Staff Pick – HCSB Study Bible

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I’m a big proponent of daily Bible reading because everything in life makes more sense when God’s Word is fresh in my mind every day. It strengthens my spirit, gives me energy and makes me a better husband, father and minister to others. This year, I chose to read through the HCSB Study Bible and it has been an absolute joy!

For years, I had the mistaken opinion that the Holman Christian Standard Bible was a “Baptist Bible” because it is published by Broadman & Holman. Reading this study Bible has certainly changed my mind. My experience has been that this is a very accurate translation that is easy to read and understand. The HCSB Study Bible includes a ton of helpful material that will bless anyone, regardless of their denominational preference.

One reason I’ve enjoyed this study Bible so much is because of the study notes. These notes are better described as a very good, built-in commentary on every verse. So often when I’m reading a Bible passage I find myself asking, “I wonder what that means?” Invariably, when I look at the study notes, the commentator answers my question by explaining exactly what that means. I love this!

The editors of the HCSB Study Bible did a marvelous job putting this work together. Everything seems to be in place where it’s most useful: cross-references, word studies, maps, charts, photographs, outlines, overviews and excellent articles on important Bible themes. Having this work in WORDsearch makes it even better because it interfaces with so many other tools.

This is the study Bible I’ve been recommending to my friends.

Terry Van Someren is the Direct Marketing Manager for WORDsearch. He lives in Springfield, Missouri with his wife Faye.

The HCSB Study Bible is on sale for $24.95. Check it out here.

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  1. nitram dirpaul says

    I am amazed at the contents of John Blanchard”s “Does God believe in atheists A must read for the serious bible student .

  2. Instead of buying the HCSB Study Bible for $24.95 as suggested, how about the HCSB Study Bible Library, which contains all this:

    HCSB Study Bible
    Experiencing God Day by Day by Henry and Richard Blackaby
    Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
    Christianity… Is Christ by William Henry Griffith Thomas
    Comfort for Christians by Arthur Walkington Pink
    Behold the Throne of Grace by Charles Haddon Spurgeon
    How I Study My Bible by William Evans
    The Great Promises of the Bible by Louis Albert Banks

    It’s currently on sale for $19.99 here:
    20% cheaper with six extra books.

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