Friday, June 24, 2016

A Lifehacks Bible?

I’ve benefited from YouTube videos and internet articles on lifehacks. What’s a lifehack? A lifehack is any tip, trick, or tool for doing something easier or more effectively. There are lifehacks for packing your suitcase, saving money at the grocery store, and a whole host of other activities we engage in everyday. Because these ideas are so useful, I was intrigued by the NIV Lifehacks Bible offered to me for review.

Whereas the title may sound a little hokey, the actual product beat my expectations. Remember all the jokes people made about the iPad? It turned out to be a phenomenal product. What sets this Bible apart is its 365 articles aimed at introducing believers to spiritual disciplines in order to develop habits that will help them grow and mature in their faith. This isn’t a Bible with a built-in encyclopedia, nor is it full of Chicken Soup for the Soul stories. It’s just a Bible interlaced with one-page articles on topics such as Scripture memorization, evangelism, giving, prayer, reading the Bible, and much more.

Joe Carter, best known for his regular blogging on The Gospel Coalition website, cites and quotes numerous well-known and respected Christian authors, including D.A. Carson, Tim Keller, Tony Reinke, David Murray, Tim Challies, C.S. Lewis, R.C. Sproul, Francis Schaeffer—the list goes on!

I would have benefitted greatly from a Bible like this when I was in high school or college because those were times when I was working on developing spiritual disciplines in my own life. The articles help by teaching not only why, but offering principles for developing godly habits. By God’s grace I do practice the spiritual disciplines, but it’s been a bumpy road with piecemeal guidance along the way. A resource like this would have made for a more direct route to practicing the spiritual disciplines.

As someone who’s been a student and someone who’s led student ministry at church, I highly recommend it.

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