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God's Word Goes Glossy - Bible New Testament Magazine Targets Teen Girls
Fox News ^ | 9/18/03

Posted on 09/18/2003 12:16:14 PM PDT by tallhappy

Edited on 04/22/2004 12:37:13 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

Instead of fawning over a hot young actor in Tiger Beat, teen girls are now going ga-ga for Jesus’ teachings in Revolve, a magazine that’s slicked up the New Testament (search) for girls ages 12 to 17.

Christian bookstores are selling out of the $14.99, 388-page magazine, in which Holy Writ is jumbled alongside sassy sidebars, splashy headlines and color photos — all minus the sexual titillation of other teen mags like Seventeen (search).


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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bible; newtestament; revolve; teens
Publisher's Site


1 posted on 09/18/2003 12:16:17 PM PDT by tallhappy
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To: tallhappy
Phenix & Phenix Literary Publicist
Media Release   www.bookpros.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                    CONTACT: Marika Flatt, (512) 478-2028, ext. 201

Eye Candy for Bittersweet Times

Accessible new Bible offers Christian Teens a trendy alternative

 

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) How often does the average teen carry a Bible to school, the mall, or even a friend's house? Most teens-American or not-are way more concerned with their own life than the life of Jesus. However, it's quite likely you'll see teen girls sporting the newest, hippest Bible this summer-from the beach to the mall, this magazine-style Bible is the most innovative concept in Bible publishing in the last twenty years. Revolve: A New Look At The New Testament (Nelson Bibles, July 2003, ISBN: 0-7180-0358-6) is a modern look at the New Testament with hundreds of applicable insights for daily living, available nationwide in July from Nelson Bibles, under the teen brand, Transit. 

Part Bible, part teen culture 'zine, Revolve is all about bringing the Bible to teen girls in a format they're comfortable with. It shows them that the Bible is fun and applicable to life today. In addition to the entire New Testament in the easy-to-understand New Century Version, Revolve contains additional features that are common to glamour magazines. Some features included are:

        Quizzes - like "Are You a Good Daughter?" or "Are You Dating a Godly Guy?"
        Guys Speak Out - Guys give their opinions on everything from the ideal girl to your focus on life.
        Beauty Tips - How to achieve stunning inner beauty
        Calendar - Fun activities throughout the year, as well as "Pray for a Person of Influence" days on celebrities' birthdays
        Blab - Revolve staffers answer actual questions from readers 
        Bible Bios - Brief summaries of famous women throughout the Bible
        Bible Basics - What is the New Testament? Who was Jesus? Everything a seeker or new believer needs to know

Many teen girls are intimidated about reading the Bible. However, Revolve makes the New Testament approachable and helps readers understand biblical teaching through real life scenarios and familiar magazine features. To make the notes as relevant as possible, each has been written by women in their early twenties who have spent time with young girls and know what teens are looking for in life and from the Bible. Through this new Bible format, young girls learn to approach family, friends and life with Christian beliefs and morals, while at the same time not feeling excluded from pop culture. 

Revolve is a cornerstone product for Transit, the teen publishing strategy of Thomas Nelson Inc. "Revolve is the most innovative, revolutionary Bible product for this generation of teen girls. By mixing pop-culture fashion magazine formats with the eternal truth of Scripture, we've found a way to make the Word of God exciting, relevant and fun for young women again," says Kate Etue, Senior Editor at Transit.

MEDIA: To schedule an interview or to receive your review copy of Revolve, please contact Marika Flatt, Phenix & Phenix Literary Publicists, at (512) 478-2028 ext. 201 or marika@bookpros.com

CONSUMERS: You can purchase "Revolve" at www.nelsonministryservices.com

2 posted on 09/18/2003 12:20:08 PM PDT by tallhappy
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To: tallhappy
Interesting. Getting the gospel to teens has been one of my church's biggest successes in the past few years. We mix loud Christian praise music with guitars and drums with messages of Christian love, faith, abstension, etc. No one who wnats to come in is turned away no matter how the are dressed or appear because one of the basic messages of Christianity is that EVERYONE is welcome.
3 posted on 09/18/2003 12:25:14 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Even if the government took all your earnings, you wouldn’t be, in its eyes, a slave.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants
Yes.

Here is a Wolf Blitzer interview with the editor!

4 posted on 09/18/2003 12:29:13 PM PDT by tallhappy
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To: tallhappy
Please don't take this as a flame. Just thought you might want to know. A couple of weeks ago we had a pretty strong discussion about this topic over hear.
5 posted on 09/18/2003 12:39:38 PM PDT by TexasNative2000 (You may disagree with me, but I will fight for your right to be in error.)
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To: TexasNative2000
we had a pretty strong discussion about this topic over hear.

Perhaps you weren't sufficiently over herd over their.

(I trussed ewe dew knot mined when eye add homonyms. ;O) ;O)

6 posted on 09/18/2003 12:56:08 PM PDT by newgeezer (We learn by trail and errror. ;-)
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To: newgeezer
I am sew sorry four the mistake.
7 posted on 09/18/2003 12:58:26 PM PDT by TexasNative2000 (You may disagree with me, but I will fight for your right to be in error.)
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To: tallhappy
I hope Justin Timberlake plays Jesus.
8 posted on 09/18/2003 12:59:47 PM PDT by FreedomSurge
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To: TexasNative2000
Hay, pleas. Noah fence inn tended.
9 posted on 09/18/2003 1:02:41 PM PDT by newgeezer (We learn by trail and errror. ;-)
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To: newgeezer
Your sew suite two bee sew pull light.
10 posted on 09/18/2003 1:07:30 PM PDT by TexasNative2000 (You may disagree with me, but I will fight for your right to be in error.)
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Moore's review on MSNBC
While fashion and dating articles in Revolve may help the New Testament to appear more relevant to teens, Moore warned that they may inadvertently compromise "the seriousness and the authority" of the Scripture.

"I think having the message of the crucifixion and the resurrection on the same page as beauty tips about Jesus as the foundation of one's makeup just tends to trivialize and make frivolous the message that comes with it," he said.

One feature in Revolve titled, "Spiritual facials," tells teen readers, "Spiritual cleansing is like a facial cleansing. The fire of God's love burns out the sin the same way the hot steam routs the dirt out of your pores."


11 posted on 09/18/2003 1:16:01 PM PDT by george wythe
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To: TexasNative2000
Thanks. I searched on Bible and other words and did not see it posted. I was surprised it hadn't been and am not surprised to see it has been posted.
12 posted on 09/18/2003 2:27:46 PM PDT by tallhappy
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To: tallhappy
Has there been any talk about one for teenage boys?
13 posted on 09/18/2003 2:29:49 PM PDT by luckymom (Prasie God, from whom ALL blessings flow)
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To: 4mycountry
Hey FRiend, can you give an opinion on this??
14 posted on 09/18/2003 2:55:23 PM PDT by netmilsmom (I may hide, but I never leave!)
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To: netmilsmom
Hmmm...sounds like a good idea. It's that "subtle hint" techinque. This could jet off, if word gets out.

...Though, I must say, when that 15yr old (what was her name? Brittney?) started saying "My friends were,like, so totally interested" etc in the interview, I wanted to hurt somebody. *grooaan*

BTW, how are you, FRiend'o'mine?

15 posted on 09/18/2003 3:22:10 PM PDT by 4mycountry (You say I'm a brat like it's a bad thing.)
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To: tallhappy
Courtney: "Oooh that Joseph of Arimathaea is such a hunk!"

Caitlin: "Nice butt, but Simon Zelotes is just dreamy!"

Courtney: "So what's the deal with Mary Magdalene in that dress? She can't be serious!"

Caitlin: "Oh my God, totally!"

(Courtney and Caitlin find God.)

16 posted on 09/18/2003 4:06:55 PM PDT by Imal (The World According to Imal: http://imal.blogspot.com)
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To: george wythe
This strikes me as blasphemous--"an irreverant act, attitude or utterance regarding something inviolable or sacrosanct."
17 posted on 09/18/2003 4:12:47 PM PDT by nonsporting
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To: tallhappy
I live next to a family book store, though I'm a guy, I may want to check this out, seems pretty popular.
18 posted on 09/18/2003 6:13:59 PM PDT by bluelowrider57 (More of da thugz crawlin)
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To: Imal
Courtney: "Oooh that Joseph of Arimathaea is such a hunk!"

Caitlin: "Nice butt, but Simon Zelotes is just dreamy!"

Courtney: "So what's the deal with Mary Magdalene in that dress? She can't be serious!"

Caitlin: "Oh my God, totally!"

LOL! I actually know a Caitlin who talks like that.

19 posted on 09/19/2003 11:20:36 AM PDT by george wythe
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