Summer Picks – Books Steve Uses on Verbum Software

by JesseRay on July 28, 2014

When Verbum asked me what books I would recommend for summer reading, it was easy to come up with some great titles.

I use Verbum every day, and there are certain books I use over and over again. The books are all interconnected, so while you could sit and read any of the books I picked (they’re all that good!), I use them more like reference works.

Home pageFor example, from the Verbum homepage, I like to start every day by simply clicking on today’s Gospel. Verbum springs into action. It opens an entire screen of windows—like having dozens of books all open to the exact right page. I have the Great Commentary of Cornelius à Lapide prioritized as a favorite, so it shows up automatically, and I can easily use parallel resources to switch to the Catholic Commentary on Holy Scripture, and the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture. With just these three commentaries, I’ve uncovered spectacular insights about the Gospel (and Verbum has plenty more).

parallel resources

At any point in this process, I can run a Verbum Topic Guide or Passage Guide, and I’m presented with default collections of links to the Catechism, Church Documents, and the writings of the Church Fathers. The last category is often primarily populated by the Early Church Fathers Collection available in most of the Verbum Libraries. However, I’ve found the addition of the CUA Fathers of the Church Series invaluable in my study of any passage. I couldn’t even capture all the results I got just from today’s Gospel reading! Such easy access to our rich Tradition!

passage Guide

anchor yaleFinally, the Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary is my go-to source for definitions. See more on why Bible dictionaries are awesome in this video. The Anchor Yale Dictionary has extensive definitions for over 6,000 entries. And it gets pulled right into the Bible Facts frame and opens on a double click of almost any word. With definitions this extensive, even clicking on words I already understand yields new discoveries.

The rest of my recommendations are just great titles that everyone should read or be familiar with. 

For a marvelous Catholic Bible Study program that anyone can start in their parish or community, I’ve always recommended Catholic Scripture Study International. It is the best program you will find anywhere!! And it’s even better in Verbum. All the Bible links are connected directly to Scripture and the verse memorization works right in the software.

I used Verbum during the writing of all my books, including Crossing the TiberUpon This Rock, and St. John’s Gospel. They take on a whole new dimension within the Verbum software.

See my complete list of recommendations here. (Use Coupon Code “STEVE” to get 15% off Verbum libraries).

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

conversational tone July 29, 2014 at 11:31 AM

An outstanding share! I’ve just forwarded this onto a coworker who was doing a little research on this.
And he actually bought me lunch due to the fact that I discovered it for him…
lol. So allow me to reword this…. Thank YOU for the meal!!

But yeah, thanks for spending the time to discuss this issue here
on your web site.

Brian July 29, 2014 at 3:40 PM

Steve,
Can you post a screenshot of what your Verbum screen (i.e. the entire environment you see on your computer) looks like after you click on the daily reading? I’d like to compare your view to what I’m seeing on my one.

Thanks!
Brian

Alex Renn July 29, 2014 at 5:58 PM

Brian,

Steve asked me to give a little tutorial showing how he got to all the tools he was demoing. You can find my response as an addendum to his original post here: http://scripturestudysoftware.com/2014/07/25/steve-rays-summer-picks/

Feel free to comment directly on that post if you have additional questions. Thanks for your interest!

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