Hi, I’m Stephen M. Miller. I write easy-reading books about the Bible. That’s my thing. My niche.
I write the way people talk. No Christian jargon. No religious clichés. No preaching.
I don’t tell you what to think. Instead, I report what some of the top Bible experts say they think. I pull from the heads of the tradition-minded as well as the mavericks.
I write especially for non-Christians, new Christians – people curious about the Bible and about what Christians believe.
As a 19-year-old college student graciously described my writing, I keep it “simple, not stupid.”
Even Christians enjoy this approach to studying the Bible, I’ve discovered.
I’m a former newspaper reporter who went to seminary because I wanted to make the jump to Christian writing. So I have a bachelor’s degree in news journalism and a seminary degree in biblical studies.
I cover the Bible beat.
If you insist on reading more about the likes of me, here’s a link to my bio: Stephen M. Miller.
Peace to you.
Casual English Bible
First thing: this is a beta edition.
It is lightly proofread, and not yet carefully edited for consistency in style, spelling, or clever phrases that don’t work.
So there will be revisions along the way. And I invite you to alert me to any problems you see or suggestions you’d like to recommend. (Unless you’ve got weird stuff like, “Jesus had blond hair, blue eyes, and wasn’t a Jew.” Or maybe, “Son of God is the truth, Son of Man is a lie.” I get those in my email. I delete them.)
Why release an unpolished beta edition?
I was thinking it might help Bible study groups who want to use my recent release: A Visual Walk Through Genesis.
While I wrote that book, I decided to paraphrase the Bible book of Genesis for personal study, on the side. I didn’t intend to publish it.
But the more I worked on it, the more I began to think it might help provide discussion possibilities for Bible study groups using A Visual Walk Through Genesis in their meetings. So I added discussion questions to each chapter, and ended up with over 350 questions.
I decided to post the work on what is called a microsite that’s linked to my main website. With some financial help from Harvest House Publishers, the folks who published A Visual Walk Through Genesis, along with the web design and development by TriLion Studios, we were able to create the site and take it live in time for readers to use it with A Visual Walk Through Genesis.
Since creating the paraphrase for Genesis, I added the Gospel of Luke, Acts, and Ephesians.
Then on to the next books.
Leader’s guides & atlases
I’ve decided to create a leader’s guide along with an atlas of high-definition maps for each book of the Bible that I paraphrase.
Each set will be available as a PDF download for a dollar. You get both the leader’s guide and atlas for $1.
Here’s the link to all the sets available: Casual English Bible Leader’s Guides & Atlases.