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5.0 out of 5 starsthis is a paraphrase not a translation however i REALLY like it and i rarely find it out of step ...
Reviewed in the United States on March 2, 2016
Note, this is a paraphrase not a translation however i REALLY like it and i rarely find it out of step with my understanding of King James etc. Reading it allows you to cover large sections of the bible to get the big picture fast and almost anyone at any reading skill will increase their understanding. As far as i am concerned this should be read in conjunction with your favorite "translation" and you will be the better for it.
While I love the Clear Word Bible, it is only a paraphrase version of the Bible; not a translation. It is extremely easy to read; like reading a story. My dislike is the limitations of the Kindle edition. You can go to the main menu and select a book of the Bible to find, but you cannot look up chapters and verse. You are stuck scrolling from say Psalms 1:1 to Psalms 150:6. That's a LOT of scrolling forward in pages. You do have the options of looking up Kindle's "locations", but that is very unhelpful looking up scripture. Get a better menu system Kindle.
This is a fine paraphrase of scripture, but it is not a bible! Of course, due to idiomatic expressions in every language, it is almost impossible to ever have a literal translation of any speech or writing from one language to another. Each language has it own expressions which are completely meaningless in other languages. The "Clear Word" tries to avoid these by paraphrasing the original Bible text into the modern American English so that the idea is easy to understand. Most of the time it succeeds very well. But, it is only just a paraphrase, and must be understood as such. Thus, while it is easy to understand and enjoyable to read, if I want Biblical authority, that is "a thus sayeth the Lord," I will not use this book, but will use a trusted version of the Bible, such as the "King James" which was translated with meticulous effort by men of God who risked their very lives to make available the everlasting Gospel to English speaking people. I do not intend to demean those who compiled the Clear Word, nor their efforts. Certainly, it helps me understand some of the more obscure texts from older translations, so it is a very welcome tool. It is a lot easier for me to understand the more modern American English.
3.0 out of 5 starsContent is good but not Kindle friendly.
Reviewed in the United States on March 17, 2021
Nothing wrong with the content. Kindle User Interface is not easy to navigate through books, chapters, verses. No search feature either. If you plan to read this bible as a book it wouldn’t be as much a problem.
4.0 out of 5 starsProduct great! Pocket-size was a surprise!
Reviewed in the United States on December 7, 2012
I was surprised to discover it was pocket sized; the size was not clearly stated in the product description. However, I love this paraphrased version of the Bible! It is very clear and easy to understand! I have plenty of Study Bibles; this paraphrase was just what I wanted. The person who stated in their review that it 'wasn't a real Bible' obviously does not understand the difference between a paraphrased Bible and a study Bible and the purpose of each. I would like to add that the denomination of the author of THIS paraphrased Bible doesn't matter any more than it does for other paraphrased Bibles such as, "The Message Bible."
5.0 out of 5 starsThe stories in the bible,they come alive
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 4, 2014
Reading the bible should not be an arduous task of having to deal with difficult literature that masks the idea intended in the first place. This translation makes the bible not only easier to read, but more animated in the sense that you can identify with the characters in the book and put yourself in their shoes, something that can be a really invaluable experience.
4.0 out of 5 starsHelps clarify difficult passages in the Bible.
Reviewed in Canada on April 28, 2014
I gave this book a four-star rating out of five because it lived up to its name. It helped make the word of God, clear, and easier to understand. I'm not endorsing this book as a replacement for the Bible because it is not a Bible. It is a great study tool. My only dislike is it would've been nice to have study notes telling you where you can find additional information to back up with the clear word is stating, i.e. Encyclopedia Britannica, ABC website, etc. etc. some quotes from Bible scholars throughout history and today. I recommend reading this book alongside King James our new King James Bible. It has opened my mind and brought peace to my heart. Thank you for reading this and God bless you in your studies.
5.0 out of 5 starsBetter understanding of the bible
Reviewed in Canada on January 28, 2014
I've been reading this bible paraphrase like a story book. I'm actually understanding the more difficult parts which now makes more sense to me. Usually I skip through the more boring parts or the parts I don't understand but not this book. I'm also spending way more time in the bible now.