My City My God

Are you familiar with the “My City My God” Bible that International Bible Society (IBS) published 10 yrs or so ago? It is an urban youth themed edition that includes testimonies from teens about how Christ has impacted their lives. I know I personally used it with my teens and years ago found out that one of youth in John Lewis‘s youth group was included. We found it to be a great resource for our urban youth as they could relate to the testimonies featured in it. This new edition includes testimonies from city kids around the country (including two from Generation Xcel in New York) along with an introduction by Rudy Carrasco.

IBS is allowing UYWI to post the designs to gather feedback from teens from our respective youth ministries. IBS needs to choose a cover that will most appeal to urban youth. They have 4 mock-ups and they want our youth to choose which one is best. The rub is we don’t want only youth leaders’ feedback but your teens also.

Please link to this from your blog or myspace to get your youth’s input on the cover artwork. Thank you in advance for your help and your feedback (as well as the feedback of your youth).

Please comment below on which cover your prefer.

1. 1 2. 2

3. 3 4. 4


  1. anon on September 5, 2007 at 10:39 am

    My vote: #1

  2. anon on September 5, 2007 at 10:47 am

    Of the four choices, my vote is #1 also, but none of them feels particularly youthful. # 2 is too Miami Ink-ish; # 3 feels like a travel book cover; and #4 reminds me of burlap.

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  4. Felix Gilbert on September 5, 2007 at 2:39 pm

    None of them realy look urbanyouth full to me at all. it would be awesome if they had a bit more street urbanish flavor to them. They look street urbanish. But then again not. Our vote is for #2, and then #3. Because they are the closest! #1, and #2 have to much Istock art! It looks like they purchased 2 different vectors from I Stock and overlayed them! Also a great way to hit the urban youth is have pictures just like the previous version. But tweek it so it has that urban feel. Just updated!
    5 years from now #1, and #3 will not be urban at all. #2 and #4 will last in the urban context longer.

    But another issue with #4 is it looks like alot of bibles out today. Like DC talks version. Nothing wrong with that. But that’s what it looks like!
    Those are my two cents not only fom a youth pastor but a Graphic designer as well. So I have an eye for what will fit.

    God Bless

  5. Emily Olii on September 5, 2007 at 5:53 pm

    I prefer #4. The other graphics are really nice but too busy. They seem more like media/ commerical ads but not book covers.

  6. Jose on September 6, 2007 at 7:20 am

    I like #4 because it looks the most geared twd youth. #2 is nice if you’re going for artsy.

  7. anon on September 6, 2007 at 11:05 am

    I like #2 best

  8. Loreal on September 6, 2007 at 11:13 am

    I think number 4 very classic but different look id carry it around

  9. ben on September 7, 2007 at 12:47 pm

    #4 does look more like a book. I agree with the breakdown on #1 and #3 because they look more like posters and aren’t compelling as a solid design. I agree that they heavily reply on iStockPhoto graphics and it doesn’t stand out as urban or unique. It doesn’t show any sort of timeless urban look. I’m not too keen on the #2 only because of the colors… if the colors were different and less peachy (maybe more like the colors for #4, the design wouldn’t be THAT bad and perhaps, I’d prefer that one.

  10. Benny Salas on September 8, 2007 at 12:45 pm

    I was just talking with Rudy a few months back about reprinting this with new stories and cover. Anyhow I like Cover #1 & # 3. great to see this come back because I used this with my students in our after-school program last year and they loved it.

  11. Michelle on September 8, 2007 at 6:25 pm

    I’m an urban youth worker on nights and weekends but a designer by day. I love designing projects for urban teens because they set most of the trends in youth culture. Whatever cool in the city becomes a success with the kids in the suburbs.

    I would to choose #4 the others are way to busy, #4 is somewhat edgy and very simple with the cutout of the city. It will also have a longer shelf life. The other designs are based on current design treads (except for #1 it’s just old school design with a little new) which next year will look dated.

  12. Gilbert on September 9, 2007 at 3:08 pm

    I agree with you Felix … good call.

    Be blessed

  13. Jerry Torrez on September 11, 2007 at 9:55 am

    #4 – This is a simple design that will last the test of time. It goes well with boys and girls. The trends in advirtizing tend to be the simpiler the better!

    God Bless,

  14. Stacy Cross on September 16, 2007 at 5:19 pm

    i choose number 1!! It soooo stinkin mega wicked awesome!

  15. Frank on September 25, 2007 at 2:59 pm

    Im feeling #4 If you combined #2 with my frst choice minus the lace and vine branches it would be Hot.

  16. Gina Smith on October 13, 2007 at 6:12 pm

    Marcus: almost 12 year old boy: #2 but with a different color
    Marchelle: almost 12 year old girl: #3; it’s cool.
    Maya: 17 year old girl: #2; I’d like it in blue better
    Gina, their mom: I like #1, but I’m more into the inside than the outside…. Glad to see it coming out again; I have been looking for a new one for years.

    Be Blessed!

  17. Ramiro on November 2, 2007 at 11:24 am

    I’m still giving out the old ones. We provided a bunch to young people behind bars and are receiving a great response from them. As a matter of fact I still have a few of these “collector’s items” left. I am hoping to run out by Christmas. Peace ese. Love you Rudy!

  18. shatoria on December 3, 2007 at 6:56 am

    My name is shatoria and I am 16 years old I really like the first but i need to know where to go to get a new Bible cause my little sister riped it all apart so now i have to find a new one but i really enjoy reading the bible now every since my city my god came out it really is a blessing cause no matter what anybody said to me about reading a bible before i wouldn’t even touch one casue i couldn’t understand it. Now the enemy is trying to interfear with me and God but i plead the blood over it cause even though my Bible got riped i can still read most of it but i really think god for the one who rewrote this B-I-B-L-E (Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth) god bless to everyone.

  19. wondering on December 20, 2007 at 7:39 am

    I am a chinese girl.

    I like Cover #2 & # 4.

  20. Carmen on March 19, 2008 at 6:48 am

    I have the first bible My city My god with the youth workers, I havn’t had a chance to read it but it was given to my roomates and it has change him alot he values people and life more than ever especially with the lost of his sister that made him more dedicated into church. Every sunday he wakes up and get dress and loves that that day he is going to church he leaves happy and comes back happy, I ma so excited for him God is good!

  21. István (Steven) on April 16, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    No. 2. and 4. are good. (Maybe you should put something like a shadow of a figure or hands, etc. instead of that non-figurative form on cover no. 4., under the letters?
    I also like Shatoria’s and Carmen’s honest words, maybe the publisher could include those in the new edition’s foreword, or somewhere..?)

    Keep up the good work!
    God bless you.

    (We are a “graphic designer family” in Hungary, with five children)

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