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Holy Bible: Seek Find: The Bible for All People (Contemporary English Version)

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  331 ratings  ·  21 reviews
The CEV was published by the American Bible Society in response to an urgent need for a translation that would reach those many millions who are not reading the Bible. The goal was a serious translation-not a paraphrase-combining historical and scholarly accuracy with contemporary language that everyone can understand. Here is a Bible that speaks to all people, wherever th ...more
Hardcover, 1744 pages
Published October 5th 2006 by Putnam Adult (first published January 1st 1995)
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Feb 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very enjoyable modern language translation of the Bible. Like most translations, there were parts where I really liked the way it was translated, and there were other sections that disappointed.

Genesis - foundational to any hope of understanding the rest of the Bible. Do I believe in the supernatural or not?
Exodus - God chooses a people, demonstrates that He is the greatest and most powerful God ever and begins trying to mold and shape them to His purpose. Are the various commandments, laws an
Chilly SavageMelon
My mom might be a good Catholic, or she might be a bit of a nut. But at one point, she agreed to buy me a plane ticket to Europe were I to read the Bible in it's entirety.

"Did you really do it?", people often ask, knowing I took and used the ticket.

Of course, I'm a good son. It took over a year to complete, and I still have my notes somewhere - all the bits of OT hatred, parts that seem to contradict, things here and there that stick out as interesting. But in all, it's rather dull. What's amazi
Michael Adigun
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So readable, you can't miss the message!

I have read more than a dozen excellent translations but the Contemporary English Version is one of the most readable for me.

I would urge you to buy this translation if you find it difficult to understand the Bible. It's so readable that you will have several aha! moments. For example, John 11 v 25 in NKJV quotes Jesus as saying, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live." But in the CEV, it reads: " I am
David Campton
A dynamic equivalence translation of the Bible coming out of the same stable and ideology of the "Good News/Today's English Version" of the Bible, but based on a lower reading age and aimed at people who are not familiar with the traditional language and concepts of Christian faith. Some have accused the translators not only of simplifying the language (which brings its own problems) but also skewing some of the theological meaning... but given that many of these critics are themselves approachi ...more
Not long ago I completed my fourth reading of the Bible. The translation I read this time was a version of the Contemporary English Vervsion (CEV) which I had been given in 1997 at the ELCA Lutheran National Youth Gathering in New Orleans. The picture accompanying this review is not the same cover as my Bible, but I think it is the same text.

All four that I've read are fairly common protestant translations that have had either the official or tacit endorsement of the ELCA church I grew up in. H
Dec 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Bible never disappoints, and I enjoyed this translation which was new to me. I try to read it through in a year every couple of years, and I finished right on schedule today. This translation is in modern language and is particularly designed for reading aloud. They've tried to make phrasing choices that minimize confusion when you're hearing the text. There were times when the wording was quite different from my old familiar NIV and gave me a fresh perspective on the text. This was a good a ...more
Sarah Tummey
Dec 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this because I wanted a Bible for my Kindle, and it's a version I really like that you can't get on the Bible Gateway app. I don't regret buying it because it's easy to navigate through the books and chapters using the Search facility. However, it's a shame all the footnotes are at the back instead of within the text, and there were some verses where I had to go back to the New Century Version for clarification (the NCV is still my favourite Bible overall).
Cherie Durbin
May 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite Bible. While easy to read, the translation stays true to the original text. It's printed on quality paper and I love the modern cover design. I found this book years ago in a bargain bin for five dollars. It's the best investment I ever made.
Oct 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*I haven't quite finished this one yet, but since I can't count "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian" again and I didn't start reading this one in 2015, I am counting it now. I actually finished this book on January 9, 2016.*
Brendan Cheney
Dec 28, 2009 marked it as reference  ·  review of another edition
Too many people hold conservative views without knowing what the Bible actually says.

FYI, the CEV is not very poetic. I know some writing teachers recommend that anyone wanting to improve their prose should read the Bible - they specifically mean the King James Bible, not the CEV.
The most "readable" version of the Bible for modern readers looking to move through the scripture, in my opinion. It varies quite a bit from the versions I grew up with, which makes the "famous" scriptures a bit weird to come across, but very relateable and applicable.
Aug 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone who wants a better life
This is the instruction book for my life. I want to live like Jesus and follow his teachings.
Nov 05, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fairly readable translation of the Bible. NOT a study Bible, but good for just sitting down and reading.
Aug 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: every one
Recommended to Veronica by: a friend
The bible is brand new & in very good condition. It contains the Old & New Testaments & very easy to read.
Apr 30, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
OMG (who probably is laughing) I hate hate hate this version of the Bible. My pastor likes to read Ecclesiastes in this version, which BUTCHERS the book.
Stephanie Folarin
I spent the year reading the bible and completed it. Very happy!
Oct 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I took a year to read the Bible and chose this version as more easily understandable. Believe me--there's still plenty I don't understand.
Robert Turner
Feb 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked this version of the bible because it mentions giant sea monsters. I thought that was funny.
Joan DeArtemis
I don't like this version as much as the HarperCollins version, but sometimes I just want to see something worded slightly differently
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