Sunday, February 15, 2009

Word of Promise Next Generation - New Testament: Dramatized Audio Bible

Teens looking for a more accessible way to read the New Testament will be drawn to this collection of CD's, especially since their favorite stars provide the voices. Some of the stars do a great job, especially Jordin Sparks as an emotive Elizabeth. However, some of the voice-acting isn't so great--Cody Linley's dreamy-voiced Jesus is quite irritating.

The carefully-paced narration and modern translation might be helpful for reluctant teen "readers;" however, these elements might be a bit annoying for those more familiar with the Bible.

Introductions help put each book into historic perspective, and the 40-day "reading" guide is also helpful. A bonus, behind-the-scenes DVD is a big draw: the teens stars give thorough interviews about their experiences with not only this project but also their TV shows and movies. They also speak about their faith.

Overall, this resource makes it easy for teens to get into the Bible--as long as they're not annoyed by their favorite stars' lack of voice-acting experience.

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