Sometimes you come across an idea which is so impressive you wonder why it hasn’t been thought of before. Collins’ Holy Bible Anglicized NRSV with daily readings and prayers from the CofE’s Common Worship is one of those. Well, almost. Who wouldn’t want a bible combined with the Daily Offices all in one book? A great idea which could have been greater if there were just a few amendments.
Firstly, the good points.
- The idea for a start – combining a bible, lectionary and Daily Offices in one book is a great idea. Especially for those who want to take it travelling. Who wants to lug around 3 books when one will do?
- The font and type size are excellent and clear. Nice use of bold text (sans serif) for chapter headings and verse numbers. There are also a few footnotes for reference and a centre column for links.
- There are 2 ribbon markers (white and blue) to match the navy cover.
- The Offices are at the back of the bible and are written out in a daily format (Sun – Sat) so you don’t need to jump back and forth. I think a similar font and layout to Common Worship is used – sans serif in black and red.
- The price at Amazon is pretty good – 45% off the retail price of £30 at the moment.
- The cover is navy with lots of little crosses etched into it, with the title on the spine also etched. It also comes in a presentation box.
Could do better:
- Amazon says it is hardcover and it is not. It is navy vinyl (faux leather I think they call it) and very floppy. But it looks like it should last and is wipe-clean at least.
- Another 2 ribbon markers would have been much more sensible when you have 2 daily readings plus the Office and the Lectionary to find.
- The bible has no Apocrypha but then the Lectionary doesn’t use those books either.
- The Offices do not include Morning and Evening Prayer although Amazon advertise it as having Daily Prayer. Instead it is adapted from Time to Pray and is Prayer During the Day – a sort of shorter service – and Compline. I suppose if you are travelling it would be a good length (like the little Franciscan CCP pocket version).
- The Lectionary (Additional Weekday Lectionary) runs from 2010 to 2020 and after that you’re on your own. I’m afraid this bear with a small brain didn’t understand the format for years after 2011 but perhaps someone from the CofE can explain it to me.