Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Review: The Wayfinding Bible

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Tyndale's The Wayfinding Bible (NLT) was 'created to encourage the reading of God's Word.'  With its beautiful illustrations and colorful notes throughout, it certainly does pique a reader's interest.  But will it retain it?

The colorfulness of the Bible is enough to want to make you pick up the Bible and start flipping through the pages, however their choice of translation can deter some.  Understandably, this version was chosen to appeal to more readers and make the contents more comprehensive, but the same could have been accomplished with the NIV84.

The three navigation routes are great.  I enjoyed reading the flyover route to my children while homeschooling and think that this method could be used during personal devotions as well.  It is a good way to keep information fresh in one's mind since you can accomplish it in 54 days.  

The finding Jesus section in the introduction of the books really seeks to demonstrate His appearance throughout the entire Word of God.  The colored maps heightened the flying over experience making it seem as if a mini atlas had been included.  Two of my favorite features were the charts for Psalms and Proverbs.  These alone make the Bible a worthwhile addition to one's library.  Since I primarily use this Bible with my children, it is so helpful to have the information categorized for me.  

I would definitely recommend this Bible as an addition to your library but not as a stand alone Bible.  I think using this in conjunction with another version would be more beneficial.  The extra information is  plentiful enough to get one interested not only in reading the Bible but actually studying it.  

 I received a complimentary copy of above mentioned title from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an independent and unbiased review.