I really enjoy reading various versions of the Bible, so I was excited to review The Voice New Testament. I was a little bit familiar with the editor of this book, Chris Seay, who wrote A Place at the Table, which I recommended for Lent.
This Bible is a great resource to have. I really enjoyed the commentaries that went along with the Scriptures. I loved how each book of the Bible had an introduction that gave me some history along with it. I tend to be clueless about history and I enjoyed reading these intros a lot!
There are several features that are also pretty cool: words that are italicized are there to help modern day readers understand what the original writers probably meant by certain words, book introductions, various commentaries throughout.
While I love what I read from the New Testament kindle version of this book that I received, I guess I will have to admit that I am not one that enjoys reading my Bible on an electronic device. Ugh. I was a little disappointed in myself! ha!! I could read so many different versions if I could enjoy it this way, but I just don’t. I really like having a pen, highlighter, flipping the pages around and holding it in my hands. I guess I’m an old school Bible reader. 🙂 This doesn’t take away at all from the content of this book, but I just learned something about myself from this reading.
Overall, as I mentioned, I really love reading from various versions. I love my NIV and The Message Side-by-Side Bible. I love being able to see the passages side by side like that to compare and get meaning from. I also love using Bible Gateway for looking up 1 specific verse in another version. I loved this version and reading what some of my favorite NT passages looked like worded differently. I would just prefer to hold it in my hands if I were to purchase a new Bible.
I want to leave you with one of my favorite passages at the moment, taken from the Voice translation:
“Don’t run from tests and hardships, brothers and sisters. As difficult as they are, you will ultimately find joy in them; if you embrace them, your faith will blossom under pressure and teach you true patience as you endure. And true patience brought on by endurance will equip you to complete the long journey and cross the finish line – mature, complete, and wanting nothing.” James 1:2-4