If you are not familiar with the New International Version Bible (NIV) you are in for a treat, written in today’s English it is much easier to understand than the King James Bible. (Note there are those who do not fully appreciate this particular translation.) Zondervan’s Walk Thru the Bible series presents: NIV ONCE A DAY BIBLE (chronological edition) which creates a plan for anyone to read all 66 books in 365 days. Each daily reading is presented in order of occurrence.
I thought maybe, just maybe, this Bible would approach things differently BUT there is just no getting around the book of Numbers or Deuteronomy which for me are two of the most boring books of the Bible. The good news is once you have read it you can move on. I like how Psalm 119, one of my favorites, is divided to be completed in two days (day 150 and 152) and is mixed in with 1 Kings, 2 Chronicles and Song of Songs (aka Song of Solomon)and a few other Psalms.
I am torn as to who this book would be good for; I personally love it because it is a chronological edition. I have read the Bible from Genesis to Revelations so many times I can see how reading this Bible would break up the monotony of reading page by page, book by bookb. Conceivably it would also give the reader a better understanding of events, particularly in the Old Testament.
Unlike study Bibles the goal of the NIV ONCE A DAY BIBLE is to read all 66 books in one year. If you are one of those individuals who do this annually then definitely purchase a copy of the NIV ONCE A DAY BIBLE. If it is your intention to actually do a study on a particular book this will not work even with the points of “reflection” scattered throughout.
Though I recommend you purchase this book it is with the understanding that it may not be for everyone. Unless you know for sure that someone wants this Bible, I would not suggest you buy it as a Christmas present. This is one of those Bibles that each person has to decide for themselves if he wants. Marsa