I have had the first edition of this Bible since it was published in 1984, and have read it through several times, and referred to it often. I bought the latest issue because I have worn out the original. For its stated purpose it is good. But, from limited perusal, this new issue contains the same flaws, indeed a bit more. For instance, it lacks the maps included before (which were of limited detail any way). It's Daily Bible Reading Schedule has been put on a calendar basis, rather than on a more convenient self-schedule. Since the page numbers throughout the book remain the same, and a modest look-see didn't show any notable changes to physical organization or pagination, I assume nothing has changed editorially. Thus some errors and flaws espied in the earlier release surely remain. And, in places, especially in the Gospels, Chronicles and Kings, et al, where there is great similarity amongst two or more, the actual text surely remains incomplete in many places. Some paragraphing and indentation is wrong. But, having said all this, I still value Smith's efforts -- now nearly 30 years old. I have written many notes in the early version, and will transfer them to the new (but identical) version. And will continue to value it for its intended purposes.
the NIV Narrated BIble is so easy to read,I have difficulty putting it down.I get so much understanding of the Word, the commentary is a great start to each new section.I am reading the bible through again this year and decided to try this format and it has proven to be the best,I am following the reading schedule in the back of the book,but because i can't just stop reading I am several weeks further along.
This Bible contains narration between sections, that clearly tells what is happening, where it is happening and why. It is set up so that you can read through it in a year, each daily reading is marked by a small symbol in the corner. I love that each section is not dated, you can begin at any time of the year.
The down side of this Bible is that it does not have any maps or study notes like the other NIV Bibles we have.
The Chronological Bible is so very helpful in "getting the big picture" of God's sacred story. For instance, Ezra and Nehemiah are placed in the front of the Bible; yet, chronologically, they occur near the end of the Old Testament period. The Psalms are placed immediately after events in King Davids life. (David's Adultery/Murder is followed by Psalm 51). And who hasn't struggled with all of the Kings (of Israel & Judah) and their connection with the prophets? This makes the 66 + books of the Bible far more understandable.