Thursday, July 18, 2013

The Story of the Voice, by David B. Capes, Chris Seay and James F. Couch, Jr.

The Story of The Voice
Authors: David B. Capes, Chris Seay, and James F. Couch, Jr.
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: March 12, 2013
It's not often that I review bibles or biblical materials, but I was so impressed with The Voice Bible translation that I read last year. It was written by gathering poets, authors and biblical scholars together to create a bible that read well as a story. A lot of translations claim that, but this one really looked different from any one I had seen before. The pages look like a screenplay, with dialogue separated out and prefaced by the name of the person speaking. It's genius, really.

The Story of the Voice is just what it sounds like. It's the story of how those collaborators came together and made the decisions they made in order to create The Voice. I loved reading it. There were some surprises, but for the most part I found myself thinking, "That's what I thought they meant to do! I can see that!" They even refer to the page layout as the "screenplay" approach, just like I thought. 

I know this sounds weird, but The Story of the Voice made me feel like the authors didn't just understand the bible, they also understood me as a reader. I know. That sounds weird, doesn't it?

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. I was not otherwise compensated in exchange for a review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. 
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