Note: This post is from my previous blog.
For the most part, this is a Bible, plain and simple. There are some notes as to certain manuscripts having slightly different wordings, and there are some cross-references given (all of these as footnotes as far as I saw...there are no center column references), so this is not a study Bible. I advocate that primary reading of the Bible is done without study notes because those notes are not inspired text. Read for yourself what Scripture says, wrestle with the ideas, write down your questions and observations and keep that list handy whenever you read; the more you read, the more you will find your questions answered. Use study Bibles and commentaries when you're stuck, but be sure to check those things against the rest of Scripture and be aware that while there are many godly people who have written great works about the Bible, they are still human and subject to error (unlike the Bible which was divinely inspired).
The main addition is that there are five groups of color photos inserted, falling into the categories of "Go," "Serve," "Give," "Heal," and "Teach." These sections have brief stories of people who have gone out into the world and are serving God in these areas, and there are a couple of questions asked per couple with Scripture references. I think anyone who reads these stories should be inspired to take action, even if not called specifically to world missions.
In the back is a list of 52 Take Action ideas. These ideas can be implemented anywhere, so people of all ages and abilities should be able to find something they could do (or at least be thinking along the lines of service). Many of the ideas are not expressly Christian, simply nice things to do. I don't have a problem with that per se, but if I am truly wanting to follow the Great Commission, I can't stop with merely a smile and a handshake (my life has to square up with Scripture, there's no doubt about that, but there are plenty of nice, charity-minded people who aren't saved-there has to be something more). Neither am I necessarily advocating door-to-door witnessing or fire and brimstone street preaching. There must be a balance.
This Bible is visually appealing, and while not pocket-size, it is small enough to fit easily into backpacks, briefcases, and suitcases and taken basically anywhere. It would make a good gift, especially for someone who may be mission-minded.
Note: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review from BookSneeze.