Friday, November 22, 2013

The Wayfinding Bible

New Living Translation

A Review

The Wayfinding Bible might be looked at as a shortcut for reading through the whole Bible or as a structured set of readings to move believers through the key passages of Scripture allowing the reader a grounding in scriptures that they might not otherwise have.

The Bible provides three avenues for reading the major themes of the scriptures.  As explained in the introduction:

  • The “Flyover Route” provides 54 readings that  give a chronological overview of the events of the Bible.
  • The “Direct Route” provides 215 readings that allow the reader to gain a “full perspective” of the entire Bible and how it fits together.
  • The “Scenic Route” provides 386 readings through both well-known and not-so-well-known passages.

Along with the three scripture reading paths, the book provides a number of other helps.  An index is provided to all three paths - giving a title for the event described, the relevant passage from the Bible, and the page on which each milestone is located.  Along with the three reading plans, there are a number of side trips (e.g.  The Afterlife, Angels, Don’t Be Afraid, etc.).  These side trips are followed by a suggested plan to read through the Bible chronologically.  The Wayfinding Bible also provide a number of brief dictionary entries in context - another index in the back of the Bible provides a guide to finding these, if necessary.  Other helps include a list of Old Testament “Prophecies of the Messiah”, a list of Old Testament quotations found in the New Testament, and a mini-topical index (“Points of Interest”).  The final pages of the Bible are the traditional Bible maps covering both the Old Testament and the New Testament.

The Wayfinding Bible is a nice mixture of a devotional Bible and a study Bible.  Depending on the readers interest and readiness, it could serve either purpose.  The devotionals are at times, scholarly, theological, and devotional.  The Bible student will find their journey through scripture helped at several levels as they move through this new edition of the New Living Translation.
This review is based on a free copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review.  I also purchased a copy prior to receiving my free copy.  The opinions expressed are mine alone.  

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