While most of us know about the NIV (New International Version) Bible, which is well-loved, easy to read, and easy to understand, this specific Bible is unique because it’s “from” the authors of Boundaries – Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend. It includes the entire text of the NIV Bible, as well as individual teachings directly from each of them. What a great combination! There are essays, “insights”, profiles of Biblical figures, as well as detailed book introductions, a variety of reading plans (including one that’s purely in the Psalms!), and extra resources in the back. It’s a great combination of things and makes it fun to see what you’ll find next!
Having spent the past two years taking an intensive course that went through the entire Bible (Old Testament in the first year, and New Testament in the second), I was most interested to see what these two doctors would have to say in the Old Testament. What kind of insight would they share about the people these books discuss? Would they only speak about the people we know, or would they pick up any of the more obscure people and their stories? While most of the names included are familiar ones, I was pleasantly surprised to find a note on two people that I hadn’t noticed (or paid attention to) before: Bezalel and Oholiab (Exodus 35:30-36:7). Learning more about people I know is fun (David, for example), but learning about people I don’t know (or can’t remember learning about) is even more fun. These two were master craftsmen who were involved in helping with the Tabernacle, leading work crews while it was being built. The profiles are all a full page long, and at the bottom of the page are “Reflections for Growth”. The questions under this profile ask how we view work, encourage us to develop our skills, and more. There are even references to other Scripture passages, to give you the ability to dig further into what you’re reading about, and I appreciated that. Each profile makes for a great devotional, and the questions they include would help you learn new things each time you read them – if you take the time to consider what they ask.
On a purely cosmetic note, I really love how the cover of the Bible is exactly the same as the dust cover. I think that’s becoming more common with books (and Bibles too!) but it’s still not the “norm”. I think it’s great that the cover and dust cover were the same here!
I received a free copy of this Bible from the publisher, in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are completely my own.