Thirty years of anchoring Christians in God’s love and truth
BRF’s New Daylight Bible reading notes reaches the big three-oh!
Thirty years of helping Christians draw closer to God
New Daylight, BRF’s most popular series of Bible reading notes, is 30 years old this year. In its present form the notes were the creation of editor Shelagh Brown, who introduced the pocket-friendly format in which each day’s reading and reflection are self-contained, with bright and engaging covers.
'New Daylight was the first Bible reading notes series in the UK to include the printed Bible passage for each day. Shelagh felt you couldn't assume any longer that everyone actually had a Bible of their own. Her idea was to make it easy for people to take New Daylight with them, to read on the bus or train, at work, or on holiday.'
Richard Fisher, BRF Chief Executive
To find the origins of New Daylight, you’d have to go back even further – 90 years, in fact! New Daylight replaced Daylight, which in turn had replaced the rather unimaginatively-named Series B notes, first published by BRF in 1929.
Over the years the New Daylight notes, each issue of which offers four months’ worth of Bible readings and comment, have encouraged thousands of readers to spend time with God each day, deepening their faith and their knowledge of scripture. Throughout the decades, heartfelt, often moving, ‘thank yous’ have echoed through readers’ letters and emails, highlighting the important part they play in their lives:
'Having had New Daylight readings for quite a few years, it’s time for me to tell you how much they help me day-to-day.'
'My wife and I have been using New Daylight for decades. I write to say how much the notes for December have spoken to us. They are truly masterful, full of rich insight and sound biblical scholarship.'
Anchored in scripture
Shelagh Brown’s legacy remains strong under the current New Daylight editor, Sally Welch, who finds her role 'tremendously rewarding and hugely satisfying'. Perhaps that’s because, in the words of contributor Tony Horsfall, 'New Daylight keeps us anchored in the truth of God at a time when there is a dangerous drift away from the objectivity of scripture, so crucial in authentic Christianity.'