I have different Bibles for studying, but I wanted one to simply read for enjoyment at the end of the day. This one was recommended by my Pastor and I haven't been disappointed. You can choose 3 different routes depending on how much depth your interested in getting into. The beginning of each book provides a timeline to help ground you in where you are in history and the NLT is so easy to read. It's a great way to get some Bible reading in before bed with a clear plan in perfect-sized chunks for those of us who prefer to flip through pages rather than curl up with technology. I bought a copy for my husband and my daughter hoping they'd get into reading the Bible for enjoyment too.
When I described this Bible to my daughter she said it reminded her of the books my kids used to read where you choose an ending to the book first. That choice determines how the story is read. Choosing a different ending virtually makes each reading a new story. With the Wayfinding Bible the ending is always the same. It's the route that is different! But each journey (route) is exciting and new.
I have taught many ladies Bible classes and also homeschooled my children. When I saw this Bible I was immediately excited by the possibilities for group studies and wished that it had been around in our homeschooling days!
No, I don't always agree with the commentaries along the way but I look at these as discussion starters, not reasons to pass on this book. However, that brings me to my only concern about giving this to a new Christian. While I think this would be an excellent way to guide a newbie through the scriptures, I would be careful to make notations on any comments that you might question. But there again, this would make a great way to mentor someone in the faith as you walk alongside them in their readings.
All in all, I have to say that I love this concept! So far I have followed the Fly-Over Route and really like that the readings are in chronological order. It makes understanding and putting the stories in order in my head so much easier. I find that I'm anxious to get going on my daily Bible readings again. I am looking forward to following the other 2 routes in the months to come!
IMHO, I don't think you will be disappointed in this new way of reading the best book in the world! Take a chance!
This would be a great Bible for boys, the flight concept, could easily transfer to a map or pilots uniform with a sticker or badge for milestones. (Boys in grades 3 or 4 are the hardest age to reach in curriculum, and oh the appeal of the flight, the itinerary, and the images throughout the 40-200 stops!)
The reading teacher in me thinks this is an awesome tool for teaching or modeling how to read and understand the Bible. The built in tools help provide all the key reading strategies for comprehension (connections, imagery, summarizing, clarifying, questions, evaluations, and prediction/inference)
The paths and options are a refreshing way to get an overview of the Bible, and it lets you pick your commitment. (I tried the flyover and didn't succeed as I wanted to read all the special touches and other passages marked on a page.)
The sense of accomplishment and connections could be very empowering to a new Bible reader, and a veteran Bible reader, the New Living Translation is solid yet refreshing perspective.
The Bible is filled with scenic overlooks (signified by binoculars) images and maps for major places, connections of this portion of scripture to other portions read, connections to Christ, to history, and info-graphics to help the reader easily connect the Bible to itself, and help gain perspective.
Each reading has a special introduction, an observation and an exploration to help the reader think through this part of God's Big Story, and these simple inserts could make it easier for a novice to grasp the points without a lot of commentaries, concordances, or tools.
I believe that a Bible scholar could enjoy reading through these commentaries and determining if they would prefer a different connection, add a new theological term, or concept, or leave it as the creators of the Bible wrote it. But it's unique, and it in my book it inspires thinking on many levels.
I believe this Bible has features that could help keep you on track in a group Bible study, but still provide a good overview and some critical thinking for lively discussions. I especially like the infographics and charts.
It is not a Bible that teaches doctrinal terms, theological concepts, it's merely a tool to explore the text of the Bible, get an overview of the Bible, and see topics across the Bible (like Angels, Easter Readings, forgiveness, ...)
I will continue to test this Wayfinding Bible and see how my thoughts change, expand or grow, but the bottom line is, I find it a very useful tool that I want to continue to have on my nightstand with easy access. I was given this book as a part of the Tyndale review team, all opinions are my own.