Friday, February 14, 2014

REVIEW: Compass: The Study Bible For Navigating Your Life

Title: Compass: The Study Bible for Navigating Your Life
Author: various
Series: none
Publisher: Ecclesia Bible Society / Thomas Nelson Publishers
Published Date: October 8, 2013
ISBN: 1401679110
Genre: religious
Buy It Link: Amazon

Rating: 4 stars

Synopsis: Compass is about helping you find the answers you’re looking for in the pages of the Scriptures and allowing that truth navigate your life. Packed with Bible-reading helps and using an energizing, new Bible translation, Compass is a Bible designed with you in mind. Do you want to start reading and applying the Bible to your life, but aren't quite sure where to start? Let Compass point you in the right direction.

Review: I received a copy of this Bible in exchange for an honest review.
This bible is a new translation of the Bible for me and it's one I'm not quite comfortable with. I'm used to the NIV translation, not the Voice translation and layout. When I review a Bible, I usually read the book of Ruth. It's one of the shortest books in the Bible, which makes it easier and quicker to do a review in a timely manner. When I first started reading Ruth in this Bible, I was briefly stuck on the fact that one of the names is spelled differently in this Bible than in my NIV Study Bibles (Chilion/Kilion).
At times it reads like a script for a play, which can make it easier to differentiate who is speaking to whom. However, many of the words are entirely cut out by this, which makes it seem even shorter of a book than expected. The Bible itself has some nice in-text notes in it, which makes it a good study Bible, but I'm not sure the commentary is really historically accurate, or just put into the best light for the characters. The Bible itself is slightly more durable than my daily NIV study Bible with thicker pages. 
I'm not crazy about this translation, but overall, its an okay study Bible, just not one I can see myself using daily.

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