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No matter what your stage in life, you're probably facing a challenge or a change. You're starting a new job or a new relationship. You're deciding whether to move or maybe to go back to school or whether you want another child. Or maybe you're just trying to figure out how to get 25 hours worth of things done in a 24-hour day. Whatever you're facing, you probably share yo No matter what your stage in life, you're probably facing a challenge or a change. You're starting a new job or a new relationship. You're deciding whether to move or maybe to go back to school or whether you want another child. Or maybe you're just trying to figure out how to get 25 hours worth of things done in a 24-hour day. Whatever you're facing, you probably share your struggles with a friend. Now imagine your friend has incredible wisdom and is available anytime of the day or night That's what this Bible is about: becoming who you are in Christ through your relationship with him.True Identity approaches issues you may be facing in an honest way. It connects the life-changing truth of God's Word to your everyday life, and focuses on the overarching theme of identity, emphasizing who you are in God's eyes. As you grow in your relationship with Jesus, you'll be encouraged and empowered by the Bible's messages of hope, joy, and faith.Features: *100 'Myth' articles---States a common accepted myth from the world in the form of a headline, followed by the first-person story of a woman who struggled with the lie and how that affected her life. A stats box reveals how common this issue is among women. The article concludes with principles from God's Word that debunk the myth.*30 'Ask Me Anything' profiles of the women of the Bible---Profiles in an interview format where the biblical woman speaks to modern readers about the life issue she faced.*200 'Conversations' notes---Penetrating questions to reflect on, either alone or with a friend or mentor.*200 'He Is' callouts---Highlights an attribute of God as shown or taught in Scripture and teaches how that affects a woman's identity.*300 'At Issues' notes---Short teaching notes on life topics such as money, sex, or pride.*66 book introductions*Topical index*Back matter articles---Practical articles, such as mentoring, developing a consistent quiet time, Bible reading plans, memorizing Scripture, etc.


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No matter what your stage in life, you're probably facing a challenge or a change. You're starting a new job or a new relationship. You're deciding whether to move or maybe to go back to school or whether you want another child. Or maybe you're just trying to figure out how to get 25 hours worth of things done in a 24-hour day. Whatever you're facing, you probably share yo No matter what your stage in life, you're probably facing a challenge or a change. You're starting a new job or a new relationship. You're deciding whether to move or maybe to go back to school or whether you want another child. Or maybe you're just trying to figure out how to get 25 hours worth of things done in a 24-hour day. Whatever you're facing, you probably share your struggles with a friend. Now imagine your friend has incredible wisdom and is available anytime of the day or night That's what this Bible is about: becoming who you are in Christ through your relationship with him.True Identity approaches issues you may be facing in an honest way. It connects the life-changing truth of God's Word to your everyday life, and focuses on the overarching theme of identity, emphasizing who you are in God's eyes. As you grow in your relationship with Jesus, you'll be encouraged and empowered by the Bible's messages of hope, joy, and faith.Features: *100 'Myth' articles---States a common accepted myth from the world in the form of a headline, followed by the first-person story of a woman who struggled with the lie and how that affected her life. A stats box reveals how common this issue is among women. The article concludes with principles from God's Word that debunk the myth.*30 'Ask Me Anything' profiles of the women of the Bible---Profiles in an interview format where the biblical woman speaks to modern readers about the life issue she faced.*200 'Conversations' notes---Penetrating questions to reflect on, either alone or with a friend or mentor.*200 'He Is' callouts---Highlights an attribute of God as shown or taught in Scripture and teaches how that affects a woman's identity.*300 'At Issues' notes---Short teaching notes on life topics such as money, sex, or pride.*66 book introductions*Topical index*Back matter articles---Practical articles, such as mentoring, developing a consistent quiet time, Bible reading plans, memorizing Scripture, etc.

30 review for Holy Bible: True Identity: The Bible for Women Limited Edition (TNIV): Becoming Who You Are in Christ

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Salinas

    This is, by far, my favorite audio Bible ever. It's not a dry reading, but it's not overly dramatic. One I had listened to sounded like audio-only of a stage play... to much going on for a reading. But this...? This is beautiful. I grew up in the Church. I've heard the Word of God read aloud for 40 years, but when I listen to this, I hear it in a new way. It comes alive for me. Very well done. This is, by far, my favorite audio Bible ever. It's not a dry reading, but it's not overly dramatic. One I had listened to sounded like audio-only of a stage play... to much going on for a reading. But this...? This is beautiful. I grew up in the Church. I've heard the Word of God read aloud for 40 years, but when I listen to this, I hear it in a new way. It comes alive for me. Very well done.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    Always have to give the Bible five stars--it really is an amazing book. As for this translation, I really enjoyed it. The TNIV has the feel and readability of the NIV, although the wordings more frequently diverge from traditional phrasing to fresh renditions. One of the most notable changes is the use of gender-inclusive language where appropriate. My impression is that the TNIV is more judicious in making these changes than the NRSV, which seems to change almost everything, even when it seems Always have to give the Bible five stars--it really is an amazing book. As for this translation, I really enjoyed it. The TNIV has the feel and readability of the NIV, although the wordings more frequently diverge from traditional phrasing to fresh renditions. One of the most notable changes is the use of gender-inclusive language where appropriate. My impression is that the TNIV is more judicious in making these changes than the NRSV, which seems to change almost everything, even when it seems highly likely that the male gender was intended. (I'm thinking especially here of Proverbs, where the NRSV changes "my son" to "my child", even though the author probably would have been writing to a son. The TNIV keeps it as "my son".) The other big improvement the TNIV makes over the NIV is the ample use of footnotes to indicate possible alternate translations or areas of uncertainty. I have greatly appreciated these notes in the NRSV, and was happy to see the TNIV adopt them as well. All in all, I think this is a great translation for reading and casual Bible study. A more formal translation, like the NRSV, might be best for intensive Bible study, but the TNIV makes a great option for use as a general purpose translation and I'll be using it as such for myself.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mark Jr.

    Excellent, amazing, my favorite audio Bible. I could do without the occasional, sudden bursts of music, and it was a little odd to have readers suddenly take over for other readers. But still excellent, moving; the actors read the Bible with feeling, as if it ought to inspire feeling. It should.

  4. 5 out of 5

    John Kaess

    I have listened to many (i think 5 total) audio recordings of the Bible. Of all those i've listened to, this one stands head and shoulders above the others. It's narrated by African Americans of note: clergy, actors, singers, etc. Samuel L. Jackson narrates the voice of God. Levar Burton is the Apostle John. LL Cool J is Samson. The rest of the Bible uses equally capable men and women throught. The Bible version being read is the TNIV and the entire Bible is filled with dramatic and appropriate I have listened to many (i think 5 total) audio recordings of the Bible. Of all those i've listened to, this one stands head and shoulders above the others. It's narrated by African Americans of note: clergy, actors, singers, etc. Samuel L. Jackson narrates the voice of God. Levar Burton is the Apostle John. LL Cool J is Samson. The rest of the Bible uses equally capable men and women throught. The Bible version being read is the TNIV and the entire Bible is filled with dramatic and appropriate background sounds. I started listening in January, intending for this to be part of my daily practice throughout the year, but i ended up finishing it in early August because it often was too compelling to put it down. I recommend this for anyone interested in listening to the Bible in a way that will feel alive and powerful and useful. This is sold in two parts, as the Old Testament and as the New Testament.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Merilee

    This is an amazing presentation of the Bible. It is easy to read because verse and chapter markers have been eliminated. Also, the text is not in columns, like most Bibles - rather, it reads all the way across the page in normal paragraph form (except for songs/poetry, which are centered in the middle and look like lyrics should.) Besides all that, the books are arranged in a sensible order (chronologically in the order that they were written, for the most part) and the introductions to each book This is an amazing presentation of the Bible. It is easy to read because verse and chapter markers have been eliminated. Also, the text is not in columns, like most Bibles - rather, it reads all the way across the page in normal paragraph form (except for songs/poetry, which are centered in the middle and look like lyrics should.) Besides all that, the books are arranged in a sensible order (chronologically in the order that they were written, for the most part) and the introductions to each book are very insightful. If you have a hard time getting into reading the Bible, but would like to stay with a fairly well-known and literal translation (as opposed to paraphrases like The Message) then this is the Bible for you! They are available for less than $10 at IBS Direct.com.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Chris - Quarter Press Editor

    I've never read through the Bible so quickly. The language in this flows so well and has been adapted to today's dialect so well that I simple burned through the pages, reading chapter after chapter in a short span of time. While I used to think the KJV and NKJV are the ONLY versions to read, this helped me see the greivous error of my way. Not only is it nice to have the current language, but it is good to read the different interpretations of the original text. In translations, nuances are alwa I've never read through the Bible so quickly. The language in this flows so well and has been adapted to today's dialect so well that I simple burned through the pages, reading chapter after chapter in a short span of time. While I used to think the KJV and NKJV are the ONLY versions to read, this helped me see the greivous error of my way. Not only is it nice to have the current language, but it is good to read the different interpretations of the original text. In translations, nuances are always lost, so it helps to read the different takes on the same writings. This is a great version of the Bible: easy to read, understand, and digest.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lavonne

    Yes, I read the Bible cover to cover from January to March. And since I'm completely unqualified to rate or review the Bible, I'll leave it at that. But I would recommend reading the Bible to anyone. Yes, I read the Bible cover to cover from January to March. And since I'm completely unqualified to rate or review the Bible, I'll leave it at that. But I would recommend reading the Bible to anyone.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Ankenmann

    Audiobook: 20h.32m. For the first time in my life, I personally understand why everybody was so keen to kill Jesus. The performances in this (NIV) audio Bible make it so clear that what Jesus was saying was outrageous, and outrage finally felt like the natural consequence of his public ministry. If you do no other new thing this year, dear Christian, listen to this version of the Gospels. It will change you. The one detail in this presentation that I didn't love was the choice to insert musical b Audiobook: 20h.32m. For the first time in my life, I personally understand why everybody was so keen to kill Jesus. The performances in this (NIV) audio Bible make it so clear that what Jesus was saying was outrageous, and outrage finally felt like the natural consequence of his public ministry. If you do no other new thing this year, dear Christian, listen to this version of the Gospels. It will change you. The one detail in this presentation that I didn't love was the choice to insert musical breaks into the letters of Paul. Regularly (and unpredictably), a three-to-five minute song would interrupt the letter. If these were thematically relevant, the connection was light. I found myself skipping through them, wanting to get back to the Bible part. Setting this single grievance aside, the Bible Experience is still a thoroughly compelling and thoughtfully produced audio Bible. He who has ears, let him hear.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    This rating and review is based on The Bible Experience dramatized recording not on the Bible text itself. An excellent dramatized recording of the New Testament Bible. Listening to this in the mornings as I get ready has been such a blessing. The voice acting is superb. LeVar Burton as the voice of John the Beloved was a particular stand-out. Blair Underwood as Jesus was also very good. The cast also included a host of excellent female voices including Loretta Devine, Yolanda Adams, Erika Alexan This rating and review is based on The Bible Experience dramatized recording not on the Bible text itself. An excellent dramatized recording of the New Testament Bible. Listening to this in the mornings as I get ready has been such a blessing. The voice acting is superb. LeVar Burton as the voice of John the Beloved was a particular stand-out. Blair Underwood as Jesus was also very good. The cast also included a host of excellent female voices including Loretta Devine, Yolanda Adams, Erika Alexander, and Yvette Lee Bowser in female roles and as narrators of several epistles. Be aware that partway through the New Testament (somewhere in the epistles, I think) the recording starts to provide gospel music interludes to break up the text. Unfortunately, I typically listen to audiobooks at 2x speed which does not do justice to the music, but I appreciated the mixture of worship and scripture. I highly recommend this audiobook version of the New Testament.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    The BEST audiobook of the Bible! I read the New Testament during Lent this year and it was fantastic. I plan to continue with the Old Testament which I've only listened to parts of so far. The different voices being a lot to it and show the emotion felt. The BEST audiobook of the Bible! I read the New Testament during Lent this year and it was fantastic. I plan to continue with the Old Testament which I've only listened to parts of so far. The different voices being a lot to it and show the emotion felt.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    The Word of God is powerful. I like this bible for the extra insights it provides for women. The TNIV version is very understandable.

  12. 4 out of 5

    APRIL LAMBERT

    Was narrated by an Host OF Celebrities in our African-American Community!!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Christabelle

    I love audio dramas! I always catch so much more than I realized was in there.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Will

    Good summary of Bible. Only weird thing was random gospel music interspersed throughout the readings.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Catrina Fincher

    Beautifully made! I can close my eyes and hear, feel and see the Word!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lesley Linatoc

    Easy to understand English however there are comments/ interpretations included that I don’t think is accurate and more of an opinion of some people.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Barry

    No idea if this is the actual cover, etc. of the version I read because I'm entering this so late but if you are looking for an easier to read Bible this is an excellent choice. No idea if this is the actual cover, etc. of the version I read because I'm entering this so late but if you are looking for an easier to read Bible this is an excellent choice.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Johnsergeant

    Downloaded from Audible.com 6/5/07 Narrator: Angela Bassett, Cuba Gooding Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Blair Underwood, and more Publisher: Zondervan, 2006 Length: 20 hours and 32 min. * Winner of Audio Publishers Association 2007 Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year * Winner of Audio Publishers Association 2007 Audie Award, Inspirational/Spiritual Publisher's Summary The Bible has a voice. Listen. Like never before, you can experience the beauty, drama, and life-changing power of the Bible. Inspired By... The Downloaded from Audible.com 6/5/07 Narrator: Angela Bassett, Cuba Gooding Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Blair Underwood, and more Publisher: Zondervan, 2006 Length: 20 hours and 32 min. * Winner of Audio Publishers Association 2007 Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year * Winner of Audio Publishers Association 2007 Audie Award, Inspirational/Spiritual Publisher's Summary The Bible has a voice. Listen. Like never before, you can experience the beauty, drama, and life-changing power of the Bible. Inspired By... The Bible Experience breaks new ground in the presentation of the Bible. Unique among audio Bible productions, The Bible Experience is a captivating performance of the Bible presented by a stellar ensemble of today's top-name actors, musicians, clergy, directors, and award-winning producers. This historic production also features a cinematic musical score, unparalleled sound design, and the highest production value. The Bible Experience is truly theater of the mind and spirit. With performances by: Yolanda Adams, Erika Alexander, Tatyana Ali, Tichina Arnold, Essence Atkins, James Avery, Angela Bassett, Bill Bellamy, Reverend A.R. Bernard, Bishop Charles Blake, Pastor John Boyd, James Brown, Jim Brown, Wren Brown, Levar Burton, Dr. Juanita Bynum, Shirley Caesar, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Common, Terry Crews, Pastor Billy Davis, Loretta Devine, Gary Dourdan, Charles S. Dutton, Idris Elba, Faith Evans, Kim Fields, Kirk Franklin, Tyrese Gibson, Meagan Good, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Robert Guillaume, Jasmine Guy, Anthony Hamilton, Hill Harper, Taraji P. Henson, Dule Hill, Bishop Donald Hilliard, Jr., Pastor Billy Ingram, Samuel L. Jackson, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Cheryl "Salt" James, Star Jones, Boris Kodjoe, Nikki Kodjoe, Eriq LaSalle, Harry Lennix, Dawnn Lewis, Tommy "Tiny" Lister, Victor Love, Derek Luke, Tisha Campbell Martin, Judge Greg Mathis, Bishop Clarence McClendon, Donnie McClurkin, Lana "MC Lyte" Moorer, Mo'nique, Garrett Morris, Phil Morris, Mya, Dwight "Heavy D" Myers, Keke Palmer, CCH Pounder, Pastor Larry Powell, Daphne Reid, Tim Reid, Latanya Richardson, Richie Righteous, Wendy Raquel Robinson, John Salley, Bishop Kenneth C. Ulmer, Blair Underwood, Iyanla Vanzant, Bishop Joseph Walker, Denzel Washington, Pastor Marvin Winans, Alfre Woodard, Charlayne Woodard, and Jeffrey Wright.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    My church is using this guide to read the entire Bible in one year. I love the thought of this, of doing it together as a congregation, but in practice I haven't kept with it. I know I could jump back in, so I've left this book on my Currently Reading shelf, but I don't think it is going to happen right now, and I've finally told myself that this is ok. This doesn't mean that I've given up on reading the Bible! It just means that I'm not actively working to read the entire book (books, really) b My church is using this guide to read the entire Bible in one year. I love the thought of this, of doing it together as a congregation, but in practice I haven't kept with it. I know I could jump back in, so I've left this book on my Currently Reading shelf, but I don't think it is going to happen right now, and I've finally told myself that this is ok. This doesn't mean that I've given up on reading the Bible! It just means that I'm not actively working to read the entire book (books, really) by the end of the year. As I said below, I don't feel that I can rate the Bible. (October 17, 2013) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ For the Year of the Bible reading program at our church, I decided to switch to this translation from my NRSV because I find this to be a bit more readable. Here's a flow chart of my interpretation of translations and readability from what I find to be harder to read older English to modern colloquial English. OLDER: King James - NRSV - TNIV - The Message: COLLOQUIAL The Bible is the one book that I've read that I will not rate. I feel like giving it 5 stars seems like I'm missing the many complexities within it that need to be wrestled with, whereas any lower rating seems almost sacrilege. I know some people rate the Bible based on their preference in translation, but for me that depends on my mood and why I'm reading (study, prayer, etc.). (June 20, 2013) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I set out to read this cover-to-cover in one year, but gave up. So, though I've read much of this translation, I didn't read the whole thing. I am now starting to do a Year of the Bible curriculum with my church using the NRSV Bible. (2012)

  20. 4 out of 5

    Joe

    Good work overall, but singing was a distraction" I got this because I wanted to HEAR the spoken word of God. Now there were some solid narrators enlisted that knew the subject matter, developed an affinity for the material and delivered it to their audience. They were articulate and talented enough to pull it off whether they were believers or not. (Blair Underwood, Phillip Morris, LeVar Burton and T. D. Jakes were absolutely brilliant.) Others in main roles were miscast and their lack of dictio Good work overall, but singing was a distraction" I got this because I wanted to HEAR the spoken word of God. Now there were some solid narrators enlisted that knew the subject matter, developed an affinity for the material and delivered it to their audience. They were articulate and talented enough to pull it off whether they were believers or not. (Blair Underwood, Phillip Morris, LeVar Burton and T. D. Jakes were absolutely brilliant.) Others in main roles were miscast and their lack of diction or modulating articulation made listening to them a real challenge (Kirk Franklin and Donnie McClurkin were the worst offenders. Love them as musicians, but they made poor narrators. Samuel L. Jackson joined their disjointed refrain from time to time as the voice of God.). Overall the gospels were read well. When it came to the reading of the epistles, the production hit many snags. Interrupting the flow of the narrations were songs, which were great in their own right, but in this arena, were a major distraction. I wanted to hear the word. Incidental music is fine, but wailing gospel solos or foot stomping choir renditions came out of nowhere and stayed a long time before I could continue hearing what I came to hear. It frequently broke the flow of the narrator—too many times. This wasn't supposed to be a musical, but a heartfelt reading of the New Testament ... and it was for a while. If they stuck with just that idea alone (and replaced K. Franklin) this really would have been a five star production. It’s still worth a listen, but with this caveat in mind.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    My church read the New Testament as a whole these past two and a half months. Although I had probably read about 95% of it already as a consequence of being a churchgoer for all of my literate life, reading it in its entirety in such a relatively short period was a new and enlightening experience. I was surprised that I could actually keep up with the reading schedule, which was three to five chapters a day. Our syllabus treated the four gospels as a separate "track" from the rest of the NT, so o My church read the New Testament as a whole these past two and a half months. Although I had probably read about 95% of it already as a consequence of being a churchgoer for all of my literate life, reading it in its entirety in such a relatively short period was a new and enlightening experience. I was surprised that I could actually keep up with the reading schedule, which was three to five chapters a day. Our syllabus treated the four gospels as a separate "track" from the rest of the NT, so on the first day of the New Testament Challenge we started with Matthew and Acts and went on from there. Reading Jesus' life parallel to the establishment of the early church in the immediate aftermath of his death brought illumination to both familiar accounts. Jesus' birth, ministry and death never diminished in poignancy as we essentially read about it four times in a row. The book of Acts especially benefited from not being read one chapter at a time. It was much easier to maintain continuity, and the ministries and exploits like Paul became much more exhilarating. I really recommend reading larger sections of the Bible on a regular basis!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Steven

    One previous reviewer mentioned this, and I would also like to add (for the record) that I'm giving four stars to the audiobook presentation, not for the New Testament itself. Overall, I enjoyed listening to the NT being narrated by such well-known personalities as Lavar Burton, Blair Underwood, T.J. Jakes, Kirk Franklin, and Samuel L. Jackson. Another reviewer had mentioned that the gospel songs that were interspersed throughout the narrative were nice but tended to be a bit of a distraction for One previous reviewer mentioned this, and I would also like to add (for the record) that I'm giving four stars to the audiobook presentation, not for the New Testament itself. Overall, I enjoyed listening to the NT being narrated by such well-known personalities as Lavar Burton, Blair Underwood, T.J. Jakes, Kirk Franklin, and Samuel L. Jackson. Another reviewer had mentioned that the gospel songs that were interspersed throughout the narrative were nice but tended to be a bit of a distraction for those who simply wanted to listen to the Word straight through. I would have to agree with this. I enjoyed the music, but maybe not during a Pauline lecture. I also liked the background noises that added a touch of ambiance to the narratives; the sound of a pen scratching on paper while Paul, John, Luke, James, etc. spoke, the clank of prison doors and dripping water; the bustling noise of city life; the soothing sound of a muffled thunderstorm.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    I like the note taking space, accordion pockets, and the size (not huge, but small enough to fit in a small pack). I have only seen this type of bible in tniv and rarely niv. I am not attached to any particular version but I will defend the tniv from all the crap it is getting. Sometimes when I preach I use the tniv because the way it is translated is easier to communicate the point of the verse to the largest audience possible (most often in regards to differences in gender). If I don't have th I like the note taking space, accordion pockets, and the size (not huge, but small enough to fit in a small pack). I have only seen this type of bible in tniv and rarely niv. I am not attached to any particular version but I will defend the tniv from all the crap it is getting. Sometimes when I preach I use the tniv because the way it is translated is easier to communicate the point of the verse to the largest audience possible (most often in regards to differences in gender). If I don't have the time in that particular sermon to cover the use of a specific gender in the text and how that verse refers to the other gender, then I go here. Most often I use it when the scriptures uses "man" in reference to "humanity" in a context that is especially confusing (i.e. Eph. 2:14 and following).

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tripleguess

    I love this little Bible. My sister gave it to me so I could have one in my purse to take to church and everywhere with me. It's the perfect size and the magnet leather latch helps keep it closed so it doesn't get beat up from lying open in my purse. I put it in an inside pocket that happens to be the perfect size, and I learned to put it there with the unbound side away from the "mangler zone" in the middle of the purse so the page corners don't get beat up. So far it is holding up well. Now I c I love this little Bible. My sister gave it to me so I could have one in my purse to take to church and everywhere with me. It's the perfect size and the magnet leather latch helps keep it closed so it doesn't get beat up from lying open in my purse. I put it in an inside pocket that happens to be the perfect size, and I learned to put it there with the unbound side away from the "mangler zone" in the middle of the purse so the page corners don't get beat up. So far it is holding up well. Now I can have my giant print Bible at home (LOVE giant print!), and also this compact version to read on BART, when I'm early for work, or anywhere I have to sit and wait a bit and have a few minutes to occupy myself. The print is small but not impossibly so. It's still quite readable. Speaking as one who received this as a gift -- it's the perfect gift!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Steven Bullmer

    I read this version of the Bible in conjunction with my reading, studying, and applying the teachings of the Book of Proverbs. I prefer the TNIV to the traditional NIV because they have updated the language (intentionally made it inclusive and more reflective of late 20th century speech patterns). As a result it is easier to read and understand than the more academic and sometimes wooded translation of the NRSV; but because the commentary I was using was based on the NRSV, there were some intere I read this version of the Bible in conjunction with my reading, studying, and applying the teachings of the Book of Proverbs. I prefer the TNIV to the traditional NIV because they have updated the language (intentionally made it inclusive and more reflective of late 20th century speech patterns). As a result it is easier to read and understand than the more academic and sometimes wooded translation of the NRSV; but because the commentary I was using was based on the NRSV, there were some interesting variations on translations of some proverbs that altered significantly the meaning of the proverb being studied. The experience was more enriching than problematic, so if one has the time I would recommend reading Proverbs in two or more translations and ponder the richness of the meaning of these pearls of wisdom.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Phileo Truth

    The gender-sensitive rendering of the language merely demonstrates how far the church will go to accommodate a world that rejects it. It is unfortunate that such contemporary sensitivities have convinced a publisher to modify the language. Having to carve out a reference to the female gender wherever the masculine word (such as "mankind" or "brethren") was understood in generations past to include the female gender among the collective, is just plain touchy. Trying to equalize the culture's sens The gender-sensitive rendering of the language merely demonstrates how far the church will go to accommodate a world that rejects it. It is unfortunate that such contemporary sensitivities have convinced a publisher to modify the language. Having to carve out a reference to the female gender wherever the masculine word (such as "mankind" or "brethren") was understood in generations past to include the female gender among the collective, is just plain touchy. Trying to equalize the culture's sensitivity about the genders by revising the language is simply a compromise that the church should have avoided.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Keybo Taheri

    This is basically the New Testament of the Bible in The New International Version. It is fairly large print, like it is written for old people. The Manga itself is fairly short and feels like it should have been a book within itself. I really liked the artwork and the portrayal of Jesus. It is not necessarily portrayed in the merry way many would like the bible to be portrayed. It can be quite dark, however it still is very scripturally accurate so it is open to the artists interpretation. When This is basically the New Testament of the Bible in The New International Version. It is fairly large print, like it is written for old people. The Manga itself is fairly short and feels like it should have been a book within itself. I really liked the artwork and the portrayal of Jesus. It is not necessarily portrayed in the merry way many would like the bible to be portrayed. It can be quite dark, however it still is very scripturally accurate so it is open to the artists interpretation. When Jesus goes into the temple to kick out the money changers he literally kicks ass manga style. Worth a read for any comic book enthusiast or Christian looking for a more visual feel to the bible.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    I've read through the Bible several times, but never in one year. I used the Book-at-a-Time Bible Reading Plan from Discipleship Journal (www.discipleshipjournal.com). The plan had me daily read about 3 chapters from one book in the Bible and then a chapter of a Psalm or Proverb. It allowed one day for reflection which was nice to take a break or get caught up. I found the pace easy to keep up with and was glad I did it. I've read through the Bible several times, but never in one year. I used the Book-at-a-Time Bible Reading Plan from Discipleship Journal (www.discipleshipjournal.com). The plan had me daily read about 3 chapters from one book in the Bible and then a chapter of a Psalm or Proverb. It allowed one day for reflection which was nice to take a break or get caught up. I found the pace easy to keep up with and was glad I did it.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

    Don't get me wrong, I love the Bible. I chose to read through this translation over the past six months since my parents bought it for me on Christmas 2005. The text is highly readable and flows well, but I don't like some of the gender neutrality where it actually matters (and I'm not talking about the dear brothers and sisters passages). Other than that, I prefer a more word for word translation like the ESV. But overall, I liked this and it was very beneficial to read. Don't get me wrong, I love the Bible. I chose to read through this translation over the past six months since my parents bought it for me on Christmas 2005. The text is highly readable and flows well, but I don't like some of the gender neutrality where it actually matters (and I'm not talking about the dear brothers and sisters passages). Other than that, I prefer a more word for word translation like the ESV. But overall, I liked this and it was very beneficial to read.

  30. 4 out of 5

    LaRhonda

    My last non-stop roadtrip WI-IL-IN-OH-KY-WV-NC-VA-DC-MD-PA-OH-IN-IL-WI this has been my healing and passenger. I love having it on my iPod. If you are thinking about it and you want the Bible in an informative yet storytelling format this is Great! It will even keep your children's attention. This is 19 CDs and 1 DVD (of the making). My last non-stop roadtrip WI-IL-IN-OH-KY-WV-NC-VA-DC-MD-PA-OH-IN-IL-WI this has been my healing and passenger. I love having it on my iPod. If you are thinking about it and you want the Bible in an informative yet storytelling format this is Great! It will even keep your children's attention. This is 19 CDs and 1 DVD (of the making).

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