Polycarp is having 2 giveaways!

Just so far even!

First one:

The first one is the latest book by Dr. Joel M. Hoffman,And God Said, How Translations Conceal The Bible’s Original MeaningIt will be autographed.

Second one:

The second giveaway this month is a very nice edition of the NLT Life Application Study Bible. I have one myself, and enjoy it.

Looks like there will be more, so keep checking to see what he’s up to!

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Mosaic Holy Bible – Review

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.

NLT Mosaic giveaway

NOT entering myself as I was lucky enough to get one for review (and won another one from Joel that I’m planning on using as a gift), but I do want to spread the good news about another NLT giveaway from one of my favorite bloggers, Nick Norelli.

Here is the giveaway scoop straight from Nick:

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Like all of the other participants in the Holy Bible: Mosaic Blog Tour I have a gift certificate to give away that can be redeemed for a hardcover copy of the Holy Bible: Mosaic at your local bookstore.  The rules of my contest are simple:

  1. In the comments to this post tell me in 50 words or less why you’d like to have a copy of the Holy Bible: Mosaic.
  2. Link to this post on your blog, or, if you don’t have a blog then promise to tell someone about the contest.

That’s it.  You have until 11:59 PM (EST) on October 8, 2009 to enter and I will announce the winner on October 9, 2009 (my scheduled date for the blog tour).  I’ll then contact the winner via email and obtain their mailing information.  And I will be accepting international entries.

Mosaic NLT Bloggers on the tour

From Polycarp. The emphasized ones are the ones I would have read anyway. It will be interesting to see what they are all saying.

Please make sure to visit these bloggers:

Holy Bible: Mosaic Blog Tour Schedule

September

22 – http://thechurchofjesuschrist.us

23 – http://www.deepbiblestudy.net/

24 – http://www.thislamp.com

25 – http://www.prsteps.blogspot.com

28 – http://www.chosenforgrace.com

29 – http://fccmaryville.com/FCC_Library.html

30 – http://jaredtotten.blogspot.com

October

1 – http://www.lawrencewilson.com/

2 – http://takingthoughtscaptive.wordpress.com

5 – http://www.katagraphais.com

6 – http://paradoxum.squarespace.com

7 – http://cntyourblessins.wordpress.com

8 – http://www.prsrant.com

9 – http://rdtwot.wordpress.com

12 – http://frugalplus.com/

13 – http://rickstilwell.wordpress.com

14 – http://www.internetmonk.com/

15 – http://www.mybookaddictionandmore.wordpress.com

16 – http://timothyarcher.com/kitchen

19 – http://kennedyandzach.blogspot.com/

20 – http://cherryblossommj.blogspot.com

21 – http://bookfoolery.blogspot.com/

22 – http://newleaven.com/

23 – http://beautyofthebible.com

26 – http://writingcanvas.wordpress.com

27 – http://www.theiemommy.com

28 – http://jeannesgifts.blogspot.com

29 – http://csahm.com

30 – http://englewoodreview.org/

November

2 – http://eisdoxan.wordpress.com

3 – http://newepistles.com/

4 – http://heidirafferty.blogspot.com/

5 – http://joshkidney.blogspot.com

6- http://jimkane.wordpress.com

9 – http://mochawithlinda.blogspot.com

10 – www.FaithBarista.com

11 – http://bradboydston.blogspot.com/

12 – http://davidladuke.wordpress.com/

13 – http://praxishabitus.blogspot.com

16 – http://blogmywaynow.blogspot.com/

17 – http://www.innerstrife.com

18 – http://haackreviewsbooks.blogspot.com

19 – http://www.vincetornero.com/

20 – http://www.beyondsilverandgold.blogspot.com

23 – http://myattkids.blogspot.com

24 – http://www.lovingheartdesigns.com/

25 – http://lullabeat.blogspot.com

26 – THANKSGIVING

27 – http://www.postrestorationist.blogspot.com

30 – http://kristieberglund.blogspot.com

Mosaic NLT

Well, I didn’t get in on this blog tour. By the time I responded to the email, all the spots were gone, but several of my brother bloggers (I’m sure there are sisters out there but I haven’t seen any of them yet) did get in on it.

Jason is one.

Joel is another. Joel is actually asking for content contributions, so if you’d like to see what it’s like to be part of a blog tour without taking the plunge, this might be a good intro for you!

Found another one: Peter at Beauty of the Bible

Adding Nick to the list.