Eternity Now: The New Testament Series. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2022.
In August 2022, I received a complimentary copy of Eternity Now: The New Testament Series from Thomas Nelson publishers because I am a Bible Gateway Blogger Grid member who promised to read the books and publish an honest review of the series. My analysis is below.
This series consists of five books titled with a content description.
Volume 1: The Legacy—Matthew, Hebrews, James, Jude
Volume 2: No Going Back—Mark, 1-2 Peter
Volume 3: Grand Tour—Books of Luke: Luke, Acts
Volume 4: Death to Life—Books of Paul: Romans, 1-2 Corinthians, Galatians,
Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1-2 Thessalonians, 1-2 Timothy,
Volume 5: Now But Not Yet—Books of John: John, 1-3 John, Revelation
The books are formatted presentations of the New Testament using the New English Translation. The editors describe the series as books that reveal “the history shaping story of how Jesus Christ changed the world and what that means to you. The reader-friendly format presents the New Testament books across five paperback volumes, making it easy to carry anywhere and read anytime.”
Design Décor Description
The books arrived in a beautiful display box—so attractive that one would be proud to place the boxed set on any bookshelf as a lovely décor addition. All five books have coordinated covers using blue, orange, black, and two shades of green. When put together, the spines of the books create an attractive design when placed in the series box. Each cover describes the book as coming “From the #1 Bestselling Book of All Times” (a.k.a. The Bible) along with a title, subtitle, quotation, and an acknowledgment that what is inside comes from the New English Translation Bible (NET). When I first received the books, I had no idea the publishers were using a unique concept in designing them to make them look like small fiction or non-fiction books—great to fit into one’s purse or briefcase.
- The books are easy to pick up and browse through, easy enough for any late elementary or junior high student to read.
- The “ministry-first” concept is impressive, meaning there are no restrictions regarding quoting or sharing any of the Scriptures when using them in books, magazines, newspaper articles, and more. One does not have to gain permission to use as much of the translation as desired.
- Its simple format is excellent for seniors who might have problems holding a large, heavy Bible.
- I enjoyed how the layout shows the chapter headings and accurate subtopics.
- Another positive is that the books bold all prophecies from the Old Testament.
- This innovative approach to Bible reading seems accurate compared to my usually read Bible—the New American Standard Bible.
The drawbacks listed below are all due to “my personal preferences,” which may or may not affect other readers.
- All five books lack verse numbers while representing their story format. I understand that by not including verse numbers, one will experience more ease in reading. However for me, many times, as I was reading, I wanted to look up the Bible verse but could not find “the address” to do so.
- The books did not create that sacred feeling of reading the Bible. While the editor’s intent is to read each book like a novel, reading them as a novel was bothersome.
- Words referring to Jesus were in lowercase letters. My preference would have been to use the names of Jesus as He, Him, and Himself. Other words like scripture are also noted in lowercase.
- I missed the red lettering of Jesus’ words prevalent in many Bible versions.
The book’s primary purpose is obvious. It is to get the Bible into the hands of those who might never pick up a Bible themselves, making this set a lovely gift for any occasion for boys, girls, men, and women. Not everyone will appreciate the novel format, but many will find it the most enjoyable way to read the Bible. Therefore I recommend this book series.
New English Translation Bible Verses:
Every scripture is inspired by God and useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness. 2 Timothy 3:16 NET
Jesus answered them, “You are deceived, because you don’t know the scriptures or the power of God. Matthew 22:29 NET
For these things happened so that the scripture would be fulfilled, “Not a bone of his will be broken.” John 19:36 NET
Then he opened their minds so they could understand the scriptures. Luke 24:45 NET
Lord, give me wisdom as I approach my Bible reading. Lead me to Bible verses You want me to read and learn from. Allow me to obey all Your sacred principles, which You have made available through Your Holy Scriptures. You are a mighty God, and I love You. Amen
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