78 of 78 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally, a Bible with good Kindle indexing!
This is the 4th Bible I've downloaded, looking for one that is user-friendly on Kindle. At last, I can just type "John 3.16" and go there with just one extra click. That's better than: "New Testament"...click...arrow down, down, down..."John"...click...Arrow down, down..."Chapter 3"...click...arrow/page to "16". Now maybe I can get to the reference before the sermon...
Published on October 5, 2010 by DLynn
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars One step forward, two steps back
First of all, let me say that the God's Word translation is excellent. They aren't afraid to put aside the King James in order to more faithfully convey the original languages.
My problem is with the search feature. Crossway Bibles' latest edition of the ESV for Kindle remains the one to beat. The ESV offers an excellent direct look-up option through the...
Published on September 19, 2011 by A. J. Espinosa
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78 of 78 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally, a Bible with good Kindle indexing!,
This review is from: GOD'S WORD Translation (GW) (with direct verse lookup and book and chapter navigation) (Kindle Edition)This is the 4th Bible I've downloaded, looking for one that is user-friendly on Kindle. At last, I can just type "John 3.16" and go there with just one extra click. That's better than: "New Testament"...click...arrow down, down, down..."John"...click...Arrow down, down..."Chapter 3"...click...arrow/page to "16". Now maybe I can get to the reference before the sermon is over!
I don't know this translation, though, haven't met it before. It uses "closest natural equivalent" to get the most readable English phrasing while staying true to the original text. It's somewhere between word-for-word translation and full-out paraphrasing. For instance, John 3:16 becomes: "God loved the world this way: He gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life.".
Romans 3:23-24 is "Because all people have sinned, they have fallen short of God's glory. They receive God's approval freely by an act of his kindness through the price Christ Jesus paid to set us free from sin.".
Not bad, but I'll probably keep cross-referencing to other translations for a while. :-)
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great navigation!,
This review is from: GOD'S WORD Translation (GW) (with direct verse lookup and book and chapter navigation) (Kindle Edition)Finally! A Bible I can use in the pew and follow the sermon! I do wish that the translators had been more willing to use traditional words sometimes. A very familiar text can sound quite odd! But so far it always seems that the meaning is the same - the important thing. Now for some of the traditional translations - NIV and NKJV - to come up with equally user friendly navigation!! Are you listening????
29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Instant Verse Look Up as You Type. Indexes.,
This review is from: GOD'S WORD Translation (GW) (with direct verse lookup and book and chapter navigation) (Kindle Edition)I have downloaded so many Kindle scripture sets both free and worse paid for that indexed horribly or not at all. I would get an error message to the effect that search can not be done at this time because not indexed. If they did index it would take a long time searching through and would come up with results that were off the wall and never the verse I was looking up. Just because search works in the sample does not mean it will work when you purchase the entire thing I have learned. So like the other reviewers I am overjoyed to find this one indexed instantly and as you type a verse it instantly displays it as the top search result as you are typing before you even click for it to do a search. I think many people who download the scriptures on to their Kindle do so because they want to be able to use in them in an actual church or other scripture study setting with out having to carry around their regular heavy scripture set. If you can't use the search feature though it becomes impractical for those settings of on demand use because you can turn the pages of the your actual bound scriptures to a verse faster than using your Kindle version. I still can't use this one at church either because we use the original King James version and translation of the Bible, but I am happy some publisher was able to make an Kindle Bible that is finally searchable and actually indexes.
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Bible For Non-Theological Literalists,
This review is from: GW Personal Size Giant Print Bible Black Duravella (Imitation Leather)After spending several weeks with this new (to me) translation, I have found that like all other bible translations, it has it's faults; however, in many areas it shines. If you take the God's Word translation (GWN) in its place, it more than accomplishes it goal.
The GWN started off as a one-man translation in 1963,
"God's Word to the Nations Bible Society (originally incorporated in September 1983 as Know the Truth Foundation, and later renamed Luther Bible Society) is formed to revise an earlier work by Dr. William F. Beck, The New Testament in the Language of Today, published in 1963. Following Dr. Beck's death in 1966, the remainder of the Old Testament is completed by a small group of Lutheran scholars. The entire Bible is published in 1976 as An American Translation (AAT)."
But has since grown to a committee process first published by Word in 1995 and now acquired by Baker.
Using a middle ground between `literal-as-possible' and dynamic equivalence, the translators complete their task according to the philosophy of `Closest Natural Equivalence.' It has three goals,
1. Provide readers with a meaning in the target language (here, English) that is equivalent to that of the source language
2. Express that meaning naturally, in a way that a native English speaker would read or write
3. Express the meaning with a style that preserves many of the characteristics of the source text
In part, the translators want to refrain from `making the text simpler than the source text was.' For them, the balance from CNE preserves the source text and modern syntax.
The base texts of the GWN are those which most bible translations use, the Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (OT) and the Novum Testamentum Graece, 27th edition (NT). Further, where the team has went with a different variant, they note it in the footnotes. Even in their footnotes, they seek clarity for the reader excluding abbreviations among other aspects.
A major part of the work of the translators is readability, in which they attempt to make it readable across the educational spectrum. For longer sentences ( Romans 1.1-7 is one sentence in the Greek) they have broken them down into small, easily digestible sentences, which should help the reader learn important concepts. An example of this can be found in Romans 5:17:
For if, because of one man's trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ. (ESV)
For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God's abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.(NIV)
It is certain that death ruled because of one person's failure. It's even more certain that those who receive God's overflowing kindness and the gift of his approval will rule in life because of one person, Jesus Christ.(GWN)
For the sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over many. But even greater is God's wonderful grace and his gift of righteousness, for all who receive it will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ.(NLT)
The GWN provides an easy flow, especially if read aloud.
Following Martin Luther's cue, the masculine gender is no longer used for the entire human race if women are to be included in the thought of the writers. While this might not be to the liking of some, it has been done not just in Luther's German, but in Tyndale's English and in the KJV as well. They do note, however, that they have no 'slavish loyalty to gender neutrality,' which allows them to examine the verse to see if indeed neutrality is strongly merited or not.
Then he said to the council, "Men of Israel, consider carefully what you do with these men. (Act 5:35 GWN)
Then he said to them, "Fellow Israelites, consider carefully what you propose to do to these men. (Act 5:35 NRS)
For those who are use to seeing `brothers and sisters' instead of purely `brothers' you will notice little to no change (maybe even a tightening against neutrality).
Part of the goal of the GWN is to produce a viable bible translation for the target language, easily readable and up to date and while in many places they do just that, there will be problems in reception by many in the Reformed movement. However, those not Reformed, perhaps those who have a new perspective on Paul, will come to enjoy this bible.
One of the central problems with the GWN is the translation of `justified,' which is a key term to many, as `approval.' Further, they translate `grace' as `kindness,' `repentance' as `must turn to God and change the way you think and act (Acts 2.38)' but leave baptism alone instead of `immerse.' While I generally have no problem with a `non-theological' translation, I find problems with the choice for justified and grace, but in a moment of clarity, it is because of theology, and not the base language. In fact, ''''' does translate to favor/kindness and fits neatly into the 1st century mediator role of Jesus Christ which we find highlighted in Hebrews. While this might matter to some, it should not be a reason not to examine the GWN.
I have found that the GWN shines more succinctly in the Old Testament the most. While it is not as poetic as other modern translations, it provides a clear translation which is meant rather to be read easily than recited like poetry.
(compare the ESV and the GWN here)
Readability, of course, is a matter of opinion, for the most part; however, the GWN is bound to bring about more understanding (for example, see v16 above) than the ESV which attempts a very literal translation in this passage.
The bible is more than reasonably priced, and comes in imitation leather with giant print. It seems very sturdily made and should last for years of use. It is single-column, with the footnotes at the bottom. Further, the God's Word to the Nations bible is printed in a concise font, making it easily readable for a wide variety of eyes. The giant print version is arranged in such a way as to not break portions and passages up of scripture into stop and start sessions.
From the outset I have said that this bible might not be accepted by everyone because of certain translation choices; however, for the goal of the Translation Committee, which includes a variety of people (some of them well-known theological conservatives), it succeeds. It provides a translation generally free of theology, but appeals to the base text for its answer.
If you want a wholly non-theological translation which focuses on uniting the original languages with modern English with more attention to literalism than such translations as the NLT, then this is the bible you should choose.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I can see it!,
This review is from: GW Personal Size Giant Print Bible Burgundy Duravella (Imitation Leather)Excellent size for reading large portions of scripture at a time. No eye fatigue. Pages are nice and words do not bleed through the pages to cause further eye strain. Binding is good and the cover feels great, soft, supple and allows the bible to lay nice and flat. As far as the translation goes, for an easy reader it's pretty close to literal. I've only compared it to the Holman translation and at times they are word for word comparatively. Enjoy reading through large portions with it and also brought it to church and preferred the wording of many scriptures reviewed during the sermon. Thumbs up for this reviewer's opinion. You will enjoy this publisher's choice of covering, type size and layout. No word's of Christ in red though which I would prefer.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Endorsed by Reverend Billy Graham,
While nothing short of King James will do for poetic and literary value, God's Word provides verses instantly recognizable to most Christians. For example, Acts 16:31: "They answered, `Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you and your family will be saved.'" Also Matthew 7:1: "Stop judging so that you will not be judged." Good advice for Amazon reviewers like me!
As to this e-book edition specifically, it is simply a Godsend! Paid or free, few Bibles in the Kindle store bother to offer any sort of indexing or navigation assistance - this book is a welcome exception to that rule. If you think you might ever need to look up a Bible verse on your Kindle, get this now.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars One step forward, two steps back,
My problem is with the search feature. Crossway Bibles' latest edition of the ESV for Kindle remains the one to beat. The ESV offers an excellent direct look-up option through the Kindle's index feature. Go to index, type jn 3 16, hit enter, and you've got John 3:16. Index, mk 16, and you've got Mark's account of the resurrection. The abbreviations are as short as possible while remaining logical and memorable, and the index doesn't require you to type in symbols like "." or ":".
This edition of the GW translation has a direct look-up option, but it REPLACES the search feature! You can't search "living water" or "body of Christ." I tried searching "spirit" and it took me to somewhere in Titus. Half the point of having a book on the Kindle is so you can search it! The publishers need to emulate the ESV on this one. If they do, I'll happily give them my money. I would love to relegate the ESV to secondary status on my Kindle, but until Baker catches up, it'll have to do.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yeah!!,
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars God's Word Bible Translation, Giant Print, Personal Size, ibsn978-0-8010-1341-6, burgundy, soft cover, 12.5 font,
This review is from: Holy Bible God's Word (Hardcover)Highly recommend. I bought the soft, leatherette in burgundy. ISBN 978-0-8010-1341-6. The 12.5 font is easy-to-read. Approx. size: 1 3/4 in. by 9 in. 2092 pages. Since the print is larger, there are no footnotes, maps, concordance, etc., but that's ok with me. There are reference pages on the Teachings of Jesus. There is a life application index, such as verses on how to handle fear, death, etc...
This Bible is written in TODAY'S way of speaking. I still have my King James, & NIV, but you'll be amazed how easy it is to understand what you're reading! Order some tabs for your new Bible & get started! Enjoy!!! This particular Bible has gold edges on the pages, one ribbon, and a presentation page.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I was looking for a Bible that I could use in church but also for my own personal Bible study. I found it!,
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