I have been wanting to write this blog post for more than 15 years! Ever since I started presenting word-for-word Scripture – over 20 years ago – people have been asking me when I’m going to record an audio Bible. I am thrilled to announce that I have signed an agreement to record one! (Can I get a “Praise Jesus!”?)
There are so many reasons I am excited to create The Storyteller’s Audio Bible. Here are the Top 5:
Reason 1: The Translation Is Outstanding!
I will be using the Christian Standard Bible, a brand-new translation that just came out in 2017. While there are several really good translations for all reading levels (I wrote about that here.), I have mainly gone back and forth between the New International Version (the one I grew up on) and the English Standard Version (one of the fastest growing translations out there).
A year ago, a friend asked me if I had checked out the new Christian Standard Bible and said they were giving away copies to pastors and people in vocational ministry. I checked out their site, found the CSB was put out by Holman Bible Publishers (a division of LifeWay Christian Resources and the oldest Bible publisher in North America) and sent them an email. A few weeks later a beautiful, leather-bound Bible showed up on my mailbox.
I decided to use the CSB for my 2018 Rapid Bible Read Thru. And I love it!
I will write an entire blog post on the CSB in the near future, but for now, here’s what you need to know: The CSB is the best “middle ground” I have ever seen for the readability of the NIV and the word-for-word accuracy of the ESV. You’re going to love it!
Reason 2: They Let Me Make a Simple – but HUGE – Change!
I have been using audio Bibles (as a supplement to reading…not a replacement) for a very long time. My biggest pet peeve is that the narrator always interrupts the narrative to say “The Gospel of John, Chapter 5” and then continues. It seems like a little thing, but from a storytelling perspective, it takes the listener OUT of the story! I have even heard several audio Bibles that include the section headings. Ugh!
The audio Bible I am recording will simply have “The Gospel of John” or “Philippians” at the beginning of a book. The rest will be the entire book in one, continuous, immersive reading! [Read more…] about Huge Announcement: I’m Recording a “Storyteller’s Audio Bible!”