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!
My wife and I sampled the pages of this book to find out how it was translated and who participated in the translation; we then read the first chapter of the Gospel of John and were shocked and offended at the watered down, lack of reverence given to God's Holy Word. The Bible is not meant to be a new age story talking about a pining God pursuing us or a play to entertain us. John 1:1 calls Jesus Christ the Word, not the Voice! This is a very loose, suggestive translation that may be easy to read, but your understanding of God's attributes and man's sinfulness can get lost in the vague, new-age way it is written. Where is the discernment in Christianity in this country? How many times do we need to dumb down the powerful word of God to make salvation something someone can easily swallow instead of something they should repent and trust in? You don't have to buy this garbage to know how awful it is; true believers, run from this "version" of the Bible, because it is not the Bible at all.
When I read how they were making these covers, I loved the idea. Where I worked - at The Mustard Seed Street Ministeries - they had a program where using donated leather, people trying to get going again, made leather journals for sale as a source of income. I have two of these bibles, one for myself and one as a gift to my pastor and I was really impressed not to mention humbled at the quality. These covers were made with love, care and creativity. Side by side you can see they are unique, each one an expression of the designers love for the Lord and His Word. That's just the cover! The translation is also really good. It is so clear to understand, but just as important is the fact that once you start reading, you become so wrapped up in the book that you can't put it down! Before you know it you've read 4 or 5 chapters and you don't want to stop! This is not a paraphrase, it's an approved translation done by over 100 scholars, pastors etc. Anyone who has lead Bible Studies and had to answer questions from new believers will love this translation as it explains things so well.