Monday, June 14, 2010
Pulpit Review: A Mosaic of Christianity
You may have noted dates belonging to the calendar of the Church year so far in this review. That is another good part of this edition. Pages M8 through M340 are a devotional built into this Bible edition. Turn to Psalm 22 and a side margin note leads the reader to M117 and a Passion Week devotion. One could read the Scriptures and cover the devotions in a topical way. Or, one could learn to follow Jesus according to the contours of the historic Christian Church Year (Complete with Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Pentecost, etc.) and be led into the Scriptures that way. I commend the publisher for introducing the larger Church Year to a Christian population that is largely unfamiliar with it!
I am very pleased with the intentionality of the publisher and editors with regard to artistic design. Durability may be a concern with the hardcover edition. Mine is already showing signs of wear (white showing through at stress points, creaky glue).
A liturgical Christian book reviewer noted how there is a valiant effort to introduce Christians to part of their heritage. The Apostles' Creed is printed on the back of my hardcover edition. Again, this is not something in regular use by some who typically considers themself a "born again" modern American Evangelical Christian. Thank you, Tyndale!