“Start!” Bible General Editor to Lead America in Prayer

Pastor Greg Laurie Named Honorary Chair of 2013 National Day of Prayer

Start! Bible(Nashville, Tenn) – Pastor Greg Laurie, general editor of “Start! The Bible for New Believers”, has been named Honorary Chair of the 2013 National Day of Prayer.  Laurie is senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California and Harvest Orange County in Irvine, California.  He also leads Harvest America, one of the largest evangelistic events in American history.

Laurie is a featured speaker of the nationally syndicated radio program “A New Beginning,” broadcast on more than 650 radio stations around the world.  He also hosts a weekly television program on the Trinity Broadcasting Network and has appeared on numerous other television news programs.  He has written more than 70 books and serves on the board of directors of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

“Start!” is a resource for new Christians discovering their faith and for seasoned Christians wanting to reconnect to their faith.  “The purpose of the Start Bible is to make the Word of God accessible to people,” said Laurie.  “It’s not how you mark your Bible, it’s how your Bible marks you.  The ‘Start!’ Bible is accessible, friendly, understandable, and when you apply the truths found within it – life changing.”

On May 2nd, the 2013 National Day of Prayer is asking participants to pray for America referencing Matthew 12:21, “And in His name Gentiles will trust” (NKJV), as the day’s Scriptural foundation.  Laurie will deliver a special prayer he has written that will be simultaneously read throughout the nation at noon (EDT).

“We don’t need to make the Bible interesting; it already is interesting.  It already is powerful; and as the Scripture says itself, ‘sharper than any two-edged sword,’” said Laurie.

Available in multiple formats and bindings, including an upcoming mobile app, “Start!” is helping bring people around the world closer in their relationship with God.

For more information about “Start! The Bible for New Believers” visit www.TheStartBible.com.

For more information about Greg Laurie and Harvest visit www.Harvest.org.

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