Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Review: 1,2, & 3 John, Life Application Bible Study

1, 2 & 3 John
Life Application Bible Studies
Linda Chaffee Taylor et al
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

This book is one of a series of studies available from Tyndale House Publishers that includes the full text of the book to be studied from the New Living Translation of the Life Application Bible. When I received this study guide the first thing I noticed was the very attractive presentation. You will want to pick it up and thumb through it. Inside, the pages have enough room to record your responses without having to resort to abbreviations or microprint. I like that. It also means the responses are likely to require more than one word.
The first few pages contain an explanation of how the translators worked through the some common language issues to arrive at the NLB translation. Interesting reading but not necessary for the study itself. The text of John 1, 2 & 3 and notes from the Life Application Bible follow. I think it is reprinted directly from the NLT Life Application Bible so that you get to test read that version while doing your study. I didn’t find any questions that rely on this particular version like I have in some other studies. That is very thoughtful for the class member that prefers another Bible version will still find that this study available for them.
To the study itself now. I have not done the entire study so this will be based on a preliminary impression. As with most studies this one starts with something easy and familiar but pertinent to the content to allow the student to wade a little deeper into the material. The whole point of this study is to do more than study the content. It is application. Learn it and live it might be the short version of the authors’ purpose.
Conversation is stimulated by the way the questions are asked. How, when, why, what, or describe start nearly every line. Can’t get away with those “yep” or “nope” responses any more. Another nice thing is the student is encouraged to think more deeply, more thoroughly so the learning is more apt to become action. For students or leaders looking for more depth and more interaction during their meeting times, this study may be what you are looking for. Give it a try.
Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review.

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