Book Review: Start! The Bible for New Believers

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.

You can find out more about Start! The Bible for New Believers and Greg Laurie at You can get your copy at or all over the web.

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