I HAVE 100 NEW BOOKS that I need to get the dickens out of my office.
They’re wonderful books, I believe. But they’re doing nobody any good boxed up here.
Let’s barter. Because I need something.
I’m almost done paraphrasing the entire New Testament for the Casual English Bible.® I have just five chapters left in the tough book of Hebrews.
But this project that grew up out of a Bible study experiment I started is still an unproofed, unedited beta edition.
I need eyes on the paraphrase. I need other minds reading through the text and helping me find typos, confusion, and anything else that looks like it needs fixed.
I need finders. I’ll be the fixer.
Here’s the deal, for Stateside readers
If you’re game, and in the USA, I’ll assign you about 100 Bible verses, rounded up or down to the nearest chapter or section of a chapter.
I’ll ask you to read that part of the Bible paraphrase, along with the accompanying footnotes and the discussion questions. You’ll find it all together on the same page at the Casual English Bible website.
Once you read it, tell me what you found, if anything. I’ll trust you carefully read it. Trust is all I’ve got here. And books.
After that, you can pick a book from among whatever I have available at the time.
I have one new book releasing in about a week: Eyewitness to Crucifixion. It’s a collection of quotes and stories from Romans who witnessed or administered crucifixions. It’s wrenching to read some of the things they did to our spiritual ancestors.
I’ve also been helping Guideposts with non-fiction features in some fiction books they’re writing in a series called “Ordinary Women of the Bible.” We have more than a dozen underway. Here are available titles at the moment:
- The Ark Builder’s Wife, Zarah’s Story (Noah’s wife)
- The Healer’s Touch, Tikva’s Story (the woman with a bleeding disorder who touched the robe of Jesus)
- A Mother’s Sacrifice, Jochebed’s Story (the mother of Moses)
If you’re game
My marketing guy of a son tells me this is a good idea, but he doesn’t know if it will get traction.
Translation: I might no respond beyond that of my mother. (Mom, you can increase the size of the typeface on your iPad. No pressure. You get the books free anyhow.)
There are almost 8,000 verses in the New Testament. That means I need 80 readers, since 80 readers times 100 Bible verses equals 8,000 Bible verses. Right?
If you’re game, hit the reply tab and simply say “Game.” I’ll assign you 100 verses and we’re off and running, with traction.
Peace to you.