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  • Hardcover: 1464 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd; Presentation Ed edition
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340177551
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340177556
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (418 customer reviews)

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Very easy to read and understand.
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This is a great bible that has been translated as an easy read.
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I enjoy reading it and am keeping it on my kindle.
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74 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Media-of-Exchange on May 5, 2002
Format: Imitation Leather
This paraphrase of the Bible did more to help me in my spiritual growth than any Bible I had ever read. When I began to get serious in my Christian walk, I tried to read my Bible like I was supposed to but reading King James Version made me not want to read it all. The Living Bible spoke to me about how God wanted me to live my life in language I could understand. I highly recommend the Living Bible for new Christians who want to grow with God.
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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful By David Spuria on June 7, 2005
Format: Imitation Leather
I have experimented reading all the new Bible translations out there. And I can conclude that few if any of them do the job the original Living Bible does in enhancing the meaning of difficult passages from the King James. This Bible shouldn't totally replace what you read, but I know great Christians who rely on it daily. The motive of Ken Taylor, the translator, was to make the Bible understandable for his whole family. His passion for simplicity produced a work that still stands as the best paraphrase. The NLT (New Living Translation) does not stand on Taylor's work. Instead, it's more of a re-working of his concept. The result is a very wordy, sometimes cumbersome text. It reads well, but not as concise as the LB. Taylor took great care to use words that simplify the KJV or ASV without losing the jist of the text. His work is even more impressive in light of other factors: he did this alone. There were some later revisions, but far fewer than say what the NASB has gone through. The Jesus Movement in the 1970's was largely built on this truly evangelical Bible version that spoke clearly to a generation that needed Christ. And finally, the LB has been the foundation for efforts like the NIV, NLT, CEV and NCV. None of which really built on Taylor's work. I know how widespread the NIV is now, but there's something sterile and empty about it. The LB is far more lucid and lyrical than the NIV. Some of the paraphrases are adventurous and somewhat off the mark. But for the most part this Bible hits it's mark. The fact that it is used by conservatives like Jerry Falwell and Chuck Swindoll speaks volumes of it's credibility and readablity. Kenneth Taylor did a God inspired thing, and the Lord poured out a blessing to all of us!
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66 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Reginald D. Garrard VINE VOICE on January 25, 2004
Format: Hardcover
The centuries-old King James Version is, for many, the definitive translation of the Holy Scriptures. There are times, however, when that interpretation is confusing to modern readers. Thus, The Living Bible plays an important place in the true understanding of what has been credited to authors of the text.
It is an invaluable asset for those seeking to totally follow THE WORD.
As one that frequently must refer to the Bible, I find this book to be invaluable in my comprehension and appreciation of Christian precepts.
For those seeking particular passages, the book offers a handy reference of helpful consolation on a variety of concerns.
It is not a replacement; it is a welcome "extension".
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Herbert M. Payan on August 21, 2006
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This Bible is small enough to carry, yet the print is large

enough to easily read. Additionally, the quotes of Jesus Christ in red letters is a very nice feature, as well as the fact that the Bible is easier to read because it has been translated into modern English (including ancient Hebrew idioms). I would recommend this version to anybody who wants to enjoy reading the Bible in regular "modern English" and get the major concepts, without the difficulty of having to try to understand old English words. It is an excellent version for a Bible study.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By S Donahue on November 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Some 35 years after its release, The Living Bible Paraphrased can still excite. Be aware that this is indeed a paraphrase, and NOT a translation, and has been done by one man, the late Ken Taylor. It is meant as a reading Bible, and not meant for study---if you want to seriously study the Bible, use a good, formal equivalent translation, such as NASB, HCSB, NKJV, KJV, or even the NIV, for that matter. Untold thousands of people came to Christ, thanks to the Living Bible. God used this book in a powerful way. Many persons who never, ever, would pick up a Bible, read the Living Bible and became Christians. I've seen people carrying this green hardback for so long that it had actually turned black, and would read no other Bible. This particular edition, I could do without the red lettering very easily. But, as I stated above, this will make the Bible come so alive for you. Buy one. Try it---you'll like it.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan on March 5, 2003
Format: Hardcover
The Living Bible continues to be one of the premier paraphrases in the world of English Bibles today. Unlike other paraphrases (such as the New Living Translation (NLT)), the Living Bible reads much more smoothly, as it was the result of one man's efforts and his one voice. As with other paraphrases, the Living Bible is not truly a translation, but a free interpretation of the actual Scripture text - so essentially, it is a commentary in the form of a Bible. I find it helpful to read from the Living Bible for my devotions, but for serious, in-depth Bible study, I recommend using a much more literal translation, such as the New King James Version (NKJV).
The Living Bible was the work of Kenneth Taylor, who wanted something much more easily understandable for his family than the King James Version (KJV); also, the Living Bible was paraphrased from the American Standard Version (ASV) - not the KJV.
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