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New “Bible for Life” Radio Spots (October 2005)

We’ve released eleven new spots in the “Bible for Life” radio campaign. Each one-minute spot has someone reading a passage from the ESV and meditating on it. Over 700 radio stations now carry “Bible for Life.”

This month’s spots feature Christin Ditchfield, Nancy Rue, Plumb, Tammy Trent, and others. For example, here’s Christin Ditchfield talking about 2 Corinthians 12:8-10 (1MB mp3).

Listen to all the spots at www.esv.org/radio/bfl .

October 10, 2005 | Posted in: ESV,General | Author: Crossway Staff @ 10:13 am | Comments Off »

ESV Children’s Bible Published

ESV Children's Bible coverCrossway has just published the ESV Children’s Bible. This edition contains the complete ESV text plus 214 illustrations and material geared toward kids at the beginning and end of the volume. Crossway designed the Bible to emphasize the Word of God.

The material at the beginning helps children learn how to read, meditate on, and apply the Bible. Read an excerpt from the front (130K PDF; the areas that look pink–technically, magenta–appear a deep red in the printed version. These excerpts come from proofs prepared for the printer and don’t have color-correction applied).

The 80 pages of material at the end introduce children to the message of the Bible. The material reviews key events and ideas found in the Bible and doesn’t shy away from tough topics like sanctification. It talks about some ways to study the Bible and how to apply it to kids’ lives. Parents can go through this material with their children. Read an excerpt from the back (469K PDF).

Here are all the topics covered in the supplemental material:

  • The Bible, God’s Message to Us
  • What the Bible Says About Itself
  • How to Use the Bible
  • About This Bible
  • Who Is God? What Is God Like?
  • God Makes Himself Known
  • God Chooses a People for Himself
  • The Ten Commandments
  • From Old to New Testament
  • Jesus: God’s Righteous Son
  • Good News!
  • The Gospel of Jesus
  • What Is Salvation?
  • Salvation Explained
  • Sanctification: Becoming More Like Jesus
  • The Fight of Faith
  • Fighting the Fight of Faith
  • Verses That Will Help Me Fight the Fight of Faith
  • The Promises of God
  • Go into All the World
  • How Will You Respond to What You Have Read?
  • Bible Reading Tips
  • Bible Reading Plan
  • Learning to Pray
  • Bible Memory
  • Dictionary

We’ll be giving away some of these Bibles to readers of this blog in the near future.

Here’s Crossway’s description of the Bible:

Kids—Here Is a Bible Just for You!

The ESV Children’s Bible is the whole Bible, created just for kids! Young Children will love the 200-plus full-color illustrations. All Children will love that this is a real Bible, the same as grown-ups read, not a simplified Bible or storybook that they will soon outgrow. Families will love to explore together all of the beauty and riches of God’s Word.

The ESV Children’s Bible is…

Ideal for Kids 6-7—to enjoy the pictures and begin to read along at home and in church.

Ideal for Kids 8-9—to read on their own and memorize key verses.

Ideal for Kids 10-12—to read and learn from the many features about…

  • The Message of the Bible
  • The Plan of Salvation
  • Becoming More Like Jesus
  • The Promises of God
  • Introductions to Each Book of the Bible
  • How to Read the Bible
  • How to Pray

The ESV Children’s Bible is a real Bible for real kids—a Bible to cherish for life.

The Bible currently has a list price of $24.99. Find it at Crossway, Amazon.com, or Christianbook.com.

October 7, 2005 | Posted in: Editions,ESV | Author: Crossway Staff @ 9:49 am | (2) Comments »

Meet Us at GodBlogCon 2005

There’s still time to register for next week’s (October 13-15, 2005) Christian blogging convention in Southern California, GodBlogCon. We’d love to see you there.

ESV Compact Thinline TruTone, Charcoal Crown DesignEvery attendee will get a free ESV Bible (Compact Thinline TruTone edition, Charcoal Crown design).

We’re also presenting a session. Here’s the synopsis:

Blogging in Business

In this session we’ll discuss how you can use blogs in an established business. We’ll talk about how the ESV Bible Blog came about, how it’s increased interest in and awareness of the ESV, and how the blogging philosophy has changed our marketing approach and even our company.

You’ll learn tips for starting a product-focused blog, what to do (and what not to do) to keep people coming back, ways of coping with the unexpected consequences of having a blog, how to interact with other bloggers, and why a blog challenges you to understand your products and your company better.

We come from the world of Christian publishing, but the lessons we’ve learned can apply to any industry.

October 5, 2005 | Posted in: ESV,General | Author: Crossway Staff @ 9:09 am | 1 Comment »

New Bibles for Riley and Logan

Judith Crotts’s blog chronicles life with her three kids in Little Rock, Arkansas. She writes of a recent event in the lives of her oldest daughter and son:

We got them each a Bible (except Emmie [the youngest] whose verse is still “Thy words were sweet and I did eat them”). ESV, about 4″ x 6″, and they’re pretty stoked on picking out their own colors. Don’t make me point out what ought to be obvious as far as whose is whose. Logan cried because he didn’t get to “use” his on Sunday.

Pink and orange ESV TruGrip Bibles

From the “how cute” department. Hopefully they’ve had a chance to use their Bibles since Judith posted her entry.

October 3, 2005 | Posted in: ESV,General | Author: Crossway Staff @ 9:38 am | Comments Off »

Daily Light Now Available as RSS Feed

Chris Harrison emailed us a good question about why Crossway offers Bible reading plans as RSS feeds but not the ESV version of the devotional Daily Light on the Daily Path that’s also available on the site. The answer, it turns out, is that there wasn’t a good reason.

We’ll let Chris take it from here:

A couple of days ago, I emailed the webmaster over at Good News Publishers/Crossway Books about the availability of an RSS feed for the “Daily Light on the Daily Path” devotional they have available online (and in print). I’m happy to report that as of this morning, an RSS feed is now available.

The URLs

About Daily Light

For over a century, Daily Light on the Daily Path has been a favorite devotional book of those who realize the tremendous benefit of reading and praying Scripture. Originally printed in the mid-1800s, Daily Light was born out of the devout faith of Samuel Bagster, a British bookstore owner determined to share his faith with his twelve children.

The Bagsters’ daily practice of reading Scripture together, then connecting the day’s verses with other passages, inspired one of the children to compile their devotions for publication. The family discussed and prayed over the selection and arrangement of each verse until they were convinced that no further improvement could be made. After two years of prayer and consideration, the devotions were printed in two volumes for morning and evening reading.

September 30, 2005 | Posted in: ESV,General | Author: Crossway Staff @ 8:48 am | 1 Comment »