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As I’ve mentioned in other posts, one of the benefits of being a blogger is the opportuniy to review new books, movies and other Christian products. Recently, I was sent a copy of the NIV Verse Mapping Bible. This Bible is designed, by author Kristy Cambron, to help us get in the Word by exploring verses in depth through verse mapping.
About Kristy Cambron
Kristy Cambron is known not just for her previous books about Verse Mapping, but she is also a Christy Award-winning author of historical fiction, including her bestselling debut, The Butterfly and the Violin.
She holds a degree in Art History/Research Writing and spent 15 yrs in education and leadership development for a Fortune-100 corporation, partnering with such companies as the Disney Institute, IBM/Kenexa, and Gallup before stepping away to pursue her passion for storytelling. Her work has been named to Publishers Weekly Religion & Spirituality TOP 10, Library Journal Reviews’ Best Books, RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards, received 2015 & 2017 INSPY Award nominations, and received a 2020 Christy Award for her novel, The Painted Castle. She’s been featured at Once Upon a Book Club Box, CBN, Lifeway Women, Jesus Calling, Country Woman Magazine, MICI Magazine, Faithwire, (in)Courage, and Bible Gateway.
Kristy lives in Indiana with her husband and three sons.
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Let’s take a look at the publisher’s description and an overview of what verse mapping is, before we get into the features and details:
Verse mapping means getting real about studying the Bible. More than simply reading a verse or Scripture passage, verse mapping uses Bible study tools to research what you’ve read—to learn about what God is saying and how you can apply his Word to your life. The NIV Verse Mapping Bible includes 350 partially completed verse maps to get you started.
Go beyond just reading the Bible.
Verse mapping means getting real about studying the Bible. More than simply reading a verse or Scripture passage, verse mapping means using Bible study tools to research what you’ve just read in the Bible—to learn more about what God is saying to you and how you can apply his Word to your life today.
In the NIV Verse Mapping Bible, author Kristy Cambron expands her verse mapping curriculum series to include verses from the entire Bible, showing you how to compare Bible translations, pick out meaningful words, and delve into the true meaning of each verse using starter verse maps and prompts. Verse mapping will help you study the historical context, transliteration, translation, connotation, and theological framework of a verse. This unique study technique includes exploring Hebrew and Greek word studies, finding connections in Scripture, comparing Bible translations, and learning as much as you can from your time in God’s Word.
Verse mapping involves five steps:
- Choose: Select a verse and write it out.
- Compare: Record this verse in two or three other Bible translations and underline key words that are the same or different between translations.
- Research: Look up the Hebrew or Greek meaning for the underlined words and record it.
- Consider: Ask questions of the verse. Imagine what it would be like to have experienced what’s happening. Read the verses surrounding this verse and use other study tools to dig even deeper, if you prefer.
- Apply: What is God saying to you? How does this verse relate to your life today?
Features of the NIV Verse Mapping Bible
The NIV Verse Mapping Bible includes several great features including:
Overview of each book of the Bible. The introduction page has the author, date(s) written, where the writings take place, general themes of the book and a brief introduction to the book.
There are many pages with scripture that do not include verse mapping “worksheets’ (more on that in a bit). The scripture is two-column with ample room for note taking in the lined margins.
I do find the typeface to be very small, but it is readable.
It also features a handy topical index. Looking for verses on Joy or Obedience? You can find in the topical index of the NIV Verse Mapping Bible.
The NIV Verse Mapping Bible is available in 5 different designs, including one just for girls. I have the charcoal grey version and love it. You may prefer one of the other designs.
Verse Mapping in the NIV Verse Mapping Bible
So, this Bible focuses on verse mapping, so let’s take a look at the verse mapping features of the NIV Verse Mapping Bible.
The Bible features a two-page overview and instructions for doing verse mapping on your own. If you’ve never verse mapped before, no worries, you’ll have step-by-step instructions here.
You may enjoy this brief video of the author, Kristy Cambron, going over the steps for verse mapping:
The NIV Verse Mapping Bible includes two different types of verse mapping pages. The first, is “blank” for you to choose a verse that God is revealing to you and go through the verse mapping process with it.
The second, already includes a verse, other translations of the verse and a look at key words including the Strong’s number.
My Overall Impressions of the NIV Verse Mapping Bible
There are many key features to love in this Bible: the verse mapping guide, pages and indexes. Other than the typeface being on the small side and the fact that it is only available in the NIV translation, I really do love this NIV Verse Mapping Bible. There’s not much to dislike. It’s a solid Bible with great verse mapping instructions and pages to dig deep with verse mapping. I can see me using this Bible often.
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What are your impressions of the NIV Verse Mapping Bible? Have you ever verse mapped before?
Because of Him,