Simply put, the New Spirit-Filled Life Bible is a dense study bible. In addition to scripture, these 1,800+ pages provide a lot of information, which it is a go-to source for most things. Each book has an introduction that includes the book’s author, its purpose, and an outline of the book. The maps are colorful and clear. They present the tribal section, Jerusalem, the general area, the exodus route, and missionary journeys. In addition to the typical footnotes, this version has a center column area with more notes and references. There are Word Wealth blocks through the stories to give more in-depth information about a word, and Jesus’ words are in red text.
I like the NKJV translation and the outline before each book that provides an overview, especially of those with which I am less familiar or only want to peruse. While, this bible is chock full of ideas and background, I find it too busy. I’m not studying all references, so I would prefer more visual white space and story, with only a few sections devoted to explanation and study resources. Also, the paper is thin, so the gray boxes (for Word Wealth, Kingdom Dynamics, and Truth in Action) show through the other side of the page, and highlighting or underlining would show through, too.
I would not recommend it for the general lay person who wants the stories with a little background. I would recommend it for someone who wants to go past the basic text of the bible and learn more about the word choices, where the same topics and themes appear throughout the bible, and doesn’t mind all the other stuff on the page. (4 out of 5 stars)
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Booksneeze.com in exchange for my honest review.