As a blogger, I may be compensated in some way (either pay, product, or experience) for sharing the post below All opinions are my own. ~Heidi
So, I’ve shared many, many times here on my blog about how addicted to books we are here at the Strawser house. My kids and I love books. We have way too many (is that possible?) We give a ton of books away, but we keep getting more. It’s a bit of a sickness; but one I don’t really want to cure!
Anyway, we are also a bit addicted to Bibles. I have 2 Study Bibles (in 2 different versions – NIV and ESV), a smaller ESV with journaling areas on the sides that I take to church with me, several Bibles from my youth, and my 90-Day Bible. My kids each have several Bibles as well. I like using them to compare translations.
Recently, I was offered the chance to take a look at a new Bible from Thomas Nelson, called the Compass Bible.
Find the answers you’re looking for in the pages of Scripture and allow that truth to navigate your life.Packed with Bible-reading helps and using an energizing, new Bible translation, Compass is a Bible designed with you in mind. Do you want to start reading and applying the Bible to your life, but aren’t quite sure where to start? Let Compasspoint you in the right direction.
- In-text notes that include cultural, historical, theological, and devotional thoughts
- God’s Promises—Thomas Nelson’s bestselling guide to Scripture for your every need
- Book introductions
- Reading plans for every day of the year
- Topical Guides to Scripture and notes
- In-text maps
Heidi Says . . .
The Compass Bible is a Bible unlike any other you have ever seen. I have to admit that I was very skeptical of it at first. I’m not a fan of the paraphrase Bibles, like The Living Bible and The Message. I’ve always felt that if you want to read the Bible, you read the Bible, not a dumbed-down, simplified version of it. That being said, I wasn’t sure what to expect with the Compass and was anxious to see (and judge) it for myself.
Before I even looked at the main text, I read through the informational materials in the front. I wanted to understand the idea BEHIND this Bible. After reading it, I felt like I had a grasp on the “why” and the “how” of this Bible. It’s written in a screenplay format, which designates who is speaking. Actually, there are 4 different font styles used throughout. I thought it would be easier to show it, rather than try to explain it:
The picture above is a close-up of a 2-page section of the book of Luke. The delineated material at the top of the left page (in the gray area) expands on the themes found in the text. The standard type denotes the “dynamic translation that is the foundation these elements are built on.” Italics is used to indicate words not directly tied to the dynamic translation of the original language. And the screenplay format is used “to identify dialogue and to avoid the repetition of conjunctions, articles, and certain verbs.”
While I find this Bible’s format interesting, I am going to go against the publisher’s suggestion that this would be a good Bible for “newbies”. I disagree. I think a seeker might be bogged down by the formatting of this Bible, and trying to figure out what each section means. I honestly believe that there is no reason to “rewrite” the Bible. After all, God only revealed it to each of its authors once, right? Apparently, He felt that would be good enough for all people to read. (That being said, I’ve shared above that I love having various translations to compare and help in my research of certain things.) In other words, I find this Bible to be a neat resource; but I would not want it to be my only Bible. I think a new Christian or a seeker would be best suited with a simple Bible (maybe an ESV or NIV with no study notes). The simpler, the better.
Obviously, this is just my personal opinion – but that’s what blog reviews are, right? I feel that this Bible would make a great and fun gift for the Bible scholars in your life to add to their collections. I will enjoy picking mine up from time to time.