Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Book Review: NIV Life Journey Bible by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend

When I review Bibles, I review them a little differently than I do other books.  I try to evaluate them in ways that most readers are concerned about...usability, supplemental biblical information, and other inclusions that are meant to help the reader personalize the information.

Cloud and Townsend's new bible is titled Life Journey Bible:  Find the Answers for Your Whole Life.  Having used the Celebrate Recovery Bible put out by Rick Warren and Saddleback Church, I feel like this Bible is similar in tone, but for people interested in personal growth instead of just recovery.  It doesn't have the structured "step" process that the Celebrate Recovery Bible does, nor the devotional organization, but the focus is definitely on applying God's truths to your life in a way to help you overcome problems you are encountering.

Cloud and Townsend have written many books both together and individually, but they are best known for the Boundaries series of books.  Much of what is in this Bible as far as the articles and supplemental information focus on these ideas.  I feel slightly jaded when it comes to these articles because much of the information contained in them are repeated ad nauseum in their books.  However, the information is life changing and I'm constantly shocked by how many people read their books and say how much these realizations have changed their lives.  So, granted, what seems like just another repeat to me who has read many of their books, the information in here is can be revolutionary to another.

As far as usability, this is a large Bible, but it is hard back and the pages are thicker than in many of the smaller Bibles.  The print is smaller, but by no means hard to read and the color scheme of two toned blue in addition to the black type on white is comfortable and calming to read.  This is definitely not a Bible you would want to carry with you for evangelism, nor one you would want to use to preach from, but instead is one for personal quiet time and study.  There is a dust cover on this Bible, which I typically remove when they come on a Bible, but even if you remove it, the print on the hard cover is still attractive and contains the title.

Overall, I recommend this particular Bible for people who are looking for personal growth as they go through the Bible.  If a Bible study group was reading one of Cloud and Townsend's books, this would be a great Bible to have while studying their other books.

I was provided a copy of this book free of charge from Zondervan in return for my honest review.

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