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Word of Promise: Next Generation New Testament
March 3, 2009, 6:57 pm
Filed under: Non-Fiction Review, Thomas Nelson Reviews

wopNow the entire New Testament is ready for the Wired Generation.

Today’s youth ingest media at a faster rate than any previous generation. And they can’t get enough! The Word of Promise: Next Generation – New Testament is the perfect way for young multi-taskers to absorb Scripture. This ambitious recording makes the Word accessible to more kids than ever before.

Starring a Hollywood-level cast of young talent including Cody Linley (Hanna Montana, Dancing with the Stars) as Jesus, AnnaSophia Robb (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) as Mary Magdalene, Jordin Sparks (American Idol Winner) as Elizabeth, Cobin Bleu (High School Musical) as Peter, Alyson Stoner (Cheaper by the Dozen) as Martha, and narrated by Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings).    The project includes informative book introductions by author Max Lucado and his daughter, Jenna Lucado, who is a speaker on the Revolve® Tour.

The Word of Promise: Next Generation is much more than just a word-for-word reading: it’s an all-star cast performing audio drama with a rich original score and Hollywood special effects. When Jesus walks on the water, kids will feel like they’re in the boat. When Peter waits in the courtyard during the Lord’s trial, the fire will crackle. The ambient sounds of the Holy land, the breath-taking musical score, the world-class young actors and the timeless Word of Promise all combine to deliver an unparalleled achievement.

Set includes 24 hours of audio drama on 3 mp3 CDs and a bonus 75 minute Behind-the-Scenes DVD featuring interviews with the actors.

-My Review

I was thrilled when I saw on the Thomas Nelson review site Word of Promise: The Next Generation. This “Book” had already been offered for review and all the copies gone before i signed up. But when i logged in a couple of days ago, Tada!! there it was up for review again!
I knew both my sister and I would enjoy listening to this Audio bible.
The actors read the International Children’s Bible, which is a neat, to-the-point translation. Some of the more recognizable verses are made to sound different, which is both a good and bad thing. Your mind doesn’t glaze over the meaning because of childhood repetition, but it also might not be as meaningful to you as the translation you remember.
Cody Linley as Jesus was a bit of stretch for me, he seemed to come across as too dramatic, and not truly heart-felt.

The included DVD, delves into the making of the audio Bible and the thoughts of the actors. It has both serious and funny moments, which makes it a entertaining watch for both kids and parents.
This is a good, family friendly way to experience the bible. It can be a bit too hollywood at times, but, it’s a great traveling companion for a van full of tweens!


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