Friday, December 5, 2014

#REVIEW: NIV Once A Day Bible for Leaders

Title: NIV Once-A-Day Bible for Leaders 
Series: NIV Once A Day
Author:  miscellaneous
Published Date: November 10, 2012
Publisher: Zondervan
Format: paperback
Pages:  1600
ISBN: 9780310442431
Genre: Bible
Purchase: Amazon | Zondervan | CBD

Rating: 2 stars

Synopsis: With this NIV Once-A-Day Bible for Leaders you can read through the Bible in a year. Or at your own pace.Now you can practice the spiritual discipline of daily Bible reading with a special focus on leadership. Plus, you can read at your own pace. Want a reading plan that will take you through the Bible in a year? You got it–with check boxes and all. Don’t want the guilt of falling behind? You won’t---each daily reading is not dated but numbered, allowing you the flexibility you need as you strive to engage God’s Word every day.
The NIV Once-A-Day Bible for Leaders organizes the clear, accessible New International Version Bible into 365 daily readings. Each day’s reading includes a portion of Scripture from the Old Testament, the New Testament, and a Psalm or a Proverb. And to help you develop your leadership skills with a biblical focus, each daily reading includes a leadership insight from both past and present outstanding leaders. Featured leaders include Bill Hybels, Wayne Cordeiro, Erwin McManus, Charles Stanley, Max Lucado, Ann Voskamp, Chuck Swindoll, and many more.

My Review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I have other bibles in this series, specifically NIV Once a Day for Women and NIV Once a Day Chronological. I won’t be reviewing much on the NIV portion of the Bible, as if you have one NIV, the other NIVs are worded exactly the same. The daily readings are broken down into one Old Testament, one New Testament, and one from Psalms or Proverbs. That is then followed by a reflection on one of the readings that is expected to help the reader (assumed to be a leader of some sort in his or her life).
I am a lower level leader at work, so I was truly looking forward to the reflections, hoping that I could find something to help me in my every day leadership qualities, pulling Biblically. I was expecting concrete reflections that I could use to become a better, more effective leader.
Instead, I found ambiguous, fluffy reflections on the readings that are definitely about leadership, but nothing that I could take away and use in my day to day leadership role. Ultimately I was very disappointed in this Bible for I did not feel it accomplished its goal of helping leaders with insights that would make them into better leaders, whether it is in their career, church, or in their community. 

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