New Bible Supports People Facing Life’s Challenges, Church Publishers Say – Seventh-day Adventist Church

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For Christians, the Bible is considered an irreplaceable helper tool, especially when going through life’s rough patches. Seventh-day Adventist leaders now expect a new edition, called Hope Bible, to help make this connection more explicit and straightforward.

“It is a Bible for people facing any challenge — a resource for health practitioners and chaplains,” said Mario Martinelli, CEO of Editorial Safeliz in Spain, the publishing house that will start offering worldwide shipping of the new edition in September 2019. “It is a great resource for health-care professionals.”

Martinelli’s comments were part of the official presentation of the Bible during the first day of the 3rd Global Conference on Health and Lifestyle in Loma Linda, California, United States, on July 9, 2019.

Adventist Church president Ted Wilson (left), Editorial Safeliz CEO Mario Martinelli, and Adventist Health Ministries director Peter Landless unveil the first batch of Hope Bibles. The new edition is a joint effort of Editorial Safeliz with Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries and Adventist Health Ministries. Photo: Adventist News Network

Unique Features

Hope Bible, which uses the New King James Version, features more than 1,000 Bible verses for all occasions, including aging, dealing with enemies, illness, and suffering, to name a few. Bible verses are also listed under other topics to help readers overcome addictions, anger, anxiety, fear, loss, shame and guilt, and many more everyday challenges.

Bible promises are also grouped under various spiritual categories, the publishers said, including promises about the return of Jesus and the resurrection, answers to prayers, salvation and eternal life, and victory over sin. “They have the potential of bringing you encouragement in moments of sorrow,” they emphasized.

A promotional video mentioned that selected verses are highlighted throughout the Bible and that a footnote connects that specific verse with a challenge the reader may be facing. For instance, the highlighted version of Psalm 50:15 — “Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me” — is connected to a footnote that reads, “Overcoming addictions.” Another note about overcoming addiction and complexes is linked to John 8:32, where Jesus said, “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

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