The concept in the Compass Study Bible (Thomas Nelson), is one that originated from readers. Through a series of focus groups and research, a need was discovered and reiterated by consumers for a new type of Bible that helped them find answers but didn’t tell them what to do or how to live their lives.
Written in The Voice translation, Compass Study Bible aims to provide a non-threatening package of God’s Word that becomes a companion to the work-a-day person. Compass is meant to help readers become more in step with a biblical worldview by providing points of connection between issues of everyday living and the biblical narrative. ~ Publisher description
- In-text commentary 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
- Topical Guides to Scripture and notes
- In-text maps
For those not familiar with this translation, "The Voice is a dynamic equivalent translation that reads like a story with all of the truth and wisdom of God's Word. Through compelling narratives, poetry, and teaching it invites readers to enter into the whole story of God with their heart, soul, and mind. This bold new translation engages readers like no other Bible" (www.hearthevoice.com).
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Eternal, “plans for peace, not evil, to give you a future and hope—never forget that."
"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
The Compass Study Bible is written in an easy to follow style, much like a script of a play; the reader always knows who is speaking. The in-text commentary notes helps to clear up any confusion in the section helping the reader understand God's Word in their heart and the ability to apply it to their lives. The only concern I have is that, to the beginner Bible reader, the in-text commentaries may be mistaken as God's Word.
Overall, I enjoy the easy-to-follow text and additional information of the Compass Study Bible.
I received a complimentary copy of the Compass Study Bible for my honest review from Thomas Nelson Publisher and Shelton Interactive.