|Taylor, Dr. Kenneth|
Throughout his publishing career, Dr. Kenneth
Taylor's dream has been for all peoples of the
world to read and experience God's Word in their
lives. From his earliest children's books to his
generous support of Christian ministry, this
vision is reflected in his work.
While beginning his publishing career as an
editor at InterVarsity Press and then director
of Moody Press, Dr. Taylor wrote several
children's books in the 1950's. Born out of experience with his own ten children, Stories
for the Children's Hour, The Bible in Pictures
for Little Eyes, and others are now being
enjoyed by a second generation of children. My First Bible in Pictures was included in Publishers Weekly's list of "All-Time
Best-Selling Children's Books" in 2001. His
love for children (including his 28 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren)
continues to inspire new titles.
In fact, it was his children, in their confusion over the meaning of the King James text, who prompted his mission to make the Bible
understandable for everyone. Dr. Taylor's Living Letters, a thought-for-thought translation of the New Testament epistles, was published by the newly formed Tyndale House Publishers in 1962. The complete Living Bible followed in 1971 and has now sold over 40 million copies in its many editions.
In 1996 Tyndale House introduced the New Living Translation. In keeping with Dr. Taylor's vision of Scriptures that everyone can read, the New Living Translation is a thought-for-thought translation that is exegetically
accurate and idiomatically authoritative.
Ninety of today's leading Bible scholars
worked with Tyndale House to develop this
With Dr. Taylor as Chairman of the Board,
Tyndale has become one of the top evangelical
publishers in America and today publishes books,
several Bible lines, periodicals, videos, and
specialty products. During the past forty
years, Tyndale House has distributed over
100 million Bibles, New Testaments, and Bible
Dr. Taylor has used the success of The Living Bible to further his mission by distributing all its royalties to Christian ministries worldwide. He founded Living Bibles International (which merged in 1992 with the International Bible Society) for translating, publishing, and distributing modern-language versions of the Bible around the world. His life of service has been recognized with at least 30 honors and awards from different organizations, including four honorary doctorates. In October 2000, Dr. and Mrs. (Margaret) Taylor were awarded the Distinguished Service to Family Award by Wheaton College.
A graduate of Wheaton College, with graduate
studies at Dallas Theological Seminary and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Dr. Taylor has held 15 directorships with Christian
organizations at home and abroad. He and Mrs. Taylor live in Wheaton, Illinois.