"But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander." ~ 1 Peter 3:15-16

Review: The American Patriot's Bible

Thomas Nelson has earlier released The American Patriot's Bible (Hardcover in NKJV), which shows how the history of the United States connects the people and events of the Bible to our lives in a modern world. This review is part of Thomas Nelson’s Book Review Blogger program, of which I have received a free review copy.

As the name implies, this is not a standard study bible, so I wouldn't fault it for the lack of footnotes and explanatory notes. Since I am not a US citizen, the numerous brief articles and quotes on the shaping of America certainly are interesting to read. However, a separate book on the topic would handle the job better. The advocates of state-church separation might also have something to comment on the articles. And I do wonder if there is a need for a speciality bible with the term Patriot included, especially when the Gospel transcends national and ethnic boundaries.

At any rate, the American Patriot's Bible is colorful to read and the font style and size is just right for the eyes. If there's anything to complain, the sheer size of it would probably deter anyone from bringing it outside of homes for reading. And unless this is the only printed NKJV that you have, it will most likely lie on your shelves for the bulk of its life. Considering its hefty price, I wouldn't even recommend it as a gift book for friends.

Overall, this is something you can get if you wish to add to your collection of bibles. If you are on tight budget, I will suggest that you pass this for something else.