The best Catholic Bible for teens is now even better. Are you ready?
Introducing The Catholic Youth Bible®, 4th Edition, completely refreshed for a new generation. Designed for young people to enter in, be nourished…and be transformed. We spent over 2 years working with young people to design the best youth Bible ever.
With a new vibrant full-color design, ample room for reflection and special Scripture Highlights to color throughout, this newly reimagined Catholic Youth Bible® will engage the youth of today like never before.
“When we released The Catholic Youth Bible 20 years ago it was the first time a publisher had ever created a Bible for Catholic youth. Our goal with this entirely new edition was to make it relevant for a new generation of youth by making it an interactive experience and by engaging teens in making it their own Bible,”
- John M. Vitek, President and CEO of Saint Mary’s Press
See what’s new in The Catholic Youth Bible®, 4th Edition
The completely refreshed Catholic Youth Bible®, beautifully illustrated in living color!
Create a Lived Faith:
We know that faith means little unless it is lived, so these Challenge features charge youth to bring the Scriptures to life through specific, suggested actions!
Interact with Scripture:
In Scripture Highlights, encouraging verses are featured to offer an opportunity to reflect and are designed so youth can color them!
The Searching for God features offer reflections and prayers that focus specifically on aspects of our relationship with God, and the Who Is My Neighbor? features focus on our relationship and responsibility to others as a Christian community.
Explore the Bible:
Young people can explore the scripture easily with themed Reading Plans, as well as When I'm Feeling verses that help youth explore what the Bible might say to them about their own life experiences and feelings.
Navigate with Confidence:
Easy-to-use navigation enables faster Scripture reading for youth at all levels of Biblical knowledge
Plus all the elements you want in a meaningful teen study Bible for young Catholics
The Catholic Youth Bible® still features elements you know and love…
- Catholic Connection articles that provide a more complete presentation of scripturally-based Catholic beliefs and practices, and address the principles of Catholic social teaching.
- Introductions to the major sections of the Bible and all the books of the Bible.
- Did You Know? insights into how the Church has interpreted key Scripture passages throughout history.
- Being Catholic guides to core beliefs, attitudes, practices, and spirituality & prayers.
- Special Indexes: Sunday readings for cycles A, B, and C; 10 color maps; a four-page Biblical history timeline; a glossary; a topical index.
Publisher: Saint Mary's Press
Translation: New American Bible Revised Edition
Copyright: Jan. 5, 2018
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By Kimberly Peterson, Washington
We purchased this Bible because we wanted to present an example of Bible Journaling in a Catholic version of the Bible to our faith community. This Bible is thoughtfully designed for young people to read, reflect and hear God's Word. Many of the adults who have seen the sample were excited about how easy it is to use and the "Challenge" columns and wanted a copy for themselves!
The best yet!
By Teri, St. Robert's
The 4th Edition of The Catholic Youth Bible® has a contemporary look that is sure to entice young people to explore God's Word in a whole new way. The new Challenge and Scripture Highlights features
will encourage readers to put faith into action by incorporating core Bible themes into daily life. This edition of The Catholic Youth Bible is the best yet!
Would be great for RCIA also
By Mary Potter, RSM
The Catholic Youth Bible, 4th edition is very impressive and as an adult I would love to have this Bible…
Loved the art work and the fact that they get to color (good for our doodlers!) and mark the Bible and are encouraged to make it their ow. The Challenges are great in helping us to be more creative and in tune with our world: “Stand up for the poor and vulnerable,” “Be Courageous,” “Serve Humbly.”
The color coding of books makes navigating the Bible easy. There is good representation of people from other nationalities and various ethnic backgrounds.
Would be great for RCIA also.
Thanks for all you do to keep the Bible and Youth Handbook fresh and challenging.
By Jeni, Mater Dei
The 4th Edition of The Catholic Youth Bible is excellent. The first noticeable difference is the use of four colors throughout the Bible in the illustrations and to draw attention to the side articles and activities. The colors are eye catching and draw one’s interest to the supplemental text and resources included in the Bible. The side articles, Scripture explanations, and challenges are very well done. They are short enough to keep today’s teens attention but give information to enhance one’s understanding of the Scripture and reflect on how it applies to life today. A wonderfully engaging Bible not just for youth but for everyone!
I cannot wait to put this into someone’s hands!!
By Susan, Holy Family
I am a big fan of the CYB. We use it as one of the texts for Confirmation preparation and also for the RCIA – gifting one to each seeker as they enter the process. Many conversations have been started by what they have read in the extra features; these articles have introduced Catholic culture and are a great guide for navigating daily life as a new Christian. I like the water color palette of the new 4th edition – it's subtle, and somehow it feels more ”sacred” than bolder primary colors. The art work is appealing and invites the reader to take that extra moment to reflect on the image. The doodle art option is appealing too – a great start to contemplative prayer. The navigation tool is truly helpful, giving practical assistance without making the reader feel like they are doing 'Scripture Reference for Dummies.'
I cannot wait to put this into someone’s hands!!
I am excited
By Holly, Totino-Grace
I love the four-color design! It immediately captures my attention. The artwork at the beginning of each book is beautiful. It cultivates curiosity about the book, captures the essence of the book, and could be used as a prayer reflection as in Visio Divina.
A big difference I notice in the 4th edition of The Catholic Youth Bible is the extensive footnotes. As a high school religion teacher, helping students understand the depth of scripture can be challenging. The footnotes create opportunities to take students deeper and help them see connections to other sections of the bible and other passages. The Catholic Connections feature stands out as a useful tool for class beyond scripture. They anchor specific Catholic teachings in sacred scripture. For example, “Stop the Cycle” (p.28) would be an excellent resource for a Morality or Social Justice class.
Finally, feature “How Is This Relevant to My Life Today?” in the summary section will speak directly to the youth. This is precisely the question they ask of scripture. Making the connection quickly will engage young readers.
I am excited to engage young people in my classroom through The Catholic Youth Bible.