Monday, February 22, 2010

the Word of Promise New Testament Audio Bible NKJV

I am so happy to share with you all a fabulous audio Bible that I was able to review through one of the company’s that I partner with for product reviews; Thomas Nelson Publishers.
For my short review please click here. (link to be added soon)

Several weeks ago I received the Word of Promise New Testament NKJV Audio Bible and I could not wait to open it up and listen to it. When I was in my first year of college and my first year of meeting and receiving the Lord as my savior, I listened to a friend of mines audio Bible in the car on the way to school (an approx. 1hr drive daily) and was in the best spiritual health of my life. It was such an amazing way to start my day. So now, that in my hands I was holding my very own copy of God’s word on CD, I was giddy! I popped it into my DVD player (it is not a movie just a CD but this is how I listen to CD’s since we are lacking a stereo) and began listening. Not only did I get immediately drawn in but so did my kiddos. They immediately wanted to know what it was but as soon as that question was answered they all sat there for at least 20 minutes listening with their jaws dropped. It was a true radio theater experience. Not a dry reading but an engaging story with a narrator and then a background play that draws you in.

Overall I very much enjoyed the Word of Promise New Testament Audio Bible. I enjoy the way that my children wanted to hear it. I love that I am experiencing and hearing the Bible as if it is a surround sound experience. I do not have surround sound but compared to reading my Bible quietly or to the children the audio CD’s bring it to life as if it is all around you not only in you. I also enjoy that it is a New King James Version. This is not the typical translation for me. I usually use the New Living, the American Standard, and occasionally the NIV. However, I love learning from all the versions as well as comparing all the versions. I LOVE Bible study and look forward to hearing different translations, in fact I have a strong desire to learn Hebrew for this reason! When I first received this Bible I actually thought, and am embarrassed to admit; “oh great, the NKJV” because to me it makes the word seem stiff and un-natural to me, like the language of yesteryear trying to reach a child taught a new English language. However, the radio theater style makes the language more natural and easier to understand even for my kiddos.
While the Word of Promise New Testament Audio Bible is full of a ‘star-studded’ cast of characters I felt that the acting and emotion in voice was lacking at times and this is my biggest complaint about it. The voice of the Narrator was amazing as are most of the other voices. However, the voice of Jesus was so dry and emotionless. I am sure that some people may even see Jesus as a straight speaking man that is always cool and calm. I assure you that at one point in my faith journey I saw Him as such. However, as I have grown in my faith I have seen Him in a different light. For instance, when Jesus overturns the tables in the synagogue in John, I use to think he was simply making a point void of emotion. But how could he? He was human and son of God. Loving His father he was appalled at what the merchants were doing in His Father’s house. It would have been like us seeing someone spray painting the inside of a church with horrible language. Would we be able to react to them without any change in tone or feeling of voice? No! While we would (hopefully) not be screaming we would be strong in tone. Jesus is sharing the Word, the Word that He was sent to give. He dies for us and is here to teach the most valuable lessons ever. Think about it, would he be able to be monotone? Probably not! Track 8 on the John CD brings a bit more emotion to Jesus and his word but then it instantly goes back to the meek and mild tone when we get to track 9. At times it is so unnatural sounding to me that it is hard to tell that the voice is suppose to be Jesus talking.
While I would recommend this Bible to others for the radio-theater aspect and the delightful way it draws you in to hearing and experiencing God’s word in a different way; I am still on the lookout for an audio Bible that brings the radio theater experience with a more natural emotion filled portrayal especially from the voice of Jesus. Had I not received this from Thomas Nelson Publishers I would have been tempted to request a refund to try a different radio-theater audio Bible. However, because it is the NKJV and because the annoyance from the actor portraying Jesus is not present in the entire New Testament, this product was completely worthwhile; So much that I would love to have this version in the Old Testament too!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their 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.”

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