Friday, January 23, 2009

Listen to the Bible

Ever heard Max McLean read?  If you've ever listened to Moody Radio, you probably have.  He often reads the verse-for-the day.  Anyhow, if you want to hear him read more of the Bible, you can!  Just visit, and look at their audio resources.  You can download passages of Scripture by the chapter on your Real Audio or Flash Player.  And it's all free!
    There's other audio versions of the Bible available other places, too.  Just search  When you're ordering one, be sure you know what you're looking for.  Do you want a dramatic version with sound effects and different voices for each character?  Or do you want a simple reading by someone with a resonant voice?  The version I ended up buying stands somewhere in-between, and it's given me quite a few chuckles.  For one thing, it plays music in the background.  Now, that wouldn't be a bad thing, except that there's only two possible songs, and the mood of the song is often completely out of keeping with what's happening in the story!  I mean, do you really want to listen to a battle with happy music playing?  Also, there's a pretty broad range of acting ability.  Some of the actors are awesome and really bring the meaning of the verses out.  But others read each word individually and their delivery becomes pretty choppy.  Case-in-point: when Balaam starts beating his donkey and they get into a conversation, Balaam holds up fine.  But his donkey takes so long to recite her lines that it really drags!  (Now, maybe I should give the actor some benefit-of-the-doubt.  After all, that was probably the first time the donkey ever talked!).
    Anyway, if I had it to do over again, I'd find the simplest version I could. That way, your imagination can have more fun than a preschooler with a pile of Tupperware.  And you can learn without being distracted.

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