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The Bible 'Changed My Life': Lawmaker Gives God's Word to Members of Her Committee

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U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), the new chairwoman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, handed out Bibles at her first committee meeting and challenged members to read through the book in 2023. 

McMorris Rodgers said the Bible "changed my life" when she read it through for the first time. She encouraged "everyone to read this book in their lifetime," according to The Washington Stand

"Finally, I wanted to give you a book," the congresswoman said, and "invite all of us to read through it together in 2023. It's an all-time best-seller. I read through it for the first time a few years ago, and it changed my life. My encouragement is for everyone to read this book in their lifetime. So, why not now, in 2023?"

"In America and on this committee, there {are} many faiths, beliefs that are represented. We cherish religious freedom and religious tolerance," McMorris Rodgers continued.

The Washington Stand reports it appeared the chairwoman gave the members of her committee a Bible structured as a daily devotional. 

"This Bible is structured to be 15 minutes a day, a little Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs," she explained. 

"And I pray that it will be a blessing," McMorris Rodgers concluded. 

She also gave members a free coffee mug and encouraged them to have coffee with a colleague from the opposite party. 

In the same meeting, Rep. Anna Eschoo (D-CA) handed McMorris Rodgers a bouquet of flowers in recognition of her being the first woman to chair the committee.

J.P. Duffy, the vice president for communications at the Family Research Council, tweeted about McMorris Rodgers' gesture, writing: 

"So very encouraging to see this on Capitol Hill----> U.S. House Committee Chair @cathymcmorris Invites Members to Read Bible in a Year..."

At CBN, we make it easy for you to read the Bible in a year as well. Click here to subscribe to "Bible in a Year," a daily Bible reading guide. Each day, you'll receive selections from the Old and New Testaments delivered straight to your email address. 

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Steve Warren is a senior multimedia producer for CBN News. Warren has worked in the news departments of television stations and cable networks across the country. In addition, he also worked as a producer-director in television production and on-air promotion. A Civil War historian, he authored the book The Second Battle of Cabin Creek: Brilliant Victory. It was the companion book to the television documentary titled Last Raid at Cabin Creek currently streaming on Amazon Prime. He holds an M.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and a B.A. in Communication from the University of