Sunday, November 3, 2013

Compass The Study Bible For Navigating Your Life~ from Thomas Nelson

  • Hardcover: 1664 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson 
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401680305
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401680305

Compass is about helping you find the answers you’re looking for in the pages of the Scriptures and allowing that truth navigate your life. Packed with Bible-reading helps and using an energizing, new Bible translation, Compass is a Bible designed with you in mind. Do you want to start reading and applying the Bible to your life, but aren’t quite sure where to start? Let Compass point you in the right direction.
Features include: 
  • In-text notes that include cultural, historical, theological, and devotional thoughts
  • God’s Promises®—Thomas Nelson’s bestselling guide to Scripture for your every need
  • Book introductions
  • Reading plans for every day of the year
  • Topical Guides to Scripture and notes
  • In-text maps
My take on the this Bible:
The Compass Study Bible is truly an easy Bible to read and use. Different on more than a few levels, the first thing that got me excited was that it was written using the Voice translation, which really allows the characters to really jump from the pages of the Bible. The book that I focused on was the book of Ruth, which happens to be my favorite book in the Bible. The way the Compass is written, which is really like a screenplay, really made me feel as if I had stepped into the life of Ruth and Naomi.  Another unique feature is the fact that I found the study notes peppered thru the scripture instead of at the bottom of each page like most study Bible's I use.

Here is an example of what I am talking about:
You can see from this example that you find the study note at the top of the page. Also you can see how the Bible is written.

There are several features included in this Bible and the first thing you will find when you open the cover is a table of contents. I do miss that there isn't a page for presentation, because I always like to use them whenever I gift a Bible. The features that I found most useful were The Road Map to God's Promises, and is just what it says, it steers the user to the many promises from God. There is a break between the Old and New Testaments where I found "The New Covenant" and "The Titles of Jesus" two interesting articles that were quite informative.  There is also a topical guide to the notes as well as to the Scriptures.There is also a 365 Day reading Guide as well as a guide that will allow you to take a 40-Day retreat with Jesus. Overall I found the Compass to be a different kind of study Bible, one that really brings the scripture to life for me. The way the study notes are presented allows this Bible to flow smoothly for me. I do think this Bible would make a wonderful gift especially if you know someone that might be struggling as they try and understand a traditionally written Bible!

A complimentary copy of this Bible was provided for review.

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