This is an absolutely amazing Bible, with so many fun things included in it. As someone who has long enjoyed praise and worship music (I’m even listening to it while I write this review!), I was completely intrigued by the idea of a Bible that had songs and the stories behind those songs included within it. But this Bible goes a step further, including short devotional thoughts, with questions for you to ask yourself after each two-page reading (which include a page with the song lyrics, and a page with the devotional/story and questions/things to consider). It has a section at the back with the chord charts for 20 popular worship songs, as well as essays that “explore the purpose and history of worship music” – it’s really a great book in many, many ways, and it definitely makes it easy to read through the Bible when you have all of these things to consider as you go!
One of the things that struck me from the start was the size of this Bible, that really seems like it’s a novel. It’s no bigger than most of my fiction books! While in some ways that feels a little bit “strange”, since I’m used to my Bibles being larger in size than other books on my shelves, it’s also great as a way to make you re-think how you look at your Bible – not just as a book that you read on Sundays at church, but one that you can pick up and ready anytime. I absolutely love that the words throughout this Bible are printed in a deep blue-green, not in black (the standard in most books). What a fun change from the normal dark color in my other Bibles!
The only thing that could have been better would be to put the songs/devotionals closer to the books that they came from. Some songs were nowhere close – the were based on a song in one book, but showed up within a book multiple books away. That didn’t make a whole lot of sense, although there is a great index at the back, showing the verse(s) that the song is based on, and the place it appears in this Bible.
I thought it was a fantastic edition of the Bible, in a version that is well-known and well-loved. I would absolutely recommend it to others!
I received a free copy of this Bible from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts and opinions expressed here are completely my own.