Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Compass (The Study Bible For Maintaining Your Life) Published by Thomas Nelson

Are you searching for a new study Bible? This one may intrigue you. The Compass Study Bible is in The Voice translation. It is published by Thomas Nelson and will release on Amazon Feb. 4, 2014

This is an interesting Bible. It is written in screenplay form. For instance in Genesis 3 where we see the conversation between Eve and the Serpent this Bible gives you the Serpent's words and then Eve's words. In Matthew 20 we have the parable of the vineyard workers. We have the words of Jesus. The words of the landowner. The words of the first workers. Words spoken by the wife of Zebedee, Zebedee's brothers, and the two blind men.  Being written in this form I see it as being an easy read for new readers of the Bible. 

In the preface of this Bible it explains the uniqueness of this translation. This Bible includes a great road map to God's promises. Jesus is your..Savior, Lord, Love, Peace, Forgiveness, Righteousness, Deliverer, Fellowship, Example, etc.. This road map includes many scriptures on each subject. 

In the back maps are included. These are in black and white and are a little small. The back also includes an outstanding topical guide to the scriptures. This isn't just subjects, but it is broken down even further for a greater understanding and easy finding. 

There is a topical guide to notes. I really enjoy this aspect of the Bible. Throughout the study Bible there are various notes shared that helps give a greater understanding of the Word. 

This Bible also includes a topical guide to the scripture. This is another great tool for studying the Bible. With great tools like this it makes study easier which in turn makes it more interesting. 

Each Book of the Bible opens with an explanation of the Book. These are usually one page long and gives great insight into the Word. 

I want to give you a few examples of just how The Voice is laid out and different from NKJV. 

The Voice:
Hebrews 12:1-2 "So since we stand surrounded by all those who have gone before, an enormous cloud of witnesses  let us drop every extra weight, every sin that clings to us and slackens our pace, and let us run wit endurance the long race set before us. We may feel alone, but we aren't. We are surrounded by an army of witnesses. They have run the race of faith and finished well. It is now our turn."

NKJV:
Hebrews 12:1-2 "Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." 

The Voice:
John 3:16 "For God expressed His love for the world in this way: He gave His only Son so that whoever believes in Him will not face everlasting destruction, but will have everlasting life." 

NKJV:
 John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." 

This Bible is from the Ecclesia Bible Society. Chris Seay is president of the Ecclesia Bible Society. I encourage you to check this out before purchasing this Bible. 

Now with all that said, this is a Bible I like, but not one I would read or study without the aid of my NKJV or HCSB version. For me this is a great study aid and can help us understand the Word better. As a study Bible this one is lacking a bit for me. I like my study Bibles to hold more information about each scripture, but you may enjoy this Bible exceptionally. It may hold just enough for you and give you the tools to dig deeper into the Word. 

You will be able to travel to your local Walmart store to find this Bible now. If you are looking to order on Amazon you will have to wait a bit, but you can still pre-order. Looking over reviews most people enjoy The Voice translation. It's worth checking out! 

This was a gift from Thomas Nelson and Sheldon Interactive for sharing my review with you. 

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