Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The Wayfinding Bible

A new way to read the Bible. In fact, this could be three ways to read the Bible.

Tyndale has released The Wayfinding Bible. An NLT version that boasts three alternative ways to read through the stories. Check out the trailer here.

Flyover covers 54 segments that give a basic, "big story" chronological overview of events.
Direct covers 215 segments that shows how the entire Bible fits together.
Scenic covers 386 segments that goes through some well known and less known passages.

When I first opened this Bible, I tried the Flyover route. At the top of every page shows you the direction of each of the three routes. Each route has a corresponding icon to go with it: flyover has a jet, direct is a straight arrow, and scenic is a wavy arrow. These icons appear at the verse where you are to begin reading and at the end where you are to stop.

The confusing part was the fact that I had to repeatedly go back to where I started reading in order to find the next page I was to turn to. It would have been better if the "next reading" page would have been stated at the end.

Located throughout the readings are added bonuses to keep the readings fresh. "Getting Your Bearings" pulls you back from the story to give a summary. "Where in the World are We?" gives a geological location.

The Observation Points and Exploration Points give background context and connection to Jesus insights.

This version of the Bible is so much more than just a splashy three-way reading optioned book. There are introductions to each book of the Bible, Historical markers that give specific details of what happened to a location you just read about, Side Trips are short topic-based readings to highlight what you're reading.

These added features are compiled in an easy to find grouping at the back of the Bible.

This book was provided for review, at no cost, by Tyndale Publishing.

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