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New for PocketBible: Personal Promise Bible

Posted on: March 22nd, 2011 by Michelle Stramel 7 Comments

Laridian has released the Personal Promise Bible for use with PocketBible. This new product is available in two translations:

The Personal Promise Bible is a unique product which takes your first name, last name and spouse’s name (if married) and inserts it in over 7,000 places throughout the Old and New Testaments, giving each promise new life and significance for you personally. As the name implies, the idea is to help you comprehend God’s promises in a more personal way.

Each translation of The Personal Promise Bible sells for $24.99 and is available for use with PocketBible for iPhone/iPad/iPod touch, Windows PC, and Windows Mobile.

7 Responses

  1. Terrence Daniels says:

    THis product disappoints me as so many levels. The location of each insertion point is, at some level, a doctrinal decision. The alteration of the text, irrespective of what a person might think about inerrancy or inspiration, seems wrongheaded. The idea hat the Bible is God’s love letter to you seems to turn the gospel on its head, as if we are the reason for it all. It is more than a bit narcissistic. It is quite possible that someone will say that it might help someone with self image problems, or someone unaware of God’s love for them. I guess I don’t buy it; you don’t give a diabetic chocolate cake, nor do you build self esteem by engendering narcissism. THe only answer than works is getting human beings to look at Jesus.

    • Terrance,

      We offer a wide variety of products for a wide variety of people. Some titles are doctrinally intense; some are light-weight. We’re like your local Christian bookstore. You might prefer to spend your time and money in the Bibles and reference section while someone else goes there to buy music and Christian living titles. This particular title (the Personal Promise Bible) definitely appeals to a certain type of person and not to others. Many people would say your observations are dead-on; others would ask you to lighten up and let folks make the choices they think are appropriate. I like to use Romans 14 to guide me in this kind of thing.

      I appreciate the fact that you took the time to express your thoughts on this particular title. We encourage all of our customers to exercise judgment in what they purchase and weigh it against scripture. You’ve obviously done that. :-)

  2. Melody S. says:

    I love this! Isn’t it all about me (and you)? Christ died for my (and your) sins, gave me (and you) His promises, His warnings…His word. John 3:16…”the world”…No one is excluded. To have your name inserted into the Bible brings new light…new revelations. No more picking and choosing what we want to apply to us. It’s now in black & white & sometimes red. Thank you Personal Promise Bible to help us understand and reveal God’s deep and true love for us. After all isn’t God’s love for us that makes us “reason for it all”?

  3. Jim Vermillion says:

    First, I pray that the LORD GOD will be with you, your family and your loved ones in this trial of cancer, and along with you I pray that He will grace you to glorify Him in and through it all.

    I am fearfully concerned about the Personal Promise Bible. I pray for wisdom and grace. It’s all about the Glory of the LORD GOD.

    I do not know how to state this in the right frame of heart. I tremble before the LORD GOD. He is Holy and we are held accountable to Him for everything we do, not after He has redeemed us in a slavish fear, but in a godly, filial fear of never, ever wanting to offend Him or bring any dishonor upon His name.

    Please, please, I beg of you, do not place yourselves or desire to place yourselves into the same category as a Christian Book Store.

    The LORD GOD’S name is Holy. His Word is Holy. Everything about Him is Holy. He has warned us repeatedly not to profane His Name, not to profane His Word, not to profane anything related to Him. See, for example, Exodus 20:7; Ezekiel 22:26; Acts 5:1-11; I Corinthians 11:26-28. For adding to His Word, see Deuteronomy 4:2; Deuteronomy 12:32; “Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. Do not add to His words, lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar.” Proverbs 30:5-6; and Galatians 1:8,9. By adding names to Holy Scriptures that were not intended or authorized by the LORD GOD another gospel is proclaimed which brings down the anathema of the LORD GOD.

    “If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” [Revelation 22:18-19]

    Providing for placing personal names into the text of the Holy Scriptures, names that were not placed there by the Holy Spirit, names that were not intended to be there, [a] adds to His Word; [b] usurps the authority of the LORD GOD. He alone has that authority and He is jealous of His authority; and [c] deceives a person who places his or her name into the Sacred Scriptures whose name the LORD GOD has not placed there and may cause that person not to seek salvation and perish eternally.

    I pray that the HOLY SPIRIT will give understanding in the fear of the LORD GOD, the HOLY ONE of Israel, who is absolutely Just and yet amazingly in His sovereign grace alone the Justifier of the one, and that one alone, who has a true and living faith in Jesus. [Romans 3:21-31]

    • Hi Jim,

      Let me see if I can address your concerns.

      First, we do not believe the Personal Promise Bible “adds to” or “changes” the Word of God. It does not replace the Bible. It merely suggests a way to read it that emphasizes its personal nature. For example, when you read Ephesians 5:25 and it says “husbands, love your wives”, do you believe Paul was just talking to some other husbands at some other place (in Ephesus)? Or was he talking about you and your wife? If you say “I believe Ephesians 5:25 tells me to love my wife” are you “adding to God’s Word”? Why not? If you are not adding to God’s Word by applying Eph 5:25 personally, then how does the Personal Promise Bible add to God’s Word when it tells “Jim” to love his wife?

      The editors of the Personal Promise Bible are not claiming that the Bible is wrong in its present state and is in need of your name in 7000 places in order to correct it. They are simply saying that the Bible contains a number of promises and commands that we are intended to apply to ourselves. By inserting your name directly into the text, it helps you apply the scriptures. That’s all. They are not replacing your Bible; they are commenting on it to encourage you to apply what you read. This is not unlike what your preacher does every Sunday.

      Second, we are, in fact and in one sense, a “Christian bookstore”. I’m not sure what you have against Christian bookstores, but we’re happy to be one. :-)

      Finally, we honestly appreciate you taking the time to express your concerns. People should express their concerns when they encounter something that they think is unscriptural. In this case, we just don’t agree with you. We hope this explanation helps. If not, feel free to email me directly at craigr@laridian.com.

  4. Richard says:

    It seems to me that the price is a little high for what is after all free text (well certainly on the KJV). But undoubtedly Laridian are confronted by the licensing costs from the publisher and of course it does need the added functionality of being able to add personal names. Just a comment.

    • Both the KJV and WEB texts are royalty-free, however there is considerable effort required to initially create then customize, build, upload, store, deliver and otherwise support the customized versions. This particular product isn’t really “licensed” from the publisher but rather it is the publisher’s product and we have a revenue-sharing arrangement for units sold on our site. The price is set by the publisher, as is the case with all the titles we sell on behalf of others who have used our unique BookBuilder program to publish their electronic titles.. Thanks for your interest.

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