I recently received a copy of THE WAY New Living Translation bible. Apparently, back in the ’70s there was a revolutionary and groovy bible released called The Way and they’ve decided to bring it back but with “new writing, new voices, new images, a new generation”.
The Way bible is for 16-30-year-olds and is full of modern, beautiful black and white photographs, detailed book introductions with QR codes (that you can scan with your smartphones for even more information), as well as many stories shared by real people with real questions that many young adults will be able to relate to.
Personally, I love this bible. I love the minimalist layout, the fonts, the images, and even the little excerpts and stories written by other young adults. I tried to look at this bible through the eyes of my former self: me before I became a Christian, me searching for God and wanting so desperately for Christianity to not be as lame and cheesy as I always thought it was. I could definitely see my former self (and current, actually) latching on to The Way and taking this whole bible thing a little more seriously, in a more real way. The time between ages 16-30 are so critical in a person’s life and I would definitely recommend this bible to any teens or young adults. This is going to be a favourite, go-to bible of mine for some time to come.
I requested a copy of the Bride’s bible, honestly, because I liked the lacy looking cover. I actually wasn’t sure at the time if the bible was for an actual bride in a wedding or a bride as in the bride of Christ. I was hoping the latter, but when I received it, I quickly learned that, yes, it is a special bible for a woman’s wedding day.
This bible comes with several pages at the beginning for the bride to document details about her wedding day including a presentation page, all books of the bible, words of Jesus in red, and several maps at the back of the bible.
First, I’ll share what I like about this bible. Obviously, as stated, I like the cover. The image shown here is actually much darker, the actual bible is much lighter in colour, and quite elegant and beautiful. It is an ultraslim bible, so it is pretty compact and thin, and the imitation leather is smooth to the touch. And of course, hello, it’s the word of God, so what’s not to like about that?
However, I just don’t get the point of a Bride’s bible other than some kind of marketing gimmick to make a little money. There are several pages at the beginning of the bible that are for recording details about the wedding day, including pictures, wedding party names, etc. Maybe I’m alone in this, but I just don’t understand why this would be in your bible instead of a wedding book. Personally, I wouldn’t like this. If I were going to buy a specialized bible for a bride-to-be, I’d likely want to get them something that has devotionals or encouragement for their first year of marriage or something similar to that. There is nothing like that in this bible, just straight up word of God, which is fine if it’s just your regular bible but if this is going to be a Bride’s bible, I would expect there to be a bit more. I also would have chosen a more modern translation for today’s bride. This bible is the King James Version, and honestly, in my 9 years of being a follower of Christ, I have only met one Christian who read the KJV.
So anyway, while I love the look and feel of this bible, I was hoping for more. Because it’s KJV I don’t even know how much time I will spend in it myself, let alone whether I want to gift it to any of my soon-to-be-married friends.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received The Bride’s Bible free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Advanced Reader’s Copy of The Way Bible has been provided courtesy of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.