The Voice New Testament

October 25, 2011

the good folks from The Voice project have released a revised and updated edition of The Voice New Testament.

The Voice New Testament is a fresh modern take on ancient words. Chris Seay, Lauren Winner, Brian McLaren, Greg Garrett, and other writers, scholars, poets, artists, and singer/songwriters have contributed to The Voice Scripture Project.

The Voice is based on the best and earliest manuscripts of the original Biblical texts in their original languages. the result is a work that gives us readers Scripture in a very real narrative and conversational form. The Voice aims for the meaning and experience of Scripture.

The Voice New Testament inspires, edifies, and entertains. it’s a joy to read and study.

the style, flow, and language from writer to writer in The Voice New Testament is excellent and easy to read. the commentary notes are wonderful. the layout is great.

The Voice New Testament is a wonderful version of the Bible for small groups and conversational studies. it’s great for youth and new believers, too.

The Voice New Testament should not used in isolation for in depth study and scholarly work at seminary, university, or Bible colleges. there’s no reason, however, The Voice could not be the perfect compliment to the more academic and scholarly New Revised Standard Version of the Bible.

The Voice New Testament is perfect for a relaxing read and laid back look into the New Testament.

*Full Disclosure: I received this book for free from Thomas Nelson through “Book Sneeze.” They give free books to bloggers for honest reviews.*



October 12, 2011


San Francisco 49ers vs. Detroit Lions

Ford Field, 1:00 pm

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Detroit, Michigan

Where Has Oprah Taken Us?

October 11, 2011

Where Has Oprah Taken Us? The Religious Influence Of The World’s Most Famous Woman by Stephen Mansfield is an exploration into the effects Oprah Winfrey has had on society, culture, media, and religious circles.

the book is part biography, part critique. Mansfield dives into Oprah’s life, experiences, upbringing, and her professional careeer as one of the most trusted and respected individuals on television. 

Mansfield, a New York Times best-selling author, is an exceptional writer. he writes with clarity and it’s clear he’s done his homework. Mansfield’s work, including spiritual biographies of George W. Bush and Barack Obama, is well-worth reading.

my own sense of Oprah’s spirituality is that it’s an eccelctic and eccentric mix of philosophy, spirituality, and world religions. it’s awkward, to be honest; because at times her beliefs from one school of thought or religion will totally contradict another of her beliefs or notions. i’ve heard her talk about karma, a tenent of Buddhism and Hinduism, and i’ve heard her talk about the Christian concept of grace. these notions are polar opposites.

Oprah has done wonderful things. her philanthropic spirit is unquestionable. she promotes the wonderful work of other organizations and has worked tirelessly to promote literacy and education, especially among women and young girls.

all that being said, though, where has she taken us? where has Orpah’s influence taken us?

Mansfield’s book, an excellent read, goes a long way in helping us explore the answers and consequences and implications.

*Full Disclosure: I received this book for free from Thomas Nelson through “Book Sneeze.” They give free books to bloggers for honest reviews.*