About this project
To mark our six-month anniversary, we're printing the Sermon on the Mount in Parallel. A collection for meditation and inspiration on our journey as individuals, as a community and a people.
This will be the first ever printing of the Bible that sources all of its visual content from its readers (!!) Your pictures, your stories, right next to Scripture. It’s the Bible as community experience: a beautiful and vivid reflection of how the Bible can come to life in our lives.
We tell our stories to make sense of our experiences. We share them to find community for our joy and our pain. And we see them reflected in the pages of the Bible. The Bible shows us what a life of faith looks like. It shapes who we are by inviting us into its world and partners with us by modeling our journeys of discovery and faith.
In order to print a book using crowd-sourced imagery, we need a way to collect your pics. Using our app Parallel Bible gives you this chance -- the ability to post and share your own pictures alongside Bible verses.
The first volume of our Parallel Library will be The Sermon on the Mount, one of our most illuminated passages to date.
- 100-150 full colour pages featuring your imagery
- Four-color offset press; highest quality inks
- Chapter-verse citation will replace traditional page numbers
- Perfect bound with a soft, pliable cover
- Fore-edges deckled (textured) by hand
- Size: 9.45" x 6.7” (may vary)
- Semi-opaque, tactile, off-white 80lb. offset (a beautiful, environment-friendly paper)
We are Andrew and Chris Breitenberg and pleased to meet you! We’re two brothers fulfilling a childhood dream to one day take a big adventure together. We hope you will join us.
We’re part of a bigger team that includes programmers, prayers, contributors, story-tellers and friends around the world that make up the Parallel Bible community. We live out on the East Coast (Virginia Beach and DC) and would love to connect. Tweet Andrew (@breitenberg) and Chris (@cbreitenberg) if you are in the area and want to hang out. We're keen.
We’re here to craft a beautiful, visually compelling, community-illuminated First Edition of Parallel Bible and we really want you to have a copy – whether it’s for your bookshelf or the art book/bible lover you know would love this piece.
Each dollar of the $6,000 will go directly to the manufacture of the books. This is a passion project and we will cover the cost of content curation, book design, layout and project oversight ourselves. If we cross $6,000, we’ll roll out some added bonuses made possible through the additional funds.
Quality book design and production is art. We want to send you something special - to keep and to pass along to others. We work with an excellent local printer in Virginia Beach who has been a long-time supporter of all things Parallel and who we know will bring this project to life with the quality it deserves. We believe that you and many people will be talking about this book for a long time to come.
Cost Breakdown at $6,000
- Printing and Binding and Freight: $4500
- Kickstarter cut: 5% ($300)
- Credit card processing cut: up to 5% (approximately $300)
- Contingency: A bit of buffer, since we’re working strictly on estimates for the time being ($900)
You’ve seen some images of the book. That’s the focus of the campaign.
We want to offer something else as well. This tshirt is available exclusively for this Kickstarter campaign. We'd love to outfit you with this great piece from the Parallel Bible workshop.
High-quality 100% cotton || stone-washed || crew neck || hand silk-screened
All the images will be crowd-sourced (just like this campaign is crowd-funded). With our free smartphone app called Parallel Bible, anyone can add photos, tag them with Bible verses and share them with their friends and the wider community. We’ll use the images from the Parallel Bible database to fill the pages of the printed book. Your images will be in this book and we look forward to seeing what you add to this project.
A Point-in-time Community Collaboration
The digital Parallel Bible will extend well beyond the completion of this project. The day we finish the book, we expect that hundreds of more photos will be tagged into Matthew 5-7 via Parallel Bible. To that end, this book is truly a one-of-a-kind, moment-in-time community art piece. Beyond the beautiful quality of the book itself, we’re captivated by the idea that it will record a moment in our collective connection with the Gospel, one that would inevitably change should we do it in a year – or even a month – from now.
We’re still in the process of selecting a translation. We appreciate your patience with this decision and look forward to selecting a translation that fits well for this project.
Our goal is to use all of the imagery submitted to Matthew 5-7 on our app at the time we go to print.
At the back of the book we will have a sizeable index crediting each of your images with your @username. As space allows, we will also include the comment you submitted with the image throughout the book.
If you are as interested/excited/passionate/curious as us, we'd love to be in touch. Chris is keen to connect at cmb [at] theparallelbible [dot] com.
- Brad Daniels at Ebb & Flow Films
- Andrew Lane at INNERLOUPE
- A Hollow in the Land for "A Call to Arms"
- Charlotte Sawyer and Jonty Herman for your lovely moving pictures
Risks and challenges
We’ll use the images from the actual Parallel Bible web and mobile apps. In order for it to work, we’ll need a lot of images from you – the PB community – specifically for the Gospel of Mark.
The project will take time to complete. While we want this project to be out to you by Christmas 2015, we note the nature of this crowd-sourced project and the intricacy of the design process as variables that could effect the timeline.
This is a passion project. If you have ever met Andrew, you know that books hold a special place in his heart and making books even more so. The degree of detail that goes into this process will be extremely high. That said, we know that artisan-crafted, often means meticulous. We’re aiming for a slow-aged process well worth the wait.
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