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SBC DIGEST: ‘She Reads Truth Bible’ sells 1 million; Geraldine Ragan dies

CSB ‘She Reads Truth Bible’ hits 1 million copies

By Lifeway Christian Resources Staff

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. — Lifeway, B&H Publishing and Holman Bible Publishers recently announced the CSB “She Reads Truth Bible” achieved a Platinum Award from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) for selling more than 1 million copies.

Raechel Myers and Amanda Bible Williams, founders of She Reads Truth™, recently received ECPA’s Platinum Award for selling 1 million copies of the “She Reads Truth Bible,” published by Lifeway’s Holman Bibles in 2017. Photo by Bailey Watley

Lifeway’s Books and Bibles teams celebrated this significant milestone with Amanda Bible Williams and Raechel Myers, founders of She Reads Truth.

“We’re so thankful for our partnership with Raechel, Amanda and the whole She Reads Truth team,” said Andy McLean, Lifeway’s director of Bibles and Reference. “To be able to lock arms with ministry partners to get Bibles into the hands of a million women is a remarkable thing. We are honored to come alongside the She Reads Truth team and steward this Bible.”

Describing the physical beauty of the “She Reads Truth Bible,” McLean said it reflects the beauty found in Scripture. “The Bible has a lot to say about beauty. We have a beautiful message in the gospel. We have a beautiful message in the story of redemption from creation to restoration. As publishers, we should want the medium to reflect the beauty of the message,” McLean said.

“We are so thankful to B&H for the work they’ve done to bring this Bible to the hands of a million women,” said Myers. “We didn’t do this. The surprise is that the Lord was able to use us. He has shown His kindness to us all along the way in the form of people and partners like Lifeway.”

What began with a simple tweet and the #shereadstruth hashtag in 2012 has now grown into a worldwide movement and community of “women in the Word of God every day.”

“She Reads Truth was born out of a desire to make Bible-reading part of our daily lives,” said Williams. “To know that the ‘She Reads Truth Bible’ has served to invite a million women into God’s Word—some of them for the very first time—is just incredible. Thanks be to God.”

Twelve years later, She Reads Truth serves a global community of more than a million women, men, and children with daily Bible reading plans and resources, including digital resources like the She Reads Truth app, website and podcast and printed resources like the “She Reads Truth Bible,” published in 2017, the CSB “He Reads Truth Bible” and the “She Reads Truth” book.

The “He Reads Truth Bible,” also published by Holman Bibles, recently achieved a Bronze Award from ECPA for selling more than 100,000 copies.

Christian ventriloquist Geraldine Ragan dies at 76

By Alabama Baptist Staff

STERRETT, Ala. – Geraldine Ragan, a Christian ventriloquist, died April 23. She was 76.

Ragan, who lived in Sterrett, became a Christian as a teenager at youth camp. For decades, she and her companion, Ricky, traveled the world spreading Christ’s Word and ministering to people from all walks of life at a variety of events and venues, including hundreds of churches.

Ragan was well known, especially in southern gospel music circles, appearing on the Gaither Homecoming tour as well as at the National Quartet Convention. She also was a regular entertainer on Christian cruises, including those hosted by the late Charles Stanley.

Ragan was a member of North Shelby Baptist Church, a Southern Baptist congregation in Birmingham, and was preceded in death by her husband, David. She is survived by two sons, three step-sons and one sister.

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