20 June 2018

NKJV Minister’s Bible Review


Pastors stand ready to meet the needs of their flock at a moment’s notice, and Thomas Nelson's NKJV Minister’s Bible is here to help. With the complete Nelson’s Minister’s Manual conveniently set between the Old and New Testaments, you'll find sermons, readings, outlines, prayers, and more quickly and easily accessible. This Bible is a one-stop resource, offering time-saving direction for weddings, funerals, communion and baptism services, confirmations, dedications, and a variety of other pastoral care situations. 

Features include:

  • Complete text of the trustworthy and beautiful New King James Version, perfect for devotional and worship settings
  • Exclusive NKJV Comfort Print®
  • A comprehensive collection of pastoral resources, located between the Testaments—prayers, sermons, outlines, and more
  • Sewn, lay-flat binding to ensure easy, one-handed use
  • Three satin ribbon markers to quickly navigate between favorite passages and resources
  • Elegant, durable, understated covers, appropriate for any ministry setting
  • 9-point print size
My Thoughts:

I remember when my husband received his ordination many-many years ago and he received a small pocket size Ministry Manual with all the resources needed for funerals, marriages, baptism, and other necessary functions needed as a minister. The print is small and the book is a little bit larger than a large man’s hand. The content is great but, size wasn’t functionally so great.

NKJV Minister’s Bible intrigued me with having everything within the pages of your Bible. This is a unique Bible for a minister. This is the first I’ve ever seen.

This is a beautiful brown Leathersoft Bible. The edges of the Bible have the gold gilding. The paper is your standard Bible page thickness. The font is the ever popular Comfort Print® in a 9 point font. The Bible lays out nicely when it is opened. The Bible has three different colored ribbon book markers attached inside the Bible.

There are no introductions for the books of the Bible. The words of Jesus are in red. In the back of the Bible there is a “30 Days with Jesus” and a “One Year Reading Plan”. It has 8 full colored maps.

This isn’t a study or devotional Bible as it has no footnotes or scripture cross-references. It does have the translators notes that it points out wording to clarify some meanings. I would like to have a larger margin for notes and adding in your own scripture references.

In-between the Old and New Testament is the “Resources for the Minister” section. There is an indented tab to locate it quickly. Honestly, at first I thought that the location was crazy as it should be in the front or back of the Bible. The more I thought about the location the more it grew on me. For one holding a book while opened with just a few pages from the cover whether front or back has a tendency to close if you’re holding it by hand and not on a flat surface. The Bible felt more balance in your hands with the resources being in the center of the Bible. Maybe that is my crazy way of thinking.

The “Resources for the Minister” has seven main topics with sub topics in each area. It covers weddings, funerals, dedications, Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, worship, pastoral care, and invitations.

 I’m not going to go over each one but an example for the wedding section starts out with a premarital counseling that has a sample form you can use before you begin counseling. There are six premarital counseling   sessions to cover with the couple that goes over different topics from introduction and faith, personality issues, expectations, and roles, family of origin and family issues, communication and conflict resolution, finances, and the sexual relationship. It tells you what to ask and has some scripture references, and each section also reminds you to offer any other advice or address other issues that come up.
The wedding portion also starts out with a sample registration form, and order of service for the ceremony. It goes on to have a detailed formal and informal wedding ceremony format for the minister. There are three wedding sermons and a vow renewal ceremony. There are five pages of traditional wedding scriptures which has the scriptures in full on these pages. It ends with some suggested favorite wedding hymns. 

This is the basic format with all the resources available. There are a lot of sample forms, sermons, and formats throughout each section. The layout is organized.

I have mixed feeling with some of the content as I don’t agree with all the theology. However, the core of our Lord and Savior is in all the resources regardless of your theology. I hope some ministers makes this unique to them and not rote from this in some sections.

Overall, I feel that this is a nice Bible for a minister. It has everything in one place. 
I received a free copy of this product from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this information accordance with the FTC Regulations.


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