When I picked this book from *Thomas Nelson Publishers to review, I was honestly wondering how I could actually “review” a Bible. I mean, it’s not as though I can questions the contents or anything. But Father’s Day is right around the corner and I knew my husband didn’t have a Bible, so I thought this might be a nice gift.
I was a little worried–owning several Bibles myself I know how personal a Bible is. Even when I’ve selected Bibles for my kids I’ve reviewed the different versions and styles–as I’ve said before, The Message is a little too “new age” while the King James Version will bog my kids down in “thee’s” and “thou’s.” The same likely holds true for my husband as well.
I have to say, I was quite pleased with Dad’s Bible: The Father’s Plan. It is properly masculine–not too formal and yet contains a presence about it that indicates its importance. It’s the New Century Version and for a quick comparison, I randomly opened the Bible and selected a few verses to see how they translated through Biblegateway.com.
Proverbs 24:3-4 (odd I just opened to this; it was the verse for my Saturday Sanctuary!)
It takes wisdom to have a good family, and it takes understanding to make it strong.
It takes knowledge to fill a home with rare and beautiful treasures. (New Century Version)
It takes wisdom to build a house, and understanding to set it on a firm foundation;
It takes knowledge to furnish its rooms with fine furniture and beautiful draperies. (The Message)
Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established:
And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches. (King James)
A house is built by wisdom
and becomes strong through good sense.
Through knowledge its rooms are filled
with all sorts of precious riches and valuables. (New Living Translation)
My preferred Bible translation seems to be New Living Translation but this version is very nice too.
One of my favorite parts of this Bible are the sidebars that have real life applications for fathers. Throughout the book, parenting specific sidebars by Robert Wolgemuth help men see how passages related to their job as a father.
It also has a great Q and A section in the back that are perfect for those parenting questions our children always hit us with: How big is God?, Why is the Dead Sea dead?, Why do good people suffer?
And finally, Wolgemuth includes a “God’s Word on..” section that pulls specific scriptures about very human problems. Having a quick resource when you are dealing with a discouraged son or a daughter asking about temptation is invaluable.
So while this book is still going to my husband in a few weeks, it is very likely another resource that I will use. Or, I might look up the companion one: Mom’s Bible.
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