I am such a bookworm, I get excited every time I get a new book. This time around, I decided to review something that some people would view as different from my usual fare…but I just couldn’t resist. I think it’s the geek in me. :)
I love the Bible, and I love getting deeper into it by learning more about it. Nelson’s Complete Book of Bible Maps and Charts got me excited when I saw it, because when I browsed through it, I saw that it was packed with all sorts of information about the Bible. Outlines, summaries, maps, charts, photos…you name it, the book’s got it. Do you want to visualize what Solomon’s temple looked like? Do you want to see what the hill of Bethsaida looks like? Do you want to see the maps of Paul’s journeys? Do you want a breakdown of all the events in the life of Jesus? All these and more, you can find in this book.
I love that it’s printed on nice paper and that it’s in full-color, but I’d like to see them create a more dynamic layout in the future editions. The book is so rich with Bible trivia, and the team that prepared this book did such a great job analyzing the books and making charts that explain the themes in the Bible, that it would be a shame to miss them. What’s great about this book is that it’s intended for nonprofit and noncommercial use in classrooms, seminars, and small group studies, so you can make copies (no more than 1,000 units in each setting and not to be sold) for your students or peers. If you have the book, you can also download the digital maps and charts for free on the Thomas Nelson site.
This book is not for everyone though, because the overload of information can be way too much for some people who are not all that interested or those who have short attention spans. Admittedly, I had a difficult time sitting through one chapter. But just like the Bible, this one’s meant to be read throughout one’s lifetime and serve as a reference book for years to come. I think it’s a must-have for everyone who teaches out of the Bible, whether you’re a pastor, Sunday school teacher, or small group leader. But even if you’re just curious and you want to know more about the Bible, I highly recommend it. I already know it’s going to be one of the most useful and important books in my collection.