ESV Clarion Reference Bible, Calf Split leather, black
Beautiful beyond description
I have, and have had, more Bibles than anyone I know because I am so picky and indecisive. The moment I opened the box to this Bible and held it I knew my search was over. This is the most beautiful, classy, and "at home" feeling Bible I have ever seen or touched. The print is perfect to read and preach from. The material is incredible to the touch. I can't see myself ever holding another Bible again.
March 12, 2014
I really like the ESV Clarion Bible but I wish that it didn't have cross references. I would be interested in returning it for a different version or getting a new bible all together. I have not written in the bible at all and I still have the case that it came in. Please let me know what I can do to in order to get a more desired bible for me. Thank you!
November 4, 2013
Love to read Scripture
I love two things about this edition. It lays open flat and the type is very readable.
When I read Scripture, I tend to read, re-read, meditate on the text, pray, and then look over cross-references.
The cross-references selected for this edition are invaluable. They are a tool to help everyone see time-tested passages that are theologically sound. Very Christ-centered.
I've used this Bible for over a year now and it's something I look forward to because the page is clean (no distractions) and the 3 1/2" single-column format makes reading move quickly.
November 24, 2013
Very portable, soft, readable
I am comparing the Clarion to my 1-year-old Allan ESV1 in black highland goatskin. I bought the Clarion to be my portable Bible, as the Allan is a bit too large.
The Clarion is an excellent product overall. The quality of the leather is comparable to my Allan. However, the semi-yapp and a little more attention to art detail inside the cover give the Allan a slight edge here.
Both Bibles feel very soft and liquid. The Clarion's smaller size and ease to palm it make it easier to be a portable Bible.
The text layout in the Clarion is awesome. The Word of God has room to breathe in the single column setting.
The print in the Allan seems a little sharper even though the font is slightly smaller (9.5 vs 10) but the Clarion is very readable.
Here is a con to the Clarion: paper is much thinner compared to the Allan. Hence, the pages can wrinkle easily and curl like the other reviewers said. They had to make the paper thin because this Bible has over 2000 pages compared to about 1300 in the Allan. I would have preferred thicker paper and have them leave out the concordance and maps.
Despite the thin and smooth paper, the shadowing is not too bad (although worse than Allan). They did a great job with line matching (better than the Allan) which compensates for increased shadow.
Despite the thin paper I still give it 5 stars because of its size/portability, it softness, and great single column design. It reads well, and feels great in your hand.
August 16, 2013