Homeless to Voice New Audio Bible

Teen issue authors Michael and Hayley DiMarco head out from Denver on an ambitious, long-distance project to give the Bible a fresh, "authentic" voice, and raise awareness of a growing social problem.

The husband-and-wife team whose Hungry Planet publishing enterprise has seen more than 30 books released in the last six years, will be traveling around 10,000 miles in the next few months to record the entire New Testament using homeless narrators.

Touring the country with their 3-year-old daughter in a 40-foot mobile home, the DiMarcos will be recruiting volunteer narrators through homeless ministries for the project, using the New Living Translation and due to be released by Tyndale House Publishers.

The couple will be writing and video-journaling about their trip, and posting resources on their Web site, www.hpbp.org, that will give ways for readers to get involved in local community projects. Michael DiMarco said the new Bible recording was intended for the generation to which he and his wife were committed, which "connects with social justice and authenticity, grittiness and rawness."

As The Hungry Planet Bible Project gets under way, Tyndale is preparing the release of No Room at the Inn: An Advent Devotional Experience, which features a narration by the homeless of the Christmas story. The Hungry Planet Bible Project New Testament is a special edition created for mass distribution to food pantries, homeless shelters and organizations serving the poor and needy.

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