NIV Life Application Study Bible Third Edition – Book Review

Do You Remember Your First Study Bible?

Do you remember the first time you decided to grow in your faith by investing in a quality Study Bible?

I certainly remember mine!

Original Life Application

Twenty-five years ago, shortly after placing my faith in Jesus, I felt the urge to begin to read the Bible and learn everything I could about Him. I walked into a large bookstore, pulled every single Bible I could find off of the shelves, and sat on the floor going through each Bible, one by one. I didn’t know anything about translations or Bible types or anything else Bible-related at the time. I just wanted to find a Bible that resonated with me – one that was easy to read and had notes that could help me to understand and apply the things that I was learning in my daily life.

After going through every Bible in that bookstore, I found “the one” – a green, hardcover Life Application Study Bible in The Living Bible translation!

Original Life Application

I loved that Bible so much, that it became my daily companion. It was easy for me to read and understand.

As my love for Jesus and my Bible literacy grew, I began to purchase more and more Bibles, but the Life Application Study Bible remained my favorite. I liked it so much, that I ended up buying it in the KJV and NIV translations as well!

That’s why I am thrilled to learn that Zondervan has released the Third Edition of this amazing Bible! I love my original Life Application Bibles and I could not wait to compare the new version with them!

Life Application Study Bible Review (NIV Third Edition)

Life Application Bible - NIV Third

The Life Application Study Bible is the world’s Number 1 best-selling Study Bible in the world, with more than 20 million copies sold in the past 30 years.

Tyndale Brand Director Jim Jewell reveals why this Bible remains so beloved after all of these years:

The Life Application Study Bible is the runaway favorite in the study category because of the breadth and relevance of the notes, charts, profiles, timelines and so much more that support the biblical text. There is nothing comparable to the scale of helpful recommendations throughout on how to apply the Bible’s teaching to everyday life. It is a proven Bible for all times, with content applicable to all ages and to the good and bad circumstances of life, generation to generation.

This new 3rd edition makes a great Bible even better!

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The first thing I noticed, when I compared the Life Application Bible Third Edition to my original editions, is the much-needed addition of color on most of the charts and special features throughout the book! The red charts in the NIV edition (and the green charts in the NLT edition) add to the visual clarity and distinction between the actual text of the Bible and the featured study material throughout the book.

But that’s just where the improvements and upgrades to the original editions begin!

Ron Beers, the General Editor of the Third Edition (and the creator General Editor of the original editions) says that:

Approximately 30-35% of the notes and features are completely new. And about 90% of all the notes and features were edited in some way. Applications are even stronger and more insightful. The notes reflect the latest scholarship. Today’s cultural issues are directly addressed. For those who already own a Life Application Study Bible, they’ll find it worthwhile to move to this new edition… You won’t be disappointed.

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The Life Application Study Bible (Third Edition) is currently available in both the NIV or the NLT translations (the two most popular “modern” translations in the US right now!) My Brown/Tan Soft-Leather Look NIV Edition has a classic, masculine feel to it and is quite attractive, sturdy and well-designed!

Some of the features you’ll find inside of the Life Application Study Bible Third Edition include:

  • In-depth book introductions and overviews for each book of the Bible
  • Over 100 Life Application® Bible character profiles
  • More than 500 maps & charts
  • More than 10,000 Life Application® notes
  • Single-column text with side-column cross-references
  • Dictionary/concordance
  • Index to notes, charts, maps, and profiles
  • 16 pages of full-color maps
  • Christian Worker’s Resource- a special supplement to enhance the reader’s ministry effectiveness
  • Availability in both black and red letter editions (words of Jesus)
  • Color-coordinated ribbon marker
  • Durable Smyth-sewn binding, lays flat when open

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The fonts in this Bible are 8.5 font size for the Bible text and 7.5 font size for the notes. The typeset and design makes the Life Application Study Bible fairly easy to read, but I’m looking forward to the future Large Print release as well!

Over the years, I have recommended the Life Application Study Bible to just about every Bible student I’ve met. I think the new Third Edition of the Life Application Study Bible is just as fabulous, and I recommend it to anyone who wants to incorporate biblical principles into their lives (especially new Christians)!

I rate this Bible 5 out of 5 stars.

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4 Responses to “NIV Life Application Study Bible Third Edition – Book Review”

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  1. BettieG says:

    This really does sound like such a good resource to have on hand! Thanks for the great review, and thorough explanations of the benefits. Blessings to you.

  2. Thank you for this review.


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