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The Word New International Reader's Version (The Bible For Understanding God)

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For reading or study, this sturdy textbook edition is created for understanding that lasts.This NIV Holy Bible, Textbook Edition has all the features students need to explore the riches of God’s Word. Designed with the help of Christian educators, it offers many study helps and includes the full text of the NIV translation of the Bible. Full-color maps and inserts help you ...more
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Chris Sarcasm aside, even if you're not religious in the least, I think it's a good thing to read if you're interested in literature. Love it or hate it,…moreSarcasm aside, even if you're not religious in the least, I think it's a good thing to read if you're interested in literature. Love it or hate it, the stories within have had a HUGE impact on the literary world at large, from Milton to, yes, even Rowling.(less)
Bill Barnes That's akin to having part of you open heart surgery, because it takes so long.
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Betsy
Sep 14, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of other fictional adventures such as harry potter or lord of the rings
Holy shit (literally). This book is riveting. It is a fictional novel based on the life of a guy named Jesus who is one badass motherfucker. The book chronicles some of his totally rad and awesome adventures, such as turning water into wine and coming out of a cave after he died! Any lover of fictional adventure books such as harry potter will love this book. It does have some slower parts, but it picks right back up every couple of chapters (the chapters are creatively named after people!). Als ...more
Jon
Sep 05, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
Shelves: fiction, religion
As nothing more than a piece of literature, this isn't even a good book. As a basis for religion, life, and/or government, it's dangerous. The entire Old Testament is filled to the brim with outrageous fiction and illustration after illustration of a diety who can't make up his mind, doesn't think rationally and is ruled by emotion, and reigns down punishment on beings he created, knowing that the very composition of their beings would lead them away from his will. This diety created two imperfe ...more
Carole Bartholomeaux
Oct 02, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone who is Christian or wants to learn more about Christianity
I got my first Bible in 1974 and have been reading the Bible nearly daily since then. I have at least six Bibles. Two of them are falling apart, I've read them so much. God has such a great sense of humor. Whatever page I turn to, there is a message of what I need that day. I was born three months premature and the doctors did not expect me to live. Prayer made the difference. I cannot get through a day without prayer; I do not know how anyone does. The Bible helps me through the worst times in ...more
Mountainman91
Feb 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Mountainman91 by: parents, pastor
The Bible, Hmm, how do you review God's Word? people have attacked it, scientists have expended their best energies trying to disprove it, governments have butchered millions to kill it, bu it remains 'For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail, but if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.'
Caleb Barrows
Aug 19, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
It would be an understatement to say that this book changed my life. Knowing this book and its author is my life. Just today I read Psalms 81 and Romans 5 and it breathed life and mystery into me for my day. I have learned to better love the Saviour and hero of this book, Jesus Christ, and what my identity and life is in him.
I would say that this book best compares to the food and water that we need for our bodies. In the same way we desire more food and drink throughout our day, so in the same
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Werner
Mar 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Note, Jan. 18, 2017: I edited this review just now to correct a typo.

I've read the Bible multiple times, and intend to keep on reading it for the rest of my life. I know it to be God's communication to humanity, written by men under the guidance of His Spirit, and revealing His nature, His love, His plans for the universe and for our salvation, and the principles by which we should live. It's a bedrock foundation of truth on which to build our lives.
Beth F.
How does one rate the Bible? Honestly. I’ve just spent the past 20 minutes reading GR reviews. The glowing reviews made me laugh (oh you, lol). The bad reviews made me laugh (oh you, lol).

I’ve only ever read translations, so I can’t rightfully give it 5 stars. And I’m not interested in learning a foreign language for the sole purpose of reading it, so I probably never will give it 5 stars. But it has been around for a very long time and most of the books published in the world don’t have that k
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Ij
I have studied and read parts of the Bible throughout my life. However, I was never able to read the Bible from beginning to end. I failed each time I tried. I had even tried various Bible reading plans. I think what I lacked at that time was commitment.

Well last year about this time I tried again. This time I set time aside for devotion and Bible reading, each morning. I placed my Bible and computer on my nightstand. I used the Our Daily Bread webpage for devotion. It is a very short read with
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Molly
Marx said religion was the opiate of the masses, it's more like religion is the skirts feebleminded people hide behind to flee from personal responsibility and thought.

Sad this bunch of dross inspired so much violence and hatred through the centuries and still does.

ETA: Had to read this again for summer 2009 class - it's even more unbelievable to me after a refresher that anyone could believe one word of this and think it's the word of anything but humans bent on building a power base. the Old T
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Teo
Dec 12, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The Holy Bible is a fictional historical epic with elements of fantasy, and the supernatural in general. Epic is a word not out of place here, for the Holy Bible is indeed a very hefty read. There are actually various versions of the texts, the Hebrew and the Christian. I will talk about the Christian edition here, so when I say Holy Bible I will refer to it.

The Holy Bible is primarily divided into two big chapters; the first is called the Old Testament, and the other the New Testament. Each of
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MichelleMarie
Jul 31, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: every person in the all of creation
Shelves: always-reading
The only book to CHANGE the course of my life. To give me hope, something to feed on, something to guide me when I am lost, something to make me cry, fills me with awe, helps me find words to express and pray
Tristan
Dec 17, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Very unsatisfying fantasy novel. Awful writing, unconvincing and poorly thought out world design, undeveloped or pathetically two-dimensional characters, lack of suspense. Various narrators present accounts that neither correspond well nor create an interesting divergence of point of view where they disagree - the inconsistencies are so poorly used as a storytelling device that they almost appear accidental. Many sections, such as Leviticus, read like the Cetacea chapter of Moby Dick, only worse ...more
Jonathan

This review will likely not change any opinions about this book. It will perhaps give anyone interested a look into my particular worldview. Disagree with me all you like, for my worldviews are based simply upon questioning, reading and attempting to understand the world according to scripture and observation. For everything I have seen in my life and of the world confirms to me that there is a spiritual side to reality and that there is a powerful God who exists.

When one considers the term reli
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Tina
Sep 28, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
I have been reading this book since 1992, the year prior to my salvation January 4, 1993. I love this book above all the books I own. This book is why I live, breathe and have my being. I love Jesus with all my heart and because of Him I am living; la dolce vita ~ "the sweet life." If you want to know more about Jesus, you can visit my blogs at:



http://creatingmemories.typepad.com/c...
I have many blogs on their feel free to browse around.
Tina
Mf
Jan 28, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really interesting, but it tries to hard to be enlightening, the plot moves at a "Lost moses in desert pace" and the prose is a little dull. I am however, looking forward to the authors next work Bible 2: The Son Returns.
Cat *living for the One who breaths life into me*
Jul 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone in surch for a purpose
I believe the Bible is the Word of God. I think some will call me crazy but sometimes things don't have to be fully explained to be true. That is kinda the entire point of faith. I also believe there is a God shaped hole in all of us. No matter how hard you try to fill it with money, fame, realtionships, sex, other idols it will NEVER satisfy your soul. You will still be thirsty and searching.


Books I have fully read:

Genesis

Exodus

Ruth

Hosea

Esther

Philemon

1 Peter

Matthew

Mark

Luke

John

1Corinthians

Ephe
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Rhia Frio
Oct 22, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!
This is my BESTSELLER EVER!!! I started reading the Bible when I was still a High School student, on and off in college and through adulthood! But more and more so now! As in daily! And it is my source of wisdom, strength, guidance, everything. Because the bible is God-breathed! So go and start reading it daily you book worm! And after you've read all it's books, you can read it all over again and still get fresh revelations!
Rebecca
Oct 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone!!!!!!!
Shelves: i-own-it, five-star

The Holy Bible is a letter from God about His family. He tells about His sons and daughters such as Moses, Abraham, and Deborah, and most of all, tells us how we can be saved through His Son Jesus Christ. The last section of this book, called the New Testament, explains how Jesus, who was God's Son, came to earth in the form of a man, and gave His life so that we could go to heaven to be with Him. Three of my favourite quotes from this book are "God so loved the world that He gave His one and on

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roland0_o
It was easier to get through Atlas Shrugged than it was to get through this monster. Yes, all the awesome stories of rape, racism, murder and genocide that you expect to find are there. Getting to them, however, takes plodding reading through pages and pages of repetitive and boring recitations of how super awesome this god guy is. At least the bible has the fun parts, in comparison to the koran, which seems to be an extraction comprised exclusively of these mind-killing passages.

The second part
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Jessie Frederick
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: always-reading
11.13.17 | I realized on my last update I did not include any info on my reading moving forward. Today I started the Gospels - Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Since all four of these Books are about the ministry of Jesus and different perspectives of the same events, they are read together. I have three months of reading days left of the Bible, and the Gospels will take up half of that - six weeks to get through them. I'll likely not update until I'm done with them as there really isn't a stoppin ...more
Andrew
Jul 08, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
There's too much to be said about this book.

When you cut away any socio-political feelings you may have about it, there's no denying it's sheer importance in the literature world. Not even Shakespeare comes close.

As a pragmatic spiritual guide for living, it also can't be topped. So, so much of Western and Eastern culture is based in it's concepts. Love it or hate it, but you're probably a product of it.

If you're a believer you probably regard this as a five-star bit of literature. Well, I'm a b
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Tom
Jul 26, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
a bit dicey in parts, some R-rated stories, too much violence, confusing, getting a PhD in it won't help, changes you when you read it (usually for the better; it's sometimes called "the book that knows me"), begins well ends in terror and joy (see what I mean about confusing?), only valid source of info about Jesus (but will the real Jesus please stand up?), needs an editor, you say you're going to read it straight through and you don't (you skip all the parts you can't pronounce or that bore y ...more
Inder
Jul 17, 2008 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Inder by: Uh, God?
I'm working on a major project, and I figured, since I've got several books on my currently-reading list that I'm not likely to complete for years, I might as well add another, and share my progress here.

I am trying to read the entire Bible, as an adult, for real (no cheating, skimming, or skipping, not even dietary rules or geneologies). I have been meaning to do this since childhood, because, beyond the religious aspect, I feel that the Bible (or at least some big chunks of it) is essential r
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Natalie Vellacott
Sep 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my Bible version from my teens until mid 20's and is therefore covered in colourful stickers and scrawled writing. It provides a good middle ground between versions like New American Standard Version (NASB) and English Standard Version (ESV) and versions like The Message and The Good News Bible or even The Street Bible.

The former options are more accurate to the original text so I switched to NASB some years ago, however, if I'm struggling to concentrate I sometimes return to my trusty
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Alex
Nov 17, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Over-long, disjointed, repetitive in the extreme. The main character, 'God', is poorly sketched out by the anonymous author, and his supposed motivations are often contrary to his actions (showing his 'love' by acts of genocide). By the time the narrative shifts to the Roman occupation of Judea the author has given up all attempts at generating new material and repeats the same narrative 4 times in a row. Lazy.

The final section, 'Revelation', reads like the ramblings of someone who has been eati
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Nicki Smith
Jun 12, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone!
This is a great read! You'll never want to put it down. It has all the answers you're looking for and is beautifully written by God!
Alyssa
This book is all over the place! At the very least it should have been published as two different novels - I don't really see much of a connection between the first half and the second half. Completely different characters and tone. The first half was too violent for me, but the second half wasn't too bad. For some reason I kept getting the feeling that we weren't getting the WHOLE truth about Jesus though...hmmm, perhaps some chapters were edited out by the publishers?
Jason
Aug 31, 2007 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everybody
i learned why do i live! the purpose of God, the sacrifice of God to the calvary and a lot,lot more
midnightfaerie

I read this twice. The second time I read it was on a challenge from a youth group leader. I earned a leather jacket from mexico for it. Still have it. The first time I read it was because it was a classic. Here, I thought, was a book that was known the world over. It caused disputes and wars, people killing each other over it, politics argued using it as its basis, and referenced by many a literature around the world. For this alone it was a book worth reading. The beginning bit was a a bit ted
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