Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | October 14, 2013

Compass–The Study Bible for navigating your life


Compass_cover imageThe Compass Bible, written in The Voice translation and published by Thomas Nelson, is designed to be a guidebook rather than a roadmap.  According to Robert Sanford, vice president and associate publisher of Thomas Nelson, Compass is different from other study Bibles because “it helps people to connect with God by pointing them in the right direction and showing them how they fit into His narrative.”

The Voice translation uses biblical dialogue in a screenplay format making Compass unique.  New Bible readers will engage with the easy-to-read format and will be better able to apply the Bible to their lives.  It contains great resources such as study notes, book introductions, reading plans, topical guides and maps.  My favorite resource is the Roadmap to God’s Promises located in the front of the Compass just before the book of Genesis which shows you where to look in the Bible for God’s promises, including His faithfulness, love, hope and many more.  Maps are not just located in the back, they are also found in the books where they are most applicable.  You won’t have to flip back and forth if you need to reference one.  The notes are located in the text rather than the bottom of the page making them more helpful though at times they can be distracting and seem to be a part of the biblical verse.  The most notable example of a great use of in-text notes is the genealogy of Jesus found in Matthew 1.

With so many versions from a variety of publishers, it almost seems like a chore to pick one out.  If you are searching for the perfect Bible for a new believer or a new Bible reader, Compass is a great one to choose.  It is captivating and unique and offers great resources and is put together in a readable, logical format.  Currently, the Compass is sold exclusively at Wal-Mart and will be sold for $19.99.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Shelton Interactive, as part of their Book Review Blogger 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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