I don’t think I have EVER been more excited to get a Bible in the mail. When I saw the opportunity to request a copy for review, I knew that I absolutely HAD to do it. That was, by far, the best decision I have made in a long time. What an amazing Bible, that honestly makes reading it seem like such an adventure! Having grown up with more than one Bible, and knowing lots of the Bible stories inside out, I was excited that this Bible had three separate “routes” to choose from: the flyover route (with about 50 readings, covering “the most important events in the Bible”), the direct route (with about 200 readings, helping you to “develop a better understanding of how God’s story develops”), and the scenic route (with about 400 readings, that give you a path to “explore new territory, discovering the depth and richness of God’s Word like never before”). It’s got fun colors on the cover, amazing pictures (in full color, not just black and white!), and there is a very easy to understand guide running across the top of most pages, leading you on the journey – whichever route you choose. For people who have read those mystery books, that let you choose what happens, then if you choose the first option you turn to a certain page, and if you choose the second option you turn to another page – that’s what this made me think of. It truly was a complete adventure, and made the Bible come to life in ways that I had never seen it do that before. As a person who spends (and has spent) a good amount of time in Bible study, that’s pretty significant. I’ve done individual Bible studies that made individual stories come alive, but I have never seen the entire Bible come alive in the way that this Bible did it.
As you read, you see different “stops” with observation points and exploration points. For example, in II Chronicles 31, it talks about Assyria invading Judah, gives some information about King Hezekiah, and then goes on to observe that everyone was “terrified of the Assyrians”, but still “trusted their king and their God”. It explores the fact that God “displayed his strength and sovereignty through a miracle that shamed the mightiest and most feared king in the world”, and then went on to quote from Luke 18:27 “What is impossible for people is possible for God”.
As a person who values color in life, I tend to find it hard to read the Bible for very long with it all being in black and seeming like a never-ending book filled with black (which I really do not think is a very friendly color at all). I know that sounds a little bit strange, but it might help you to understand why the color in this version was so great for me. Orange, green, and blue were the colors for the different “journeys” and there were even pictures of the locations being talked about (such as the Sea of Galilee) and those were in color too! For people who do better with color, you will really appreciate how much color is in this Bible. It definitely makes it more fun!
I appreciate that this version used the New Living Translation, because most of my study is done in the NIV or ESV, so this gives me the ability to study the same stories, but in slightly different wording. Sometimes that can make a world of difference in being able to grasp ideas or concepts – just having a few different words.
It would be a great gift for new/young Christians, but it’s also a fantastic Bible for those of us who have spent our entire lives studying the Bible and need a way to look at it through new eyes. I highly, HIGHLY recommend it! You can get it in softcover, hardcover, leather cover, or for your kindle. There is definitely an option to fit everyone!
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There is also a website for this Bible, with great study resources that are definitely worth checking out!
I received a free copy of this Bible in exchange for my honest review. I was in no way required to write anything positive, the thoughts and opinions expressed here are completely my own.