As you begin your renewed journey of recovery with Christ, having a good Bible to read and study is very important. The problem you will run into is selecting which version is best for you. There are so many versions available today and this can make your task daunting.
So, I want to help you in selecting which Bible will suit your needs. I’m going to describe five possible choices for you to consider. By the way, I have personally used each of these at one time.
This Bible is a translation that is accurate in its translation of the biblical languages of Hebrew and Greek. It is easily understood by today’s English readers. This is my personal number one choice and I use it daily.
This Bible translation is very literal as it translates the biblical languages of Greek and Hebrew. I used this version previously because of its readability and accuracy.
This version is another literal translation and is an easy read for today’s contemporary reader. It uses the best Biblical Hebrew and Greek sources to make it accurate.
This translation is probably the most readable for contemporary readers. It is purported to be the 2nd most widely read Bible translation in the world today.
John Baker and Rick Warren developed the Celebrate Recovery program for people struggling with life’s hurts, hang-ups and habits. In addition they created the Celebrate Recovery Bible for people in recovery using the New International Version (NIV) translation. One special thing about this Bible is it gives you a recovery focused look at Scripture. In it you will find a treasure trove of recovery devotionals, as well as snapshots of biblical figures and their specific recovery issues. Also, it weaves Celebrate Recovery’s 8 Principles throughout. One thing you will notice on your new recovery journey is this Celebrate Recovery Bible will help your spiritual growth as a believer in Christ.
As you may have guessed, the Celebrate Recovery Study Bible is my number one Bible choice for anyone going through recovery, no matter whether you’re dealing with addictions or other struggles. It will help you on your spiritual recovery journey.
By Dr. Raymond C. Hicks