From time to time, people ask me about Bibles to use with young people. Here’s a review of the new edition of the Catholic Youth Bible from Brigid Wolff, the Coordinator of the Chicago Catholic Scripture School.
Of particular note in this new edition are the insertions, on heavy card stock, into the pages, which draw the hand and eye towards important information on six topics. The first deals with the Catholic approach to studying the Bible, the second informs the reader of various ways to pray with the Bible drawing upon memorization, Lectio Divina, and praying with the Psalms by theme. The third insertion addresses how to live Biblical principles such as trust, courage, service, and caring for the poor and vulnerable.
The third section presents images of the bible. This section includes but goes beyond pictures. For example, it also presents several excellent charts on the Name of God in the Old Testament and Titles of Jesus in the New Testament. The sixth and final section is titled “Catholic Practices and Prayers.” This section includes important prayers but goes beyond merely printing prayers to explaining the biblical basis for the “Core Catholic Attitudes and Practices” that sustain all prayer.
I highly recommend this new edition of The Catholic Youth Bible for use in classrooms or as a gift for Confirmation or Graduation.