The Journey Bible~ Revealing God and How You Fit Into His Plan
“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”—Jeremiah 29:13
The NIV Journey Bible is uniquely designed to help readers discover the practical aspects of Christianity and better understand God. Patterned after the Willow Creek model of ministry and intended for those in the investigative stage of their spiritual journey, The Journey’s exploratory approach addresses key questions inquisitive readers may have about the Bible and its relevance today. Notes and insights are woven throughout the complete NIV Bible text, drawing readers into the message and pointing the way to a relationship with Jesus. Icons trace six seeker themes throughout Scripture: "Discovering God," "Addressing Questions,” “Strengthening Relationships," "Reasons to Believe," "Knowing Yourself," and "Managing Resources." Also included in The Journey are introductory articles that define key concepts involved in being a spiritually open person, book introductions, indexes, a dictionary/concordance, and a "Fire Alive" reading plan covering Genesis, Deuteronomy, John, Acts, and Romans.
The Journey can be used as an evangelism tool and makes a perfect gift for new believers and those looking for answers to life’s deepest questions. It is also a helpful guide for veteran Christians who want a refreshing perspective on the basics of their belief.
My take on this Bible:
The Journey Bible is exactly what is says it is. It's a journey thru the Bible for spiritual explorers, anyone seeking greater understanding of God's word. There are several features included in this Bible that makes it perfect for a first time Bible user, but more seasoned users will find plenty to like with this one as well. A different sort of study Bible with notes that fall into seven categories such as know yourself, managing resources, addressing questions , strengthening relationships, discovering God, why Jesus, and reasons to believe. Some very useful topical information is included at the beginning of this Bible that include a summary of the Bible, Jesus' famous one -liners, how to follow Jesus, and who is Jesus, just to name a few. I found these readings to be quite informative and refer back to them often. There is also a "five alive" reading plan that covers Genesis,Deuteronomy, John,Acts, and Romans, it's a one month reading plan allowing users to learn the essential teachings of the Bible. I found the information included in The Journey to be very useful, the only drawback that I had with this Bible is that everything is monochromatic and I prefer a splash of color to make study aids stand out. While I think this Bible would be a good gift for a new believer there are study aids that make it useful for anyone looking for answers. A complimentary copy of this Bible was provided for review.