Thursday, February 4, 2010

The Life Recovery Bible

The Life Recovery Bible is today's #1-selling recovery Bible and is based on the 12-step recovery model. It was created by two of today's leading recovery experts, David Stoop, Ph.D., and Stephen Arterburn, M.Ed., to lead readers to the source of true healing--God himself.


*New Living Translation

*Recovery Notes--Placed throughout the Bible text, these notes pinpoint passages and thoughts important to recovery

*Twelve Step Devotionals--A reading chain of 84 Bible-based devotionals tied to the Twelve Steps of recovery and placed throughout the Bible text

*Serenity Prayer Devotionals--Based on the Serenity Prayer, these devotionals provide an excellent More than 50 Bible-based devotionals create an excellent guide to recovery

*Recovery Profiles--Key Bible characters are profiled and important recovery lessons are drawn from their lives

*Recovery Reflections--Topically arranged recovery reflections pinpoint specific Scripture passages at the end of most Bible books

*Recovery Themes--Prominent recovery themes are discussed at the openings of various Bible books

Other Features: Outlines, book histories, topical index, devotional index, book introductions, user's guide, and a new 12-step comparison chart.

I love the New Living Translation of the Bible, and the idea of this Bible intrigued me, so I grabbed it to review. It's different to review a Bible than a book - obviously, you're not critiquing the writing, but the type of Bible it is. That said.....

This Bible is geared for people in a 8 or 12-step program, but the notes and other features would be great for anyone who is struggling with some of the issues that people go into these programs for - addictions, abuse, etc.

The notes are solid and helpful, as are the recovery themes, devotionals, and recovery profiles. If a Bible can be called "neat", this is a neat Bible, and everything about it is well-done. Add to that the great and easy-to-read New Living Translation, and you have a great Bible for anyone who may be struggling with some issue - or just someone who wants to understand the Bible better.

The Life Recovery Bible is available from Tyndale Publishers.

Thanks to Tyndale for the review copy.