If you are unfamiliar with The Word Truth Life Chronological Bible, you are missing out on a valuable resource. From reading posts released over the last few years, you know that I do not impress easily and am adamant about using my preferred Bible for study. However, when I read the description and saw the layout for this Bible, I knew this was something worth sitting up and taking notice. I have never come across a book or lesson that so clearly displayed the events of the Bible coupled with a format that draws the reader in and creates the desire to learn more.
What struck me about this work wasn’t just the way things are organized for clarity but more because it is personal. When I began reading through it, I felt as though it was written for “me.” Now, I’m not conceited enough to believe that this version was written for me but am saying that it connects with the reader on an intimate level as coming from the One Who cares. For that reason, I made it a point to learn more about this arrangement and asked the author for an interview.
There is no literary piece in existence more important than the Word of God. Yet, even though Christians worldwide will readily admit that we must read it and apply it properly to our lives, many only have a Bible for decorations. Our special guest has a burning desire in her heart to ensure we know and comprehend God’s Word to us. I managed to arrange an interview with C. Austin Tucker to explain how this came into being. (I listed this under authors because of the writing, but she has humbly stated that she is the editor because God is the Author; she arranged the words in a timeline structure.)
BHS: We’ve spoken previously regarding this project and how you came to take on this project. For the benefit of our readers, could you tell us a bit more about what we can expect to find in our copy of the Word Truth Life Chronological Bible? Let’s start with the basics. Tell us about yourself and your previous work or experience in this area.
Tucker: At the very basic level, I’m just someone who has always loved the Bible and wants others to love it too. I’ve dedicated more than 10 years to reading and studying the Bible in its entirety. I then went to Seminary, where I received a Master’s Degree in Biblical studies. I plan to pursue a Doctorate very soon.
BHS: What is The Word Truth Life Chronological Bible?
Tucker: It’s a new Bible translation designed to make it easier to read and understand the entire Biblical story. It is being published in parts, with the first book in the series being Behold The Lamb: A Harmony of the Gospels. The next book, In the Beginning: Genesis to Deuteronomy, will be published later this year.
BHS: What makes it different from other translations?
It’s chronological – Events have been placed in the order that they occurred, as far as could be determined.
It’s harmonized – Harmonization is one of the main features that makes this Bible unique. It means scriptures that provide the same information are merged into one narrative. Most people are familiar with harmonies of the Gospels, but once this Bible is complete, it will harmonize scripture from Genesis to Revelation.
It’s shorter – Because of the harmonization feature, the entire Bible is shorter, but no information is lost. This eliminates the intimidation of reading such a huge book. For example, all four Gospels can be read in half the time it would normally take.
It’s uniquely formatted – For example:
Chapters and verses have been removed from within the narratives to prevent unnatural breaks in the storyline. However, scripture references are present in the heading of each section for those who prefer them.
Scripture references are aligned right instead of left; this makes it easier to read the Bible like a novel, as the headings don’t interfere with or interrupt the reading flow.
Tables and bullets are used to break up text, making the information easier to understand.
Dialogue is formatted as is common in novels, making it easier to follow the speaker.
BHS: What prompted you to take on such a massive project?
Tucker: The short answer: God. I had just returned from a long hiatus of ignoring Him and just doing my own thing. When I finally came to my senses, I didn’t immediately go to church; instead, I started reading the Bible. During the months I spent doing this, I formed a deep relationship with God and learned to hear his voice. When I read the Gospels, I fell in love all over again with a man that I had previously known only casually, Jesus Christ. And then God revealed that he had an assignment for me. I was to take the Gospels and put them in an easy to follow format. I already had a background in editing and writing and was very good at it. God took that gift and merged it with my love of the Bible. Little did I know the Gospels were only the beginning.
BHS: Was there ever any question in your mind about if you were called to organize this translation or if you could complete it?
Tucker: There was never a question about my being called to take on this project. God spoke to me very clearly, and there was never any doubt about what He told me to do. However, there were long periods where I’d get discouraged and stop working on the project. I battled many insecurities. I knew people would wonder “who is she” OR “who does she think she is,” and indeed, I often asked myself the same question. There was also discouragement regarding whether people would really be interested. Over the years, it has really grieved my spirit to see our nation, and even many Christians slowly put the Bible on the backburner of their lives.
BHS: This is truly a “labor of love.” It’s apparent that you poured yourself into what I like to call an historical narrative because it gels everything so cleanly and reads the way I would expect my friend to explain the Bible. How long have you been organizing and working on it?
Tucker: Fourteen years! After being given the initial vision, I took a couple of years to study the Gospels and do the necessary research. But after that, I spent several years on a merry-go-round of working on it and putting it aside. I’m just thankful that God never gave up on me. And I’m amazed that even after so many years, after all my discouragement, after all my stalling, His instructions never changed. I still had to do what He had asked me to do. So I finally did!
BHS: Most people would expect you to start “in the beginning.” Why did you choose to start with the Gospels?
Tucker: Because the story of Jesus amazed me, and the concept of four books telling the same story from different viewpoints intrigued me. Plus, at that time I didn’t know I was going to work with any other part of the Bible. The whole of the Bible points to Jesus Christ, even from the very first words in Genesis! In 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, Paul gives us the creed on which our faith is based: Christ died for our sins, according to the scriptures. He was buried, and he was raised on the third day, according to the scriptures. The Gospels tell us that story. They give us not only the “What” but the “Why” as well.
BHS: What do you want people to get most from this?
Tucker: I want people to read the Bible AND understand it. Many of us know the major stories of the Bible, but few know how those individual stories fit together as a whole. The books of the Bible converge into one amazing story of love, sacrifice, and redemption. God left us a book, and we need to know what it says. Reading the Bible promotes spiritual growth, provides a vehicle through which God speaks to us, and enables us to discern truth from error. I believe nothing is more important to our Christian walk than reading and understanding the Bible.
BHS: Where can we find you to stay updated and get informed of other releases?
Tucker: Visit http://WordTruthLifeBible.com and sign up for the Newsletter
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BHS: Readers, you can order your copy here:
You have the option to preview the inside to get a clearer idea of the presentation. I have a copy, and this is something that I would recommend to friends.