The Way for Cowboys Bibles

The Way for Cowboys Bible – An Essential Part of Today's Cowboy Church and Cowboy Ministries

David Cameron March 22nd, 2019

The Way For Cowboys NIV New Testament with Psalms and Proverbs

The Way for Cowboys NIV New Testament with Psalms and Proverbs is the must-have Bible for all Christian Cowboys, Cowboy Churches and Cowboy Christian Ministries. Since it was first published in 2008, this Cowboy Bible has been the one Bible that has directly reached out to and faithfully served the needs of Christians living the Cowboy/Western lifestyle. It is written in the popular New International Version (NIV) translation. What sets this Bible apart from other more traditional Bibles are the many features aimed right at Cowboys like the many Cowboy pictures, Gospel reading plan, special Cowboy prayers, poetry and testimonials from the National Chaplain of the fellowship of Christian Cowboys Ronnie Mayer. There is also a testimonial to the life of Mark Schriker - the founder of the first Cowboy Church. One of the most popular features is its size. Measuring only 5.25" x 3.63" x 0.63", (see picture above)this Bible is considered to be a Pocket Bible that will fit easily into a back pocket, saddlebag or even your boot.

The Way for Cowboys New Testament with Psalms and Proverbs is recognized as the unofficial "official Cowboy Bible" of the Cowboy Church movement. Hundreds of thousands of copies have been sold - and not just in America. These Bibles are also very popular in Mexico and Central and South America.

This Bible is vey popular with farmers, ranchers, riders and anyone who is living the cowboy lifestyle. At one glance it is easy to see that this Bible was written just for them. Part of its appeal is how inexpensive they are. In quantity, they are only around $2.00 each. This makes them perfect for give-aways at public gatherings like rodeos, bull roping tournaments and state fairs.

The History of The Way for Cowboys Bible

After over twenty years in print, The Way for Cowboys New Testament with Psalms and Proverbs is as current as it was when it was at its first printing. It was originally a joint publishing venture between The International Bible Society and the Fellowship of Christian Cowboys. It was originally intended to support the growing number of Cowboy Churches that had sprouted up around the USA.

The first edition was written in the 1984 revised NIV version. This version was updated in 2011 with varying opinions on the new version. The publishers insisted that the updated text maintains the traditional and thoughtfulness of the original Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek texts while reflecting a more modern outlook.

In 2011 the 1984 version of the New International Version was updated to modernize the language. The new version sought to remove gender-neutral text like changing "man" to "man-kind" This caused an uproar from purists in the NIV scholar community. Some said that the changes in text made major changes to the meaning of how the scriptures could be interpreted. Never the less, all NIV texts were updated to the new 2011 version – including the The Way for Cowboys New Testament with Psalms and Proverbs. Since 2011, the only notable changes have been to the cover design which has been updated three times.

The Way for Cowboys Bible Cover Styles Over The Years

The original The Way For Cowboys NIV Bible Cover
Original Cover Style
The legacy The Way For Cowboys NIV Bible Cover
Older Cover Style
The current The Way For Cowboys NIV Bible Cover
Current Cover Style


As previously stated, The Way for Cowboys New Testament with Psalms and Proverbs was originally published by the International Bible Society who then handled the distribution. Over the years, publishing and distribution was taken over by Biblica and Zondervan. Today, it is still published by Zondervan but it is now distributed by Harper Collins Christian Publishing.

Today's Updated The Way for Cowboys New Testament NIV Version

The Current Version is only available in the New International Version (NIV) 2011 version. It is still the most recognized Cowboy Bible and it is used by most Cowboy Church congregations. It is also inexpensive enough to make it perfect as a give-away Bible for Cowboy outreach at public events.

Anybody who loves the cowboy lifestyle will identify with The Way for Cowboys New Testament with Psalms and Proverbs. This New Testament fits comfortably in your back pocket or saddlebag. Developed in partnership with the Fellowship of Christian Cowboys, this compact Bible features the New Testament with Psalms and Proverbs from the accurate, readable, and clear New International Version. Also included are color pages with poetry. Cowboy stories are featured along with Bible helps plus 48 full-color pages of pictures.

• ISBN-10: 031044604X
• ISBN:-13: 9780310446040
• Publisher: Zondervan/Biblica
• Format: Softcover
• Language: English
• Weight (lbs): 0.32 lb
• Dimensions: 5.25(h) x 3.63(w) x 0.63(d) inches
• Pages: 517

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What's Inside The Way For Cowboys Bible?

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Comparison of font to a quarter
Easy to read font
Comparison of font to a quarterClose up of text
48 pages of pictures
48 pages of pictures
28-day Reading guide
28-day reading guide
NT with Psalms & Proverbs
NT with Psalms & Proverbs
Testimonial to Mark Schriker
Testimonial to Mark Schriker
Maps of the Holy Land
Maps of the Holy Land
517 pages
517 pages

Take a look at our video of what's inside:

The Genesis of the Cowboy Church

The best that anyone can recall is that today's Cowboy Church can be traced back to a professional rodeo clown named Glenn Smith. It all started out innocently enough. He would spread the word as he travelled around the rodeo and bull riding circuits. In 1972, he and his wife entered into full-time ministry and began preaching full-time. It was slow going at first but he could see seeds that he planted taking root and small ministries forming in his wake. As he returned to places year after year, he witnessed local pastors and lay people holding Cowboy Bible services which tended to be shorter and with much simpler messages of His word. These groups were made up of almost exclusively members of the rodeo and bull riding communities.

Then, in 1990, the Christian Cowboy Church got the attention it needed when Harry Yates and Joanne Cash (Johnny Cash's daughter) started the Nashville Cowboy Church. Originally, the Nashville Cowboy Church was a country musical show and hugely popular with the public. This raised the public awareness to a previously unknown level and a new foothold was established propelled along by the country music industry.

In 1992 the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) circuit was introduced to the United States and riders began accepting Christ and being saved. The riders began holding short worship services after events. Within only a few years, these event grew larger and larger. These services were open to the public and became very popular until they took on a life of their own.

In 2008 Glenn Smith handed the reins of the Cowboy Church over to Pastor Ray and the ministry of the Cowboy Church of Va.

Glenn passed away on February 8th, 2010 but his Cowboy Church lives on!

Cowboy Fellowships and Ministry Associations:

• The Cowboy Church Directory
• American Fellowship of Cowboy Churches
• Cowboy Church Network of North America
• International Cowboy Church Alliance Network