Reviews by Felipe Liebold
March 7, 2020  |  2:46 PM   |    Good (4)
Rendering a work like the Book of Common Prayer (BCP) into electronic format is more difficult than a regular book. To fully use a resource like the printed text of the BCP, you must hold a spot in one location (ex the order for the Daily Office) to reference seasonal/variable items in other sections (ex collects, daily lectionary readings, psalms, etc). Electronic versions of BCP texts can take MORE time and effort to move between sections than a printed text. Print versions can be bookmarked ...
Rendering a work like the Book of Common Prayer (BCP) into electronic format is more difficult than a regular book. To fully use a resource like the printed text of the BCP, you must hold a spot in one location (ex the order for the Daily Office) to reference seasonal/variable items in other sections (ex collects, daily lectionary readings, psalms, etc). Electronic versions of BCP texts can take MORE time and effort to move between sections than a printed text. Print versions can be bookmarked for instant tactile access to multiple desired contents.

Despite those potential drawbacks, I decided to buy the Accordance version of the BCP 1979 text and was very pleased with my purchase. I love that I now have a way to search directly for the text of prayers and items that I cannot remember where to find, which is way more time consuming with a printed text!

Most importantly, I was VERY impressed by how well organized the text is. The Accordance seems to balance well the strengths and advantages of both the printed and electronic versions of a text. With some notable exceptions, it’s ideally arranged for quick and simple navigation between various sections, and subsections for the BCP. I doubt I would get anything nearly as well organized and quick to use if I went with a Kindle or other ebook version of the BCP.

I didn’t provide 5 stars for this product because of the following:

My biggest irritation with the Accordance version of the 1979 BCP, since it provides the most frequent frustration, is that the included Psalter is not arranged by chapter number, rather by the corresponding day of the month in a 30-day reading plan. Since I don’t use a 30-day reading plan, when I try to look up a Psalm reading by a particular chapter number, the only method for finding it is trial and error. It would be great if Accordance gave an option between either a search by chapter OR a search by the day of the month as it is now (at least for the mobile version).

Also, I would love to see ALL of the “Collects for the Church Year” (both the “Traditional” and “Contemporary” sections) organized by seasonal headings, not just those that start after Pentecost. The electronic version has the advantage of being able to group these, so why not add groupings for the seasons of Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, & Easter also? This would make finding the appropriate seasonal collect faster and easier to find.

Other then those items, I have little else to fault with Accordance’s 1979 version of the BCP!

Finally, given the strengths of the Accordance version of the BCP, I’m surprised they haven’t developed versions of the older BCPs that are still heavily referenced to this day: for example 1662 and 1928 (all of which I believe all are in the public domain). I would venture that there is likely a HIGHER demand for those versions in Accordance than even the 1979 version. I know I’d love to own them in Accordance.
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January 3, 2019  | 11:39 PM   |    Fantastic (5)
This is a fantastic resource that I’d highly recommend to anyone who is either new to more liturgical forms of Christian worship or have been immersed in it for a while and is seeking deeper understanding. I’ve been going to an Anglican church for a couple years now and have consulted this book frequently to define a variety of terms- more so since I have this on my iOS version of Accordance and can conveniently access the info at any time.
January 3, 2019  | 11:12 PM   |    Fantastic (5)
This is an incredible translation that somehow captures the charm and poetry of the original Hebrew...in English! I was first introduced to this translation in seminary when I took a class on the Pentateuch. Now it’s my translation of choice for the first five books of the Bible (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy). It’s vivid language helps me to better connect and understand what can often be baffling to a modern reader.

Also, the translation notes and commentary are very ...
This is an incredible translation that somehow captures the charm and poetry of the original Hebrew...in English! I was first introduced to this translation in seminary when I took a class on the Pentateuch. Now it’s my translation of choice for the first five books of the Bible (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy). It’s vivid language helps me to better connect and understand what can often be baffling to a modern reader.

Also, the translation notes and commentary are very helpful for understanding the text. These alone are a wonderful value for the Accordance version.

My only disappointment with the Accordance version was that the original artwork in the printed version was not included (at least on the iOS version- I’m not sure about the desktop version). Still, overall, I love that I can now carry this translation in my pocket- the printed version is way too large to reasonably carry around.

I really hope that Accordance will eventually be able to offer Dr Fox’s other translations soon (Joshua, Judges, Ruth, I & II Samuel, etc)!
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October 8, 2018  |  9:10 AM   |    Fantastic (5)
A great resource! I like the variety of maps and subjects it provides for full a full historical context of the European Reformations. I’d love to see more themed historical atlases such as this available through Accordance.

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