What People Are Saying About GOD’S WORD

Monday, 04 May 2009 11:00

EVANGELISTS

Dr. Billy Graham
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

“GOD’S WORD® is an easy-to-understand Bible…. it is a wonderful version to give to someone who is a new believer or is not yet a believer.”

Steve Wingfield
Author, Speaker, and President of the Steve Wingfield Evangelistic Association*

“I am very thankful that I have been introduced to the GOD’S WORD® Translation, it is so easy to read and understand! Even though there are many English translations of the Bible, GOD’S WORD® stands out due to its clarity and scholarship. I believe that the GOD’S WORD® Translation will be the one that stays in your hands, not on your shelf.”

Note: *For more information on Steve Wingfield visit www.stevewingfield.org
Evangelist Kel Richards
Syndney, Australia

“I am by profession a radio and television journalist, but I am also a lay evangelist, and in that capacity I am always looking for a translation of the Hebrew/Aramaic/Greek text which is both accurate and clear. Clarity matters, but accuracy matters even more. For my own private study I want a translation that is essentially literal. But for evangelistic speaking, writing, and broadcasting I want a translation that is CLEAR (without sacrificing literal accuracy).

For the former purpose I’ve tended to use the NASB or the NRSV…. For the later purpose I’ve tried the CEV and the NLT but have not been really satisfied with either. GOD’S WORD® performs both these tasks better than any other translation I’ve come across.

So, for those purposes in which a combination of clarity (and simplicity of language) with accuracy and reliability is needed… GOD’S WORD® seems to me to win hands down.

GOD’S WORD® also seems to me to be an extremely valuable tool in tackling Biblical literacy — which is the source of unbelief and unfaithfulness in chuches, degradation in society, and great difficulty in evangelism.”

Dr. T. W. Wilson (deceased)
Former Executive Assistant to Billy Graham

“GOD’S WORD® is accurate, inspirational and easy to read. Thank God for this translation!”

Evangelist Tim Todd
Tim Todd Ministries

“During fifteen years of full time evangelistic ministry we have always made the most well respected versions of the Bible available in our crusades. However, I have never had so many positive comments from people about a version of the Bible as I have received in reference to the GOD’S WORD® version.

After extensive study, I am convinced that the GOD’S WORD® version is, without exception, the most accurate, easy-to-read version of the Bible available on the face of the earth. It is a powerful tool for this new millenium that should be placed in the hands of every individual at every reading age level.”

 

PASTORS

Dr. D. James Kennedy (deceased)
Senior Minister
Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church

“Even if the rather prolific output of modern translations, paraphrases, and versions of Scripture should increase, this particular linguistic achievement, GOD’S WORD®, will rank among the top contenders with the Bible-reading public.”

Father Perry M. Ruby, Jr.
St. Padre Pio the Beloved
Port Charlotte, Florida

“GOD’S WORD® makes it so pleasant to read sizable portions of the Word every day. Before, it was a chore as I found myself having to do a lot of translation of various terms and phrases in my head before I could get what I was reading. But, thanks be to God, GOD’S WORD® does not make me have to do that, so I am not made to be exhausted in the pleasurable activity of Scripture reading.

And, if that is not enough, when preaching, I do not have to say, following each Bible reference, ‘What that is saying is….’ It speaks for itself in just the hearing. That frees me up to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit, make the point of the sermon, and enjoy the ministry in response. Does that say enough about how well I like this wonderful work?”

Pastor Charles Bell
Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church
Setauket, New York

“GOD’S WORD® is a useful tool in supporting our outreach efforts to serve International students at the University of Stoney Brook… Our ESL coordinator (who is the ESL program coordinator at the university and a member of our congregation), our volunteers, and especially the students have found these bibles most useful.”

Pastor Ron Crawford
Fidalgo Community Church
Anacortes, Washington

“I’m a huge fan of the GOD’S WORD® translation; in fact, it’s the translation we use most in our particular church because of its excellent mix of accuracy and readability….

The GOD’S WORD® translation has been a key ingredient in our efforts to reach people for whom ‘church’ itself has been an obstacle to knowing God; many of these same people have been blocked from a relationship with Christ by a misunderstanding that the Bible is boring and irrelevant to them. We’re accomplishing our mission… thanks in large part to you accomplishing yours!

Thank you for your partnership in the Kingdom.”

Mary Ellen Brown
Co-Pastor
Fullness of Joy Fellowship
Canton, Ohio

“Fullness of Joy Fellowship is a non-denominational charismatic church. We use GOD’S WORD® for our Sunday School teen classes and for our new believers who are saved at our church. This easy to understand translation has been very effective in both these areas….”

Pastor William Fitzgerald (Retired)
Chicago, Illinois

“I enjoy doing comparative translation studies. My method is to ‘listen’ to a certain Bible version via cassette while ‘looking’ at another. GOD’S WORD® was the Bible I looked at as I listened to the NIV, NAS, or NKJV. This type of evaluation led me to realize just how excellent GOD’S WORD® is as compared to these others. I like the way GOD’S WORD® flows, with its word choice and sentence structure….”

Dr. D. James Kennedy (deceased)
Senior Minister, Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church

“I have been impressed with the quality of books published by God’s Word to the Nations…. It is a pleasure to be partners together in the glorious work of the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

Pastor Robert J. Muller
Restoration Lutheran Church
Kendallville, Indiana

“I thank all of you for your faithful work. GOD’S WORD® is a treasure. At first, I didn’t like it. This translation was speaking to my heart and I was uncomfortable. But as I stuck with it — checked the translation by going back to the Greek and reading in commentaries — the more I came to respect and trust it. Then the icing on the cake: when I personally experienced the powerful way GOD’S WORD® communicated with new Christians, I started to love it and rejoice about it….

…Over the last two years God has permitted me to lead over 50 people to Christ or back to Christ. When I share Christ with them I read certain verses from three or even four translations — NIV, NKJV, NASB, TEV — but last I’ll read from GOD’S WORD®. Invariably, when I read from GOD’S WORD® their eyes will light up and they’ll say something like, ‘Wow! That was really clear. What Bible is that?’ I then give them a copy of GOD’S WORD® and mark out what I want them to read.

GOD’S WORD® is a wonderful, clear, and accurate translation. It’s a real blessing and I want to encourage you and everyone involved with it. Keep up the good work, keep the vision clear….”

Rev. Ron Mehl (deceased)
Pastor, Foursquare Church
Beaverton, Oregon

“I don’t know any other translation that so conscientiously captures the meaning of the original languages, yet reads more simply and clearly than a paraphrase.”

Pastor Scott Goltl
Ascension Lutheran Church
Wichita, Kansas

The GOD’S WORD® translation has found a home in the mission field of west Wichita. I will be giving every new member who attends my Adult Instruction class one of your Bibles as a gift…. I love this Bible. Obstacles of language have been removed and I can now see and hear God’s word more clearly. Forgive my gushing, but it has really made an impact on my life. Thank you! And on behalf of future believers I thank you.

Mike Harrison
Lighthouse Christian Ministries
Grand Haven, Michigan

“We continue to pass along free copies of GOD’S WORD® to first time guests at our church. We love it [GOD'S WORD®]! Our seekers are understanding the Bible for the very first time, and the followers of Christ are loving its readability. Praise God!”

 

INTERNATIONAL LEADERS

Rev. Samuel J. Udofia
Former President
The Lutheran Church of Nigeria
Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria, West Africa

“We are in the most populous country in the African Continent. Our Church is expanding rapidly and we have sent out hundreds of evangelists to spread the word and plant new congregations…. We have a lot of requests for English Bibles. A copy of GOD’S WORD® was given to me by our missionary. This is a translation that beats other English translations of the Bible. What a treasure to share with the English-speaking world!”

Dr. Ramesh Richard
RREACH International
Plano, Texas

“I cannot commend your work enough, and I am trusting that I can use your bible as a missions resource across the world.”

Rev. Fareth S. N. Sendegeya
ANITEPAM Corresponding Secretary
St. Mark’s Theological College
Tanzania, East Africa

“I am extremely grateful that the copies of GOD’S WORD® arrived… I am certainly going to make it my study bible. Apart from the easy to understand language, I like the single-column format — it makes reading so easy and comfortable… My students are joyfully using GOD’S WORD®. I am finding it difficult to maintain them to the RSV which has for years been our official version at the college.”

Harlan E. Lyso
Headmaster
Seoul Foreign School
Seoul, Korea

“I’m deeply indebted to you for the donation of the many, many copies of GOD’S WORD® that are now being used by our students. The fact that they are now in our students’ hands greatly enhances the effectiveness of our ministry here at Seoul Foreign School…. May God richly bless your efforts to spread GOD’S WORD® to all nations.”

 

MISSION LEADERS

Dr. Allan D. Buckman
Retired Director, World Areas
LCMS World Mission

“…more importantly, [GOD'S WORD®] is a very readable translation. Obviously, the translators had in mind ‘those yet to be found’ instead of ‘those already found’ when developing this translation. God’s blessings to you as you continue with this important ministry.”

Dr. Paul Foust
Retired District Evangelism Executive

“I am using GOD’S WORD® because I appreciate both the accuracy and readability. I am sure that the unbeliever must experience some real frustration when trying to understand and enter into a new relationship with God via some antiquated translation. This is why I consider this translation valuable in carrying out the Great Commission. Also I very much appreciate your focus in reaching those ‘where the name of Christ is not known.'”

Dr. Robert J. Scudieri
Area Director, North America
LCMS World Mission

“As you know, [GOD'S WORD®] is my favorite translation. It is, in fact, the most readable translation that I have and communicates most clearly….”

Dr. Vernon L. Schindler
Retired President, South Dakota District, LCMS

“I thank God for your efforts to share God’s word with people, especially with those outside the church…. GOD’S WORD® is very readable. It is an ideal Bible translation to use in evangelism outreach….”

 

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT MINISTRY

Rev. Robert E. Lange
Retired Executive Director, International Student Ministries, Inc.

“I really like this Bible translation for use by international students for three reasons: (1) its clarity and accuracy, (2) the page layout and arrangement, and (3) the reading level achieved without sacrificing the integrity of the English language.”

 

JEWISH OUTREACH

Rev. Bruce Lieske
Former Executive Director, Lutherans in Jewish Evangelism
Orlando, Florida

“Regarding Jewish missions and Bible translations… GOD’S WORD® is right on target in Romans 11:14 by translating “jealous” whereas the NIV uses “envy” (which is wrong). The word “jealous” implies that something belongs to you. Envy implies that you want something that is not yours. The Messiah belongs to the Jews.”

 

BIBLICAL SCHOLARS

Dr. Menahem Mansoor* (Deceased)
Department Chair
Research Programs in Semitic Texts and Studies
The University of Wisconsin
Madison, Wisconsin

“This new Bible translation, GOD’S WORD®, strives to interpret passages for the American reader without changing the original Hebrew meaning of the text. The English language is constantly changing. It is time, and vitally important, to bring Bible translations up-to-date. The Old Testament portion of GOD’S WORD® ranks among the best.”

*Note: Dr. Mansoor was a key technical reviewer/consultant for the entire Old Testament.

Dr. Joe C. Aldrich
President, Multnomah Bible College & Seminary

“I am greatly impressed! I couldn’t put GOD’S WORD® down. It certainly is the most readable English translation I’ve read. I predict it will become a standard text. I believe GOD’S WORD® will enrich the study habits of a whole generation.”

Dr. Charles Guth
Prairie Graduate School

“Wow! GOD’S WORD® is translated the way I teach my students to translate the New Testament.”

Dr. David Dockery
Vice President
Southern Baptist Seminary

“GOD’S WORD® is a remarkably fresh, accurate, and readable translation that communicates well the original text for modern readers. Based on a sound linguistic approach, this new translation is an outstanding achievement.”

 

PRISON MINISTRY

Jack Cowley
National Director of Operations
InnerChange Freedom Initiative
Prison Fellowship Ministries

“In our prison units throughout the United States we use GOD’S WORD® as the foundation bible in our Christ-centered, bible-based transformational program for inmates. Not only are we pleased with the manner in which these men of all educational and spiritual levels have responded to this translation, I have also found the God’s Word to the Nations staff to be just great to work with…. They truly are partners in our work of assisting prisoners develop a meaningful relationship with Christ.”

Al Hanson
Al Hanson Prison Ministry
Concordia, Missouri

“The special edition of GOD’S WORD® (with the ‘custom’ cover) that you produce for our ministry is bringing men and women to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ inside of our nation’s biggest prisons…. Here is an interesting observation. When I go back to the prisons where we have shipped GOD’S WORD® Bibles, I find ordinary Bibles from both major Bible suppliers in the chapel, the cell halls, and the reading areas, but I never find one of our special editions of GOD’S WORD® just laying around. The high quality and the special cover make GOD’S WORD® ‘private stash’ (as inmates say) and each Bible is the private property of a resident inmate.”

Rev. Winston O. Cato
Administrative Chaplain
New York Department of Correction
Anna M. Kross Center
East Elmhurst, New York

“By this you will know that I have received the shipment of [GOD'S WORD®] you sent to me. The lives of the men here are enriched by the materials, and for this I give God the thanks…. It was such a joy to watch the smiles on the faces of the men as they received [GOD'S WORD®]… you have made a valuable investment in these men’s lives…. “

Rev. Philip R. Johnson
Senior Chaplain
Dwight Correctional Center

“On behalf of the women who are incarcerated, I would like to thank you for thegenerous donation of several cases of GOD’S WORD®. Your gift was very timely, and is almost depleted already, but many women are reading the Scriptures with new clarity because of your excellent translation.”

Rev. Beverly A. Johnson
Chaplain, County of Cuyahoga Justice Center
Cleveland, Ohio

“The Bibles [GOD'S WORD®] that you so generously donated have proven to be such a source of power and strength as we teach the inmates how to tap into the mind of God through his word.”

 

CAMPUS MINISTRY

Dr. Ben F. Goldsmith
Executive Director
Campus Crusade for Christ
Jacksonville, Florida

“…GOD’S WORD® has been ideal for family devotionals with my wife and teenage children. The clarity of it has led to natural discussions of applications in our lives. It is so easy to read and so relevant in its wording to today’s society…”

 

YOUTH MINISTRY

Dr. David Jeremiah Pastor, Shadow Mountain Community Church
El Cajon, California

“GOD’S WORD® for Students has been used very effectively in the youth ministries of our church to encourage daily Bible reading and study. I’m happy to recommend this excellent resource to parents and youth leaders who want to provide young people with an edition of the Bible that speaks their language.”

Marv Penner
Director of Youth Quake and the
Canadian Center for Adolescent Research

“We’ve always had translations that are very accurate and from time to time we’ve had translations that are readable. GOD’S WORD®
combines these two in a way that makes for an incredibly useful, Biblical tool to give to students.”

Helen Musick
Youth Ministry Professor
Asbury Theological Seminary

“GOD’S WORD® is an easy-to-read, but accurate translation your students will love.”

Carol Thomas
Hollister, California

“Our outreach ministry ‘Go Global’ has been using GOD’S WORD® for about 2 months now and are totally delighted. The comments that I have received from the youth (ages 13-19) are (1) it’s the first bible I have read that I really understand and (2) it seems easier for me to find the scriptures I am looking for. Out of about 20 youths testing the bible, I have not received one negative comment all the way from the cover to the content. It’s not very often that you receive 100% of the youth giving it a “thumbs up!” You and your staff are to be commended on the outstanding job of compiling GOD’S WORD®.”

Dr. Larry Richards
Educator and best-selling author
of the Adventure Bible and the Teen Study Bible

“GOD’S WORD® is very possibly the most accurate English translation of the original text available today. GOD’S WORD® is a must-read for 21st century Christians.”

 

OTHER PARA-CHURCH ORGANIZATIONS

Bob Nations
Vice President
Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International

“Thank you so much for the beautiful gift of GOD’S WORD®. I just read Isaiah 9:2-7. I love the translation!”

 

DEAF MINISTRY

Rev. Roger K. Altenberger
Former Executive Director
LCMS Ministry to the Deaf
St Louis, Missouri

“I would like to inform you of the great value that the GOD’S WORD® translation has been to me. It has become the primary tool for translating Biblical stories and lessons into the American Sign Language. This language is a conceptual language, and many of the difficult theological terms such as ‘justified’, ‘sanctification’, ‘righteousness’ do not have any ASL equivalent signs. It is vitally important that we communicate complete understanding to the Deaf we serve. The GOD’S WORD® translation makes this task relatively simple because you have already defined these things for the reader. It is quite easy to interpret directly from the text itself. This too allows for a smooth transition from one language to another…. I thank you for all the work you have done to bring this wonderful translation into being.”

Rev. John Reinke /
Rev. Cory Eckstrom

Lutheran Deaf Ministries
Omaha, Nebraska

“The Deaf normally have a hard time reading other translations, but they find GOD’S WORD® like a refreshing river — flowing into their hearts with understanding and application. Many lives are changing….”

 

LITERACY / ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (ESL)

Sarah Mauer
Kyrgyzstan Mission

“It is such a blessing to have a translation [GOD'S WORD®] from which I can teach correct English and grammar. I am passing my good impressions of your work onto our ESL consultant for world missions. It is truly a wonderful tool.”

Pat Monroe
Omaha, Nebraska

“I want to thank you again for your facilitating the sending of copies of GOD’S WORD® to Ghana two years ago. We have heard firsthand that the people are enjoying reading GOD’S WORD® and learning about the love of Jesus!”

Evangelist Kel Richards
Syndney, Australia

GOD’S WORD® also seems to me to be an extremely valuable tool in tackling Biblical literacy — which is the source of unbelief and unfaithfulness in chuches, degradation in society, and great difficulty in evangelism.”

 

ARMED FORCES MINISTRY

Ted L. Crandall
Chaplain, US Navy
Beaufort, South Carolina

“I’m totally sold on GOD’S WORD®! It’s now my most used version. I find it both intelligent and cystal clear. So do my sailors and marines….”

 

MUSIC / RADIO / TELEVISION PERSONALITIES

Andy Chrisman Artist & Worship Leader*
Celebration, Florida

“The Bible is God’s Word! It is the living Word of Jesus Christ. Our guidebook. Our lives will never reach their fullest potential unless we learn what God says about us in his Word…. The Word of God doesn’t belong on a shelf, but in our hearts and minds. God’s plan for us is revealed in his Word…. I grew up going to church and hearing Bible stories, yet, even as an adult I recognize that sometimes translations of the Bible can be very confusing…. the GOD’S WORD® Translation updates the living words of God to be more accessible to the 21st century believer, just as the King James Version was a breakthrough of understanding for its time. You don’t need a seminary degree for the GOD’S WORD® Translation to make sense — just a little bit of time every day to hear what God wants to say to you. I have a passion to live for the One who created us. The GOD’S WORD® Translation helps me do that. It’s a version that my children and I can read and understand together.”

Note: *For more information on Andy Chrisman visit www.andychrisman.com
Steve Camp
AudienceONE Ministries

“It is truth alone that capacitates any soul to glorify God.” – JOHN OWEN

New translations of the Bible abound today, but many fall short because they ‘dumb-down’ its meaning to try and appeal to man and in doing so fail to glorify God. Conversely, the GOD’S WORD® translation of the Bible stands head and shoulders above its peers. It uses clear, contemporary language of our day and still ‘guards the trust’ of the rich meaning of the Scriptures. Being a parent of five children this balance is so vitally important. All my kids have enjoyed reading the GOD’S WORD® Bible and, more importantly, understanding its great truths. Thank you for the valuable work you do for the glory of the Lord and the good of his people.

Peter M. Wallace
President and Executive Producer, The Protestant Hour

“With so many Bible translations available, GOD’S WORD® is the breakout choice. It’s clear and contemporary, yet intelligent and elegant. Its refreshing style communicates powerfully. Most important, it’s thoroughly accurate.”

 

THE REST OF GOD’S PEOPLE

Christian Roberts
Tulsa, Oklahoma

“This [GOD'S WORD®] is truly an accurate and easy-to-read translation. It’s like sitting down with God the Father himself and having a meaningful conversation. Whether you’re a new Christian or a faith veteran, you can rest assured that with this Bible you’re holding God’s Word in your hands.”

Ray Fox
Midland, MI

“I must have nearly all bible translations available, but GOD’S WORD® is by FAR my absolute favorite! I was in bible class on Wednesday, and everyone read from the NIV — except me! During the class a very puzzling verse came up — I read it in GOD’S WORD® and the answer was there ‘clear as a bell.'”

Don Dickerson

“I can not tell you how impressed I am with the GOD’S WORD® translation of the Bible. I have been a Christian, Bible Student, and Collector for 30 years. This is the best, most consistent in style, and easy to read translation on the market. I have bought copies for family and friends. I have not been so excited about a Bible translation since 1971.”

Dave Cowles
Spartanburg, SC

“I bought my first New Testament about eight months ago, and went back the next day and bought the full bible. I have given away several already. I recently shared with my pastor my struggle with trying to read twenty or thirty books at once versus my normal eight or ten. He told me I needed to ‘fast’ for a month, just reading the Bible. I choose the GOD’S WORD® translation because I wanted an accurate translation that made me crave more.

I have shared your translation with several pastors… [GOD'S WORD®] is such a wonderful, concise, accurate, READABLE translation. Unlike the New Living Translation and The Message, GOD’S WORD® still has a prose-like beauty…. I think a fair gauge is if you read two or three Psalms out of a translation, and you aren’t moved, then something is probably missing in the translation — and it’s not necessarily you!”

Annette

“Just wanted you to know that I am reading my GOD’S WORD® Bible with more enthusiasm than I could have ever thought! It is so easy to read. I wish I’d known about it sooner! I have had this Bible for about 2 weeks and I’ve read more of the Bible in those 2 weeks than I have in months of reading. I read all of Romans yesterday (Sunday). I couldn’t put the GOD’S WORD® Bible down!”

Rusty D. Rutherford
Saint John the Divine Episcopal Church
Houston, Texas

“I’ve been using GOD’S WORD® exclusively in my teaching since I found it in 1996. So many people have told me it has made the Bible understandable for them for the very first time. Many of these people have advanced degrees [lawyers and doctors] so I think we often underestimate how effective simple communication in familiar words can be. Thank you for this translation. I don’t know what I would do without it. You don’t put barriers between people and God’s word. Instead, you reach out across the bridge of effective translation to deliver the message of God’s heart as he intended.”

Giesla Moore
Nashville, Tennessee

“When I read GOD’S WORD® I totally understand what is going on because it’s written in the language I have been taught all of my life! It’s smooth and totally comprehensible. When I was younger, I really could have used a Bible that could speak to me the way GOD’S WORD® does. I plan to use GOD’S WORD® with my son. He’s three so he can’t read yet, but one day he will and I know GOD’S WORD® will be an invaluable tool for him in his study. Thank you so much for your most valuable gift. Our family will cherish it for many, many years to come.”

Tina Miltner
Burlingame, California

“I just received the large print version of GOD’S WORD® and I simply cannot tell you how much I love this Bible! First of all, the look of the Bible can only be described as beautiful! After admiring all the surface qualities of my new Bible I wanted to get into the Bible itself. I started with the Quick Start at the beginning the GOD’S WORD®, and whoever wrote it has a real heart for God and I pray they are blessed. It was very well written and I was growing increasingly hopeful that I finally found the perfect Bible for me. Then I read the Preface and was very pleased with the way everything was handled in the translation process. Last but not least, I began looking up my favorite verses and I knew I finally found my Bible! My search for the right Bible began when I first became a Christian 13 years ago. I started with the Good News Bible and was told that I should only be using the King James Version of the Bible because it was the only Bible that was the real innerrant Word of God. I was advised to read the book by Gail Riplinger called ‘New Age Bible Versions,’ and after reading her book I was horrified and I became a ‘King James only’ advocate, yet I couldn’t understand most of what I read. There finally came a point where I stopped reading the Bible altogether because I couldn’t really understand the King James version and I felt too guilty reading any other version. Finally I read a counter-argument against Gail Riplinger’s book that pointed out all the good qualities of the newer translations. So I finally allowed myself the freedom to experience some of these versions, such as the Living Bible, the NIV, and the New Living Translation; however, even though I could understand these much better, there was still something lacking — the Living Bible was too childish, the NIV was boring, and the New Living Translation was okay. That’s how I happened to find your website – I was still looking for the right Bible, and now I’ve finally found it!! My husband was so impressed with my new Bible that he wants me to order one for him also, which I will do right after I send this email. I’m so happy and impressed with what I’ve received so far that I have every intention of ordering all of your other books (the devotionals), etc. I also plan on buying a copy of GOD’S WORD® for my mother, sister, and daughter for Christmas presents this year. Thank you, thank you, thank you, for giving me my most prized possession – God’s REAL word!!! May the Lord richly bless your mission society for your goal to reach the world with GOD’S WORD®. It truly is the best Bible I’ve ever read!!”

Susan Eames
President
The Cedarwood Group

“My personalized copy of GOD’S WORD® arrived earlier this morning. After yesterday’s (September 11, 2001) horrific tragedies in New York City and Washington, D.C., nothing could have been more unexpected or vitally critical to reconstructing our world.

When systems fail, crises explode, chaos decends, and the ordinary is from-this-day-forward forever changed, the simplicity of an easy-to-read Bible translation is a godsend!

When life is reduced to the instinctual for surviving today, our communication is also reduced to basic, essential language. This is what the Bible which was delivered today represents: essential communication from God for people in a survival mentality… easy to read and remember….”

Berniece Byrd
Castlewood, Virginia

“I’m setting here reading the Bible [GOD'S WORD®]…. I don’t want to lay it down. It is so easy to read. I can understand the Bible more clearly. Although I do love reading the King James Version, at times I do not fully understand the Scripture I read. I can read a Scripture in the King James Version and then go to this same Scripture in GOD’S WORD®. What a difference!”

Brian and Angela Matthews
Ponte Vedra, Florida

“The thing we’ve noticed about GOD’S WORD® is that it is so easy to understand ‘at first glance.’ You don’t need to ‘think’ when you read it… IT speaks directly to your heart… it is truly a blessing!”

Ron Gregory
St. Cloud, Florida

“I really enjoy this translation… the GOD’S WORD® translation stirs the emotion to want to read!”

Barry

“I have been doing just what you suggested– comparing translations with my professors. I had to read a verse in one of my classes, Romans 5:1 (which is one of my favorite verses). After reading it my professor asked, ‘What translation is that? That was right on!’ It [GOD'S WORD®] keeps proving itself without my help. Every comment I get on this translation is, ‘I can’t believe how clear and accurate it is!'”

Hank

“You know, it has been about a year since you put the GOD’S WORD® translation into my hands. Reading that translation has affected my walk with Jesus more than anything else I’ve ever experienced… I often go back to the KJV and reread certain passages that come alive for me in GOD’S WORD®. I continually ask myself, ‘How did I ever miss this before?’ I explain it this way: ‘[The natural English in] GOD’S WORD® is much closer to the experiences that I actually have in walking with Jesus.’ I could never connect those experiences with the language of the KJV before, and that caused a lot of confusion in my walk.”

Israel Velez, Jr.
Kissimmee, Florida

“I must begin by saying that through this translation of the Holy Bible your ministry has brought me a whole new perspective of the word of God. It has showed me that I can open up the Bible and receive revelation of God’s words with little or no confusion. God has allowed me to see and know him better than I ever have before….”

Richard Robinett

“I am currently reading Jeremiah in your translation and was interested in your usage of the term ‘Lord of Armies’. Comparing it with several other modern translations, I noted that most liked the term ‘Lord of Hosts’. Going to a key word reference work I found that ‘Lord of Armies’ was one possible meaning of the original…. The term is used so many times that it kept the image of the city under siege in my mind as I read. I am sure that you have gotten criticism for ‘changing the original,’ but it changed the way I thought about Jeremiah and burned the image of an attacking army into my mind.

I have had your translation for a couple of years and I have used it for cross-checking the meaning of a verse as I studied…. I will read the whole Bible from your translation at this time…. When I became a new convert (in my late twenties) I started with the Living Bible and have used several others since. Lately, I have tried to read an entire new translation every year. It is amazing how much that has changed my thinking about the Bible. Others can argue about what the Bible says. I know that it says, ‘READ ME!’ I have my favorites and GOD’S WORD® is up there!”

Paul Shaw
Franklin, Ohio

“I congratulate your translation team on an excellent combination of accuracy and readability. I have compared many, many verses across many, many versions and I am very impressed with GOD’S WORD®. I own about 15 different Bibles, but I now believe that the only ones that a person really needs to have to get a clear picture of the original texts are the NASB, NKJV, and GOD’S WORD®. I am a Bible junkie, and yet I had no idea that GOD’S WORD® was such an accurate translation. I thought it was just another easy-to-read opinion of what the Bible says. Most of the ‘easy read’ versions read more like verse-by-verse commentaries…. Again, congratulations!”

Generosa Rader
San Diego, California

“Over the past few months I have purchased all of the major Bible translations, many in ‘Study Bible’ format, as we use different translations in the Bible study better translations and after using a search engine on the Internet looking for ‘Bible publishers’ I found your home page.

Having just received the GOD’S WORD® translation, I have begun to use it for daily Bible study and prayer. It offers very clear meaning of the verses compared to all of the other Bibles I have… now I am using it exclusively…”

Maretta Johanson
Victoria, Australia

“GOD’S WORD® has certainly been fresh and focused. I bought it as an ‘unknown’ — without recommendation…. Its clear and concise message is warm and compelling…. I assuredly recommend GOD’S WORD® to bring ‘Life and Light’, ‘Purpose and Hope’ to the people of today, and thank God for the great blessing it has brought to my life. Thank you for promoting and marketing such a ‘treasure’!”

Michael M. Adams
Theodore, Alabama

“I would like to compliment you on a job well done! I would recommend GOD’S WORD® to anyone to use… It is packed with excitement from God’s word very accurately. I am pleased that you do not push your ideas or interpretations which others have…”

Walter A. Vollbrecht
Littlefield, Texas

“GOD’S WORD® is the type of Bible I have been looking for for over 60 years … as my eyes grow dimmer and my body grows weaker I am truly thankful for your fine work in using words in [translating] the Bible that we all can understand … I am truly thankful for GOD’S WORD®.”

Richard D. Rutherford
Houston, Texas

“After discovering your fine translation, I was so excited about it (I was teaching the Book of Jeremiah at the time) that I began actively promoting it. Since then, many of my students have purchased copies and consistently remark on how it is opening up the meaning of the Bible to them. Your clear, well thought-out presentations without long sentences and semicolons and absence of mysterious theological words help many of my students immensely. The graphic presentations of poetry are without comparison and greatly assist in teaching.”

Teeshalavone Jenkins
Oxon Hill, Maryland

“Today was the very first time I came across your Bible translation, I read the introduction and a few chapters. I said to myself, ‘At last, a Bible I can truly understand because it is written in plain English.’ I really like the layout of your Bible.”

Jolene Davis
Frederick, Maryland

“I became a Christian last January (1998) and I always had trouble understanding even the NIV that we have. I was in the book store and came across your wonderful translation. I picked it up and I could actually understand every sentence. I wanted to thank you for helping me make my walk with God easier.”