I’ll tell you how I came across this book later, but I can’t wait to tell you how much I love this book as a “whole package.”
The first thing I noticed when I got this book was how good it felt and looked. The cover is matte and the book feels solid in my hands. The pages are thick and and each page has a parchment-type background with some nice shading. Nothing to do with content, I know, but I always enjoy a book that feels good. And, to be perfectly honest with you, I like it when books smell good too. (I know you’re wondering: yes, The Voice of Psalms smells very nice, clean, sweet smell.)
Okay, aesthetics aside, I loved this book. It is the book of Psalms from the Bible, but in language that we can really understand. The people who created this version took the idioms and images of the authors’ times and translated them to ones that we relate to, and they altered the language in that manner as well.
It is powerful.
I’ve read Psalms before. I’ve read it a couple times. But I followed one of several reading plans listed in the front–I did the “Forty-Day Reading Plan to Worship the Eternal One with Your Praise” plan–and I felt like I was reading a new book, in a good way! I took so much more away from my readings than I normally do, not only because of the new voice, but also because of the footnotes. The images really spoke to me. I would love to read The Voice of Proverbs *hint, hint, Thomas Nelson Publishers :) *
In the name of full disclosure, I want my readers to know that I got this book from the publisher in exchange for a blog review and a review on a retail site through a program called Book Sneeze. It’s the second blogging swag I’ve gotten, and I really enjoyed it!