Wednesday, June 8, 2016

NIV Lifehacks Bible: Practical Tools for Successful Spiritual Habits


Title:  NIV Lifehacks Bible: Practical Tools for Successful Spiritual Habits
Version: New International Version
Author: God
Notes By: Joe Carter
Foreword: Kevin DeYoung
Publisher:  Zondervan
Release Date:  June 7, 2016


A “Lifehack” describes any advice, shortcut, tip or skill that will help you get things done more efficiently and effectively.

The NIV Lifehacks Bible uses “lifehacking” methods to give you practical and achievable tools to integrate spiritual habits into your busy, technology-centric, 21st century life. With 365 articles covering 30 life-changing disciplines, not only does this Bible illuminate scriptural wisdom on spiritual practices, it provides practical tips and strategies for applying them every day.

You’ll find these and other articles inside the Bible: • 4 Tips for Making Wise Decisions • 6 Steps for Interpreting the Bible • 7 Questions for Recognizing Intentional Sins • 4 Tips for Finding Time to Pray


Featuring a foreword by author and theologian Kevin DeYoung, the NIV Lifehacks Bible is full of common-sense articles on foundational topics such as: prayer, self-reflection, character formation, and fasting. The Bible then features advice and helpful tips for building habits around these disciplines.


The NIV Lifehacks Bible is unlike many of the study Bibles out there.  It's not a commentary type Bible, nor is it a devotional with personal human-interest stories to draw relevance with the readers.  This Lifehacks Bible focuses not on scholarly insights, but on the spiritual transformation from the truth of the Bible. The notes provided by Joe Carter, have an "eternally significant, focus and purpose: to explain and illuminate what Scripture says about spiritual formation and to provide practical tips, techniques and suggestions to help develop those life-changing habits in your own life." (intro)  And with that said, I believe the 365 articles throughout the Bible provides a good grasp on the practical ways to follow the teachings in the Bible. Not to say it replaces what the Bible itself says, but take it as a cliff note version of specific disciplines. For example, one of the articles is "How to pray like David," giving a brief description of  who David is and a Biblical passage to read, and then listed 3 ways we can learn to model David's prayer life. There are quite a few "how tos," but there are also many "whats and what is". At the end of each article, there is a simple sentence as the "practical takeaway," providing readers the gist of what the article is meant to explicate.

Visually, the hardcover and personal size makes it easy to carry.  The beginning of the Bible, beside the typical table of contents listing the Books of the Bible in order, it also includes a list of the Books of the Bible in alphabetical order, a "Bible in a Year" chart (always love those), and a directory of all articles in alphabetical order. In the back, the "Study Helps" section includes a table of weights & measures (very useful!), the endnotes, a subject index and an index to readings by habit (practical lifehacks).  Also, I appreciate the full color maps in the back as well. The fonts are a good size and easy to read. Being the New International Version, it's a widely used version due to its easy to comprehend translations.  The pages are so white, with lettering all in black, I almost want to highlight and start marking this Bible up to give it some differentiation for easier read and favorite passages to "pop".

In all, informative and practical, with ways to deepen your knowledge of certain Biblical references, as well as providing tools for spiritual habits that's transformative. If you're stuck or not sure how to apply Biblical principles, check out the NIV Lifehacks Bible. It might be one way to help you.


NOTE:  I received a complimentary copy of this Bible from the publisher, Zondervan for an honest review.  All opinions expressed are my own.  For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.


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