Sunday, October 30, 2011

The Voice Book Review

Book Review of The Voice: New Testament by Ecclesia Bible Society
"Step Into The Story of Scripture"

     I was really excited to receive this Bible.  It's a totally new look into the New Testament.  The Voice "calls the reader to step into the whole story of Scripture and experience the joy and wonder of God's revelation. Created for and by a church in great transition, The Voice uniquely represents collaboration among scholars, pastors, writers, musicians, poets, and other artists, giving great attention to the beauty of the narrative." Some of it's features include: Hundreds of engaging notes throughout, with a topical index for easy use.  Also, four different reading programs to help you step into the story.  In addition, a new look with speaker identification and helpful resources throughout the text.  This Bible is set up quiet like a story, with a fantastic narrative.
    I completely expected not to like this Bible just because it breaks tradition.  Happy to say though, I love, love, love it!  Each book opens with a set up for that book - who wrote it, where they were, what they were doing at the time, and a little history of the book.  It's not written at all like a loquacious scholar.  It's perfect for our day to day home school Bible lesson.  Kids will completely get swept away with this Bible.  It's perfect for daily family devotions; or even to just pick up like a book.  My favorite bit, is that each account has a written setting.  This Bible absolutely comes alive in your minds-eye.  No, I wouldn't use this Bible for serious study or for perfected translation and exegesis (see a good NASB keyword Bible for that).  Nonetheless, this is a great family Bible.  Also it would be a substantial Bible for a new Christian or a beginner at Bible reading.  Take a peek at it, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.  Plus, it's only $6.99 - so it's perfect for a Christmas or birthday gift. 

(I received this book free from as part of their blogging program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.")

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