<~~~ This is my new FAVORITE bible translation. Why?? Good question - here are my top 10 reasons (I know SO ORIGINAL)!! Honestly, used the top Ten format to keep the blog a readable length, so much good to say about this new bible from Ignatius Press!!
1. Two Silky Ribbons to help me keep my place - one for Old Testament and one for the New. Pretty and practical.
2. Informative Introductions that I am very happy I didn't skip. This is a new thing for me - reading forewords and introduction. I have no idea why I skipped them in the past - but now that I host A Seeking Heart on Real Life Radio, which is ALL about Catholic books, I didn't MISS a word! In the case of the Didache Bible - I am so glad I did. I think I learned more in reading the material in the introduction than gleamed in my 9 years of Catechism.
3. Brilliant reminder that the Catholic faith cherishes both Scripture and Tradition.
4. Encouragement on how and why to read the bible - although great reminders for me, those 2 little pages inspired me to choose the Didache Bible as my gift of choice going forward. Sharing the faith with friends and family can be difficult some times, the gift recipient may not be interested in my bible lesson - here the bible teaches all on its own! It is historical, interesting, catechetical - perfect ingredients for giving.
5. Brief Summary of Sacred Scripture - aka the layman essential! What question do I get most often about the bible - "where should I start?" Hard to answer when everyone is different, and I don't know how the Holy Spirit is moving that particular person - so now I can say look at this thorough summary and see where you'd like to begin! Although once referred to as the "bible babe", I refer to it often!
6. Chronology - page after page, this bible blew me away with all it had to offer the reader.
7. More help in answering - so where should I start? Well, what do you want to know? Five, incredibly thorough lists to guide your personal meditation - from the Life of Christ to the Parables and Miracles, and Passages about Our Blessed Mother.
8. See why I limited it -- I am on #8 and am JUST now getting into the 'meat' of the Didache Bible. Each chapter is introduced with author, date, audience and main theme. Context and content!
9. Commentary with links and connections to the Catechism of the Catholic Church. I often joke that the two best and most under-read books in the world - the Bible and The Catechism, so how perfect to see them join forces in the Didache Bible!!
10. Maps -- I am not a map person, but when setting up the bible study at our church this Winter, many people suggested we purchase maps. True Confession - once I had them, I was totally into them!!
BONUS: An Apologetical Explanation of ... Sacraments; Immaculate Conception and the Magisterium (just to name a few). MORE scripture connections to the Catechism - good good stuff!!
To read more and to see sample pages visit Ignatius Press and listen to A Seeking Heart on Real Life Radio on Monday, February 16th as I review it on air!!
**Disclaimer: This bible was sent to me by Ignatius Press for a fair and honest review ... I don't think they expected me to completely change my every day bible or fall in as deep of love with it as I did!!