This week our team is celebrating the completion of Immerse: The Reading Bible, a project we’ve been working on with our partners at Tyndale House Publishers for the past eighteen months. Immerse: Prophets arrived from the printer in late February and rounded out the six-volume set, which represents our best work yet in the “reader’s edition” Bible category.
Immerse: The Reading Bible contains several new innovations compared to our previous work with reader’s Bibles:
- We used scientific research on the length of the reading line, number of characters, margin size, and font size to find the optimal balance for the most comfortable reading experience.
- A fresh book order in the prophets, the order of Paul’s letters, and the order of the four gospel groups in the New Testament
- Custom watercolor cover artwork commissioned specifically for Immerse
- Brand new sections in the back of each volume explaining how each type of biblical literature works, and how the smaller stories of the Bible work together to create the grand narrative
The first two volumes, Messiah and Beginnings, have already found significant traction within churches across North America as part of the Immerse: The Bible Reading Experience church campaign.
“Immerse is spreading organically from church to church as early adopters tell stories about positive experiences reading Immerse: Messiah,” said Doug Knox, Sr. Vice President and Group Publisher at Tyndale.
Using the six-volume set, churches are invited to read through the entire Bible together over the course of three years, given they read through one volume each spring and fall. Many pastors don’t want to wait that long. “Immerse recommends a cycle of two modules a year, but we had people asking, ‘What’s next?’” pastor Chris Morrison told us, “So we started Beginnings right away. I can’t believe it, but we just finished reading Leviticus. And we’ve had great discussions!”
The Spanish edition of Immerse, Inmersión: La Biblia de lectura, is close behind the English version. Four of the six volumes have been printed, with the last two scheduled for completion later this year. All of the church campaign materials have been translated as well.
“IFBR and Tyndale are delighted to witness the seeds of a global Bible reading movement taking root,” says Knox, “We expect to see a thousand more churches enroll over the next twelve months.”
While the Bible itself is finished in English, much work remains to complete the accompanying church campaigns for all six volumes. We are raising money to produce the preview videos that go along with each week’s reading and help the reader become familiar with the historical and literary context of what they’re about to read. Messiah and Beginnings videos are finished, but we still need to create videos for the final four campaigns — 32 videos total.
Check out the video for Messiah Week 6, introducing the Jewish perspective of Matthew’s gospel:
These videos are an integral part of the Immerse experience. If you’d like to support our work to finish them for all six volumes, we’d really appreciate if you head over to our Donate page and make a gift. Thanks so much!