Sunday, August 15, 2010

Life Application Bible Studies: 1 & 2 Thessalonians / Philemon (Book Review)

This Bible study guide for 1 & 2 Thessalonians / Philemon is part of the Life Application Bible Studies: NLT series.  The series is new to me, so I wasn't sure what to expect.  This short book (about 80 pages) is divided into two parts:  the Bible text and study notes, and thirteen lessons.  The introductory pages introduce the New Living Translation (NLT) and the Life Application Study Bible.

For each of these letters, the guide includes background and supplemental information, including a timeline, an overview, an outline, the main themes, and applicable maps.  After that is the full text of the letter, accompanied by abundant explanatory footnotes and some application suggestions.

The second part of the book is devoted to Bible study lessons, which can be used in large classes or small groups.  Each lesson, which is planned to take 60 or 90 minutes, follows this format:
  • Reflect on your life
  • Read the passage
  • Realize the principle
  • Respond to the message
  • Resolve to take action
I like this book! You probably want to know why. :) Here are my thoughts on it:
  • I appreciate that the study questions lead the reader to apply the principles to daily life and to make specific resolutions to accomplish that.
  • I don't usually read the NLT, and I didn't compare it closely to the NIV.  Debating which Bible translation is "best" is beyond the scope of this book review.
  • At first I thought that the full text and footnotes were redundant, since my family already has a study Bible.  But as I read on, I began to appreciate the convenience and portability of this small volume.  It would easily tuck into a handbag or briefcase.  In addition, although my family chooses not to write in our study Bible, I wouldn't hesitate to underline or make notes in this book.  I think it's worth every penny of its $7.99 retail price.
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Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book, at no cost to me, for review purposes.  I was not required to write a positive review, and all opinions are my own.  This post contains an affiliate link:  if you click through my link and complete a purchase, I will receive a small commission.  Thank you!


  1. I'm going to be reviewing a similar product by NavPress. It's called the "Life Change" series and I currently am doing Psalms. I really love Navpress and I love this little book on Psalms too. But I'll wait for the review to gloat more about it ;)

  2. Thank you for the review. It is helpful.


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