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“The Voice” New Testament – Book Review

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(Book Cover "The Voice")


When I became aware that I would have an opportunity to review the revised and updated translation of “The Voice” New Testament, I was excited because I was hoping to find an interesting, easy to read and understand translation for my own teen and pre-teen daughters.  And I wasn’t disappointed with The Voice!  I am very impressed with this unique and easy to read translation.

As with many study bibles, “The Voice”  is a collaboration by a large group of contributors and it flows very nicely.   Their invitation is to “Step Into the Story of Scripture” and contributors include scholars, pastors, musicians, artists, writers and poets.


This Bible also contains 4 different reading programs, one for Advent, one for Easter, one to read the New Testament in 24 weeks, and a daily reading for personal growth.   Also helpful is the format of this translation, which is laid out like a drama with each speaker identified by name just prior to their section of verses.  This is especially helpful when reading the Gospels when there are various people speaking in group conversation.

Commentary and notes are clearly delineated within the verses so there is no confusion as to what is the scripture portion and what is the commentary.  There are helpful explanations of Old Testament references, people groups and customs of the day.  What I like about this is that you don’t have to stop reading in order to refer to the margin or notes below.  This format keeps you reading in a good flow and it comes in a nice size print for easy reading.

The authors were very careful in their choice of words taking into consideration the context in which they were being used.  They were also specific in how they referred to Jesus in his various roles as God’s Anointed, The Anointed One and Liberating King.

This innovative approach hits a home run when it comes to translating the New Testament into an interesting, easy to read and understand Bible.  This translation would not be useful as an in-depth study bible, but that was not the authors’ goal.  So, if you’re looking for a refreshing new style to read and enjoy with your morning coffee, you will be very impressed with this revised and updated edition of “The Voice”  by Thomas Nelson.

By way of disclosure: I received a free review copy of “The Voice”  New Testament from Thomas Nelson in exchange for writing a review—good, bad, or otherwise.

© 2011 Bridget Haymond

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2 Responses to “The Voice” New Testament – Book Review
  1. Lyn Smith
    October 31, 2011 | 4:14 pm

    Interesting! How does it compare to The Message?

    • Bridget Haymond
      October 31, 2011 | 11:19 pm

      I really like The Message and I think the main difference is that The Voice gives you a sense of the tone, or mood of the speaker in order to make it come alive. My 14-year old daughter really likes it because she can clearly tell who’s speaking when she reads it. I refer to it as a study bible because of the notes and commentary provided, unlike other bibles that are simply designed for reading scripture alone