The first-ever audio Bible voiced entirely by women has been released. The project was developed by an organisation named 'Courage for Life', led by Bible teacher Ann White, whose aim is to “strengthen, equip and empower the world for Christ”.
The Courage for Life Bible was recorded by a group of 12 women, reading from the New Living Translation. The group recently finished recording the Old Testament after completing the New Testament last year.
In a video, White - the creative brains behind the project - says that it was while working in prisons and teaching inmates about the Bible that she felt inspired to record an audio version voiced entirely by women.
"There are 200,000 women - the size of a small city - that are living in jails," she explained. "Although they've made bad choices, they have found themselves with abusive men."
White said that using a woman's voice to read the Bible helps inmates feel at ease when they listen to it. "When we work with at-risk women, we find that a woman's voice does not remind them of their abuser's voice," she said.
"According to US Department of Health and Human Services and domestic violence statistics we know that gender-specific treatment is important when you're treating a woman who is suffering from abuse, or trauma, or mental health issues."
The entire audio Bible can be listened to via the Courage for Life app, found here.
On the group's website, White says her calling in life is simple - to "point people to the hope and freedom that can only be found in Jesus as revealed in His Word".
"That Word - the Bible - is foundational!" she says. "You have to be in it to be equipped, and you have to be in it to understand the change that is required in your life.
"It’s complete belief that God is who He says He is, and that His character is as it has been revealed. Appropriating those truths for yourself is the beginning of finding your courage for life."