This translation & order really helped me so much in my faith, i now get it - the bible IS God's love letter to each of us. By putting the whole bible in time order, i could connect all the pearls of wisdom and see the incredible grace, mercy and guidance God has shown mankind from the very beginning of time . It has always been man pulling away, hurting God and the loving relationship He has created each of us for with Him and with each other.
I was able to read it like a book, sometimes things are repeated but they are together which helped me see how often OT supports NT and visa versa. I kept notes during the first few months to keep track of all the names and tribes, this really helped me see how the promises and warnings played out in the family lines. As a parent, I could see how important correcting and developing a respectful relationship parent to child impacted the adult child later in life in many family stories in the bible.
I thought it would take a year or more, but many days days just kept reading since it kept unfolding the stories of the bible in a new way for me. it is the best gift I gave myself, and have re-read it and love it even more. I have given many as gifts, those that actually read it found the same WOW and secure peace that soaking up God's word brings. Now when reading the bible or listening to others I am more confident so when phrases get twisted and folks make God out to be mean or unfair - I know for a fact it is way out of context. Let's look at that together, and find out why that would have happened.....
It was a challenge from Proverbs 31 ministries that prompted me to purchase this Bible in 2009. My understanding of the Bible has grown by leaps and bounds by using a chronological Bible. Having events and stories arranged in the order they happened makes a lot more sense - must be my analytical nature. Also, the language in the New Living Translation strikes a chord in me more than any other.
I have had and read my copy of this Bible for two years and am still enjoying it. I bought four copies for gifts to each of the men in the family. Now I can only pray that they read them and gain as much as I have from them.