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Break Through to Clarity and WIN Contest!

The New Living Translation Break Through to Clarity Bible Contest and Giveaway

Visit www.facebook.com/NewLivingTranslation and click on the tab that says “Sweepstakes”

Fill out a simple form, take a quick Bible clarity survey, invite your friends to join and you’ll be entered to win one of our exciting prizes.

With each fan number milestone a new prize will be given away.

  • Grand PrizeApple iPad 64G and a Life Application Study Bible
    Awarded when the NLT Fan Page hits the fifth milestone.
    Retail Value: $829.00
  • 2nd Prize – Already awarded – 32G iPod Touch and a Life Application Study Bible – Awarded when the NLT Fan Page hits the fourth milestone.
    Retail Value: $300.00
  • 3rd Prize – Will be awarded when fan count hits: 3500 – Kindle DX and a Life Application Study Bible – Awarded when the NLT Fan Page hits the third milestone.
    Retail Value: $489.00
  • 4th Prize – Will be awarded when fan count hits: TBD – Apple iPad 16G and a Life Application Study Bible – Awarded when the New Living Translation Fan Page hits the second milestone.
    Retail Value: $499.00
  • 5th Prize – Will be awarded when fan count hits: TBD – Apple iPad 32G and a Life Application Study Bible – Awarded when the NLT Fan Page hits the first milestone.
    Retail Value: $599.00

Prize EligibilityRecently updated to include more countries

Sweepstakes participants and winner(s) can be U.S. residents of the 50 United States, or residents of any country that is NOT embargoed by the United States, but cannot be residents of Belgium, Norway, Sweden, or India.  In addition, participants and winner(s) must be at least 18 years old, as determined by the Company.

Sweepstakes Starts – March 17, 2010 @ 10:24 am (PDT)

Sweepstakes Ends – April 30, 2010 @ 10:24 am (PDT)

Wait, there’s more!

Visit http://biblecontest.newlivingtranslation.com/index.php for a chance to win a trip for two to Hawaii!

Here are the details:

Choose one of six passages of Scripture from the New Living Translation and consider:

  • How do these verses encourage you to know God better?
  • What is God teaching you in this passage?
  • How does this passage apply to your life?

Submit your answer and you’ll be entered to win.

Just for signing up: Everybody Wins! Win a Free .mp3 download from the NLT’s new Red Letters Project. It’s the dynamic, new presentation of the sung and narrated words of the Gospel of Matthew. You win the download just for entering! Or choose to download the NLT Philippians Bible Study, complete with the Book of Philippians in the NLT.

Every day, one person will win the best-selling Life Application Study Bible!

The grand prize: One person will win a fantastic trip for two to the crystal clear waters of the Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu’s North Shore in beautiful Hawaii.

Break Through to Clarity and WIN Contest!.

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Win a Trip to the Holy Land from the NLT

The New Living Translation is giving away a trip for four to the Holy Land and a whole bunch of other stuff including Bibles in the Breakthrough to Clarity Bible Contest and Giveaway.

There are three steps to enter: (1) provide name and email and you automaticall win a free NLT Gospel of John Bible Study, (2) share your testimony about how the NLT has provided you clarity, and (3) share your story on facebook, twitter, myspace or linkedin. Contest dates are November 9, 2009 – December 18, 2009.

Everyone who enters will also be entered for a free NLT Study Bible which will be given away daily or a chance to win 100 Bibles for your church. Good luck!

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Logos Great Bible Giveaway

Great Bible GiveawayDon’t forget to enter the Logos Great Bible Giveaway for October. The list of Bibles being given away in October is quite impressive. Here is the info:

Logos Bible Software is celebrating the launch of their new online Bible by giving away 72 ultra-premium print Bibles at a rate of 12 per month for six months. The Bible giveaway is being held at Bible.Logos.com and you can get up to five different entries each month! After you enter, be sure to check out Logos and see how it can revolutionize your Bible study.

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And the Winner of the Holy Bible Mosaic Giveaway is…

Holy Bible Mosaic

Holy Bible Mosaic

Of the 49 individuals who entered…

and of the 59 total entries…

the winner of the Holy Bible Mosaic Giveaway, as drawn by Libby “The Libster” Lopez, is…

  • Romana Gomez

If you didn’t win, you can still buy Holy Bible Mosaic @ Amazon in softcover or hardcover.

If you still are not sure, you can read my review of the Holy Bible Mosaic.

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Book Review-Holy Bible Mosaic

I want to thank Tyndale House for the courtesy copy of Holy Bible Mosaic.

Holy Bible MosaicBook Details:

Holy Bible Mosaic (NLT)

Tyndale House

ISBN 1414322032

Buy Holy Bible Mosaic (softcover) (or hardcover)

Those of you familiar with me and this blog will know that to the extent I am critical of another member of the body of Christ, it is only ever for causing division in the body. That is why I was so excited to post about the release of Holy Bible Mosaic back in June. It seems to me Mosaic is an attempt to bridge division and bring the body together.

Here is an excerpt from the Mosaic website:

Key Features

  • Writings from every continent and century of the Christian Church – Contemporary and historical writings from Christians across the globe such as St. Augustine, Charles Wesley, and Henri Nouwen.
  • Full-Color Art – Full color art offers another kind of reflective devotional experience, with artwork from contemporary and historical artists.
  • Variety of Reflective Content – The content is arranged so that every week the reader has a variety of content for reading and reflection. Each week follows a theme appropriate to the Church season (such as Advent, Easter, etc). The content included for each week includes full-color art; Scripture readings; a historical reading; a contemporary reading; a prayer, creed, hymn or quote; and space for reflection.
  • Space for your response to God’s promptings – Add your tile to the mosaic-write or draw your response, prayers and questions in the provided space.

And that is only a small sampling of what Mosaic contains.

Before I get in to the substance of the review, I want to mention a few technical matters. First, at 8.6″x5.8″ (5.7″ for the softcover), Mosaic’s size is ideal for personal use. It’s not a Bible you have to keep on a coffee table or at home because of its size. It is certainly attractive enough to display openly, but not so bulky that you won’t be able to carry it around if you choose.

The paper (off-white for the insert, bright white for the Bible text), the typesetting, and the cover are as attractive as any Bible I’ve seen in recent memory, and I look at a lot of Bibles.

Mosaic 1

Mosaic 2

I have previously reviewed the the NLT Study Bible, so I won’t go into an in-depth review of the Bible text portion. As far as the Mosaic material, it is well worth your time, effort and money. The artwork spans from ancient to contemporary and is included with every section.

Mosaic Justice

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The scripture readings, essays, quotations, and other material are laid out according to a church calendar: A four week Advent, the Christmas season, a six week Epiphany, Lent, Easter, and 28 weeks of Pentecost. And there is related material for each week of the year.

For example, according to the calendar, this is Pentecost, Week 23, and the topic is “Diversity.” The scripture readings are Ruth 1:1-22, Psalm 145, Philippians 1:27, and Matthew 12:46. There is also a “Prayer for the Heart and Will of God” by Thomas A. Kempis (c. 1380-1471), an essay by Derek Chinn entitled “Distinguished by Diversity,” quotations from Justin Martyr and Jerome Nathanson, additional suggested scripture reading, an area for your reflections, and more. A different topic is covered each week, including “Blame,” “Forgiveness,” “Justice,” “Apocalyptic Blues,” “Wealth,” “The Birth of the Church,” and many more. Each section, Advent, Christmas, etc., are treated similarly.

Mosaic is not a study Bible, per se, but you will learn a lot by reading it beyond what you would learn from the Biblical text. These particular uses came to mind when I was reviewing Mosaic:

  • Obviously, personal Bible study
  • Small group Bible studies
  • Family Bible studies
  • Inter-faith Bible studies
  • Sunday school classes

In my interview with Keith Williams, Mosaic’s General Editor, I asked Keith to suggest ways pastors and other church leaders could incorporate Mosaic into their church life, and his suggestions were certainly appropriate and well thought out. Click the interview link above to read those.

I don’t see Mosaic as a replacement for a good study or life application Bible, but, if your primary reading Bible is the New Living Translation, it could certainly replace a regular reading Bible. What I do see Mosaic being is a magnificent addition to any library and a useful tool for every Christian.

Mosaic is not just another themed Bible, and to lump it in with the vast majority of themed Bibles would do it a tremendous disservice. But, there is without question a theme that threads through this book, that we are all part of one mosaic, and it’s a work in progress.

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Mosaic Blog Tour-Interview With Keith Williams, General Editor

Keith Williams

Keith Williams

I want to thank Tyndale House and all of the people responsible for the Holy Bible Mosaic and the Blog Tour, which stops here today.

I also want to thank Keith Williams, the General Editor for the Mosaic, who has so kindly and graciously agreed to answer a few questions for my readers today.

One of my majors in college was communication, so I have a little (a very little) bit of journalism training, probably just enough to be dangerous, but I’ve set that aside for the majority of this interview and only pitched Keith one really tough question and four softballs – you decide which are which.

Here is my interview with Keith:

1. Now that we are one month removed from the launch of the Holy Bible Mosaic, what has been the public response to Mosaic? Has it been better than expected, about as expected, or something unexpected?

I have been very gratified that so many people have been saying positive things about their experience with the Bible. In many ways, we weren’t sure what to expect, since this Bible is unlike anything that has been available before now. But we believed in the concept and had worked hard to make it as excellent as it could possibly be, so I was very hopeful that it would be well-received. I think the main challenge is helping people to “get it,” since it doesn’t fit in the usual categories. The blog tour is definitely helping with that, and I’d encourage anyone who finds the Bible useful in their walk with God to tell their friends and church leaders about it. I’d like to see it get as wide an audience as possible.

2. If and when there is a second edition of Mosaic, what is one thing you would include, exclude or change?

Great question. I think I would write a much more extensive introduction to the church year and explanation for how to use the Bible. I think that bears some more explanation than the brief space we gave it, and I plan to round some of that out on the website over time. Some people might prefer that I had excluded a particular author or tradition from the Mosaic of contributions, but I think we’ll resist that; it wouldn’t be in keeping with the ethos of the product. One thing I might change is to give each week 8 pages instead of six, to be able to include a bit more content and a lot more whitespace. Additionally, there are a few things that I would do differently from an editorial standpoint, to help the process move more quickly and smoothly the second time around, but that would bore everyone to tears.

3. I’m particularly fond of the Epiphanies. What is your personal favorite part of or thing about Mosaic?

Epiphanies is a good week (Epiphany Week 1, p. m50-55). My favorite part of is the extended historical readings. Each week has one extended historical reading (marked with a small cross with dates above and below in the margin), and I love these because they are more than just a one-liner; they draw me into the thought of a Christian very different from myself. I love that.

4. Beyond personal study, how would you advise a pastor, Bible teacher, or small group leader to incorporate a part or all of Mosaic’s material into a Sunday school curriculum or the life of a church or small group?

This is only limited by the creativity of the leader, but I do have a few ideas for different contexts in the church. The Devotions for Advent booklet ($1.99) could be a perfect entry point for a church that is interested in using the material without wanting to commit to asking everyone to buy the full Bible. In fact, I plan to offer the Devotions for Advent booklet to every interested member of my church next month.

Small groups

Small groups could use Mosaic as the jumping off point for their corporate study of the Bible. Each member could follow the weekly material individually throughout the week and then come together to share about what God had been teaching them through the Scripture readings, artwork, quotes, etc. Or a leader can go a little bit deeper by tracking down an original source or two using the Tesserae and help the rest of the group come along as well. This could also work in a Sunday school environment.

Worship

Mosaic could be brought into the worship of the church in several different ways. Pastors could choose to use one or more of the lectionary passages from Mosaic as a primary preaching text (with or without explicitly following the church year as a church), and then use the quotes and readings either as part of the sermon or as congregational readings as part of the service. Hymns or prayers could be integrated as such.

Congregationally

Church leaders could encourage the entire church to use Mosaic to share a devotional experience together. Worship and small groups could also integrate Mosaic in some of the ways mentioned above to extend the experience and help members get the most out of their time in the Word and connecting with the global, historic Church.

5. Now, on a more serious note, I’ve often thought that the one themed Bible that the market sorely lacks is a Blogger’s Bible. If I volunteer to edit it, will you pitch the idea to Tyndale House ;) ?

I love the idea, but let’s flesh it out a bit. How many bloggers are we going to include? And is there any way you can keep John Hobbins from trying to make everything sound like it was written for a poetry seminar at Harvard?

Holy Bible MosaicYou can join me in thanking Keith for all of his time and hard work in the comment section below, or by showing your support on the Mosaic website, the Mosaic Blog, or the NLT Blog.

The blog tour will continue throughout the day with my review of the Holy Bible Mosaic, the announcement of the winner of the Mosaic giveaway at 5:00pm (CST). If you haven’t entered yet, you better hurry. You have about 1 hour left, entries will be accepted until 12 noon (CST) – enter the Holy Bible Mosaic Giveaway.

Buy Holy Bible Mosaic @ Amazon (softcover) (or hardcover).

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Reminder: Mosaic Blog Tour and Giveaway

Holy Bible Mosaic

This is just a friendly reminder that the Holy Bible Mosaic Blog Tour will be here tomorrow and there is a lot of cool stuff planned.

Also, you only have until noon (CST) on Friday, October 23, 2009, to enter to win a free Bible in the Holy Bible Mosaic Giveaway. The winner will be announced here at about 5:00pm (CST), so stay tuned.

If you can wait, or if you don’t win, you can still buy a Holy Bible Mosaic from Amazon at the BOB Bookstore.

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