Friday, September 1, 2023

CSB Life Counsel Bible from B&H Publishing Group [Review & Giveaway]

Whatever you’re facing, the Bible has something to say. The NEW CSB LIFE COUNSEL BIBLE contains articles from leading biblical counselors that will give you the tools you need to take action and FIND HOPE through all of life’s storms.

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Featuring over 150 articles on topics related to marriage, parenting, relationships, mental health, and so many more, this Bible is like having a complete biblical counseling toolkit in one resource! 

The CSB Life Counsel Bible features the highly readable, highly reliable text of the Christian Standard Bible. The CSB captures the Bible’s original meaning without sacrificing clarity, making it easier to engage with Scripture’s life-transforming message and to share it with others.

  • More than 150 full-length articles from respected Christian counselors and scholars on topics like anxiety, depression, abuse, sexuality, marriage and divorce, parenting struggles, finances (full list available at! 
  • Callout quotes placed near each article provide truth, hope, and encouragement to apply to life! 
  • Over 100-word studies focusing on key words applicable to personal healing, growth, and counsel 
  • Book introductions including “Circumstances of Writing,” “Structure,” “Contribution to the Bible,” and a special “Truth for Healing” section with an over-view of key truths related to healing from each book of the Bible 
  • Wide margins for notetaking and journaling! 
  • Robust page-end cross-reference system with over 25,000 cross-references connecting Scripture from Genesis to Revelation 
  • Easy-to-read 9.5-point type size

My thoughts:  It would take a Biblical scholar to truly evaluate the content of a version of the Bible verse by verse and also to evaluate the study notes included with said version. I do not purport to have such qualifications.

Study Bibles have basically two portions.... 1) The Biblical text or "The Bible," and 2) the study aids including cross referenced Bible verses, essays, commentary on specific subjects or verses, and maps. The most important of the two is the Biblical text or holy scriptures. The copy of the CSB Counsel Bible I am reviewing is hard cover, and it is a hefty book basically because it is a Bible which is a big volume; but also because this edition also has a lot of articles. Articles you would normally read via other print options. Secret word: holiness

I do not see the CSB Life Counsel Bible as a true "study Bible." It is a reliable Bible with impactful articles written by men and women of today's world who address many needed subjects on living in today's world and living Biblically. It needs to be clearly understood that these articles are not considered edits or divinely inspired as the Bible is the only God inspired Word we have to draw from.  For me the articles disrupt the flow of Scripture reading - to some extent. But it is doable.  The articles included present a variety of topics that are great for reading and aid in handling issues confronting each of us. The articles are positioned in the vicinity of appropriate Scriptures.

The print is pretty nice size for my tired eyes and yet doesn't quite meet the "large print" level that some would need. The text is quite readable, though some might wish for larger typeset. The references (cross references and word explanations, etc.) are very small type.

While I prefer the King James Version, I understand today's readers often prefer a version such as the Christian Standard Version of the Bible for its readability. Scholars conclude that the CSB stays true to the original. I leave that interpretation and evaluation to scholars.

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DISCLOSURE: Many thanks to Lifeway Christian Resources for providing a sample of the product for this review. Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. Giveaway prize of Amazon gift card is provided and emailed directly to the winner by Momentum Influencer Network, publicist, on behalf of hosting site, Chat With Vera. 


  1. My niece is starting her relationship with God and I thought this would be the perfect gift for her. I like the word studies!

  2. This Bible would be highly beneficial because of how well it touches on the various issues of life, and word studies make the idea of having this book even better.

  3. I learned that it offers word studies focusing on key words applicable to personal healing, growth, and counsel


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