Nov 15, 2010

In His Image NLT Devotional Bible

I received this Bible to review from Tyndale a few weeks ago.  It took me awhile to post a review because I am not sure how to write a review for a Bible, but I will try. This Bible would be great for a new believer or someone who needs a basic understanding of the names of God, and who enjoys a translation that is easy to read. It is the New Living Translation, which I find is a good resource if you need a verse explained in "current" language.  I still prefer the NIV. 
This Bible has small sections that give definitions of the different names of God used in the Old and New Testaments.  They are on (almost) every other page.  Sometimes it is quite repetitive.  It also has prayerful readings on the sides of the pages, which explains a bit about God's character and gives simple meditations and prayers; I thought that was a nice touch, until I noticed that many of those are repeated also. 
In the beginning of each chapter is an introduction to the book.  It explains what the book is about, how to find God in that book and some key areas of the book.  I thought that was great, especially for someone new to reading the Word, until I saw that in the book of Joshua it calls Joshua a "character".  I understand that to us, the men and women in the Bible are "characters", however, I think that term is misleading and will cause some to view what they read as fiction.  That was my main disappointment.
Overall, I feel that this Bible would be a good resource for a new believer or a teen that is just starting to dig in.
* Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Tyndale 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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