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The Modern Life Study Bible Connects Modern Believers to God's Word


 

 

 

 

Is the Bible still relevant in our modern world?

Publisher Thomas Nelson turns to full color, high design to reconnect God’s Word to our world

 

 NASHVILLE, Tenn. – According to a recent survey about stress in America, money, relationship and work-related issues are the most common sources of adult stress. Amidst chaos of what makes up the modern age, it becomes easy for today’s Christians to get wrapped up in these basic struggles and feel disconnected from the world of the Bible. So while modern-day believers may be harried by constant digital connection, they could be reminded that challenges such as money, relationships and work parallel those struggles of biblical characters, over 2,000 years ago.

 

Guiding today’s Christians to connect the past and present, Thomas Nelson announces their newest Bible, The Modern Life Study BibleGod’s Word for Our World  (Thomas Nelson Publishing, January 21, 2014), which explores the timeless truths that relate the people and stories of the Bible to the opportunities and demands everyday people face today.

 

"The Modern Life Study Bible helps today’s believers connect to the world of the Bible by examining God’s character and how others have put biblical truths to work," says Robert Sanford, vice president and associate publisher at Thomas Nelson. "Through inspirational biographies, thousands of articles, beautiful, full-color illustrations, and more, The Modern Life Study Bible helps readers understand and embrace what it means to follow Christ in today’s world."

 

Written in the New King James Version, The Modern Life Study Bible helps modern-day believers apply biblical principles to everyday life in areas such as family, church, community and work. It aims to help Christians understand what it means to be members of God’s kingdom as well as citizens of a global village.

 

The Modern Life Study Bible is designed for Christians who consider the Bible to be central to their life and worldview. Using historical context and fresh insights backed by biblical scholars, this Bible has highly-designed contemporary resources that will engage, encourage and enlighten followers of Christ each day.

 

The Modern Life Study Bible is printed in full-color, along with other features such as:

• More than 2,400 concise articles and book introductions

• More than 220 full-color maps

• Hundreds of diagrams, tables and illustrations

• 66 inspirational biographies

• Indexes to aid navigation and study

 

Thomas Nelson publishers is a world leading provider of Christian content and has been providing readers with quality inspirational product for more than 200 years. As part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing Inc., the publishing group provides multiple formats of award-winning Bibles, books, gift books, cookbooks, curriculum and digital content, with distribution of its products in more than 100 countries. Thomas Nelson, is headquartered in Nashville, TN. For additional information visit www.thomasnelson.com.

 

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January 21, 2014

The Modern Life Study Bible Connects Modern Believers to God's Word


NKJV Website Aids Readers in Studying God’s Word


New Website Helps Increase Bible Engagement

Nashville, Tenn - Thomas Nelson publishers announced today the launch of a newly updated New King James Version (NKJV) website that will help people become closer to God’s Word. 

“The goal of the new NKJV website is to provide Bible readers everywhere the accuracy, trustworthiness and dependability of the NKJV and to increase their engagement with Scripture,” said Chip Brown, senior vice president and Bible publisher.  “We want to build upon the strengths that this translation has brought to its loyal readers for so long, and we want make new believers for the Kingdom.”

The new NKJV website, www.TheNKJVBible.com, boasts a number of Bible resources including:

  • Translation comparison
  • Topic, verse, and chapter search
  • Bible reading plans
  • Scripture sharing

“The NKJV has impacted millions of lives since it’s introduction and continues to help people gain a clearer understanding of God’s Word every day,” said Mark Schoenwald, president and CEO of HarperCollins Christian Publishing.  “We are excited to be able to increase that impact through the introduction of new Bible engagement resources like the NKJV website.”

To continue helping people further their ongoing connection with the Bible, the NKJV team plans to add additional resources and features on the website on a continual basis.

About the NKJV

The New King James Version is an up-to-date translation of the Bible by devout scholars, which maintains much of the beauty of the King James Version while increasing the accuracy and making the meaning clearer for today's reader.  There are several other good modern Bible translations available, but none does a better job of presenting the accuracy, beauty, and clarity that Bible readers need than the New King James Version.  The NKJV is the best Bible translation for studying God’s Word.

About Thomas Nelson

Thomas Nelson, Inc., part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, is a world leading provider of Christian content and has been providing readers with quality inspirational product for more than 200 years. The publishing group provides multiple formats of award-winning Bibles, books, gift books, cookbooks, curriculum and digital content, with distribution of its products in more than 100 countries. Thomas Nelson, is headquartered in Nashville, TN with additional offices in Plano, TX. For additional information, please visit www.thomasnelsoncorporate.com.

December 11, 2013

THE SISTERS IN FAITH BRAND EXPANDS ITS REACH


Bible for African-American Women Will Be Sold at Costco Club Stores

Devotional Series Based on the Bible is Now Online at BibleGateway.com

Sisters in Faith Will Speak on Empowerment at the ESSENCE Festival

 

NASHVILLE, TN (July 2013) – The reach and influence of the Sisters in Faith brand of inspirational products for African-American women is expanding across the country in stores, online, and through in-person events. TheSisters in Faith Holy Bible: Encouraging and Empowering African-American Women with God’s Truth (Thomas Nelson, $39.99, ISBN 9781401675158), a Bible designed to address the concerns of today’s Christian woman, will soon be sold at Costco, the world’s largest membership warehouse chain. A weekly devotional based on the Sisters in Faith Holy Bible is now available at BibleGateway.com, an online a Bible resource site that serves millions of visitors each month. In addition, the Bible’s editors will participate in the Empowerment Experience at the 2013 ESSENCE Festival, the nation’s preeminent annual event celebrating African-American culture and music.

Costco will begin selling the Sisters in Faith Holy Bible on Monday, July 8, 2013. The warehouse chain, which has more than 68 million members and 626 warehouse stores worldwide, will initially offer the Sisters in Faith Holy Bible in 7 U.S. markets.

“We are very excited to see increased support for the Sisters in Faith brand from our mass market accounts, including Target, Sam’s Club, Wal-Mart and now Costco,” says Megan Jayne, Key Accounts Manager, Mass Market Sales at Thomas Nelson. “We believe that the fresh voices represented in this brand, along with the strong, Biblical content, will resonate with today’s African-American woman seeking spiritual growth through books that are accessible and applicable to her everyday life.”

“Michele and Stephanie are incredible ladies; they are a constant stream of ideas and bubbling with energy,” says Robert L. Sanford, Vice Presidentand Associate Publisher, Thomas Nelson Bibles,Reference, and Curriculum. “Thomas Nelson is privileged to have such delightful advocates for the products we’ve created together with them.”

 In addition, women can now connect with the Sisters in Faith Holy Bible online through a new weekly devotional series on BibleGateway.com. Sisters in Faith Devotionals consist of reflections written by executive editors Michele and Stephanie, as well as other contributors to the Sisters in Faith Holy Bible. Each writer brings her unique perspective to a wide range of everyday issues like managing anger, finding time for prayer, or lending a helping hand to other women in the community. Devotionals are emailed out every Monday to those who sign up to receive a newsletter on Biblegateway.com: http://www.biblegateway.com/newsletters

Jenkins and Moore will also take the Sisters in Faith Holy Bible’s message to the 2013 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans, LA. They will participate in the Employment Empowerment Experience Series as panelists for the “Reinvent Your Life and Your Business” discussion on Saturday, July 6, at 1:30 p.m.

The Sisters in Faith Holy Bible is a sister-to-sister guide through the Word of God. It demonstrates how His Word is active and will impact every interaction of life in a practical way for the African-American woman. The Sisters in Faith Holy Bible seeks to highlight where the Bible speaks in to five major areas of life: God, Family, Others, Self, and Career. Contributors include first lady Jamell Meeks, recording artist Joann Rosario Condrey, novelists Kim Cash Tate, Vanessa Davis Griggs, and other scholars and artists. Executive editors Michele Clark Jenkins and Stephanie Perry Moore are the co-founders of Sisters in Faith, an entity established to create meaningful products that encourage and empower African-American women with God’s truth, and address the needs and concerns of life that are particularly challenging to the women in this culture.

“African-American women have long suffered and long loved the Lord in such a way that being Christian and being African-American is synonymous,” say Jenkins and Moore. “But very little Christian product reveals her voice through the body of Christ and almost none has been created to speak directly to her in a way that relates to her life and her struggle. This beautiful Bible, along with the devotionals and other Sisters in Faith books, will be guideposts on a journey for all of us to awaken a new and dynamic spirit.”

Raise Him Up: A Single Mother’s Guide to Raising a Successful Black Man ($9.99, ISBN 9781401677824), written by Stephanie Perry Moore and her husband, Derrick Moore, and part of the Sisters in Faith brand, is featured in the June issue of Ebony magazine and the July issue of ESSENCE magazine. Information about all of the Sisters in Faith products is available online at www.thesistersinfaith.com.

Thomas Nelson, Inc., part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, is a world-leading provider of Christian content and has been providing readers with quality inspirational product for more than 200 years. The publishing group provides multiple formats of award-winning Bibles, books, gift books, cookbooks, curriculum and digital content, with distribution of its products in more than 100 countries. Thomas Nelson, is headquartered in Nashville, TN with additional offices in Plano, TX. For additional information, please visit www.thomasnelson.com.

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INTERVIEWS with the EDITORS, IMAGES, ARTICLES, AND EXCERPTS AVAILABLE

Contact: Gwendolyn Quinn at GwendolynQuinn@aol.com / (718) 622-4100 / (917) 769-7808

Or Jennifer Keller at Jennifer.Keller@HarperCollins.com / www.thomasnelson.com

July 03, 2013

THE SISTERS IN FAITH BRAND EXPANDS ITS REACH


Best-Selling New Spirit-Filled Life Bible hits shelves in New Living Translation June 11th


The best-selling New Spirit-Filled Life Bible has already captured the attention of two million readers around the world and can now be purchased in the easy-to-understand New Living Translation. Published by Thomas Nelson, this latest edition of the New Spirit-Filled Life Bible is available beginning June 11, 2013.

Presented in a crisp, new modern packaging, the NLT New Spirit-Filled Life Bible features the popular verse-by-verse study notes written by Editor Dr. Jack Hayford, founding pastor of The Church on the Way, and a team of anointed leaders. A great resource for gaining a deeper understanding of God’s Word, Hayford and his team are thrilled to have these notes now available in the New Living Translation.

“There is a 'breathing' that comes through the New Living Translation which will assist readers in opening them to the essence of the Holy Spirit, actively transmitting the truth and wisdom of God's Word,” shares Dr. Hayford. “With His 'breath' comes understanding that will always relay the life and graces He originally 'breathed' (II Tim. 3:16). Such reading with understanding and receptivity will always help us see Jesus Himself in the Word.
I welcome the NLT as a fresh, timely assist to our experiencing Christ revealed in our hearts and minds; increasingly making us “more and more like Him”-- transforming of our daily worship and practical living as promised (II Cor. 3:18).”  

Compiled for Christians who want a fuller, more in-depth understanding of the Scriptures, the New Spirit-Filled Life Bible follows Dr. Hayford’s balanced biblical teaching and preaching ministry that will encourage daily Bible reading and study. The New Spirit-Filled Life Bible equips Christians through the power of the Word with content such as Kingdom Dynamics, Truth-In-Action charts, annotations that give clear verse-by-verse explanation to thousands of scriptures, Word Wealth, and maps, plus introductions and outlines for every book of the Bible.

“Two decades! That’s how long the Spirit-Filled Life Bible brand has been serving Christians with best-selling Bibles,” said Robert Sanford, Vice President & Associate Publisher at Thomas Nelson. “We’re so pleased, now, to have partnered with our friends at Tyndale House Publishers to bring the New Spirit-Filled Life Bible in the popular New Living Translation.”

The New Spirit-Filled Bible is also available in the NKJV translation, which was recently updated with a fresh, new packaging that complements the look of the NLT.

For more information on the New Spirit-Filled Life Bibles, please visit www.NelsonBibles.com

Dr. Jack Hayford is Chancellor of The King’s University, Dallas ~ Los Angeles, which he founded in 1997. From 2004 to 2009, he also served as President of the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel. He is probably best known, however, as “Pastor Jack,” founding pastor of The Church on the Way in Van Nuys, California, where he served as senior pastor for more than three decades. Pastor Hayford has penned more than 52 books and composed 600 hymns and choruses.

June 27, 2013

New Teen Bible Created with Input from Kids and Parents Aims to Ignite Young People’s Love of Scripture


Ignite: The Bible for Teens (NKJV) makes a big, complicated, thousands-of-years-old book accessible to today’s young people with an interactive approach geared to kids ages 11-15. Ignite draws upon the expertise of youth pastors and skilled Bible editors, as well as calling upon the real experts—teens and their parents—to ensure that this would be a Bible that teens would enjoy using. The Teen Advisory Committee, made up of 45 teens and their parents, provided enthusiastic input on many elements. Ignite will be published on July 16, 2013, by Thomas Nelson Bibles, a division of HarperCollins Christian Publishing.

Research conducted on behalf of Thomas Nelson Bibles found that nearly 40% of churched teens read their Bible outside of church less than once per week. The biggest challenge for many middle school teens is difficulty navigating the Bible, the research found. But teens do recognize the importance of reading Scripture. When they do read the Bible, they report that it’s because they want to know God better; to understand God’s plan for their life; and to learn how God expects them to act.

“Getting teens to connect with Scripture is an ongoing challenge for youth workers,” says Mark Oestreicher, the general editor of Ignite who has worked his entire life in youth ministry. “Even teens who feel the value of reading the Bible struggle with it.”  Ignite is designed to help young teens engage with Scripture, making what may seem like an intimidating tome approachable and inviting. Further, Oestreicher points out, “Ignite connects the macro themes of the Bible to issues in the real life of a typical teen.”

Most youth Bibles target older teens, ages sixteen and up. Ignite is especially for younger teens. It employs a lively, down-to-earth tone that anticipates their questions and challenges, without talking down to them. Several unique features help kids relate sacred wisdom to their real-world experiences, covering key life issues for teens such as identity, relationships, and more:

  • Spotlight: an overview of the Bible in just 100 readings.
  • White Hot Topics: articles that highlight topics kids are thinking about: “stuff that matters for everyday and stuff that’s important for living as a Christian.”
  • Flashpoints: helpful, day-to-day topics that help teens deal with whatever may be going on in their lives.
  • Sparks: verses that focus on God’s promises.
  • Soul Fuel: verses for reading and memorizing.

 

Ignite also includes introductions to each book of the Bible providing basic, need-to-know information in quick bites: what the book is about, who wrote it and when, why the contents of the book matter to the reader, and where to find key stories. Helpful “Find It Fast” indexes, and a dictionary with topical concordance, will help prevent kids from becoming frustrated as they try to find particular books of the Bible, verses or topics.

Thomas Nelson, Inc., part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, is a world leading provider of Christian content and has been providing readers with quality inspirational product for more than 200 years. The publishing group provides multiple formats of award-winning Bibles, books, gift books, cookbooks, curriculum and digital content, with distribution of its products in more than 100 countries. Thomas Nelson, is headquartered in Nashville, TN with additional offices in Plano, TX. For additional information, please visit www.thomasnelsoncorporate.com

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About Mark Oestreicher, General Editor, Ignite: The Bible for Teens

Mark Oestreicher has been involved in church ministry his whole life, particularly with teenagers and youth workers. Marko has had a broad experience working in churches in roles ranging from Junior High Pastor to Executive Pastor. For 11 years, Marko was at Youth Specialties in San Diego, an organization that trains and equips church youth workers – the last 8 of those years as president. Concurrently, Marko was also a part of the leadership team of Zondervan (Grand Rapids, MI).

Marko has authored or contributed to more than 60 books, including the much-talked-about Youth Ministry 3.0. Marko is a partner in The Youth Cartel, providing resources, training and coaching for church youth workers. Marko’s blog.

For more information about Ignite, or to schedule an interview with Mark Oestreicher, please contact Kelly Hughes, 312-280-8126 or kelly@dechanthughes.com.

June 12, 2013

"Start!" Bible General Editor to Lead America in Prayer


Pastor Greg Laurie Named Honorary Chair of 2013 National Day of Prayer

Pastor Greg Laurie, general editor of “Start! The Bible for New Believers”, has been named Honorary Chair of the 2013 National Day of Prayer.  Laurie is senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California and Harvest Orange County in Irvine, California.  He also leads Harvest America, one of the largest evangelistic events in American history.

Laurie is a featured speaker of the nationally syndicated radio program “A New Beginning,” broadcast on more than 650 radio stations around the world.  He also hosts a weekly television program on the Trinity Broadcasting Network and has appeared on numerous other television news programs.  He has written more than 70 books and serves on the board of directors of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

“Start!” is a resource for new Christians discovering their faith and for seasoned Christians wanting to reconnect to their faith.  “The purpose of the Start Bible is to make the Word of God accessible to people,” said Laurie.  “It’s not how you mark your Bible, it’s how your Bible marks you.  The ‘Start!’ Bible is accessible, friendly, understandable, and when you apply the truths found within it – life changing.”

On May 2nd, the 2013 National Day of Prayer is asking participants to pray for America referencing Matthew 12:21, “And in His name Gentiles will trust” (NKJV), as the day’s Scriptural foundation.  Laurie will deliver a special prayer he has written that will be simultaneously read throughout the nation at noon (EDT). 

“We don’t need to make the Bible interesting; it already is interesting.  It already is powerful; and as the Scripture says itself, ‘sharper than any two-edged sword,’” said Laurie.

Available in multiple formats and bindings, including an upcoming mobile app, “Start!” is helping bring people around the world closer in their relationship with God.

For more information about “Start! The Bible for New Believers” visit www.TheStartBible.com.

For more information about Greg Laurie and Harvest visit www.Harvest.org.

About Thomas Nelson, Inc. Thomas Nelson, Inc., part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, is a world-leading provider of Christian content and has been providing readers with quality inspirational product for more than 200 years. The publishing group provides multiple formats of award-winning Bibles, books, gift books, cookbooks, curriculum and digital content, with distribution of its products in more than 100 countries. Thomas Nelson is headquartered in Nashville, TN with additional offices in Plano, TX. For additional information, please visit www.HarperCollinsChristian.com.

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 For interviews and more information contact:

Blake Aldridge, Sr. Director of Marketing, HarperCollins Christian Publishing

blake.aldridge@HarperCollins.com / 615-902-2254

March 26, 2013

New book from John MacArthur: A Revolutionary Look at the Gospels of Jesus


One Perfect Life is The Complete Story of the Lord Jesus

Nashville, Tenn. (March 12, 2013) – No other figure in history has had a more significant impact. The life of Jesus Christ—as documented in the four, independent, historical testimonies of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John—demonstrates perfection. Pastor, teacher and best-selling author John MacArthur presents the Gospels as one cohesive narrative, providing a powerful and profound composite picture of Christ, God and Man in his new book, One Perfect Life: The Complete Story of the Lord Jesus ($29.99, ISBN 9781401676322). A story so plainly laid out in its entirety for the reader, it causes the Gospels to be read with a fresh clarity and drama that cannot be gained by jumping back and forth between the four books.

Examining the gospel accounts from the New King James Version (NKJV), One Perfect Life is a comprehensive, easy-to-understand story of Jesus’ time on Earth. “It is a devotional tool that encourages the believer to be enraptured by the story of Jesus. It is a study tool, designed to help readers see the chronological flow of Christ’s life. The end result of this harmony is the best news the world has ever been given, about the most significant life in all history, Jesus Christ,” says John MacArthur.

As a bonus, the One Perfect Life eBook ($34.99, ISBN 9781401676339)—released simultaneously with the print edition—includes the entire New King James Version Bible text as an appendix. Every book, chapter and verse entry in the text is hyperlinked to the corresponding Scripture text. 

 “Throughout my ministry, when preaching through a gospel narrative, I would always draw in the relevant passages from the other Gospels in order to complete the picture and tell the whole story. It was when I came to the end of Mark’s gospel that I decided the best way to put the story of our Lord together was by producing a harmony that represented what I had done in my preaching for forty years,” says MacArthur.

One Perfect Life was written to deepen the readers confidence in the trustworthiness of the Bible. From Genesis to Revelation, MacArthur notes references made about Christ throughout the Scripture. Using the provided study notes with each section, readers will be drawn into a more meaningful worship and discovery about the glory of the Savior who was, and is, and is to come.

“In addition to strengthening the faith of the believer, this book demonstrates that there are no contradictions in the Gospels. These four separate records can be reasonably harmonized, proving that any alleged discrepancies exist only in the minds of unbelieving critics, and not in the actual texts themselves. When all the details from all accounts are known, the full story is clear and divine authorship affirmed,” MacArthur continued. 

Senior Pastor Steven Lawson endorses the book by saying, “Drawing from a deep well of preaching Christ for a half-century, this preeminent expositor has provided the church with a soul-stunning, breathtaking view of the person and work of the Lord Jesus that leaves us bowed low at His nail-pierced feet. Simply put, here is MacArthur at his best—clear, concise, penetrating, profound and most of all thoroughly Christ-centered.”

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John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, president of the Master’s College and Seminary, and featured teacher with the Grace to You media ministry. In more than four decades of ministry, John has written dozens of best-selling books, including The MacArthur Study Bible, The Gospel According to Jesus, and Slave. He and his wife, Patricia, have four married children and fifteen grandchildren. For more details about John MacArthur and his Bible-teaching resources, contact Grace to You at 800-55-GRACE or www.gty.org.

About Thomas Nelson, Inc. Thomas Nelson, Inc., part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, is a world leading provider of Christian content and has been providing readers with quality inspirational product for more than 200 years. The publishing group provides multiple formats of award-winning Bibles, books, gift books, cookbooks, curriculum and digital content, with distribution of its products in more than 100 countries. Thomas Nelson, is headquartered in Nashville, TN with additional offices in Plano, TX. For additional information, please visit www.thomasnelsoncorporate.com.

 

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One Perfect Life:

The Complete Story of the Lord Jesus

By John MacArthur

Available on March 5, 2013 from Thomas Nelson, Inc.

RELIGION / CHRISTIAN LIFE / GENERAL

ISBN: 9781401676322 / $29.99

eBook: 9781401676339 / $34.99

 

AUTHOR INTERVIEWS, IMAGES, ARTICLES, AND EXCERPTS AVAILABLE

Contact: Jennifer Keller at JKeller@ThomasNelson.com / 615-902-2421

March 12, 2013

Bible Gateway hears ‘The Voice’!


Thomas Nelson’s newest Bible translation is now offered for free on BibleGateway.com

Celebrating its 20th year online, Bible Gateway kicks off 2013 by adding a new voice to its multiplying list of available Bible translations.  “The Voice,” the newest Bible translation introduced to the market in late 2011 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. has received hundreds of endorsements from pastors, ministry leaders, Bible readers and faith seekers from all over the world. 

“The Voice” experience has grown in popularity among active, private and cultural Christians everywhere. “The Voice” appeals to its audience with its unique dialogue written in screenplay format, allowing readers to step into the story of Scripture. The reaction by readers to this translation’s format was Bible Gateway’s initial attraction to bringing “The Voice” on board. 

“We fell in love with the concept of ‘The Voice’ and its desire to reach the average reader,” said Rachel Barach, General Manager of Bible Gateway.  “After noticing that overwhelming reviews were coming from scholars, pastors, ministry leaders and the everyday Bible readers, we knew it fit Bible Gateway’s mission.” Bible Gateway’s effort to provide free Scripture for all who want a better connection with God’s Word made “The Voice” a natural resource for the site.  

Bible Gateway, one of the largest Christian websites in the world, currently hosts more than 160 different translations in over 70 different languages.  As the site and mobile app continue to grow, Bible Gateway now averages over 100 million unique visitors per year.  

“I was so impressed with ‘The Voice’ from the moment I first experienced it personally, ”said Chip Brown, senior vice president and publisher for HarperCollins Christian Publishing.“Everybody I know that reads 'The Voice' is passionate about how it brings the Scriptures alive for them. Readers on Bible Gateway have been asking for 'The Voice' and we are pleased to honor their request." 

Bible Gateway users can engage with “The Voice” in a number of ways to expand their Bible reading.  In addition to making the full Bible text available on the site, “The Voice” will introduce several reading plans throughout the year, beginning on February 13th, in celebration of Lent and Easter.  On February 21st, Bible Gateway will launch “The Voice” daily Bible verse newsletter for email subscribers.

“The Voice” is the result of a unique collaboration among scholars, pastors, authors, poets, musicians and other artists. The 120-member team translated each word of Scripture into a story that is faithful to the original Greek and Hebrew text, easier to understand and conveys the beauty and timelessness of Scripture.

For more information about “The Voice” and to download a free copy of the New Testament visit www.HearTheVoice.com.

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About Bible Gateway BibleGateway.com, part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, seeks to encourage Bible reading and Scriptural understanding among Bible readers everywhere. Celebrating 20 years online, Bible Gateway continues to offer free access to the Bible in more than 70 languages and 160 different translations. BibleGateway.com has grown to currently more than 14 million unique visitors per month. Please visit Bible Gateway at www.biblegateway.com.

About Thomas Nelson, Inc. Thomas Nelson, Inc., part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, is a world leading provider of Christian content and has been providing readers with quality inspirational product for more than 200 years. The publishing group provides multiple formats of award-winning Bibles, books, gift books, cookbooks, curriculum and digital content, with distribution of its products in more than 100 countries. Thomas Nelson, is headquartered in Nashville, TN with additional offices in Plano, TX. For additional information, please visit www.thomasnelsoncorporate.com.

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For interviews and more information contact:

Casey Harrell, Director of Corporate Communications, HarperCollins Christian Publishing

casey.harrell@harpercollins.com / 615-902-1109

February 12, 2013

{thrive} what is it and how did it come to be?


by Ashley Linne

What is {thrive} and how did it come to be? I wish I had some fancy, exciting impetus to tell you about that led to the origins of {thrive}, but I don’t. It is an idea that has been percolating in my mind for years… ever since I first started leading Bible studies. And the reason I started leading Bible studies was because I looked around and thought, “Hey. This is what’s going on in my life, and here’s what I feel like God has been saying to me about it.” No grand, lightning-bolt encounter. No earth-shattering event. Just a steady longing in my heart.

That isn’t to say there isn’t a story behind it. God’s Word has always had a pretty important place in my life. My mother recalls the four-year-old me that would loudly “preach” while standing on a rock outside my grandparents’ condo. (Their neighbors really loved that.) One Sunday when I was in fifth grade I saw other kids in my apartment complex playing on the playground and thought they needed Sunday School, so I called them over and started telling them the story of the Creation and the Fall. I will never forget Nick, who prayed to ask Jesus into his heart a couple weeks later.

As a preteen I remember getting my first Bible. Ok, it wasn’t my actual first Bible—but it was the first one I felt like was “for me.” It was a teen Bible and I distinctly remember sitting in my room one night not long after getting it at youth group, and feeling what even then I recognized as a spiritual hunger. I read almost the entire book of John that night.

As a seventeen-year-old college freshman and religion major I was heartbroken at some of the things my peers were living through and wanted them to know Jesus loved them. That led me to write out simple thoughts about how the Bible applied to those things. Eventually I got to tell groups of students what I was learning.

While my heart was in the right place, what I didn’t always realize was that God didn’t just want me to show others how His Word applied to their lives and situations. More importantly, He wanted to completely transform my own life. I got pretty good at exegesis and translating Greek, but I didn’t always allow God into the wounds in my life. For a couple years I lost myself in teaching the Bible to others and loved it, but often neglected to allow the Holy Spirit to do His work on my own broken heart.

As a seminary student I took a class called Biblical Hermeneutics. It encompassed everything I had always loved about studying the Bible. As I was learning about biblical genres and how to interpret Scripture, I realized that there was no reason everyone who loves Jesus can’t know all these things. I couldn’t think of one good reason for the everyday woman to not know how to read, study, and interpret Scripture for herself. Why should she wait for someone else to tell her what it says? By this time in my life I had begun to allow God into some spaces of my heart that had been badly fractured, and had begun the hard work of healing from past abuse. The technicality of Scripture collided with the transforming power of Scripture inside me. The stories and verses I had always clung to started to look like a reality in my life and not just a bright hope for tomorrow.

This is when {thrive} started materializing in my mind, though it didn’t have a name at the time. I began to think, what if there were resources written by women who had been there, been in the trenches of life and fought through the muck and mire? Women who were not plastic, shiny versions of the ideal Christian woman but real, organic, and maybe even a bit scarred. And what if those women had experienced God in such a transforming way through His Word that they could come alongside others and show them how completely relevant this good old Book really is? I liked the implications of these what-ifs.

Slowly but surely God dropped me into conversations and situations where I met women who fit those what-ifs. When I described my heart’s desire, it was like we all breathed a sigh of relief at finding someone else who was singing from the same page of music. And now, here we are—a little chorus of voices looking for those who will sing with us to the great glory of God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.

These other women are smarter and more qualified than I am to tell you about {thrive}, and I hope you’ll join us as we all tell our stories together in the coming months and years. What we hope to offer you are transformative, interactive books and group experiences designed to empower you not to just survive but thrive, encouraging you to immerse yourself in the Scripture and the person of Jesus Christ. The authors of {thrive} are a collaborative circle of women from all walks of life seeking after the heart of God, and we hope you’ll join us on the journey.

 

Ashley Linne is a lover of God, lover of people, wife of @linne, mom, Bible study writer/editor/producer, singer, teacher, aesthete, and Oxford Graduate School grad. She is also one of the authors of the {thrive} book series.

Search Twitter hashtag #thrive4women for additional author news and updates.

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February 01, 2013

Pastors, Musicians, Scholars, Bestselling Authors, Bible Teachers and Students Praise The Voice Bible Translation


Bestselling author and humorist Jon Acuff and Michael Tait, lead singer of Newsboys have added their voices to the chorus of praise for the innovative new Bible translation,The Voice. They join a roster of scholars, pastors, and writers who’ve been favorably impressed with its beauty, style, and theological grounding. Acuff, author of Stuff Christians Like, loved how personal and intimate The Voice made the Bible. “Stories I'd read a hundred times jumped off the page!” he said.

The translation’s ability to make Bible stories “jump off the page”  is a refrain that resounds in many of the endorsements received by the publisher of The Voice, Thomas Nelson, Inc. Newsboys singer Tait says, “It brings to life...the Word of God.”  Author and pastor Pete Wilson says, “The Voice is the first translation that has made me audibly say ‘Wow.’ It’s fresh, enlightening and extremely accurate.”

Comments received about The Voice echo appreciation for its faithfulness to the original text, and for how it conveys the beauty and timelessness of Scripture. Many praised the exquisiteness of the translation: “The Voice Bible is a choral masterpiece,” says scholar and author Leonard Sweet. “If you want to walk in the beauty and majesty of Scripture, start here!” says Mark Denison, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Conroe, Texas.

Women of Faith speaker and popular Bible teacher Lisa Harper comments, “The fluid, relevant format of The Voice is a great reminder that the Bible isn't a text book or a rule book but a divine love story. As a Bible teacher, I also appreciate the fact this is a translation instead of a paraphrase, which means it's both readable AND theologically reliable. The bottom line is, I think The Voice is the bomb!”

Thomas Nelson, Inc.’s research among Bible readers and pastors found that nearly two-thirds of the people who have seen it liked The Voice better than their current Bible. Like the notable people whose comments are featured at http://www.hearthevoice.com/responses, they responded warmly to a fresh way to experience Scripture. 

Completed this year after seven years of work, The Voice is the result of a unique collaboration among scholars, pastors, authors, poets, musicians, and other artists. Their “dynamic translation” approach attempts to capture the unique literary quality of each book of the Bible.

For more information about The Voice and for a free download of the New Testament, please visit www.HearTheVoice.com.

Thomas Nelson, Inc., part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, is a world leading provider of Christian content and has been providing readers with quality inspirational product for more than 200 years. The publishing group provides multiple formats of award-winning Bibles, books, gift books, cookbooks, curriculum and digital content, with distribution of its products in more than 100 countries. Thomas Nelson, is headquartered in Nashville, TN with additional offices in Plano, TX. For additional information, please visit www.thomasnelsoncorporate.com

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