Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Apologetics Study Bible for Students- Review and Giveaway

B&H Publishing Group have partnered with Sean McDowell (son of Josh McDowell, assistant professor, author, co-author, editor, husband, and father of 3) and a host of talented contributors to create The Apologetics Study Bible for Students HCSB.  The Apologetics Study Bible for Students HCSB has an awesome goal- To encourage readers who have real questions by offering straight answers in hope that they will develop a stronger, more confident faith.

In this house, we believe that the Word of God is sufficient and can stand on its own.  But let's face it, the teens years are years of a lot of hard work and a lot of questions.  As Sean McDowell says in one of his videos, that is good!  I want our kids to ask questions and seek the truth on their own so they can make their faith a personal one, not just one handed down by their parents.  Study Bibles such as this can often be a good place to start with that seeking.  We have just begun to read a lot of these special features but I like them already!

- Book Introductions for each of the sixty-six books of the Bible.
- Study Notes which provide evidence of the reliability and truthfulness of Scripture.
- 120 Articles written by today's leading Christian thinkers dealing with life's ultimate questions.
- 60 Twisted Scriptures that address ways that various religious movements distort Scripture to support doctrine contrary to historic Christian teaching.
-20 Personal Stories that show how God has worked in a real way to someone.
-50 Bone and Dirt articles that feature archaeologists discoveries with an apologetic point of view.
-25 Tactics that help students withstand opposition to frequently heard arguments against Christianity.
-20 Top Five that list facts in bullets points about hot apologetic topics.

Our favorite feature?  Hard to pick just one really, but I would have to say the Bones and Dirt and the Tactics.  OK, I know that is two!  The boys especially like the Bones and Dirt topics because they deal with science from a Christian standpoint.  The Tactics sections are good for our teen as they equip him with facts rather than just opinions to be able to use in his conversations with non believers.  Knowing what we believe and why we believe are imperative to sharing the gospel at any age!  It is having the confident faith Sean McDowell talks about that enables us to spread the gospel in an effective way.

In addition to this amazing Bible, the gift of Confident Faith is being celebrated with 16 brief videos featuring Sean McDowell.  A new video is added each week, with 16 weeks planned in all.  5 weeks are currently up which you can access in the archives.  Videos include-

Week 1- Is It OK To Have Doubts
Week 2- Why Does God Allow Evil?
Week 3- Does The Bible Demean Women?
Week 4- Should Abortion Be Allowed for Rape or Insect?
Week 5- Can God Make a Rock SO Big He Can't Lift it?

I love these videos.  They are short in length (3-4 minutes each) but packed with information.  They are engaging for younger students and have a fresh, youth appeal to them.  Because they are short, we have been able to use them as conversation starters with our teens.

The big question now is who will claim the Bible in our family! ;)

 Confident Faith Sweepstakes is also being offered to give away Bibles, free mini libraries of B&H's best apologetics resources and even a trip for two to the National Conference on Christian Apologetics (NCCA) being held October 16-17, 2015 in Charlotte, NC where some of the world's leading thinkers will offer insights and teaching. 

You can purchase the Apologetics Student Bible from Lifeway.  It is currently on sale!

Thanks to FlyBy Productions, readers of Family, Faith, and Fridays also have the opportunity to winApologetics Student Bible!  Just leave me a comment and tell me what version of the Bible your family normally uses.  You can earn a second entry by telling us your favorite Bible verse!  A random winner will be drawn next Tuesday, August 18th.


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  1. We use the King James Version, and my favorite Bible verse is Psalm 13:6. :)

  2. We usually read between NIV and KJV. My favorite verse is "Be still and know
    I am God". As a busy homeschooling mom, wife, teacher at wednesday night church, etc...
    It is so easy to be busy, yet hard at times to just stop and focus on God and all he is in our lives.

    Thanks at a chance at your giveaway.

  3. What a great giveaway!!!! thank you for doing this. Our bible we use is the ESV bible. We have tons of other versions, as we get new bibles, I don't like throwing away the old because of all the notes I write in them. I love all the bible verses in God's word. But my favorite for homeschooling and my children is, 3 John 1:4
    I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.

  4. I have started using the NKJV study Bible. My favorite verse has to be Romans 8 38-39 well that's actually two isn't it but it still speaks to me and gives me comfort knowing that nothing can come between me and God.

  5. We use NKJV or NASB translation of the Bible. My favorite verse is Joshua 1:9 "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

  6. KJV and NKJV - Favorite verse is Isaiah 40:11 He shall feed his flock like a shepherd, he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead them that are with young.

  7. I love Lamentations 3:22-23. Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
    for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.


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