Introducing Pete Socks
Pete Socks has established himself as one of the most reliable Catholic book reviewers out there today. In his seven years of reviewing books and interviewing authors, many have come to recognize him by his online nickname The Catholic Book Blogger. We are pleased to announce that Pete will be bringing his talents and fair reviews to Catholic Stand effective immediately as our new in-house book reviewer.
Each week Pete will provide a review on one of today’s current book releases on the Catholic market. He will also be sharing with us his weekly podcast “Off the Shelf” which he hosts on Breadbox Media where he serves a General Manager. We are excited to have Pete back n a regular role here at Catholic Stand and we look forward to seeing what books he has to share with us and you.
The Great Adventure Catholic Bible
In my years as a book reviewer in the Catholic space I have been afforded many opportunities to review Catholic Bibles. Each of these have had their own special features that makes them unique but not have stood out as truly unique…until now. The Bible I am speaking of that has garnered the attention of many is The Great Adventure Bible from Ascension Press. This Bible, in my opinion, is…..a…..game-changer!
The Back Bone
Quite simply the backbone of this bible is what makes it a winner. There are plenty of other features we will get to in this review but are icing on the cake. What makes this Bible special is the complete integration of the Bible Timeline developed by Jeff Cavins. If you are unfamiliar with the Bible Timeline it is a system that breaks the Bible into an essential narrative and supplemental books via a unique color-coded system.
The color coding allows for one to put the entire overarching story of man’s salvation into an easier to understand visual. That visual becomes even more apparent when looking at the Bible from the side. The indexing tabs are printed along the edge of the pages creating a thumb index so the reader can easily jump to the section they want to be in.
A few things set this Bible apart appearance wise. First is the blue cow-hide leather cover. The cover has the Great Adventure logo stamped into it. The binding is very well done too. The combination of these two factors ensures a Bible that will stand up to the rigors of daily use. Another nice feature is the inclusion of two ribbons for marking your place in the text. The Bible text itself that Ascension has used is the Revised Standard Version – Second Catholic Edition.
Bible Timeline period articles. Twelve of them to coincide with the twelve color-coded periods in the timeline.
Seven articles on the major covenants God made with man throughout history.
Seventy Key Events are interspersed throughout the scriptures that highlight the more important events in salvation history.
The Bible Timeline Reading Plan that takes readers through the main narrative books in 90 days.
Two introductory articles. The first on how to interpret the Bible and the second on Lectio-Divina.
The words of Jesus are printed in red, a rarity on Bibles today.
Nineteen detailed charts that provide an overview of important characters, key events, maps, major covenants, and historical context.
Sixteen newly designed full-color maps that are simply put, stunning!
In closing, I really do love this Bible. It’s one of the most complete Bibles I have had the pleasure to use. The many features packed into it from articles to the Bible Timeline itself make this particular Bible a convenient single source for bible study.