The Living Bible
Kenneth Nathaniel Taylor, an Illinois businessman, perceived the need for putting the thoughts of the Bible writers into modern understandable English while serving as a speaker for Inter-Varsity on various college campuses in the United States and Canada. In his own family, he noted the puzzled expressions on the faces of his children as he read to them from the KJV.
This led to his first attempt, in 1956, to produce a written paraphrase of the book of Romans, using the more literal ASV as a basis. He formed his own publishing company to promote the paraphrases he was producing, calling his firm Tyndale House after William Tyndale, who pioneered the effort of translating the Bible into a readable language.
In 1962 he published a paraphrase of the NT letters as Living Letters, following it with Living Prophecies in 1965, Living Gospels in 1966, and the complete Living New Testament in 1967.
Obviously intending to paraphrase the entire Bible, he released the Living Psalms, followed by Living Lessons of Life and Love in 1968, Living Book of Moses in 1969, and Living History of Israel in 1970. The complete Living Bible went to press in 1971.
The Living Bible was very well received, its popularity boosted considerably by an endorsement from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, which advertised it on television and gave away hundreds of thousands of copies.