Logos Bible Software and Crossway Books are offering, free to the public, the world's largest study Bible — the Faithlife Study Bible — plus one of the world's fastest-selling Bible translations: the English Standard Version (ESV). Offer good from Wednesday, July 24, through Saturday, August 10.
Recent surveys reveal that people are not reading their Bibles as much as they would like to — it's intimidating, it's hard to read, and time is short. Logos Bible Software and Crossway Books want to address those problems by giving away the English Standard Version, one of the most universally loved English translations of the Bible, along with a study Bible resource that's friendly, easy-to-read and available anytime, anywhere.
Before the invention of the printing press and the advent of the Reformation, believers typically had no access to Scripture and were unable to read it for themselves. Yet despite the average American household now owning four or more Bibles, Scripture remains neglected.
Here's what research shows about the current state of Bible reading among church attenders:
- 18–34% Rarely or never read the Bible
- 12% Felt confused the last time they read the Bible
- 11% Felt overwhelmed
- 40% Felt an "unfavorable emotion"
Survey respondents indicated that their top frustrations in reading the Bible include:
- 32% "I never have enough time"
- 12% "The language is difficult to relate to"
- 11% "I don't feel excited about reading it"
It's not that the Bible has been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried. Yet, according to the American Bible Society, three out of five people surveyed wished they read the Bible more.
Logos Bible Software, Faithlife and Crossway Books want to help make that wish a reality by giving away not only the complete Faithlife Study Bible but also a free copy of the ESV, allowing readers to quickly dive into a comprehensive study Bible, anytime, anywhere.
Starting July 24, anyone who downloads or signs in to the Faithlife Study Bible app will get the English Standard Version free for life! All Faithlife Study Bible app users will get a full license to the ESV Bible, including offline access when Internet is not available. Users can download their free copy of the Faithlife Study Bible app by visiting the Faithlife/ESV giveaway page anytime between 12:00 a.m. (PST) July 24 and 11:59 p.m. August 10.
Get the Faithlife Study Bible and the English Standard Version here: FaithlifeBible.com/ESV
Everyone who takes advantage of this giveaway will enjoy the following features and benefits:
- The English Standard Version of the Bible
- Praised for its clarity, fidelity to the original languages and accuracy based on the most recent scholarship
- The fastest-growing Bible translation available
- An essentially literal translation into contemporary English
- Devoted to word-for-word accuracy, literary excellence, and depth of meaning
- A $39.95 value
- The world's largest full-featured study Bible
- Over 1.4 million words of verse notes and topical articles
- Study notes on three out of four Bible verses
- The Lexham Bible Dictionary, with over 2,800 articles
- Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional
- Over 550 additional helps, including photos, tables, infographics, family trees, maps and videos
- Integration with Faithlife.com and the ability to share verse-by-verse notes with others
- Expanding content — the FSB grows to reflect new scholarship
- A $140 value
Bible study matters
Al Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, explains clearly the consequences of Bible neglect: "We will not believe more than we know, and we will not live higher than our beliefs." Bob Pritchett, president & CEO of Logos Bible Software, agrees, adding that reading the Bible is more than just acquiring facts. "Bible study," he says, "is about connection. The Bible connects us to the very words of God, and to study it is to make connections — between facts and feelings, texts and commentators, hearts and minds, ourselves and God and one another."
Logos designed the Faithlife Study Bible to address the common barriers to Bible engagement. John D. Barry, general editor for the Faithlife Study Bible, explains, "The truth of the matter is that the Bible frustrates many Christians, or they consider it boring. If it weren't so difficult to understand, more Christians would read it; but the ancientness of the text causes many to lose sight of its relevance." The Faithlife Study Bible, Barry said, is perfect for those overwhelmed and confused by the Bible: "It changes everything — it makes the intimidating, difficult parts easier to understand, and makes the boring suddenly exciting."
Those who download the Faithlife Study Bible with the ESV will see how easy it is to enter the world of the Bible — it can change one's life. As Chuck Smith, founder of Calvary Chapel, told Logos in an interview, "Bible study is addicting. The more you know the more you hunger and thirst for knowledge of the Word. … Feed that, and watch the desire grow."
To learn more about the Faithlife Study Bible, watch this brief overview and visit the Faithlife site below.
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For further investigation:
- "Study: Bible Engagement in Churchgoers' Hearts, Not Always Practiced," Lifeway Research
- "Go to Church, Skip Your Bible? Religious Incongruity in the News," Jerry Park, Patheos
- "Baylor Religion Surveys," the Association of Religion Data Archives
- "Not an Easy Read: Survey Indicates Bible Hard to Understand," Catholic News Service
- "The State of the Bible 2012," American Bible Society PDF
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