Customer Reviews of Holy Bible: God Sets You Free -- New Testament, Contemporary English Version
Essential for both established and fledgling Catholics
This edition and presentation of the Bible is the clearest, most accessible, and most inspiring edition I've found. It is aimed at teenagers, however, I'm no longer a teenager and I still find it's guidance and explanations indispensable. Even those who already own a Contemporary English Bible will find themselves turning to this edition time and again, due in large part to the section which includes more than forty articles that discuss, with scriptural support, topics like AIDS, sex, abortion, evolution, reincarnation, how to read and study the Bible, and what it means to be a Catholic Christian. I plan to purchase several copies as gifts for friends, and am certain my own copy will be a continual companion as I strive to follow Jesus. I recommend this edition to anyone wishing a closer relationship with God.
Beautiful New Testament for teens
I am so sad that this version of the New Testament is out of print! I was happy to find three used ones at this site and I bought them right away to pass on to teens that would benefit from a wonderful, easy to understand contemporary English version of the New Testament. Before the new testament begins, the first 100 pages are also fabulous. They are filled with questions and answers for Catholic teens on their faith. I have bought one for each of my three children and my daughter has given copies to her friends. The New Testament is written in such an easy to read format, with solid Catholic interpretation in the margins. Teens need to have questions about faith, catholicism, sexuality, abuse, depression, the papacy, ..... (to name just a few of the questions and answers written about) answered in a truthful easy to read sensitive manner that is consistent with the teachings of Jesus and His one, holy, apostolic Church. What a joyful read! I hope it goes back into print in the future.
Great inexpensive Catholic Bible for teens & graduates!
I'm a Catholic religious education teacher for high schoolers. I find this particular Bible to be a GREAT inexpensive Bible to give to junior high school, high school, and college-aged Catholic kids because not only is it an NAB (New American Bible, which means that it has very helpful footnotes, is a very accurate translation, gives great summaries and background info for each book of the Bible, and has the impramateur) but it also has a Q & A section at the front that is written in a style that teens will definitely be able to relate to and answers questions that will certainly come up for them at some point about the what and why of basic Catholic beliefs, dealing with depression, answers about premarital sex & chastity, abortion, drug & alcohol use, what Catholics believe about the Pope and why, what Catholics believe about Mary & the Saints and why, etc. I'm giving one of these to each of the graduating seniors in my class this year (I wish I could afford to give one to each kid in my class -- not just the seniors!) I'm also going to give it to three nieces who are graduating this year. I thought about giving them classier-looking fake-leather-type Bibles with their name imprinted on the front, but I think that this Bible will be much more useful to them in the long run because of the great Q & A section (about 100 pages or so) in the front; and even though I doubt that any one of "my" kids would pick up a Bible and read it now (they pretty much come to R.E. classes grudgingly and disagree with much of what the Church teaches about morality), I think that there will come a time when they WILL pick it up and browse through it, or look for specific answes in it. This Bible is an answer to my prayers to find just the right graduation gifts for these kids! (I had just about decided on "Did Adam & Eve Have Bellybuttons?" -- which would have been a great choice, too, although I really wanted to give them a Bible -- before I found this Bible.
READ THIS, IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE
THIS BIBLE IS WRITTEN IN SUCH A WAY THAT YOU WILL ACTUALLY UNDERSTAND AND ENJOY READING YOUR BIBLE. I STRONGLY SUGGEST TO EVERYONE WHO HAS ALWAYS WANTED TO READ THE BIBLE COVER TO COVER TO AQUIRE A COPY OF THIS AND BEGIN, FOR IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE. I PROMISE!
This is a great Bible, completely loyal to the Magesterium!
This is a great Bible! The version (CEV) is very easy to read, and it has plenty of great sidebars in the text. It is completely orthodox and loyal to 2,000 years of church teaching. The articles in the front are great as well. As for the reviewer who said this Bible has questions and answers in front that Catholics shouldn't believe, I have no idea what he's talking about. They are based totally on Scripture and Church teaching. (Nor does this Bible necessary "believe in evolution", at least no more that Pope John Paul 2). If you want a Bible that is completely orthodox and loyal to the Magesterium as well as easy to read, this is a great one to have.