Sunday, November 20, 2011

{B & B Media Blog Tour} The Common English Bible...Thank You-Come Again -I Promise AND GIVEAWAY!

Today begins National Bible Week, November 20-27, and today also begins the Thank You-Come Again-Common English BIBLE Tour with B & B Media!

I was thrilled to receive a thin line CommonEnglish BIBLE {CEB}.  
God's Holy Word is a beautiful sight...bound in a two tone leather (DecoTone Tan/Brick Red).
 Now the CEB is a translation that "is committed to the whole church of Jesus Christ. To achieve this, the CEB represents the work of a diverse team with broad scholarship, including the work of over one hundred and fifteen scholars—men and women from twenty-two faith traditions in American, African, Asian, European and Latino communities. As a result, the English translation of ancient words has an uncommon relevance for a broad audience of Bible readers—from children to scholars.

What is the CEB?

The Common English Bible is not simply a revision or update of an existing translation. It is a bold new translation designed to meet the needs of Christians as they work to build a strong and meaningful relationship with God through Jesus Christ. A key goal of the CEB translation team is to make the Bible accessible to a broad range of people; it’s written at a comfortable level for over half of all English readers. As the translators do their work, reading specialists from more than a dozen denominations review the texts to ensure a smooth and natural reading experience. Easy readability can enhance church worship and participation, and personal Bible study. It also encourages children and youth to discover the Bible for themselves, perhaps for the very first time. 

Who Sponsored the Common English Bible?

The Common English Bible is a distinct new imprint and brand for Bibles and reference products about the Bible. Publishing and marketing offices are located in Nashville, Tennessee. The CEB translation was funded by the Church Resources Development Corp, which allows for cooperation among denominational publishers in the development and distribution of Bibles, curriculum, and worship materials.  The Common English Bible Committee meets periodically and consists of denominational publishers from the following denominations: Disciples of Christ (Chalice Press); Presbyterian Church U.S.A. (Westminster John Knox Press); Episcopal Church (Church Publishing Inc); United Churches of Christ (Pilgrim Press), and United Methodist Church (Abingdon Press)."
The CEB is a great Bible for studying even though it doesn't have the red letters of Jesus' words it "speaks" in the modern day language.  Now I'm not a Bible scholar so I don't know the ends and outs of all the translations but I do like the CEB.  As I read one of my favorites ~ Psalm 145: 1-3, "I will lift you up high, my God, the true king.  I will bless your name forever and always.  I will bless you every day.  I will praise your name forever and always.  The LORD is great and so worth y of praise!"  This Scripture reads a little more smoothly and is more easily understood (to me).
I think this is a great translation for those who want to delve more deeply into the Word.  Sure, read the KJV or NKJV and then go find the same verse(s) in the CEB.  Did you understand it better?
Sometimes reading the verses from more than one translation can help the reader to seek out the nuggets of God's Word.
This is a wonderful Bible to give as a gift!  In fact, I'm thinking of giving this Bible to my tween nephew as a Christmas gift.
Visit to see comparison translations, learn about the translators, get free downloads, and more.

*This Bible was provided for review by B &B Media*

GIVEAWAY (U.S. only)!
One reader will receive thin line Common English BIBLE {CEB},  
bound in a two tone leather (DecoTone Tan/Brick Red).
To enter giveaway:
*MANDATORY! Please be a GFC follower of this blog and tell me in your comment why you would like this CEB...please leave email address to contact you in case of win.
*Earn an extra entry by tweeting~hashtag #CEB 
posting on your facebook page (please leave your link in the comments)


  1. I am a GFC follower

    I would like to see what this bible is like. I grew up with the King James version and that is what I prefer but I am interested in checking this style out.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  2. I think this Bible would make a great gift, please count me in for the giveaway. kittycrochettwo at msn dot com

  3. I would love a chance to win a copy of this Bible, I just became your newest GFC follower. WVRick1 @ msn. dot com