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The Voice Devotional Bible by Thomas Nelson Publishers is a valuable resource for those who want to explore in conversation the Story of God.
The Voice was created for a Post Modern Reader who desired a bible that addressed: "emotions, cognitive processes (what were they thinking), tactile experiences and spiritual awareness". The book unlike other bibles created to meet Post Modern needs did not lose the text in translation.
The Voice Conversation bible encourages the flow of the text. The Voice does not bog the Gospel down by adding copious notes and supplemental information to the text. Other bibles distract me with their beautiful side notes. The use of Italics to inform the reader while staying within the textual block is very helpful, because ones eye does not have to look elsewhere to gain understanding. Often I am left confused and wandering in isolation, stuttering out loud,
"Where the heck am I?"
But the flow keeps me engaged.
The notes in the Voice give just enough info to keep the reader afloat. The voice also does not give headings to the Chapter Breaks; (E.g. Titus 2: What must be taught to Various Groups). A reader may be hindered by a lack of headings because it slows down their ability to find where it says in scripture, Jesus Feeds the Multitude. But the lack of clear chapter breaks helps encourage comprehension of the whole book, for instance in Titus I wanted to read the whole letter and not read the one letter on three different occasions.
The quality of the book is not bad for a trade paperback, but it will not remain intact after a stampede of Thundering Buffaloes.
This book serves its purpose well in helping the reader stay engaged in conversations with others. The book also does a great job with dialogue by providing a screenplay format. The editors did a good job of restating archaic words in modern language without losing the translation or making the reader feel stupid. While I am not ready to rely solely on this bible for my entire bible Conversations (it lacks a concordance, an index, or maps that add to understanding), I will be using this bible when I am engaged in discussions about God's Story with others.
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