Friday, October 22, 2010

Review - The Treasure of God's Word

The Treasure of God’s Word:

Celebrating 400 Years of the King James Bible

Compiled by Jack Countryman

But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. 1 John 2:5

For some, the language of the King James version of the Bible is that of another time and place: confusing and difficult. For others, it is a lyrical tribute to the majestic message the Bible conveys. Whether you like the King James version or not, there is no denying that it is the most well-known version in print.

The book is beautifully presented. The appearance of leather, gold leaf edges and high quality paper make this a nice gift. Inside you will find a breakdown of scripture by category for quick reference. Scripture demonstrating God’s Love, Our Inheritance, His Sacrifice, among many others is included. I appreciated the quick reference as there are times when I need inspiration from God’s Word but am not sure where to start looking. In addition, the author, throughout the book, provides a history of the King James translation from inception to present day.

What I found a difficult juxtaposition was the melodious reading of the scripture and the dry writing of the historical background. They didn’t flow together very well. Packaging the entire history in the beginning or end of the book instead of spread throughout would have made for a more cohesive history. I had to jump through the pages to read it in its entirety. Since the layout is more as a reference for scripture and not a cover-to-cover read, having the history throughout makes for an awkward approach to honoring the development of the King James version.

Overall, I like the presentation of this book and believe fans of the King James version will find it a nice addition to their spiritual walk. As a fan of history, I did appreciate the detail about the development of the version even if I did have to jump through the book to read it.

** Review copy received free of charge from BookSneeze**

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