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Best Bibles For A Seeker or New Believer

A friend asked me which specific Bibles I would recommend a seeker or new believer to buy.
Just be aware that you are always fighting a battle when choosing a translation: should it be more romantic, poetic, and accurate, OR readable and understandable. You will find people fighting for one or the other based on their passion. I say, readable/understandable first, then get romantic!

If you want one single heavy-hitter, go with #3 (list below.) However, if you can make the investment, get #1 for the Bible text and #2 for the beginner's notes and a formal translation to compare to. If you want a study/reference Bible (or a good audio-bible), #4's your winner. (Once you become oriented to the Bible with a translation like the CEV, the more formal translations like the ESV or NIV feel just a bit more "magical," albiet less readable. It's a paradox.) Here goes:

(Note: You can compare all these translations via BibleGateway.com or read them using the mobile YouVersion app. Try entering 2 Corinthians 10:13.)

1. I found a CEV bible called "Seek Find: The Bible for All People." It looks awesome, and if anyone wants to get me a gift... Although I don't own it (to see the printing quality), I highly recommend this as the #1 bible not to be without - just because it's a beginner's CEV Bible., and because Amazon's "Look Inside" showed it well.)
http://www.amazon.ca/dp/0399153977/
-->You can find a an audio bible of the CEV read by ordinary Kiwis at http://podbible.com/podcast,
or you can download a dramatized version (with background music and effects) at http://www.bible.is/audiodownloader - 1995 CEV Audio Drama Complete.

2. Greg Laurie's START! Bible is in the NKJV and is probably the highest-reviewed "beginner's" bible from a technical standpoint (the notes are "not too biased"). It's eventually worth owning a technical translation such as this one... either a NKJV or ESV - my preference is ESV though. I am considering buying one of these to have on hand just to see the notes.
http://www.amazon.ca/dp/1418542938/

3. I love the NLT as well. It is a paraphrase, so you occasionally lose a bit of the poetics of the original text. That said; Greg Laurie's notes are invaluable, and this might just be a one-stop-shop for the new believer. I bought this Bible for my mom a couple years ago. (You might be able to get one free by asking for the "New Believer's Growth packet" from Harvest at 1 (800) 821-3300.)
http://www.amazon.ca/dp/1414333943/

4. I mentioned that I love the ESV for study, so here's a print and an audio-bible version, just in case it interests you:
--> ESV Study Bible with Notes, Maps etc. "The Gold Standard."
http://www.amazon.ca/dp/143353083X/
--> ESV Audio Bible, read by stage actor David Cochrane Heath. I own this and have enjoyed listening to many hours of it (most of the bible actually... I probably listened to more of it than I was ever motivated to read.) It's very nice.
http://christianaudio.com/esv-hear-th...#

Finally, if you want to know about Greg Laurie (my favourite seeker-focused teacher) you can listen to his great podcasts of the "A New Beginning" radio show via http://www.harvest.org/radio/
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message 1: by Danny (last edited Apr 15, 2012 08:42PM) (new)

Danny Vanderbyl A friend asked me which specific Bibles I would recommend a seeker or new believer to buy.
Just be aware that you are always fighting a battle when choosing a translation: should it be more romantic, poetic, and accurate, OR readable and understandable. You will find people fighting for one or the other based on their passion. I say, readable/understandable first, then get romantic!

If you want one single heavy-hitter, go with #3 (list below.) However, if you can make the investment, get #1 for the Bible text and #2 for the beginner's notes and a formal translation to compare to. If you want a study/reference Bible (or a good audio-bible), #4's your winner. (Once you become oriented to the Bible with a translation like the CEV, the more formal translations like the ESV or NIV feel just a bit more "magical," albiet less readable. It's a paradox.) Here goes:

(Note: You can compare all these translations via BibleGateway.com or read them using the mobile YouVersion app. Try entering 2 Corinthians 10:13.)

1. I found a CEV bible called "Seek Find: The Bible for All People." It looks awesome, and if anyone wants to get me a gift... Although I don't own it (to see the printing quality), I highly recommend this as the #1 bible not to be without - just because it's a beginner's CEV Bible., and because Amazon's "Look Inside" showed it well.)
http://www.amazon.ca/dp/0399153977/
-->You can find a an audio bible of the CEV read by ordinary Kiwis at http://podbible.com/podcast,
or you can download a dramatized version (with background music and effects) at http://www.bible.is/audiodownloader - 1995 CEV Audio Drama Complete.

2. Greg Laurie's START! Bible is in the NKJV and is probably the highest-reviewed "beginner's" bible from a technical standpoint (the notes are "not too biased"). It's eventually worth owning a technical translation such as this one... either a NKJV or ESV - my preference is ESV though. I am considering buying one of these to have on hand just to see the notes.
http://www.amazon.ca/dp/1418542938/

3. I love the NLT as well. It is a paraphrase, so you occasionally lose a bit of the poetics of the original text. That said; Greg Laurie's notes are invaluable, and this might just be a one-stop-shop for the new believer. I bought this Bible for my mom a couple years ago. (You might be able to get one free by asking for the "New Believer's Growth packet" from Harvest at 1 (800) 821-3300.)
http://www.amazon.ca/dp/1414333943/

4. I mentioned that I love the ESV for study, so here's a print and an audio-bible version, just in case it interests you:
--> ESV Study Bible with Notes, Maps etc. "The Gold Standard."
http://www.amazon.ca/dp/143353083X/
--> ESV Audio Bible, read by stage actor David Cochrane Heath. I own this and have enjoyed listening to many hours of it (most of the bible actually... I probably listened to more of it than I was ever motivated to read.) It's very nice.
http://christianaudio.com/esv-hear-th...#

Finally, if you want to know about Greg Laurie (my favourite seeker-focused teacher) you can listen to his great podcasts of the "A New Beginning" radio show via http://www.harvest.org/radio/


message 2: by Karen (new)

Karen Holdup Your good at mentioning the ESV, CEV NIV or NKJV bibles. However,I want to buy a bible and also one for my teenage son, we have no idea what these initials mean. It's enough to put us off looking and making us feel we can't become a member of this 'exclusive club'
This is not what Jesus and God are about. It would be helpful if you could put a small interpretation at the beginning of your articles.


message 3: by Daniel (new)

Daniel Karen:

Each of those acronyms all represent a translation of the Bible. Below are the acronyms that Danny mentioned and you asked about. Each translation has a link to Wikipedia link that talked about the history of the translation. For your son, I would recommend the ESV or NKJV translation of the bible. Let me know if you have any more questions about bibles or bible translations.

ESV = English Standard Version
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_...

CEV = Contemporary English Version
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contempo...

NIV = New International Version
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Inte...

NKJV = New King James Version
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_King...


message 4: by Byron (last edited Mar 21, 2014 06:07PM) (new)

Byron The New Living Translation (NLT) is absolutely not a paraphrase. The old Living Bible was, but this was freshly translated by an esteemed team of remarkable scholars. It is fresh and easy to read, but an accurate modern language translation.

BY the way, Karen, if you go into any Christian bookstore they have well trained staff than can help you with the pros and cons of each different version and can point you towards one for your teens. Their advice is invaluable and you can see the different options.


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