Kenneth Taylor held prayer as absolutely central to his life constantly developing deeper, more disciplined patterns. In My Life: A Guided Tour, he reflects, "I learned that prayer brings power, but character grows through reading and obeying the Word of God - The Scriptures
Kenneth Nathaniel Taylor was born in Portland, Oregon, and after graduating through Wheaton College and Dallas Theological Seminary, he worked as director of Moody Press in Chicago. From the beginning, he had a deep desire to make Scripture easily understandable to every heart that desires a closer relationship with God. While commuting via train from his Wheaton farmhouse to his workplace, he began to rewrite the New Testament into simpler language. This helped to convert difficult doctrinal passages into simple life application language. His work was rejected by several publishers through 1961, which led to the decision to print his work on his own.
In 1962, Taylor and his wife Margaret created Tyndale House Publishers, operating from their home in Wheaton, Illinois. His paraphrase of the Epistles, appeared as a book under the title Living Letters, received a television endorsement by Billy Graham, and demand skyrocketed.
There was no looking back.
A new book, Living Prophecies was published and Tyndale House opened its first office in Wheaton. It was not long before Kenneth Taylor and Tyndale published –in 1971 – an updated version of the New and Old Testaments called The Living Bible. Within a year, The Living Bible became the best-selling book in the United Sales, and Tyndale had to open a warehouse to keep up with sales.
Kenneth Taylor held prayer as absolutely central to his life, constantly developing deeper, more disciplined patterns. In My Life: A Guided Tour, he reflected: “I learned that prayer brings power, but character grows through reading and obeying the Word of God –The Scriptures.”
By 1984, both Margaret and Kenneth Taylor retired and son Mark D. Taylor was named the chief executive. The New Living Translation (NLT) is a translation of the Bible into modern English. It started out as an effort to revise The Living Bible, subsequently the project evolved into a new English translation from Hebrew and Greek texts. In March 2014, the Christian Booksellers Association (CBA) ranked the NLT as the second most popular English version of the Bible based on unit sales. By July 2008, the NLT gained the No.1 spot in unit sales, and by March 2014, NLT’s popularity and sales were both established according to the report of the CBA.
In March 2016, the Roman Catholic edition of the NLT with the Deuterocanon has been published by (Asian Trading Corporation) ATC Publications in Bangalore, India. The NLT Catholic Edition (NLTCE) has been granted an imprimatur by Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Bombay, and President of the Council of Catholic Bishops of India. The imprimatur has been officially approved by the Roman Catholic Church for private study.
Mark Taylor is currently the president of Tyndale House, publishers of The NLT, popular video series, and a substantial back-list of fiction and nonfiction books.