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Re-covering the 'Recovery Bible'

Mark Rasbach’s favorite Bible is the Recovery Devotional Bible. Since March the pastor of Hope Lutheran Church, Hollywood, Calif., has placed more than 300 copies in the pews for members and visitors to take home—and keep. “It’s the most universal Bible,” he says. “We all have addictions. But for most of us, they’re secret.”

In April, Rasbach heard from a woman who’d visited Hope. She wrote from the California Rehabilitation Center in nearby Norco, asking for something helpful to read. So he sent her a Recovery Devotional Bible.

“That Bible got through by the Holy Spirit,” Rasbach says, explaining that all hardcover books are banned from state prisons because contraband can be hidden in the spines. When he sent Bibles to other inmates who soon wrote asking for a copy, all were returned.

To his dismay, Rasbach quickly found out that the publisher, Zondervan, no longer printed this version in softcover format—and wouldn’t, unless the order could be 1,000 or more copies.

He didn’t want to substitute another softcover Bible. “This is the Bible these people can relate to,” he says. “It’s in language they understand.”

And Rasbach wouldn’t let those letters go unanswered: He re-covered the Recovery Devotional Bible. It costs $42 per copy—buying the hardcover edition for $21, printing a “counterfeit” soft cover for $2, rebinding for $15 and mailing for $2. He’d sent out 86 by year’s end, with requests for 30 more on his desk.

He hopes to supply even more in 2006.

At presstime, the Zondervan board of directors voted to reissue the softcover edition at $15. Rasbach had sent the company copies of letters from prisoners, telling just how much the Recovery Bible meant to them.

Donations of $7,000 have covered the costs of the Bibles for the pews and for the prisoners.


Comments

anne pippin

anne pippin

Posted at 4:35 pm (U.S. Eastern) 6/3/2007

i am working with New hope womens recovery center. how can we get 6 of these bible free of charge, as we are a non profit organization that is just getting started. we are in panama city florida. be blessed, anne

Jan Wentworth

Jan Wentworth

Posted at 11:43 pm (U.S. Eastern) 7/24/2007

Is this the Bible that has references in the back regarding what might be on your mind that day, for example, worries, financial, personal, self-esteem, relationships....please advise, My friend recommended this version to me, and I'd like to find a copy...

Eric Trier

Eric Trier

Posted at 6:10 pm (U.S. Eastern) 10/1/2007

A family member gave me a recovery Bible over a year ago, knowing I am both a christian, and a recovering addict.I immediatly loved the format, and use it and enjoy it more than the "Life Recovery" Bible used to coincide with the Celebrate Recovery 12 step program. Although I attend CR regularly, I also like to attend secular 12 step meetings in the hope that the lord will use me to plant a seed for Jesus, and the only true way to salvation through our belief in Jesus. Please contact me and let me know how I might obtain a few more copies of the book if possible. Thank you for your time with this matter. May the Lord bless you all in your service and ministries.                    Eric Trier / Believer in Christ.

  

Pastor Craig

Pastor Craig

Posted at 3:53 pm (U.S. Eastern) 10/11/2007

My thanks to Mark and his "get it done" attitude. I have been looking for a soft copy for my daughter in CCWF. She had a hard copy in her last recovery home and she stayed clean for awhile. But the evil one got her back. She is in state prison and no other Bible has "spoke" to her as the DEV REC. Thank you for getting it re-issued. I sent her one today. Pastor Craig

kenny walburn

kenny walburn

Posted at 1:35 pm (U.S. Eastern) 7/11/2008

with 20 years clean and sober i came across the 12 step recovery bible in my 15th year of recovery and this bible has more than doubled my believeth and work in our Lord---thanks  kenny walburn

emporia,kansas 66801

Anna Caspersen

Anna Caspersen

Posted at 1:34 pm (U.S. Eastern) 7/1/2009

 The services and the ministry of this church touches our hearts. We would like to institute a Recovery Bible Program in our hometown of Los Alamos, NM and the surrounding areas. Our nearest neighboring community is Espanola, NM where there is some of the highest drug use in the United States. We lost a son to drugs and alcohol . The pain never goes away. But perhaps we can help others in giving them the Recovery Bible. We know God moves and reveals his grace, love and salvation  through the Word. 

Rebecca Belvin

Rebecca Belvin

Posted at 7:20 am (U.S. Eastern) 8/3/2009

I started a non-profit organization three years ago called, Safe Haven Outreach Help Center, and I use all of my finances to help the homeless as well as those that are sufferring emtional, drug, and alcohol abuse.  We serve as a crisis center.  There has be -en a request for this type of bible by numerous people.  We do not have the finances at this time to fund a project like this.  Is it possible for your organization to donate at least 10 of these to us.  These can be tax-deductible for you if you desire.  We also minister to the homeless, particulary our Disable Veterans that are facing homelessness.   I sit on the board of the American Veterans Association.  We hope that you will be able to assist us in our mission.  Thank you in advance for your time and help in our request.

Chaplain David C. Voshell

Chaplain David C. Voshell

Posted at 4:55 pm (U.S. Eastern) 8/9/2010

We have limited funds, as most small faith ministries. However would you please send me a price list on the recovery Bibles. I have been sober for 46 years, Glory to God. My steps to recovery are a daily challenge and victory. Thank you.   By His Grace, David C. Voshell %Morgan County Detention Center, 801 E.Beaver Ave. Ft. Morgan, CO 80701

Web Manager

Web Manager

Posted at 5:25 pm (U.S. Eastern) 8/9/2010

The current edition of the recovery Bible from Zondervan can be found at their site: www.zondervan.com;QueryStringSite=Zondervan

 



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