Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Book Review: Nelson's Complete Book of Bible Maps and Charts

When I signed up to be a book reviewer for Thomas Nelson Publishers, there were just a few books to choose from, so I requested this one because I thought it would be a good reference book. I was right.

One thing I like about it is that it is full of colored maps that cover every book of the Bible, giving us a complete look at all the different events and helping us make sense of where all of these things happened. It is much more extensive than the secton in the back of most Bibles that show where Abraham lived, where Jesus walked, and where Paul went on his missionary journeys. It includes these and so much more.

You can find out things like: where Elijah traveled, what the Agora of Corinth looked like in A.D. 56 (and what the Agora was), where the battles of Gideon occurred, and what the world looked like during the time in between the Testaments.

There are also charts depicting several ideas such as: the images of God in the Psalms, instances of God's miraculous deliverance of people of faith in New Testament times, harmony of the Gospels, and significant hymns and songs in the Old Testament.

I like the color photos. They help me visualize Bible times and places a little better. And another feature I like is the charts showing each book of the Bible "at a glance." There are synopses of each book of the Bible. And all of this is in the order of the books of the Bible for easy reference.

One more thing: all the maps and charts are available for download on the Thomas Nelson website, giving teachers as well as students a quick way to obtain these items for printing.

If you are a serious student of the Bible, I believe you would enjoy this book as an addition to your library.

(I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers for the purpose of this review. I did not receive any monetary compensation. All opinions are my own.)  

1 comment:

hopeinbrazil said...

Hi! Just wanted to stop by and respond to the comment you left on my blog (Worthwhile Books). I won't be reviewing 13 going on 18 because I didn't like it. I'm trying to put books I can recommend to others on my site and this one didn't make the cut. I needed encouragement and came away more depressed.