A complete Bible was a desirable goal but the Old Testament is considerably longer than the New Testament, and the New Testament had already required four years to complete. However, something happened at this time to make translation faster..and it was the advent of the personal computer. Incredibly in the same four years that it took to adapt the NT to simple English, the Ledyards were able to do the whole OT and they had completed the whole Bible in easy to read and understand English.
The Ledyards were happy.
The New Life version was intended mainly for use by persons with a limited English vocabulary, and it is used in this way around the world. Is distribution though is not limited to this clientele. People with a good command of English appreciate the version for its clarity and ease of understanding. It peels away theological jargon and tells the story inplain words and phrases. What people found puzzling before is understandable now.
Here is the most famous Psalm of all, in the New Life Version.
The Lord is my Shepherd. I will have everything I need. He lets me rest in fields of green grass. He leads me beside the quiet waters. He makes me strong again.
He leads me in the way of living right with Himself which brings honor to His name.
Yes, even if I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will not be afraid of anything, because You are with me. You have a walking stick with which to guide and one with which to help.
These comfort me.
You are making a table of food ready for me in front of those who hate me. You have poured oil on my head.
I have everything I need.
For sure, You will give me goodness and loving-kindness all the days of my life.
And then I will live with You in Your house forever (Psalm 23).
The New Life version has spawned other helps and other books by Gleason Ledyard. Each copy of the Bible contains a section titled “Topical Study Outlines.” These outlines provide an introduction to the major points of theology for the reader.
In addition to help in the Bible, Ledyard has authored a paperback titled Walking in New Life, is a compilation of l,OOO verses of Scripture arranged to follow the issues of life.
The ministry of Gleason and Kathryn Ledyard now spans the world, and the end is not in sight. One can only imagine what further developments might come from these dedicated partners in ministry who learned obedience by taking the gospel to the Eskimos and following God‘s leading from then until now.