Friday, June 27, 2014

The NIV Life Journey Bible

Life Journey Bible-NIV

Why should you consider this Life Journey Bible? 

Well, there are several reasons. The first is the translation. The New International Version may be my favorite translation of all. 
The NIV is straightforward- clear, dignified modern English. You can feel the beauty of the poetry and lamentation in the Psalms and Song of Songs, the urgency of the prophets, and the words of the Gospels- those that ring out victory from the hilltops and those that whisper to aching hearts. 

It's also a translation dedicated to accuracy, and so when you're ready to dig in and study there's plenty to work with. 

This NIV is not a study Bible, per se, like my 1984 NIV is. 
The notes inside are provided by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend. 
Wait a minute... those names are awfully familiar, aren't they? Mmmmhmm. 
Cloud and Townsend are the team behind many well-known books: Boundaries -for Dating, Marriage, Kids, and Leaders, God Will Make a Way, Safe People, and more. 

Together, these men have applied Scriptural wisdom and common sense to psychological counseling for years. Their approach is spiritually practical, helping people find the help and hope they need to live and love with God and other people. 
They've probably seen every kind of broken family, every addiction, and every sadness you can think of, and they hope that their words in this Bible will comfort and point towards healing. 

For example, in the book of Jeremiah, we have two main Growth Lessons: Honesty with God and Spirit Led Prayer. The InSights include a word about healing post divorce, God's "House Rules," God's desire for us, pulling out all the stops when calling on God, defining ourselves, and accepting hard truth. There's a profile of the Wailing Women that Jeremiah spoke of, and reflections on making grief a communal process with a good support group. 
And there is a two-page spread about overcoming the fear of sharing our faith, with five common fears outlined. 
(1. The Fear of Isolation and Rejection
2. Fear of Assertiveness
3. Fear of Failing Someone's Ideal
4. Fear That God Won't Show Up
5. Fear That We Don't Know Enough)

Quality and Specifications of this Bible: The type size is about eight point, two column format to make it easier on the eyes. 
The text in printed in black ink and the headers and InSight boxes are a slate blue color. 
I have the hardcover version, and it's very nice. It lays flat when you open it, and the pages are thin but seem sturdy- they're not like tissue paper. I can see this Bible lasting for years, standing up to a lot of page turning and lap time. 

Thank you BookLook Bloggers for my review copy of the NIV Life Journey Bible. 

Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend have been bringing hope and healing to millions for well over two decades, helping people discover solutions to life’s most difficult personal and relational challenges. Their material provides solid, practical answers and offers guidance in the areas of parenting, marriage, dating, emotional struggles, leadership, and personal and spiritual growth. They have spoken on a wide variety of issues, and have over one thousand recordings available in their extensive audio and DVD library.

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