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Word of Promise Audio New Testament

Listening to The Word of Promise Audio New Testament felt like I was hearing familiar passages again for the first time.  It made the Word alive to me in a way it never has been before.  The sound effects that were a part of this dramatic audio theater presentation added to the experience rather than being a distraction.  Following along in my Bible for a short time, I didn’t find anything changed or left out except for “Jesus said”.  But the actor, Jim Caviezel’s, now familiar voice made it clear who was speaking.  The lineup of gifted artists who also participated in this project included; Marisa Tomei, Michael York, Richard Dreyfuss, Stacy Keach, Louis Gossett Jr., and many others.  The production quality of this work leaves nothing to be desired.  The 20 disc set comes in a sturdy CD book that is easy to take along or store on the shelf amongst your books.

There are three generations of very real fans of this audio presentation of the New Testament in my family.  It is absolutely engaging.  My 11-year-old son likes it because, “It’s like having someone read it to you. It’s great for people who don’t like to read.  It’s cool.”  My mother-in-law said that it reminded her of what radio was like when she was a kid.  It’s wonderful to be able to fill the house or the car with God’s word.  I can’t recommend The Word of Promise Audio New Testament strongly enough.

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Book Review: The [Expanded] Bible – New Testament

The Expanded BibleThe Expanded Bible – New Testament is a fresh translation from the original Greek by Tremper Longman III (Ph.D., Yale), Mark L. Strauss (Ph.D., Aberdeen) and Daniel Taylor (Ph.D., Emory).  While recognizing the weaknesses inherent in any translation, they strive to maximize the reader’s understanding by giving pertinent detail in [brackets]. The authors have clearly outlined the various in-text notations and what they signify.

From The Expanded Bible Introduction:

One of the virtues of The Expanded Bible is that it represents the best of both approaches, offering idiomatic renderings to clearly convey the meaning of the text, and literal alternatives to show underlying structural features and allow the reader to assess the choices a more meaning-based translation has made.

It is clear that the goal is to give the reader enough pertinent background information to discern the true meaning of any passage.  While reminiscent of the Amplified Bible, it goes far beyond a series of synonyms to include other related passages, cultural notes, as well as insight into other possible meanings.

An excerpt from Acts 10:

14But Peter said, “·No [Absolutely not], Lord! I have never eaten food that is ·unholy [profane; common] or ·unclean [ritually defiled; Cthe OT food laws differentiated Israelites from Gentiles; Lev. 11; Ezek. 4:13–15].”

In this example, the bullet immediately preceding the brackets notes where to start any possible substitution.  The brackets signify the end point.  “C” at the beginning indicates cultural insight.  The related passages are listed as well.  There is a depth of knowledge included on every page.

The authors filled the pages of this Bible with the tools necessary for serious Bible study for anyone for the full range from novice to expert.  This will make a great addition to your Bible study arsenal and personal library.


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The Noticer by Andy Andrews

The Noticer

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Andy Andrews helps us find hope through his new book, The Noticer. This thought provoking read takes us through the lives a white-haired old man touched on one small section of the Gulf Coast. This is the story of Jones.  His patient lessons helped each one to find a new perspective, which in turn led to hope and then a life transformed.

“I am a noticer,” he said. “It is my gift. While others may be able to sing well or run fast, I notice things that other people overlook. And, you know, most of them are in plain sight.”

Andy himself was challenged by Jones to be more than the circumstances he found himself in; homeless, hungry and hopeless. Instead of a hand out, Jones taught him to see his situation in a whole new light.

“I notice things about situations and people that produce perspective. That’s what most folks lack – perspective – a broader view.”

Andy, like many others in his community, encountered Jones at a time that each one had reached the end of their rope.

“To be honest, I didn’t know what to make of all the stories about Jones appearing here and there or not being there when one turned around.  But there was a pattern, impossible to deny, of Jones being where something special was needed…”

I have been forever changed, challenged to be more by a new perspective brought about by spending time with Jones in the pages of this book. I would highly recommend everyone read The Noticer.

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