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Thursday, April 26, 2012

The Voice New Testament Review & Giveaway

The Voice New Testament published by Thomas Nelson
Step into the Story of Scripture.

From Thomas Nelson Publishing:
Let the Voice reach you. touch you. change you. move you. teach you. surprise you. heal you. inspire you. humble you. transform you.

The Bible is alive like no other book, and The Voice draws you in like no other Bible. Scholars, poets, musicians, and storytellers have come together to create this singularly unique translation that transports you into the Bible's narrative. Don't just read the Word, step into the story.

Visit HearTheVoice.com today for free downloads, translation comparisons, resources, and more.

The Voice™ Bible translation is a faithful dynamic translation of the Scriptures done as a collage of compelling narratives, poetry, song, truth, and wisdom. The Voice calls the reader to step into the whole story of Scripture and experience the joy and wonder of God’s revelation. Created for and by a church in great transition, The Voice uniquely represents collaboration among scholars, pastors, writers, musicians, poets, and other artists, giving great attention to the beauty of the narrative. The heart of The Voice is retelling the story of the Bible in a form as fluid as modern literary works yet remaining painstakingly true to the original manuscripts. This translation promotes the public reading of longer sections of Scripture—followed by thoughtful engagement with the biblical narrative in its richness and fullness and dramatic flow.

This is an updated and revised version of the New Testament edition, now at an even more affordable price.

Features include:
• Italicized information added to help contemporary readers understand what the original readers would have known intuitively

• In-text commentary notes include cultural, historical, theological, or devotional thoughts

• Screenplay format, ideal for public readings and group studies

• Book introductions

My Thoughts:

Though I would never replace my traditional NIV Bible with this, I am really enjoying The Voice's easy to follow format. I think this would be especially useful to both new and old Christians alike. The screenplay format and translation makes it more intriging to read and easier to follow. It indeed brings the New Testament to life much like reading the lines of a play would.

The screenplay format is used to identify dialogue and to avoid the endless repetition of conjunctions, articles, and certain verbs.

The beginning of each chapter is short introduction into what you are about to read and from whom's viewpoint, i.e. Matthew, Mark, Luke, etc. I found that to be really helpful. Who could just pick up a book of any kind and understand it without first knowing something about the view of the narrarator?

I also love the reading options listed in the beginning. As The Voice explains, there are four ways to step into the story. As they explained and you and I know, we have become accustomed to reading a few verses of Scripture at the time. Because we seldom read entire books or even complete passages, we tend not to get the full benefit of the fullness of a passage.

I know this is something that I've been thinking about for a long time. I know that as much as I love my Bible, I can't begin to grasp the magnitude of It's words and messages. I love that they have laid out a plan to read the New Testament in 24 weeks, that I can follow. Now I can follow the books of the Bible, without skipping around all willy-nilly.

They also list:
"Readings To Celebrate Advent" from November 27th through Christmas Eve.

"Readings for Lent and Easter" from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday.

"Daily Readings for Personal Growth, 40 Days with God.

My Overall Opinion:
I think this is a great to have in addition to my NIV Bible. It gives me an exciting new way to veiw and understand the Bible. I think I will gain a new insight into many of the verse's I've read for years.

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Have a blessed day Friends.

Disclosure: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


  1. Hey Tracy, I have looked the Voice over online. I too think it would be a great addition to my NIV. I like to look at other versions when I am doing Bible Study just to help at times put things in prospective. But love my NIV and my NKJ, Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  2. Hi Tracy! You made my morning, what a great addition to my daily quiet time. I am definately looking in to getting it, but will wait to see if I win it here first. Thanks again, hugs!


    PS-I am a follower of both you and Christ!

  3. EU SOU SEGUIDORA,e gostaria muito de ter esta preciosidade.Muito obrigada e fique com DEUS.tiacarminhapezzuto@gmail.com

  4. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  7. Hi Tracy,

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  8. Hi Tracy, I am a follower here :)

  9. Hi Tracy!!!

    This sounds/looks like a great compliment to my Bible study.

  10. Tracy - following you on Facebook...and again this looks like a great addition to my study time :)


  11. Sister girl, you know I am already your follower! Sounds like a cult unh? Ha! Hugs and blessings, Cindy