I have several chronological Bibles and this one has become my favorite. The introductory summaries to each period of time are very well written. They prepare you for what is to come and the text flows naturally from story to story. The narrative commentary inserted throughout the entire Bible is written in the present tense so it makes you feel as if you are right there, a participant in the events. If I were to improve this Bible I would include colored pictures, drawings, timelines, etc. but then maybe they'd be a distraction. As it is, it is a Bible that you read like a story. For someone who has a difficult time following biblical events, this is a great Bible. Having it written in chronological order and having the informative narratives as an aid makes it very understandable and takes away the confusion of jumping from one period of time to another.
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.