TWO TOPICS TODAY.
- An experiment with Bible maps as art, on canvas
- Free Bible reference books from this year’s Christian Book Awards
First, the free books
I HAVE $250 WORTH OF FREE BIBLE REFERENCE BOOKS from the annual Christian Book Awards contest this year. I’ve judged books for those awards for 30 years. Each year, after I turn in my scoresheet, I usually keep some books and give some away.
I have so many good books that I’m choosy about what I keep. I hang onto ones I think I’ll use as resources.
Here’s the deal. If you have or will post an online review (Amazon, GoodReads) of the Casual English Bible New Testament Atlas, I’ll let you pick which one of the free books you want, for as long as they last.
You can read the entire Atlas here: Casual English Bible New Testament Atlas. Once your review is live (for better or worse; keep it honest), send me a note and pick out your book. If they’re all gone, I’ll dip into some other giveaway books I have. And I have a lot, including one about the crucifixion of Jesus and some from a Guideposts fictional series I helped with (I wrote the nonfiction features in the books).
Here are the new Bible reference books:
- Handbook on the Gospels
- The Visual Word
- 50 Bible Stories Every Adult Should Know
- Historical Theology for the Church
- The Bible Recap: A One-Year Guide to Reading and Understanding the Entire Bible
- What about Evil? A Defense of God’s Sovereign Glory
Bible maps as art
We haven’t done anything like this with Casual English Bible® maps. We’re inviting you to bid on the right to own one of these three maps.
We’re gauging interest in Bible maps as art—displayed on canvas, initially, but perhaps later also as framed color prints and wall murals.
We’re doing it for two reasons:
- Education: it’s an engaging Bible study resource.
- Fundraising: it may help us raise funds for paraphrasing the Casual English Bible® and keeping it free online.
Some Casual English Bible® maps have an artsy feel, perhaps a bit like some of NASA’s images from space. That’s a tribute to the beauty of God’s creation and to the precision with which we can now recreate Bible lands in 3D-style images.
So, we began to wonder if some of our readers might enjoy owning a Bible map as wall art.
That led us to reproduce onto canvas three of our favorite maps, and in three different sizes.
The collage image of the three maps together, above, shows the relative size of each map. The two larger ones are three feet long.
A closer look at the 3 maps
Meander River Valley, Ephesus to Colossae
24 x 36 x 1.5 inches
For context, with place names on the map, see Colossians 1:
Jezreel Valley, Israel
20 x 13x 1.5 inches
For context, with place names on the map, see Revelation 16:
View of Promised Land from Mt. Nebo, Jordan
Altitude 2650 ft/808 m, 12 x 36 x 1.5 inches
For context, with place names on the map, see Deuteronomy 34:
To read more and submit a bid: Bible Maps as Art.