Tuesday, July 22, 2014

NIV God's Word for Gardeners Bible, a review

Shelley Cramm is the editor of the devotions in this Bible and she has caught the love of gardens and gardening so many of us enjoy.   But it goes deeper than this, in the Introduction there are 52 weekly devotionals (called Garden Tours) which guide the reader through a section of the Word each day looking at it from a gardening and nature perspective.

Within the Books of the Bible, there are longer essays that coincide with the Garden Tours throughout.  For instance, in the beginning of the book of Esther there is a three page devotional essay describing the palace gardens in Persia (modern Iran).  These are not just flowery devotions, the information is quite interesting and informative.

This hardback Bible has a beautiful cover, as you can see above.   It is in the popular NIV translation, which is the version I use most often.  This would be an excellent gift Bible for the person who loves gardens, whether they enjoy gardening themselves or they would be interested in what the Bible has to say about gardens.

I have only one complaint about this edition, the font is very small making it somewhat difficult for some of us to read, especially those of us who now depend on reading glasses.  Otherwise, it is an excellent Bible.

While one would probably not use this version as their primary Bible for study, it would be very good to have on a side table for use as a Quiet Time Bible by reading the devotionals and looking up the Scripture within. 

Highly recommended if the small font is not an issue.

This Bible was sent to me by the publisher for purposes of review but the opinion is my own.

* More information... here.  Amazon Associate's link.  This link is to the hardback version but if you follow it, you will note that the Kindle version is very inexpensive should you want it mainly to read the devotionals.


Vee said...

Very interesting! I am always interested in the way Israel has brought back the land and the future promises for the milennial reign regarding produce.

Jenny said...

I'd love to read these devotionals.

Do you know what version of NIV it uses? Most of us carry the 1989 version but there is a newer NIV that came out a few years ago. The only way to distinguish them is the publication date. I realised when I was using Bible Gateway that there were some changes from the 1989 to the newest one that I don't agree with. BibleGateway dropped the 1989 version & only uses the newest one - sadly, in other versions they give you a choice of both but not with this one.

Ellan said...

Thank you for the review...this one is going on my Amazon wishlist.

Deanna Rabe - Creekside Cottage Blog said...

How interesting. I never thought of buying a Bible to use as a devotional. Now I am thinking about it, as you have me intrigued!


Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

Jenny, this appears to be the original NIV version as its' first Copyright date is 1973.