I was excited when I first saw this Bible and was eager to see what it contained. I have to admit, I was a little less than thrilled. There are so many "specialty Bibles" on the market, I can't help but feel like a Bible like this should really be worth while. For an evangelist, Ray Comfort has put out a wonderful example in The Evidence Bible. For me, that has set the standard for a "specialty Bible." While I enjoyed the essay on the purpose and history or worship music, I feel there are other issues that could also have been included. As for the lyrics and chord charts, those don't justify spending $35 on a whole new Bible, especially when this Bible really seems geared toward worship leaders who probably already have the chords and lyrics to all these songs.
The best part about this Bible is the reflections and backgrounds to the songs. That is a valuable resource. However, I feel like one glaring feature has been neglected with this Bible. On the back cover, there is a great quote from Jack Hayford stating, "Worship changes the worshiper into the image of the One worshiped." If this Bible could have been filled with various quotes like that, then we would have something special. Additional essays would have been a benefit, as well, perhaps dealing with physical expressions like clapping or raising hands. Maybe even something addressing the balance of proper emotional expression as opposed to emotionalism.
Not to be mean, but it feels like this Bible was planned in about a week. There are other features that would make this Bible worth the investment. As it stands now, I don't think it is worth $35 if you already have a Bible.
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