak Tree Community Church can keep on hand for that purpose.
I’m glad to say that Start! could be a great fit. The back cover summarizes the various notes, articles, and entries that are generously sprinkled throughout the Bible. Here’s how they describe them:
Grow entries, revealing key disciplines of the Christian life
Know articles, exposing the core beliefs of Christians
Live messages, focusing on various aspects of salvation
Learn notes, providing mini-commentaries on key passages for spiritual growth
I have to say that I was pleased to find the articles that I read (I did not read them all) to be well thought-through, clearly presented, and theologically sound. I was especially glad to see that Laurie made a clear distinction between the Rapture and Jesus’ Second Coming (note on Titus 2:13, page 1256).
In addition, at the very beginning is a clear presentation of the gospel and a call for the reader to place his or her faith in Jesus Christ for salvation.
Overall, I think this will be a great benefit to many new and growing Christians. If I had to give one critique, it would be that the Bible used is the New King James Version. While that is not surprising (the NKJV is published by Thomas Nelson), I would have preferred a different, more modern version for new believers.