Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Compass: The Study Bible for Navigating Your Life by Ecclesia Bible Society

Compass is about helping you find the answers you’re looking for in the pages of the Scriptures and allowing that truth navigate your life. Packed with Bible-reading helps and using an energizing, new Bible translation, Compass is a Bible designed with you in mind.

Do you want to start reading and applying the Bible to your life, but aren’t quite sure where to start? Let Compass point you in the right direction.

Part of the Signature Series line of Thomas Nelson Bibles

Features include:

  • In-text 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 for every day of the year
  • Topical Guides to Scripture and notes
  • In-text maps
My Review:
When I first held my copy of Compass, I was impressed with the heft of it. It's a substantial book, weighing over 2½ pounds. Secondly, I noticed the impressive gray cover done in smooth, imitation leather. It's quite attractive.

This book is meant to be read and studied. At the beginning of each book, the theme is presented along with an introduction informing the reader of the identity of the writer, the history behind the writing, and a brief glimpse of what to expect. To further assist study, themes are expanded with delineated material separated in a different color section. Maps are placed right where the reader might need them as well as in the back of the book. Notes explaining customs are found throughout. Italic type placed in the text brings out the nuance of the original language. Things that might be missed are brought to light.

I like the way the text is laid out such that who is speaking is clear--much like a script of a play. It becomes easy to understand. Reading flows.

All in all, I like this new study Bible. I can see it as a valuable tool for scholars and for those who know little about the things of God. It removes the anxiety of Bible study.

Thank you to Andrea Sanchez at Shelton Interactive and Thomas Nelson for my copy.

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