I recently completed listening to the whole Bible in a year while commuting. In years past, I had only read the Bible through. But listening was a marvelous experience.
This collection of 20 CDs, The Word of Promise: New Testament Audio Bible, offers a wonderful way to consume Scripture.
Listening to the NKJV with such a high-quality, dramatic presentation is like closing your eyes while hearing the voices of the original authors. For example, while listening to 1 Peter, I could hear a nib scratching out the words on parchment. Thomas Nelson really went over the top in production with these 20 CDs. You’ll recognize many famous voices in the roles of biblical characters and authors. Even Jim Caviezel, from The Passion of The Christ, as Jesus. I also loved hearing Richard Dreyfuss’ voice reading the Bible!
With all the production put into the sound, it would have been good to put a little extra into the packaging. When the case arrived, half of the CDs had come off their trays and were sliding around loose. The trays themselves require holding multiple CDs—so that I had to remove all the CDS to get to the one in the back. Efficient packing but ease-of-use suffers.
Still, listening to the Bible, as opposed to simply reading it, allows you to consume God’s Word in the way the Lord originally intended it. The Bible tells us, for example: “At the end of every seven years . . . you shall read this law in front of all Israel in their hearing” (Deuteronomy 31:10–11). And: “When this letter is read among you, have it also read in the church of the Laodiceans; and you, for your part read my letter that is coming from Laodicea” (Colossians 4:16). And: “Until I come, give attention to the public reading of Scripture” (1 Timothy 4:13).
So, perhaps you should try listening to the Bible for a change. I found it refreshing.