Friday, January 27, 2012
Book Review of NIV Once a Day Bible
For years I have had Tyndale's "One-Year Bible" on my shelf. Several times I have been led by this tool to read through the Bible in a year. Several other times I have stopped short. Zondervan's "Once a Day" Bible is the same, with a few minor variations.
The differences between the "One-year" and the "Once a Day" Bible will help guide you on which Bible is best for you. The "Once a Day" Bible orders its readings by days you have read the text, as opposed to ordering the readings by the calendar year. For many this will be helpful. You can start reading through the Bible at any time of the year, instead of feeling like in order to do the One-Year reading plan right you have to start on January 1.
Both Bibles give their readers and Old Testament and a New Testament reading each day. The Once a Day Bible gives its readers an excerpt from EITHER the Psalms or the Proverbs. The competitor we described earlier gives you an except from both each day. I think this is a matter of taste. I prefer the way this "Once a Day" Bible orders the wisdom texts.
Another uniqueness of the Once A Day Bible is the brief devotional thought that is added at the end of each days reading. I think this will be encouraging and helpful readers.
All in all this will be a helpful book in allowing Bible readers to make their way through the whole story of Scripture, and I would recommend it to anyone seeking to take on such a noble endeavor.