Monday, January 23, 2012

book review: Common English Bible & giveaway

"Known for being "built on common ground," the Common English Bible is a collaboration of 120 academic scholars and editors, 77 reading group leaders, and more than 500 average readers from around the world who joined together to clearly translate the Bible's original Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek languages into 21st century English. More than half-a-million copies of the Bible are currently in print. It's also available online and in digital formats."

I like the small-ness of the Bible. It's the perfect size to carry with you without being too heavy, yet still easy to read. I immediately highlighted on of my favorite verses as soon as I opened it, eager to see the difference in the translation. It's Jeremiah 29:11-13: "I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord; they are plans for peace, not disaster, to give you a future filled with hope. When you call me and come and pray to me, I will listen to you. When you search for me, yes, search for me with all your heart, you will find me." I love how the Message adds "I'll make sure you won't be disappointed" at the end of verse 13 but I like the CEB as well. I don't feel like it reads vastly different than the translations I'm used to but there are a few differences which is the whole point. I enjoy comparing how different translations all say the same thing but in different ways. I like how one will focus on something completely different than another. This is a great Bible to help you delve deeper into the Word of God.

I received a free copy of the CEB from The B & B Media Group and the CEB people giving me a chance to give a copy away! To enter to win a CEB softcover edition, just leave a comment, and e-mail address, telling me your favorite Bible verse. For extra entries, become a follower of my blog (+1 entry), tell me how you found out about this giveaway (+1 entry) or comment on any of my other posts (+1 entry). Contest is for U.S. residents only (CEB rules) and ends on Tuesday, January 31 at 8:00 p.m.



  1. So if I don't win, where can I find one to purchase that's like the one you have? I like the idea of it being small, etc. Love the translation!

    My email is Found your post on Twitter retweeted by the CEB people.

    Hope I win anyway!

  2. Oh! I forgot to tell you my favorite Bible verse (I got listed as "Unknown" above, asking where I could purchase). It's Isaiah 55:12

  3. I'm not sure where you can purchase the Bible - I would guess your local Christian bookstore but you can actually download both Genesis and Luke by going to this link: Thanks so much for stopping by my blog!