December 2008

Believers’ books find new voices

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The Green Bible
Produced in an eco – friendly printing process with soy – based inks, recycled paper and a 100 – percent cotton/linen cover, The Green Bible points out that God was the original environmentalist. More than 1,000 verses are highlighted in green to reference God's love and devotion to caring for the Earth and all things related to nature. With a foreward by Desmond Tutu, who proclaims that "as God's family, we are stewards of God's creation," this version of the Bible maintains historical integrity, while emphasizing the growing concern for a more environmentally conscious future.

The Voice
This project to rediscover the story of the Bible retells the New Testament in a way that preserves the original voice of the authors Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Written in a script format, this version is ideal for public reading and group studies. Additionally, The Voice features enlightening essays from popular modern – day religious writers such as Chris Seay, Donald Miller, Brian McLaren, Leonard Sweet and Lauren Winner.

The Qur'an
In this new translation of Islam's holy scriptures, Tarif Khalidi manages to carry the power and rhythms of the original Arabic over into English. Khalidi holds the Sheikh Zayed Chair for Islamic Studies at American University in Beirut and his wealth of knowledge relating to the Qur'an has made him a leading scholar of this ancient and holy text.

The Book of Mormon
This edition, translated by Joseph Smith Jr., with an introduction by Laurie F. Maffly – Kipp, is Smith's third and final revision of one of the most influential and controversial religious texts in American history. Smith founded this sect of Christianity in the early 1800s, when he found golden plates containing divine revelation and claimed to be a prophet. This definitive version of his holy scripture is an excellent addition to anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the Mormon faith.

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