By JASON REYNOLDS
A new study Bible by Zondervan can help you lifehack the Scriptures.
What is a lifehack? It describes any advice, shortcut, tip or skill to help you do things more efficiently or effectively.
The NIV Lifehacks Bible: Practical Tools for Successful Spiritual Habits gives you practical ways to integrate spiritual habits into your busy, technology-focused life. There are 365 articles covering 30 life-changing disciplines, and they are listed in alphabetical order to help you quickly hack into the topic. Subjects range from how to stop worrying to praying the news to seeing Jesus in Scriptures.
The study Bible includes four tips for making wise decisions, six steps for interpreting the Bible, seven questions for recognizing intentional sins and four tips for finding time to pray.
Also, there are common-sense articles on things like prayer, self-reflection, character formation and fasting, as well as advice and tips for building habits around these disciplines.
In one article linked to Isaiah 59:1-2, the study Bible gives three ways to be clear in sharing God’s Word. One is: Be clear about sin. Isaiah told the Israelites their inequities had separated them from God. “The claim that God hides his face because of the unbeliever’s sin is offensive. But it’s true, so we must acknowledge how sin separates us from God.”
One lesson I found helpful dealt with what to do when you don’t feel like worshiping. If you’re honest, you would probably admit there are some moments where you just don’t feel like worshiping, whether it’s from being exhausted, depressed, overwhelmed or whatever. Tips include the need to clarify your emotion (maybe you are overwhelmed by some strong emotion), confess your sin and wait patiently for God.
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This is a good Bible to look at if you are trying to figure out how to better understand a spiritual practice or gain a fresh understanding of the Bible.
The notes are written by Joe Carter. The foreword is by Kevin DeYoung.
Disclaimer: Zondervan sent me two copies of the NIV Lifehacks Bible to do this review. I’ll be giving one away so a friend can hack into the Scriptures.