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September 06, 2011


The Expanded Bible offers real understanding!


Nashville, Tenn.– A Bible full of concise, expert help will soon be available to everyone who wants to know more about the Word, from lay readers and scholars to busy moms, business professionals and Bible students.

Thomas Nelson’s The Expanded Bible – including both Old and New Testaments – is releasing Nov. 8, to be available to anyone seeking to experience the full meaning of God’s Word.

“Whether you’ve been reading and studying the Scriptures for a while, or you’re a beginner, it doesn’t matter. This is for everybody,” says Bob Sennett, Thomas Nelson Senior Editor for Bible, Reference and Curriculum. “You are able to see, in a clear and concise format, much of what a translator sees while working to be faithful to the text. Your Bible-reading experience becomes rich, multi-layered and profound.” 

Innovative expansions in the text show the complete meaning of each passage, making the Bible more relevant for today’s Christian and allowing a reader to explore the depths of the Scriptures while reading.

This Bible format has been created by skilled translators who are not only experts in Scripture study and the original languages of the Scriptures, but also in the English language. That’s important because words and phrases from the original languages often have more than one meaning in English.

“Translators (in the past) needed to pick out one best word, which can be limiting and frustrating,” Sennett says. “But in The Expanded Bible, the translators can offer options and alternatives, and translate the way they always wished they could. That gives the reader a lot of benefit. There’s hardly a passage that doesn’t have expansion, even in places where you wouldn’t expect it.”

“This translation is a masterpiece of scholarship and artistry in offering the reader both depth and clarity in interpreting God’s word,” says Dr. Dan B. Allender, founding president and professor of counseling psychology at Mars Hill Graduate School in Seattle, Wash. “This is an immensely important resource that is for anyone who is serious about knowing the heart of God as they read the Bible.”

The Expanded Bibleoffers in-depth study in a completely new way. It includes comments and gives literal meanings of the ancient words, as well as traditional meanings to match what many readers grew up with. It also gives cross references and idiomatic renderings to convey the meaning of the text.

“This is an extremely important work for Thomas Nelson, because it offers yet another way for people to come to the Word of God,” says Gary Davidson, Thomas Nelson Senior Vice President and Bible Group Publisher. “We are excited at how The Expanded Bible will impact understanding and knowledge of Scripture.”

Ultimately, Davidson says, no translation serves the goals of clarity, accuracy and readability better than The Expanded Bible.

The Expanded Bible is a unique tool to deepen your own understanding of Scripture,” says Pastor John Ortberg of the Menlo Park Presbyterian Church in California. “This project makes the best of biblical scholarship more available to any interested reader of the Bible.”

 About the Scholars

Tremper Longman III (Ph.D., Yale)is the Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies at Westmont College. He has written numerous articles and authored or coauthored more than 20 books, including commentaries on Song of Songs, Ecclesiastes, Daniel, Nahum, and Jeremiah and Lamentations; How to Read Psalms; How to Read Proverbs; How to Read Genesis; and How to Read Exodus. He coedited and wrote articles for The Dictionary of the Old Testament: Wisdom, Poetry and Writings. In addition, he is one of the main translators of the New Living Translation and has served as a consultant on other translations of the Bible including the Message, the New Century Version, and the Holman Christian Standard Bible.

Mark L. Strauss (Ph.D., Aberdeen)is professor of New Testament at Bethel Seminary San Diego, where he has served since 1994. He is the author or coauthor of various books and articles, including Four Portraits, One Jesus: An Introduction to Jesus and the Gospels; How to Read the Bible in Changing Times; How to Choose a Translation for All It’s Worth (with Gordon D. Fee); Mark in the Expositor’s Bible Commentary, Revised Edition (with Walter Wessel); The Essential Bible Companion (with John Walton); Distorting Scripture? The Challenge of Bible Translation and Gender Accuracy; Luke in the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Background Commentary; and The Davidic Messiah in Luke-Acts. Dr. Strauss has a heart for ministry, and preaches and teaches regularly at churches, conferences, and colleges.

Daniel Taylor (Ph.D., Emory)is the author of 10 books, including The Myth of Certainty; Letters to My Children; Tell Me a Story: The Life-Shaping Power of Our Stories; and, most recently, Creating a Spiritual Legacy: Passing On Your Stories, Values, and Wisdom. He speaks frequently at conferences, colleges, retreats and churches on a variety of topics. Dr. Taylor is also cofounder of The Legacy Center, an organization devoted to helping individuals and organizations identify and preserve the values and stories that have shaped their lives. He is a contributing editor of Books and Culture.

Thomas Nelson is one of the oldest and largest Bible publishers, and is a leading provider of products and live events emphasizing Christian, inspirational and family-value themes. Visit www.ThomasNelsonBibles.comfor more information.

For image files and more information, contact Julie Belschner, publicist, at jbelschner@thomasnelson.comor at 615.902.2244.

 

August 25, 2011

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School is back in session!


Big yellow buses, backpacks waiting on the corner, a touch of coolness sneaking through the heat – school is back!

And tagging along on the trek to the classroom are Thomas Nelson products to help students – young and old – keep on the right path. New compact Ultraslimeditions of the Bible, released in late July, come in trendy colors of bright pink, bright gold/brown and bright green. Small enough to fit in a backpack pocket, they’re still big enough to read easily, with maps, a one-year reading plan, footnotes and section introductions. They come in both the King James translation, the most trusted translation for more than 400 years, and the New King James Version, with more than 60 million copies sold in 30 years.

For those students who are, or want to be, leaders, a repackaged NKJV Impact Student Leadership Bible will be available Oct. 18, full of articles and notes aimed at developing a balanced, healthy Christian worldview. Dr. Jay Strack’s Student Leadership University has helped more than 15 million 14- to 17-year-old students walk with confidence, offering practical resources for developing leadership skills, character and insight into the world. The Bible includes top life questions asked by youth – What You Want to Know, But Don’t Know Who to Ask – and a 24/7 counselor topical index. It is part of Thomas Nelson’s Signature Series of Bibles, all created after extensive market research.

Notebooks, pencils, calculators and class textbooks are all necessities – but so is a textbook for handling the world while staying on God’s path. For a new generation in this new millennium, a spiritual manual is critical. Thomas Nelson is here to help.

Thomas Nelson is one of the oldest and largest Bible publishers, and is a leading provider of products and live events emphasizing Christian, inspirational and family-value themes. Visit www.ThomasNelsonBibles.comfor more information.

 For image files, interview opportunities and more information, contact Julie Belschner, publicist, at jbelschner@thomasnelson.comor at 615.902.2244.             

Thomas Nelson is one of the oldest and largest Bible publishers, and is a leading provider of products and live events emphasizing Christian, inspirational and family-value themes. Visit www.ThomasNelsonBibles.comfor more information.

 For image files, interview opportunities and more information, contact Julie Belschner, publicist, at jbelschner@thomasnelson.comor at 615.902.2244.

                                                      

August 19, 2011

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Kids need Bible-study meat, not fluff


Theresa Plemmons Reiter realized children’s ministers needed help when a 4-year-old came to her for a prayer; his dog had died. Her answering prayer was quickly sent back to the drawing board.

“You don’t need to pray for my dog,” the little boy told her sternly. “He’s in heaven and he can talk to God.”

“That was the day I felt I was ordained by a little boy named Will on a playground,” Reiter says.

With four years under her belt as a youth and children’s director, and having supervised and hired children’s ministers at her large church in Florida, Reiter suddenly realized she needed more for children than simplistic Sunday School classes. She realized that pastors need Minister’s Manuals to reach young spirits.

The first manual Reiter created – Nelson’s Children’s Minister’s Manual – helps plan children’s events and sermons, work with church committees, engage parents, help children in times of crisis, and mentor children as they grow in CTheresa Plemmons Reiter realized children’s ministers needed help when a 4-year-old came to her for a prayer; his dog had died. Her answering prayer was quickly sent back to the drawing board.hrist. It was released by Thomas Nelson Publishers in July of this year.

Reiter’s second manual, Nelson’s Youth Minister’s Manual, will release from Thomas Nelson Publishers on Oct. 4, 2011. It will help youth pastors plan youth events and mentor the future leaders of the church. It gives helpful advice for growing children into spiritually strong, confident teens as they encounter the realities of the world.

“Little kids are sponges,” she says. “Why wait until they’re in sixth grade (for deeper classes)? It takes a crowbar and hammer then to get to them. I was getting kids in confirmation class who didn’t know the difference between the Old and New Testaments. I was starting off from scratch. At least 80 percent of them didn’t know anything about the Bible or their denomination. Parents didn’t worry about their spiritual lives until then; the kids had no spiritual foundation.”

Reiter looked at her own then-4-year-old son, who sat in on her confirmation classes, and realized he understood what she was teaching.

“We’re selling our kids short,” she says. “He said to me, ‘Why do the big kids get to do all the fun stuff?’ We’ve been underestimating our children for years.”

She started a new children’s class, aimed at answering deep spiritual and scriptural questions.

“I’m not afraid of any question they ask,” she says. “I’m not afraid to go deep. We need a children’s program with meat, not fun and games. They need deeper learning about relationships and intimacy with God. I have conversations with kids on God and the universe. When you’re talking to a little girl whose dad just died, you can’t just tell her to pray and it will be okay. She can pray all she wants but she’s not going to be sitting in her daddy’s lap anymore. Don’t water it down and flower it up!”

Reiter’s 4,000-member church now has the biggest Methodist Vacation Bible School in Florida, thanks to her new programs, with more than 600 children attending this summer.

Reiter has been in ministry for 30 years. She has served in Presbyterian, Southern Baptist and United Methodist churches, and currently serves as the Director of Children’s Ministry at First United Methodist Church in Lakeland, Fla., one of the top 25 fastest growing large United Methodist congregations in the United States. She is married to Craig, the “smartest man she knows,” has a 10-year-old son named Alex, and a loving and loyal cat named Jpeg. 

Reiter’s hobbies include travel, marathon running, scrapbooking, laughing and exaggerating. She was on the design team for the 2012 Vacation Bible School for Cokesbury, has written curriculum for Warren Willis Camps, and speaks at various conferences and retreats.

Thomas Nelson is one of the oldest and largest Bible publishers, and is a leading provider of products and live events emphasizing Christian, inspirational and family-value themes. Visit www.ThomasNelsonBibles.comfor more information.

 For image files, interview opportunities and more information, contact Julie Belschner, publicist, at jbelschner@thomasnelson.comor at 615.902.2244.

                                                        

August 19, 2011

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Buy a Bible, Help a Child video goes live!


Helping children who are faced with despair, death and disease -- that's the goal of Thomas Nelson Publisher's "Buy a Bible, Help a Child" program. Thomas Nelson Bible Group Publisher Gary Davidson talks in this new video about the vision God gave him one day as Gary drove to work. The vision was an idea for a publishing giant to support World Vision's programs around the world, helping "the least of these," and to put God's Word in Action in everyday life.

Go to http://youtu.be/MfJJvgLP5ec to view the video.

Visit www.SeeGodsWordinAction.com to learn more about the program!

July 08, 2011

Bill and Gloria Gaither, Thomas Nelson to partner!


Gaither Homecoming Bible to release in Fall 2012

Nashville, Tenn. -- Thomas Nelson Publishers, the largest Christian publisher in the world and the seventh largest trade-book publisher in the United States, is excited to announce a partnership with singer-songwriter legends Bill and Gloria Gaither to create a Bible that will inspire hope through scripture, song and story.

Scheduled to release in August 2012, the Gaither Homecoming Bible will be a collaboration of Gaither Homecoming artists throughout the years, with Gloria Gaither serving as managing editor.

“For decades the Gaithers have reached millions of people across generations, with their music of joy, thanksgiving and praise ushering listeners into the presence of God,” says Gary Davidson, Senior Vice President and Bible Group Publisher with Thomas Nelson. “They inspire hope through scripture, story and song, and we hope to capture that spirit of inspiration in this Bible.”

The Gaither Homecoming Bible will feature personal inspirational experiences with the scriptures, from Bill and Gloria Gaither as well as the Homecoming artists and those closely involved with their music ministry through the years. Included in the pages of this Bible will be carefully selected favorite hymns, gospel songs, and songs by Bill and Gloria Gaither. Also included will be statements by great historical and contemporary Christian writers, theologians, and thinkers about the part music has played in their own spiritual journeys.

The Bible will release under the Thomas Nelson’s Signature Series brand of premium Bibles in the popular New King James Version (NKJV).

Gloria Gaither says, “We have found the Word of God to be a living, vital force in our real, walking-around lives. It is our hope that the stories and experiences we and the Homecoming family of singers, writers and musicians share will encourage and inspire others to take seriously the Bible’s claim to be light for our path, a shield from negative forces, a sharp sword when we feel attacked, sweet honey in our mouths, and a dependable guide for life’s journey. Most of all we hope a developing love for the Scriptures will lead those who read it to the One who is the Way, the Truth and the Life.”

The Gaithers have produced more than 700 songs, hundreds of recordings, a dozen musicals, and a collection of books for both children and adults. In affirmation of Bill and Gloria’s contribution to the great pool of treasured gospel music, they have been awarded many Grammy and Dove Awards, the ASCAP Songwriters of the Century Award. They have been inducted into the Southern Gospel Hall of Fame and into the Gospel Music Hall Association Hall of Fame and Museum. The Bill Gaither Trio and the Gaither Vocal Band have also won numerous awards.

“Partnering with the Gaithers will enable us to reach out to millions more around the world with God’s Word,” says Davidson. “We are passionate about making a difference – and so are the Gaithers. God has blessed us by bringing them into our family. We look forward to a long-lasting partnership that will create new legacies for generations to come.”

Founded in 1798, Nashville-based Thomas Nelson Publishers is one of the oldest Bible publishers in the world, the largest publisher of King James Bibles and the proprietary publisher of New King James Bibles. The Gaither Bible will be published in the New King James Version, the best Bible translation for accuracy, beauty and clarity. More than 60 million NKJV have been sold in 30 years, making it the top-selling translation after the original King James Version.

Thomas Nelson Inc. is a leading provider of Bibles, products and live events emphasizing Christian, inspirational and family-value themes. Visit www.ThomasNelsonBibles.comand www.NKJVBible.comfor more information.

For more information or images, or to schedule an interview, contact Julie Belschner at jbelschner@thomasnelson.comor 615-902-2244.

 

July 06, 2011

Take Action Headed to the World


Thomas Nelson’s Take Action Bible is headed to 11 countries in 11 months.  Full of colorful stories encouraging Christians to make a difference, 180 of these Bibles are hitching rides in the backpacks of World Racers as they head on July 2 into the world to do exactly that – make a difference. 

Thomas Nelson Publishers believes the world desperately needs inspiration and that we are all a conduit for change. To further that mission, the company’s Bible Group in Nashville, Tenn., donated the Take Action Bibles to the World Race, a growing worldwide ministry.

The World Race symbolizes the intent in Thomas Nelson’s new God’s Word in Action campaign. As part of that campaign, for every Thomas Nelson Bible bought through a Christian retail store in the next year, a donation will go to World Vision, a worldwide ministry to help children.

 “We believe strongly in following His path of light as we fight against the darkness,” says Gary Davidson, Thomas Nelson Vice-President and Bible Group Publisher. “We want to encourage everyone to make a difference, to take an action in Jesus’ name, whether big or small.”

Through the “Buy a Bible, Help a Child” promotion, by March 31, 2012, Thomas Nelson plans to donate at least $350,000 to World Vision – which will grow through World Vision’s matching grants to $1.4 million.

The World Race is somewhat of a cross between the TV show Amazing Race, and The Peace Corps. Volunteers pay their own way to travel the world doing mission work to help “the least of these.”

May 30, 2011

Thomas Nelson Bibles hires two new family members


 Thomas Nelson Publishers has added two new people to the Bible, Reference and Curriculum publishing team. Ashley Linne joined the Bible Group as Curriculum Editor on April 1, and Julie Belschner joined the team as Bible Publicist effective April 11.

 As Curriculum Editor, Linne brings more than 12 years of curriculum and church-ministry experience including writing Bible studies, doing mission work and leading small groups. Her experience includes serving most recently as production editor with LifeWay Christian Resources, as well as years of college campus ministry and church ministry, and international mission work. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion from Eastern New Mexico University, and is currently completing her Master’s degree in Family Life Education at the Oxford Graduate School.

“Ashley brings a fresh new outlook to our team and is a tremendous asset,” said Gary Davidson, Senior Vice-President and Bible Group Publisher. “Her years of mission work are a perfect match for our company goal of reaching out to the world with God’s Word.”

Linne said, “I’m honored and humbled to be joining the Thomas Nelson team. I am so excited about the things God has in store for our curriculum department and am eager to discover His plans for the part we’ll play in the discipleship of upcoming generations. I feel like God has been preparing me for such a time as this—all my past experiences in life have been leading up to this moment.”

Prior to joining Thomas Nelson as Bible Publicist, Belschner was the owner of a public relations firm in South Carolina, and also served as editor, writer and photographer with journalism giants E.W. Scripps and Pulitzer. She is a graduate of Purdue University with degrees in both computer technology and marketing/journalism, and is a lay minister in the United Methodist Church. She has written three books and numerous magazine articles in addition to her newspaper and radio career.

“Julie is a seasoned PR veteran, a creative and versatile communicator, and an experienced media relations pro,” said Carla Ballerini, Vice President of Marketing for the Thomas Nelson Bible, Reference and Curriculum Group. “She is also an award-winning editor, writer and photographer, whose experience will help heighten awareness of our campaigns, initiatives and new products through media, both traditional and online.”            

Belschner has a son in Wisconsin – who has two sons – and a daughter in Illinois – who has two daughters – along with three dogs and two cats. She likes rehabbing houses, fishing and reading.

 “This position brings together my faith, my skills and my passion,” Belschner said. “I believe God has brought me to the perfect job for the perfect company in the perfect city. I pray every day that I will live up to His plan for me. To work for a company that puts God’s mission first is simply amazing. To have supervisors who pray every day to follow a path of grace and love in Jesus’ footsteps is a blessing without equal.”

Thomas Nelson is one of the oldest and largest Bible publishers, and is a leading provider of products and live events emphasizing Christian, inspirational and family-value themes. Visit www.ThomasNelsonBibles.comfor more information.

May 06, 2011

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