Why I Choose to Build My Library in Logos (The Benefits of Logos Over Physical Books), Pt. 3

The following is part 3 in a 3-part series on Why I Choose to Build My Library in Logos (The Benefits of Logos Over Physical Books) — follow this link to see the other posts from this series.


Benefits of Owning a Library in Logos

11. Books Are More Than Books–Integration with Powerful Tools

 

12. Side-By-Side with Fantastic Study Tools

 

13. Greek & Hebrew Made Easy

 

14. Pricing (Bundles & Discounts)

Admittedly, it’s not abnormal for Logos’ prices on individual books to be more expensive than, say, its price Amazon or other book retailers. (Part of this is due to that fact that, as I’ve said, when you’re buying a Logos book you’re not just buying the book, as you would elsewhere, but a book that’s been enhanced by their team for integration in Logos’ program and its functionalities.)

Nonetheless, Logos frequently runs sales–and every few months they even put out some really good sales. Moreover, if you buy your books in their bundles, you can save some money in the long run. Specifically, if you can afford to purchase a package, that’s one of the best ways to get a load of books at a significantly discounted rate per book.

15. More Books (Base Packages & Bundles)

Finally, when you build your library in Logos using their bundled, discounted packages, you’ll likely find your library to be far larger than it would have been otherwise if you had built it merely by purchasing physical books one at a time–or even set by set. The way Logos is built on packages, which supply a well-rounded assortment of resources, you’ll find your library to be much fuller and complete than it would have been otherwise.


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Why I Choose to Build My Library in Logos (The Benefits of Logos Over Physical Books), Pt. 2

The following is part 2 in a 3-part series on Why I Choose to Build My Library in Logos (The Benefits of Logos Over Physical Books) — follow this link to see the other posts from this series.


Benefits of Owning a Library in Logos

6. Capability to Perform Extensive Searches Across Your Entire Library

 

7. Lightning-Fast Referencing

 

8. Hyperlinked Resources

 

9. Ability to Switch & Access Resources Seamlessly

 

10. Customized Layouts

 


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Why I Choose to Build My Library in Logos (The Benefits of Logos Over Physical Books), Pt. 1

Among book-lovers, to suggest the supposed “benefits of ebooks (e.g., Logos Bible Software) over physical books” is to utter fightin’ words! People’s opinion on this topic can be rather strong.

My Story

So a little bit of backstory…

I use to own a lot more physical books than I do currently. When I was in seminary, I didn’t have a lot of money to buy books. But over time, I slowly and steadily gathered more and more books. I would get a lot of books from people giving them away for free. Add to that the amount of books I would check out from the library every semester for classes, and our small little apartment soon became overcrowded with books. I ran out of space. Soon I began keeping stacks of books on the dining room table (our only table, mind you), and keeping them in my closet next to my clothes!

I began to question whether this was the route I wanted to go. I knew I would likely have a decent amount of moves ahead of me; and I already new from new past moves that moving (and reorganizing and reshelving) boxes of books is no fun.

Now I already owned Logos Bible Software from back in my days in Bible college, where they had us buy it. And so I had some experience using electronic books, and the power of this particular program. So after much thinking, after several months of weighing the pros and the cons, I decided to go all in with Logos. I sold a bunch of my physical books, and used the profits as funds for transferring my library over to Logos’ system.

And I’m glad I did. The benefits have been great.

Caveats

Before I outline those benefits though, I feel like it’s important say, “I’m not against physical books.” I agree; there’s just something about holding an actual book in your hands that you don’t have when reading a book electronically (#nostalgia). And I’m also aware of the advantages in comprehension and retention in reading physical books in comparison to ebooks. So that all needs to be considered as you weigh things.

But all that notwithstanding, I have found the benefits of Logos to outweigh any of its detriments (for me).

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The Scholar as Worshiper (Didaktikos: Journal of Theological Education)


Attached is an article published in the November 2019 issue of Didaktikos: Journal of Theological Education (DidaktikosJournal.com).


As Calvin says, true knowledge of God is more than just information entering our minds for inquisitive contemplation. Genuine apprehension of God—to perceive him as he is—necessarily entails making us worshipers of God, leaving us transformed by the encounter. [Continue reading…]

Miller, Kirk E. “The Scholar as Worshiper.” Didaktikos: Journal of Theological Education, Vol. 3, Issue 3 (November 2019): 49.


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The Best One-Volume Bible Commentary — The New Bible Commentary

As a pastor and teacher in the church, folks often ask me for suggestions on useful resources to help them understand the Bible.

The amount of books being written today on how to read and understand the Bible, however, can be rather dizzying. It’s a great blessing to have such an extent of literature and resources available to us. But what if someone is not as acquainted with these things? How does one even know where to start? How does one know what’s good and what isn’t? Or even if I am able to determine what’s valuable, maybe I’m not the sort of person who intends on building a massive library. What if I just want to acquire a handful of really helpful books that cover a large stretch of Biblical material?

If that describes you (or maybe even if it doesn’t*), I want to recommend to you The New Bible Commentary (NBC), 21st Century Edition.

The New Bible Commentary

Voted one of Christianity Today’s 1995 Books of the Year, The New Bible Commentary is a one-volume commentary on the entire Bible. It’s one volume, in other words, that contains 66 individual commentaries for each book of the Bible.

The NBC is thoroughly evangelical in outlook. It’s edited by D.A. Carson, R. T. France, J. Alec Motyer, and Gordon J. Wenham, and has contributors from top-notch evangelical scholars like T.D. Alexander, Bruce Waltke, Derek Kidner, Moises Silva, Christopher Wright, Doug Moo, Leon Morris, Howard Marshall, and many others.

And that’s actually one of the unique advantages of a work like The New Bible Commentary. Many comparable resources and study Bibles, which also seek to cover the whole of scripture, are often times written by just one author, maybe a popular pastor. Without dismissing the value of those other works, the advantage of the NBC, however, is that rather than getting the opinion of author who undoubtedly does not possess specialization on every book of the Bible, with the NBC you get a full roster of specialists. The NBC contains a collection of scholars who each write on their particular area of expertise. In other words, you’re always reading from someone who actually specializes in the subject at hand.

The NBC is incredibly accessible. Any believer, no matter what their skill level, should be able to pick up this book and gain from it. The NBC provides commentary on each section of scripture, and supples helpful explanation of all major interpretive issues in a passage. At the same time, it strives to remain concise and succinct, not getting bogged down in overly-technical and lengthy discussion.

Each commentary begins with introductory material about the book’s author, date, setting, outline, major themes, and much more. In addition, the NBC includes articles on Biblical history, how to read and understanding the Bible, as well as briefs on the nature of specific Biblical genres like poetry, the epistles, and apocalyptic literature.

Logos Bible Software

Logos Bible Software is the primary tool I use for collecting my books and doing in-depth Bible study. As such, my particular version of the NBC is owned in my Logos Bible Software.

I recommend Logos Bible Software for anyone looking to do serious study of the Bible. There are many advantages to owning a book in Logos over buying just a regular physical copy. As the Logos website explains, a book in Logos becomes more than just a book; it becomes “a robust resource that works dynamically with every other book in your library. Each resource is packed with tags and hyperlinks, serving as a gateway to an entire world of textual and visual resources. This network effect dramatically boosts the value of each book.” In other words, it becomes more than just a book; it becomes a piece of a whole, high-powered Bible study system. –This in addition to the advantages that come with any ebook: easily portable, searchable, editable notations and note taking (copy and paste function), etc.

Of course their are downsides to electronic books — no doubt. But there are also a ton of positives, and, as noted, even more so in the case of Logos.

Anyone can get Logos for free here (this free package includes 20+ free books, with resources valued at over $1,500)… yeah, all free. And then you can buy the NBC to have added to your Logos library here.

As an official partner with Logos, I’m also able to offer highest rate discounts on all base packages if you actually want to purchase something with even more resources — like the current Fundamentals Base Package, which includes the NBC.

Use my special partner code KIRK8 at checkout for all purchases.

Further Info

For many years I recommended the old New Bible Commentary as the best of its kind on the market. I expect to find myself saying the same of this new work that replaces it.

—J. I. Packer, author of Knowing God

  • 21st Century Edition.
  • InterVarsity Press, 1994.
  • 1,455 pages.

Notes:

  • Even if you are someone like me who buys a lot of commentaries and more in-depth resources, I still recommend considering the NBC. I frequently use the NBC in my Bible study and sermon preparation, alongside more lengthy, technical resources for its succinct overview of a passage and its major interpretive issues.

Full disclosure: I received compensation in exchange for this review. However, that compensation did not impact the content of this review.