Friday, August 14, 2015

Apologetics Study Bible for Students {a FlyBy review and giveaway}

As a mom of three teens, I am always, always interested in resources that will help them approach Scripture in a fresh way.  Especially when it involves really digging into the Bible itself, and looking at the issues and thoughts that tend to trip up teens and young adults.

Why do we believe what we believe?

Why doesn't everyone?

Earlier this summer, we had the chance to listen to Josh McDowell speak at Summit Ministries.  In that talk, he mentioned his son, Sean, and his work talking with students.

So an apologetics Bible that Sean McDowell played a part with?  Oh, pick us please!   

The Apologetics Study Bible for Students is simply fabulous.

From the publisher:
Multiple research studies have shown that spiritual focus often weakens among teenagers as they head into the attention-dividing realm of young adulthood. Up to 66 percent of them leave church altogether. The Apologetics Study Bible for Students works against that trend by helping anchor younger Christians in the truths of Scripture, equipping them with thoughtful and practical responses for whenever the core issues of their faith and life are challenged, while helping them better articulate their beliefs with non-believers.
In addition to some amazing features (more on those below), there is also a set of sixteen teaching videos featuring Sean McDowell.  Confident Faith is the title of this series, and they are also having an incredible giveaway.

These Confident Faith videos are wonderful.  Under four minutes, which is easy to find time for!  Sean is energetic and talks in a way that doesn't patronize the students, yet still does appeal to them.  So many times it is one or the other -- patronizing or boring.  These keep the attention of my teens, and lead to some interesting conversations.

Back to the Bible though.

Obviously, this includes the text of the Bible.  Each book has an introduction written by one of the contributors, and each book also has study notes.

Some of these features include:
  • Twisted Scriptures, a section Connor appreciated, goes through sixty passages that are commonly distorted by cults or others wanting to put forth a non-biblical worldview.
  • Notable Quotes, includes things said by apologists through the years.
  • Personal Stories, includes stories of both great people and fairly ordinary, everyday folks too.

Articles, such as "If God Already Knows What We Need, Then Why Pray?" that I saw during the sermon in church this past weekend, appear throughout.  There are 120 of these, addressing commonly asked questions regarding Christianity.

Bones & Dirt is one of our favorite sections, talking about archaeological finds.

This page has two different features.  Fast Facts addresses twenty important apologetics topics.  Challenges & Tactics helps you to be prepared for common objections to Christianity.

We all love this Bible!

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I have a copy to give away!  US and Canada only, please.

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Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”


Kate said...

I like the idea of using some of these for family bible study. Thanks for hosting!

Lisa Weir said...

My son would love this Bible.

Nikki said...

I think this would be a great resource for family bible study.

Lori said...

I would give this to my daughter. She is getting older and we are having more and more apologetics-type discussions. The articles that address "why" are the ones that interest me. - Lori

Alane @RaH said...

I saw this Bible in IL when I was there this summer. I was really impressed by all the HCSB translations I saw, and I really liked this one for my 16 yo.

Amanda said...

I would love this for my teenage son. The world is constantly tugging at them and it is always great to have a study guide to help them study scripture and make the right decisions.

Cristi said...

I'm interested in reading the Apologetics materials. I'm not sure if Addison or Brennan would claim the Bible first.

Janet said...

I'd like to give this Bible to an ex-occult member, who recently gave their life to Christ <3

Penny said...

Thank you for hosting this giveaway, Debra. This would be a great gift for my 19 y.o. son! I'll remain hopeful . . . :)

Blessings, PK @ KneeDeepInGrace

Renee said...

I would love to win this for doing apologetics with my son.

Dixie said...

I have three teenage boys and would love to win this study Bible.

Julieanne said...

I think this would be a very interesting Bible to use, because I'm around a lot of teens who have lots of serious questions about the Bible.

Chris said...

Would love this for my teenage son. ~ Chris