NLT Holy Bible, Mosaic Deluxe Edition--Leatherlike Antique Brown w/ Cross
The Mosaic Holy Bible makes a lovely addition to any Bible student's collection. The variety offered in each week's study is a rich highlight. "Epiphany, Week 6," for example, is focused on Seeking and Saving. Under that umbrella we have numerous scripture readings, accompanied by a Chinese painting depicting The Parable of the Lost Son; a short message about joyful evangelism; another (by Dan Kimball) cautioning us against isolationism; an excellent application devotional by Jay Blevins; a short teaching by Greek theologian Athanasius of Alexandria; an applicable quote by Richard Baxter of 17th Century England; a prayer by Sir Francis Drake; and a place for the student to write in "Reflection." This is the perfect Bible for the student who struggles to stay with studies that become rote. Mosaic brings the reader something new every day.
January 7, 2010
I love this bible. The description here at CBD doesn't do it justice. The 52 weekly devotionals are at the front of the bible and printed on a rich, cream coloured paper - which is important for showcasing the modern and historical art, the poetry and writings from a broad spectrum of both contemporary and historical Christian figures. If you follow your own reading plan there are symbols throughout the text that take you to the devotional material to further enhance your own reading. Center column references are actually helpful. This is not a standard 'devotional' bible. It doesn't offer little nuggets of wisdom. It's thoughtful reading and beautiful to hold. I can't recommend it enough.
November 11, 2009
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! I love it, and I love the version used. I'm Lutheran and am always looking for neat devotions to coincide with the church calendar, so this Bible is a bonus. I especially love that it isn't "emergent" or part of the "spiritual formation" movement--just Christian History throughout the centuries--ALL Christian History.
December 11, 2009
This is simply my favorite Bible. It's a brilliant idea, that covers just about everything I'm looking for in a day-to-day reading Bible, and the execution of the idea is just about perfect. Unlike most "themed" Bibles, Mosaic does not disturb the scriptural text with commentary. Rather, the devotional material is collected in the front of the book, printed on thick, creamy matte paper comparable to the paper in a Moleskine notebook. The rest of the book is the text of the NLT, in the excellent 2007 revision, printed on regular Bible paper. Both sections contain sufficient space for the reader's own notes.Each weekly devotional section contains Christian art, devotional meditations, scriptural quotations, prayers, and sermon excerpts that deal with a particular topic appropriate to that week's place in the Christian year. For example, the current week as I write this is organized around "Remembering," and includes readings from 1 Cor. and Mal., as well as from Bob Mitchell, Richard von Weizscker, A.W. Tozer, John Flavel, Horatius Bonar, and St. Patrick. These are Christian voices from America, Germany, Scotland, and Ireland, from the 4th century to the 21st, and from Catholic, Lutheran, Presbyterian, and Evangelical traditions.My only complaints are about presentation. For one, the binding is glued, not sewn, so I am not confident in Mosaic's longevity, particularly given that it binds two very different paper types. Also, the "leatherlike" cover does not feel at all like leather, a poor example by current standards. Looks great, feels cheap. And while the art is well chosen to suit each week's topic, far too much is contemporary American painting and photography. But those complaints are minor. Aside from a couple of excellent recent study Bibles, this is the best new Bible-plus-extra-stuff published in many years -- possibly the best new Bible yet this century.
September 30, 2009