At first blush, it seems unclear why we need yet another Bible + [fill in the blank advice, features, topics]. How many Bibles does an average Christian need on their shelf? Apparently, Zondervan and other Bible publishers feels that there is no limit because there seems to be no limit to the Bible + topic craze.
NIV Life Journey Bible
Find the Answers for Your Whole Life
by Henry Cloud, John Townsend
The good? Printing Bibles is never a bad thing and if someone who may be going through or has gone through tough psychological issues picks this up and reads it then it was worth it. It is a hard bound, large size Bible with the current version of the NIV, which is also a plus. Also, the inserted info from the writings of Cloud and Townsend is solid advice and fits well into the test.
The problem? This is merely a Bible with clippings from Boundaries and other Cloud and Townsend inserted into it and if someone already has a Bible I’m really sure what they from buying this as opposed to simply adding Boundaries to their library. I’m also not a fan of the subtitle, which implies that the Bible itself can’t provide answers for your whole life.
The bottom line is this: if you need a Bible or you prefer not to read the full Cloud and Townsend library (or don’t want to buy the books separately) or you prefer to have your commentary inserted in to the Bible then this is a good Bible. If you are worried about the trend of Bible + topic and (like me) are starting to wonder if these Bible options have saturated the market, causing more confusion then maybe you ought to pass.
Finally, I want to be clear that my criticism about the commentary added to this version of the Bible should not be construed to mean that I have an issue with or believe that the commentary is not valuable, only that I wonder at the reason for the current glut of Bible + topic and found this version to be acceptable but not necessary in my opinion.
A note about this version of the NIV: This NIV features the most current version of the NIV (2010), which is based on rock solid textual criticism and exegesis from the perpetual Committee on Bible Translation that brought us the original 1978 and 1984 NIVs that so many in the English speaking world trust and also 2005’s TNIV. Some may complain about the pronoun changes in this version compared to the older version but it is important to point out that all versions have pronoun (and other) determinations made by the translators. Each time the decision is made based on the common language and culture of the reader and the fact is that in 1978 “a man” would commonly be understood to be “a person” while in 2012 that is simply not the case. A “man” in today’s language is a “male” and a “person” could be either. All that to say that this version of the NIV is an extremely trustworthy translation into today’s English vernacular.
Scott Asher is the Editor-in-Chief of BookGateway.com. His personal blog is AshertopiA – a land flowing with milk and honey… and a lot of sticky people where he turns real life into stupid cartoons, writes on Christianity, Zombies, and whatever else he wants and posts Bible studies from his classes at church.
This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.