I rally enjoy the style that this is written in. You always know who is speaking. I also appreciate the title given to God: The Eternal. Then there also are the inserts, giving the reading more meaning.
After reading how this translation came to be, all the care that went into the accuracy of the text, I was excited to give it a try....I'm so glad that I did! I use this translation now more than the others. I love the way it speaks to me and how it clarifies the scriptures for me.
I find this a very readable translation of the Bible. Normally, I do not like such versions, but the style and layout is easy to follow, and the notes add depth to the verses and chapters. I only wish this was offered in larger type. When I bought it, I knew the type was small and rather gray. As I read my Bible very early in the morning, there are times when the gray, small type is not as clear as 10 point type would be to read. Other than that, I would recommend it to someone who shunned Bible reading "because I can't understand the words."
Over the past couple of years that I have been familiar with The Voice translation of the NT and later the OT, I have enjoyed having it available. When I first heard of the availability of a Study Bible using this translation, I was excited. Now, having it in my hand, I am less excited. Though called a "Study Bible" its contents more closely parallel those of a Devotional Bible - but it does not quite reach the best of those standards either.
There is no clearly stated purpose for this new Study Bible - it is a collection of notes, but nothing of the quality or depth I would expect of a good Study Bible or Devotional Bible. The preface and introductory remarks appear to be written for the translation, not for this edition of the Study Bible. There are considerable more notes per page in the New Testament than in the Old Testament - perhaps echoing the interest of too many 21st century believers, but not that of a book claiming in its entirety to be the Word of God.
Though designed by artists, this Study Bible has done a remarkably poor job of clearly distinguishing the Bible text from its notes. Though they have used different fonts, the density of those fonts and their placement on the page (in the body of the page, rather than as footnotes, indented text, or highlighted text) made it difficult to immediately tell where I was in the text - was I reading the Bible or the notes. This distinction is important given the informal nature of the translation. A second look was necessary to know what I was reading at the time.
The variety of indexes included as part of this edition does add considerable value to the book:
* Road Map To God's Promises
* A 40-Day Retreat With Jesus
* 365 Days Through The Whole Bible
* Topical Guide To The Notes
* Topical Guide To The Scripture
* Maps (Black and White)
* Index To In-Text Maps
I am looking forward to weaving several of these into my personal study and ministry.
When picking up a Bible with notes, I would like to have seen more meat - either in helping to understand the Bible text or applying it to my life. There is value here - just not as much as I would have liked to have seen in a new Study Bible or Devotional Bible. The book is recommended for the new Christian - perhaps one with an artistic heart (either in musical, dramatic, or the visual arts). It would also serve a long time believer looking for a way of understanding and seeing the scripture. I would find it more difficult to recommend this Bible to the scholar or pastor looking to augment his or her study and understanding of the scriptures.
This review is based on a free copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.
I love Bibles and I love to see what is new I don't mean in changing of word in scripture =just in something that maybe they put on a side bar ,new maps or notes that catch my eye. Something that may help ,e understand scripture better or makes it an easier read. Hope I explained it correctly so no one is confused.
The Compass is the study Bible that compliments the Voice Bible translation (which I also have and love it) I got 2 extra, one for my grandson and one for my friends= I felt it was an easier read for someone that never read the Bible to help bring them closer or at least introduce them to our Lord and Savior.
The Lord does provide easier ways to help those that are lost to try to bring them to him.
This Bible is a great study tool and also one if you choose to read the Bible in 365 days. This beautiful Bible also has these:
< A road map of God's promise. Very nice touch.
< It has 40 Day Retreat with Jesus
< Topical Guide to The Notes
< Topical Guide to The Scriptures
< Indext to In-Text Maps I would have perfered colored but do to cost I am sure that is why they are Black and White.
Beautiful Bible none the less and I love this bible. I love to review Bibles they are ever enough Bibles. I just ordered me a new one can't wait to get it in the mail.
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