New Teen Bible Created with Input from Kids and Parents Aims to Ignite Young People’s Love of Scripture
Ignite: The Bible for Teens (NKJV) makes a big, complicated, thousands-of-years-old book
accessible to today’s young people with an interactive approach geared to kids ages 11-15. Ignite
draws upon the expertise of youth pastors and skilled Bible editors, as well as calling upon the
real experts—teens and their parents—to ensure that this would be a Bible that teens would enjoy
using. The Teen Advisory Committee, made up of 45 teens and their parents, provided
enthusiastic input on many elements. Ignite will be published on July 16, 2013, by Thomas
Nelson, a division of HarperCollins Christian Publishing.
Research conducted on behalf of Thomas Nelson, Inc., found that nearly 40% of churched teens
read their Bible outside of church less than once per week. The biggest challenge for many
middle school teens is difficulty navigating the Bible, the research found. But teens do recognize
the importance of reading Scripture. When they do read the Bible, they report that it’s because
they want to know God better; to understand God’s plan for their life; and to learn how God
expects them to act.
“Getting teens to connect with Scripture is an ongoing challenge for youth workers,” says Mark
Oestreicher, the general editor of Ignite who has worked his entire life in youth ministry. “Even
teens who feel the value of reading the Bible struggle with it.” Ignite is designed to help young
teens engage with Scripture, making what may seem like an intimidating tome approachable and
inviting. Further, Oestreicher points out, “Ignite connects the macro themes of the Bible to issues
in the real life of a typical teen.”
Most youth Bibles target older teens, ages sixteen and up. Ignite is especially for younger teens. It
employs a lively, down-to-earth tone that anticipates their questions and challenges, without
talking down to them. Several unique features help kids relate sacred wisdom to their real-world
experiences, covering key life issues for teens such as identity, relationships, and more:
•Spotlight: an overview of the Bible in just 100 readings.
•White Hot Topics: articles that highlight topics kids are thinking about: “stuff that
matters for everyday and stuff that’s important for living as a Christian.”
•Flashpoints: helpful, day-to-day topics that help teens deal with whatever may be going
on in their lives.
•Sparks: verses that focus on God’s promises.
•Soul Fuel: verses for reading and memorizing.
Ignite also includes introductions to each book of the Bible providing basic, need-to-know
information in quick bites: what the book is about, who wrote it and when, why the contents of
the book matter to the reader, and where to find key stories. Helpful “Find It Fast” indexes, and a
dictionary with topical concordance, will help prevent kids from becoming frustrated as they try
to find particular books of the Bible, verses or topics.
Mark Oestreicher, the General Editor ofIgnite: The Bible for Teens has been involved in church ministry his whole life, particularly with teenagers and youth workers. Marko has had a broad experience working in churches in roles ranging from Junior High Pastor to Executive Pastor. For 11 years, Marko was at Youth Specialties in San
Diego, an organization that trains and equips church youth workers – the last 8 of those years aspresident. Concurrently, Marko was also a part of the leadership team of Zondervan (GrandRapids, MI).
Marko has authored or contributed to more than 60 books, including the much-talked-about Youth
Ministry 3.0. Marko is a partner in The Youth Cartel, providing resources, training and coaching
for church youth workers. Marko’s blog.
Thomas Nelson, Inc., part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, is a world leading provider of
Christian content and has been providing readers with quality inspirational product for more than
200 years. The publishing group provides multiple formats of award-winning Bibles, books, gift
books, cookbooks, curriculum and digital content, with distribution of its products in more than
100 countries. Thomas Nelson, is headquartered in Nashville, TN with additional offices in Plano,
TX. For additional information, please visit http://www.thomasnelsoncorporate.com
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