I spent yesterday looking through “The Lands of the Bible Today” (affiliate link) by Dave Branon and remembering Israel.
The images in the book were lovely. And the written content was just right. For each of the 44 locations covered in “The Lands of the Bible Today,” the author provided a list of relevant scriptures, key verses about the location, a bullet list of biblical events that occurred there, info on how to find the location and a list of things to see while you are there.
When I was in Israel in late 2019 I saw many (though not all) of these sites featured in “The Lands of the Bible Today” and I thought the author did them justice. I think the book could make a great travel guide (a few sites outside of Israel like Ephesus are covered as well) and would be helpful for anyone planning a trip to Israel. I suspect I might have tried to squeeze in a couple more stops if I’d had it.
I think the book could also be used as a Bible reference for those who have not gotten a chance to visit the Holy Land. I know that, for me, reading and seeing images of places I have not visited was interesting. The photos were beautiful and the maps help pull the information together.
Nothing, no book, or video, or image can capture the magic of the Holy Land. Every step you take is on holy ground. It is impossible, as a Christian, to not be aware of that.
Reading “The Lands of the Bible Today” (affiliate link) has also reminded me that it is well past time for me to catalog all my pictures of Israel and put my travel journal on the blog. I hope to begin doing that as the one year anniversary of the trip that changed everything for me approaches.