I recommend that anyone interested in this translation read the introductions in the front of the book. You will notice that the translation is said to have been done by poets, musicians, artists as well as scholars. This sent up a red flag to me. I also sensed that the flavor of the description and the background of the publisher has a postmodern sense. I believe one review already given shows discernment. He gave it a 1 star and gives good reason. He mentioned Psalm 23 as translated in The Voice and said it seems a bit "New Age". This review is my opinion but I have done some research into Postmodernism and Emergent Church theology and I believe both are involved in this work. Be careful with this translation and research the publisher and the background of the work before you invest money into it. Just a word of caution. You don't need to take my word for it, but check it out for yourself.
As I read the sample and listened to the translation of Psalm 23 I felt nauseous and still do as I am writing this review. Although some parts sound wonderfully enlightening, the essence of God is lost. As a previous reviewer stated Jesus was not simple a VOICE. He was and IS THE WORD of God. That is a powerful title that when studied reveals the deity of Jesus. Omitting this is very dangerous. I would be very weary of this book as a new believer. It borders on new age teaching calling The Lord, the eternal in psalm 23. Why would that even need to be changed? We don't need to adapt the word of God to make it more appealing to people. It is the living breathing word of the Living God. He will not let it return to him void. Changing it is dangerous and futile. I pray that the people who buy it truly do find inspiration in it and are not lulled into believing that God is less than who He truly is.
This is a beautiful bible. It's the third one I've purchased, one for myself and 2 for gifts. I love the easy way the text reads, just like a story without missing any of the relevance. Makes bible reading much easier and even more enjoyable for me.
I like the format that shows changes in speakers. Appropriate notes placed in the scripture narrative indicated by being placed in box to show they are separate from Bible text help make reading come alive.
Cultural notes help my understanding of the events recorded.
Special word choices are explained to give clarity that aids understanding.
I find THE VOICE to be refreshing and inspiring as it brings me face to face with God and myself challenging me to walk following the voice of God.
I love God's Word. I own KJV, NKJV, NIV'84, NIV2011, ESV, HCSB, Amplified, and now, The Voice. I also own several study Bibles. The Voice is the best overall, accurate translation of God's Word that I have ever read because it is so clear and easy to undestand. It also has an elegance to its writing style that I find beautiful, reverent and very satisfying. The one-of-a-kind handmade leather cover is a wonderful bonus. It would be great to see this in large print sometime!