Thanks to Tyndale House (especially Christy Wong) for this review copy of the Holy Bible: Mosaic NLT.
First, this has a beautiful cover in hardback. The first section which is the Mosaic is on heavy cream colored paper and has full color artwork. The devotions/articles span the Christian year and are from various time periods from ancient church to modern. Devotions are organized in weekly segments and contain Scripture, Historical and Global Contributions, Meditations, and a place to write. AND there is artwork. Some of it is gorgeous. They’ve also included some poetry in the readings – along with some wonderful narratives and quotes building upon the Christian year.
I wish the Scripture font was just a tad bigger. I have to pull my glasses out to read it. That’s not a given on all materials yet. AND I was just a little disappointed that the text for the Bible itself was in two column with references down the middle. I was hoping it would be like the Chronological Bible and span the width of the page. I really like that layout.
You are sure to enjoy the readings that are organized in the front half of the Bible.
My thoughts on the NLT submitted to The Church of Jesus Christ for the blog tour kick off:
Why do I like the NLT? It’s readable without the hiccups of more literal translations. It feels like a story unfolding before you. Not being a Hebrew or Greek scholar, I can’t tell you how words and phrases line up across the pages. I can’t tell you how accurate every jot and tittle is. What I can tell you is that the plain text has made me do a double take many times. “I didn’t remember that!” or “that seems different somehow” leads me back to other versions like the NASB for comparison. Wording may be different, but intent has always been the same. AND I think the reason some verses stand out more is because they are written plainly and not in a stilted manner.
I don’t have a Mosaic, but I do have a Chronological NLT. If you don’t have one of these, they aren’t very expensive (they come in hardback and paperback), and I love having Scripture from the same period presented together instead of separated by books. Granted, it’s not a good Bible for Sunday morning pastor following because it may take you longer to find the verses used for reference, but it’s great for reading. Just reading. From beginning to end or any section in between.
AND a list of the blog tour stops can be found in this post.