Monday, January 13, 2014

Wayfinding Bible - A Review

I received this bible to write a review on.  You are probably thinking... Uh who reviews a BIBLE? It's a bible, same old testament and the same new testament.  Jesus is coming back, what is there to review?  If you were thinking that, I would say ordinarily you would be right BUT in THIS instance YOU ARE WRONG!
This is NOT just any old ordinary bible!  But before I continue let me give you the logistics and the legalities...
Title – Wayfinding Bible
Publisher – Tyndale House Publishers
Date of publication – October 2013
Number of pages – 1520

*Tyndale House Publishers have provided me with an advanced, complimentary copy of "Wayfinding Bible" to read in order to write my review.*

Okay, so let's get into it.  Pros and Cons!
The Pros...
The first major pro is that this book has great color and visuals!  If you ever had a bible that was all tiny little letters and pages and pages of nothing but black and white text than you may be able to appreciate the colors in this bible.  The maps are in nice color and there are even a few charts that are in colors.  If you are old enough to remember Black and White televisions, then you remember the excitement when color televisions burst onto the scene! Well it is kind of like that!
The Wayfinding Bible has Book introductions giving you a quick break down of the point of each book and things happening in and around the time of the book.
You will also get historical markers that highlight certain events and locations.
The most notable thing about this bible which separates it from other bibles is the very unique way it takes you through the bible.  What does that mean you may ask?  Well I'm glad you asked! The Wayfinding bible offers you three "routes" through the bible.
1- The Flyover Route gives you the big picture and how it all fits together.
2 - The Direct Route gives you the in-depth understanding of events and happenings of the bible.
3 - The Scenic Route gives you the connecting pieces, the outer lying things that most do not focus on.

You choose your route and then follow the markers like a railroad or bus map! Hence the name "WAYFINDING", the markers and the route help you navigate and find your way through the bible! I generally do reviews and the review items I end up giving away as gifts, HOWEVER this Wayfinding bible is an absolute keeper!!  Starting the new year with a new and dynamic bible is an awesome plan! (Sorry but I'm keeping this one!).  I have not settled on a route yet. I have jumped around to all three wayfinding routes just to see how things connect. I am very pleased and surprised with this bible!

The wayfinding format is great to help you navigate the bible.  It is actually a good resource for all ages. Beginners will get a guide through the bible and advanced bible readers will get a good study resource to help focus their studies.  I think the best feature of this bible is the book introductions and the photos. The visuals help you see in your mind what you are reading about. There is a picture of the sun setting on the sea of Galilee (Lovely picture!).

I don't have much in the way of cons. The Wayfinding Bible is in the New Living Translation.  This is NOT my preferred translation. So for me that is the first con of this review. (Maybe they will publish other translations later...).  I have the paperback version so with use the covers stay bent when the bible is closed. This is not a major issue, just a small irritant for me and my semi-OCD issues!  I don't really have any other cons!
For more information on the Wayfinding Bible go HERE!
On a scale of 1-10, I give the Wayfinding Bible a solid 9!

 Wayfinding Bible


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