The Catholic Youth Bible®, 4th Edition Leader Guide

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This resource is designed to provide you with an array of tools to engage young people in their study of Scripture, to help them see the relevancy of Scripture to their own lives, and to walk with today’s young people on their faith journey, all using The Catholic Youth Bible®

Each section of the leader guide points directly to The Catholic Youth Bible, providing a powerful and comprehensive resource for all faith leaders and mentors. With The Catholic Youth Bible in the hands of your youth and this leader guide in yours, you have all the tools you need to develop an encounter with Scripture that transforms hearts and minds. 

Product Details

Copyright: Jan. 8, 2018

Format: Plastic spiral

Size: 8.5 x 11

Item number: 4218

ISBN: 978-1-59982-950-0

ISBN-10: 1-59982-950-9

Special Feature

The guide features six major sections:

  • Discover It! provides a basic overview of the latest edition of The Catholic Youth Bible, including detailed illustrations of the features and articles.
  • Pray It! includes a deeper exploration of features and components of The Catholic Youth Bible with tips and ideas to engage teens in prayer and reflection, as well as short articles to help them connect and share their faith. 
  • Study It! focuses on the catechetical and academic resources in The Catholic Youth Bible and provides suggestions that can be utilized for any level of scholarship. Brief considerations of science and the Bible and biblical literacy round out the section.
  • Live It! illustrates The Catholic Youth Bible articles that challenge and empower youth to see faith as a way of life and concludes with advice for engaging all youth.
  • Explore It! provides sample lesson plans for studying current issues in light of Scripture. 
  • Find It! offers various indexes to help you locate exactly what you need in The Catholic Youth Bible. This section might even help you identify materials you didn’t know you needed but would be effective in your particular setting.
Customer Reviews

Great Bible for my 4-8th grade students.


By Deacon David Briedwell, McMinnville, Oregon

I teach religion in a Catholic School and after several months of research settled on "The Catholic Youth Bible" as the Bible all my students would use. I like the Content, Bible Book Abbreviations and How the Bible is organized section. But what I particularly love are the Special Features, the Introductions, Growing in Faith, etc. It's a great Bible for kids of all ages.



By Betsey Conway, Old Bridge, NJ

My students have enjoyed these Bibles, especially how interactive they are! Some other favorite aspects are the summaries before each of the books and the notes on how passages relate to their own lives today!

A great tool for CCD classes.


By Bob Glass, Chester

We are finishing our first year with the Catholic Youth Bible. The best review I can give is from a comment one or our Sixth-Grade students said at the end of class with the Bible. She said "It's not time to stop is it?" That is a testament to the beauty of the Bible.

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!

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.

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!!

Wonderfully Engaging


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!

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.

By Teri B., St. Robert of Newminster, Ada, MI

I’m using The Catholic Youth Bible for our RCIA seekers and candidates. It’s really the best Bible out there for RCIA because it includes other helpful information!
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