Friday, October 3, 2008

The Bible Experience



For Christmas, my husband surprised me with an Ipod Nano. It is one of the best gifts he's given me because I can not only download music but also audiobooks, video, tv series, etc. The first item I wanted to purchase was my favorite episode of Firefly. Unfortunately I was an Ipod noob and accidentally purchased the entire series of Firefly. Oops. I guess if I was going to make a $30 mistake I can at least take comfort in the fact that I will actually make use of the mistake and watch the series again. It's actually a great thing to have when waiting anywhere for any length of time.

After waiting to purchase another Itunes card, I began browsing the site to see what I could see. I was excited to find The Bible Experience Audio Bible available. For only $1.99, I downloaded Hebrews and James and decided to use this as my morning Bible "reading". These were followed by Galatians, Ephesians, and Colossians and I am off to make my next choice after I write this post!

It's been great, as it gives a fresh feel to books I have read several times before. Many different black actors lend their talent to this and they do an excellent job (Samuel Jackson reading Scripture in your ear is really rather cool). They really do well at making the words and message come alive and the change of voices throughout keeps your attention. Gospel songs are woven in between the reading. As a music lover, I really like this aspect. Sometimes music touches me in deeper ways than the written word and to hear the words or concepts from the Scripture set to music places it deeper in my heart.

The version they use is the TNIV, which I know is a controversial version due to their decision to make it gender neutral (brothers and sisters rather than brothers, they rather than he). For serious study, I would recommend the New American Standard as the most literal translation but for the purpose of simply listening to Scripture, I don't have any problem with the version they chose. Feel free to disagree, but it's my review. ;-)

All in all, I would highly recommend The Bible Experience Audio Version. It is available at Itunes and also at Amazon or Christianbook.com on CD or MP3. Check it out!

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