Called the Lessons From Life Study Bible, Carter’s new edition combines the NIV (New International Version) with Carter’s own, down-home advice and personal reflections. The Grand Rapids, Michigan-based Zondervan Publishing Company, which released the Lessons From Life Study Bible, expects to sell about 250,000 copies.
President Carter is no stranger to the scriptures. A Sunday School teacher throughout his adult years, Carter managed to teach a bible study 14 times while in the White House. Since returning to Athens, Georgia, after losing his reelection bid in 1980, he claims, he has taught Sunday School about 685 times—which works out to about once every two weeks.
Some of Carter’s views showed a strong liberal bent: He favored the legalization of homosexual unions. He believed that Jefferson’s concept of a “wall of separation between church and state” meant that there should be no prayer services in the White House, as had been de rigueur during previous Administrations. He advocated for women’s rights, and opposed racial segregation.
He drew criticism from both conservatives and liberals for his views on abortion. Carter was “personally opposed” to abortion—yet he believed that it should be legal, after the court ruling in Roe v. Wade.