Thursday, July 17, 2014

Review: The Journey Bible: Revealing God and How You Fit into His Plan



Review: The Journey Bible: Revealing God and How You Fit into His Plan, NIV
Zondervan
2014

This review will comment only on the format and nonbiblical texts.  I will leave the Biblical text for the experts in that field.  That said, I’ve enjoyed reading some of the comments, questions, and insights interspersed throughout the text.  The introductory material that most of us skip is worth the time it takes to red through it.  Lots of little nuggets there.  The challenges issued are wonderful.  For instance, page viii has this line “You acknowledge there are important things you don’t know---yet if there’s something out there you can know, you want to know.”  Or this one on xii, “Truth may go beyond reason, but not against it.”  Or a list of Jesus’ Famous One-Liners starting on page xx.  

The tone obviously is non-academic and easy to read, as is the NIV text itself.  The idea of the Five Alive choices is good and many of the questions and comments can be found within those chosen texts.  For someone who is exploring or for a nice change of pace for those who are already believers this Bible would be a good choice.  It’s a paperback, no gilt edges on this one.  The weight is not prohibitive and the font size just right for most folks.  A person can read this and just enjoy it.  And if the person is truly exploring or seeking some answers about God, the search will yield the answers.

There are several focused studies included at the end.  Short, simple, yet thought provoking.  

Overall, this is a good choice and I encourage those that are spiritual explorers to give this a try.

I received this book from the publisher in return for a review.


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