Tuesday, July 29, 2014

NIV God's Word for Gardener's Bible

Editor: Shelley Cramm
Publisher: Zondervan
March 2014
ISBN: 978-0310441137
Genre: Bible/Devotional

God will meet you personally in your garden . . . and in his. Throughout the Scriptures God has revealed spiritual truth in the language of growing things. This Bible will take you into a deeper relationship with God through the contemplation of soil and soul.

The NIV God’s Word for Gardeners Bible will inspire you to seek God in a personal way through informative essays, devotional readings and prayers that explore the nature of the gardener’s work, the rewards of gardening, the influence of seasons and weather, and the joy of the harvest. In this Bible you will also find botanical-themed pages containing horticultural information for the prominent plants noted in Scripture and landscape-themed pages highlighting the main gardens and regions in which the events in the Bible took place. Draw near to the One whose garden is planted with delight—in you!

  • 260 daily devotions and 52 weekend readings arranged in weekly themes and placed near relevant passages in the text to explore the biblical metaphors of gardens and gardening
  • Beautiful, durable hardcover
  • Topical Index (for 52 weeks)
  • Special sections on the Garden of Eden, the garden of Gethsemane and Jesus the Vine.

The NIV GOD'S WORD FOR GARDENER’S BIBLE is a good idea. It involved a lot of research for the writer/editor of this concept, in both biblical gardening and modern times. But I found it rather confusing and reading more like a research project at times.

The devotions, while fitting the gardening theme, didn’t serve to increase my knowledge of scripture.

The cover is beautifully done. And as a NIV Bible it is good. As a Bible/devotional/theemed reader, I found it lacking.  I will keep the Bible at church for use and to give to someone who may come and not own a Bible. This would also make an awesome gift for a gardener in your life, or someone who is interested in biblical gardens. $4.99 kindle.  $34.99 hardcover. 1568 pages. 

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