To people who want a little help in sharing the Easter message amid tough financial times, American Bible Society is giving away free copies of its Easter Edition Bible.
"We understand money is tight for so many right now but we don't want that to stop anyone from having access to the 'good news' found in the Bible," said Lamar Vest, president of the American Bible Society. "The Easter story offers a message of hope, encouragement and endurance that can help bring comfort to help people - especially as they face challenges in their lives."
The Easter Edition Bible is available in Contemporary English Version, a translation first published by ABS in 2000. The book, which normally retails at around $25, will be provided at no cost to those who sign-up at the organization's Web site before April 15.
Features of the Easter Edition Bible include an explanation on the observance of the Easter season, Holiday Bible verses, selected Easter readings, and suggested family Easter activities. A short introduction is provided for each chapter of Bible alongside a quick overview of its contents.
"Economic meltdown has been predicted by economists, preachers, professors and even conspiracy theorists long before today. In most cases, their predictions were only partially fulfilled," noted Vest, who was installed as ABS president in February.
"The 'Good News' for today is that the prophesies relating to Jesus Christ's crucifixion, death, and resurrection have indeed, been fulfilled," he said. "There is no better time than this Easter to discover the timeless power and promise of God's Word."
According to a new Knights of Columbus-Marist poll, nearly two out of three Americans plan to attend an Easter church service this year.
Headquartered in New York City, ABS has helped to provide hundreds of millions of Bibles and portions of the Scriptures around the world since its founding in 1816.
The organization also provides Scripture to a digital generation at Engage.AmericanBible.org, where people can sign up to receive Bible verses on a daily basis via email, voicemail, text message, podcast and RSS feed.