Thomas Nelson announces The Breathe Life Bible

June 19, 2023

Thomas Nelson, a division of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, announces its partnership with Michele Clark Jenkins and Stephanie Perry Moore to develop The Breathe Life Bible. The project is scheduled to release in February 2024. This is their third Bible project with Thomas Nelson.

The Breathe Life Bible, cover art

“After the tragic death of George Floyd, I began to ask the Lord, ‘What shall we do in the face of continued injustice and oppression?’” said Jenkins. “Stephanie and I began to talk about it and seek the Lord for answers. That led to the creation of this Bible.”

The Breathe Life Bible is designed to help readers put their faith into action as they study Scripture through the lens of the BREATHE acronym: Believe, Reconcile, Exalt, Act, Trust, Hope, and Elevate.

This Bible also includes articles exploring each of these seven aspects of BREATHE, Q&A format articles addressing difficult life situations, short biographical sketches of 49 different biblical people, and more.

“This Bible was created specifically for people of color and others who have felt marginalized,” said Jenkins. “It navigates the Word of God to bring light to real life issues. It seeks to replace helplessness with active faith with the peace and promises found in God’s Word by connecting Scripture to experience, and biblical truth to daily life.”

The commentary and features of The Breathe Life Bible draw on the wisdom and experience of 24 leaders who are deeply invested in addressing issues of justice with biblical truth:

  1. Dr. Bernice A. King
  2. Ambassador Andrew Young
  3. Bishop Hezekiah Walker
  4. Bishop Marvin Sapp
  5. Bishop Vashti McKenzie
  6. Pastor Debra B. Morton
  7. Bishop Kenneth Ulmer
  8. Dr. Franklin Perry, Sr.
  9. Matthew Wesley Williams
  10. Thelma Thomas Daley
  11. Derrick Johnson
  12. Dr. Charrita Danley Quimby
  13. Dr. Eric Lee
  14. Pastor Derrick Moore
  15. Arthur Satterwhite
  16. Pastor Tommy Kyllonen
  17. Dr. Helen Delaney
  18. Pastor Tommy Stevenson
  19. LaKeesha Walrond
  20. De’Leice Drane
  21. First Lady Jamell Meeks
  22. James Guitard
  23. Dr. Lakeba Williams
  24. Walter Kimbrough
  25. Jekalyn Carr

“I’m grateful for the team of editors and writers who have created the notes for The Breathe Life Bible,” said Philip Nation, vice president and publisher of Bibles for Thomas Nelson. “This is an edition that leads us to put action to our faith. I hope that their work will give everyone greater courage to stand strong during days that feel overwhelming, shed light on the dark places of this world, and activate us to walk boldly in faith.”


About the New King James Version

Trusted by millions of believers around the world, the New King James Version (NKJV) is a bestselling modern “word-for-word” biblical translation. It balances the literary beauty and familiarity of the King James tradition with an extraordinary commitment to preserving the grammar and structure of the underlying biblical languages.


About Michele Clark Jenkins and Stephanie Perry Moore

Michele Clark Jenkins is the author of She Speaks, a former HBO and Black Family Channel executive, and acts as the Senior Director, Consulting Group for Griffin & Strong, P.C. Stephanie Perry Moore is a bestselling author is a bestselling author of 80 novels and is the showrunner for The Cool and the Strong a scripted SCETV/PBS show based off her newest book series, Magic Strong. Together, Jenkins and Moore are the cofounders and leaders of Sisters in Faith, a ministry devoted to encouraging and empowering African American women with God’s Word.

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