Wednesday, July 7, 2010

The Voice New Testament: Book Review

I received a complimentary copy of The Voice New Testament from Thomas Nelson Publishers in exchange for an unbiased review.
As with The Message, The Voice is a terrific supplement to a more traditional translation of the Bible. It has a clearer interpretation of the scriptures in modern language, and I enjoyed reading passages side-by-side in The Voice and in my New American Standard translation.
The Voice refers to Jesus as "The Liberating King" which tickled me every time I read it. It really invokes a poetic image of Jesus that I never got from my other translations. In passages with a lot of dialogue between several people, The Voice prints the dialogue in a play format, which makes it really easy to follow and a quick read. There is also some commentary within the Chapters, with boxed-in text providing some facts about the author or the time period, or asking provoking questions of the reader, drawing us in. There were times I wasn't quite sure how I felt about the boxed-in information -- sometimes it was an interruption to what I was reading, but the informational boxes are easy enough to ignore and go back to at a later time.
Overall, I really enjoyed The Voice New Testament, and I highly recommend it as a supplemental study.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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