The CEB Student Bible: review and giveaway

The CEB Student Bible was written with teens 13 and up in mind.

First published in 2011, the Common English Bible was built by the collaborative effort of 120 Bible translators from 24 denominations and 500 Bible readers from diverse backgrounds and hundreds of different churches. The CEB uses words and phrases that sound natural and conversational and offers a balanced, accurate and sensitive translation that mirrors how young people talk, read and write with their friends.

Interspersed within the books, teens can take advantage of the insight that the CEB Student Bible provides through the many features which I have listed below.


  • Multiple prayers and reflections written by students, for students. These students’ spiritual insights show readers that young people can and do wrestle with the Bible and take their faith seriously.
  • Introductions to each Bible book by biblical scholars who have also worked in youth ministry.
  • More than 400 articles by a diverse group of biblical scholars and youth ministers from over a dozen different denominations, each written with the motivation of helping students really engage with the Bible.
  • Discussion questions, activities, and “Reading Differently” exercises for each book of the Bible, written by youth ministers and designed for youth groups, small groups, or other group interaction. As part of the “Reading Differently” exercise, students are encouraged to perform “bibliodramas” for certain passages, use their creativity and various art forms to deepen their connection with the text, and read the Bible in nontraditional places like nature or a public area to help get a new perspective on what God might want to teach them.
  • 16 pages of maps by National Geographic with a 4-page map index.

Being Christian homeschoolers, I ensure my teens study the Bible as part of their daily curriculum. It was easy to use the CEB Student Bible in this way because it not only provided insights and information but also had questions which my teens could incorporate into their daily study. Notebooking works hand in hand with the CEB Student Bible. Of course you don’t need to be a homeschooler to take advantage of all this Bible has to offer.

We like to study God’s Word using several versions. I feel the Common English Bible is a good addition to anyone’s library. Abingdon Press has graciously allowed me to give one CEB Student Bible away to one of my readers. Just post a comment of why you would like to add the CEB Student Bible to your library for a chance to win. Comments need to be made before midnight EST on November 4th. I will select a random winner from all comments. Winner needs to respond with their mailing address on November 6th at noon since I need to provide my winner by end of that day.

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