The price is a bit high for a bible, but the deal here at Christianbook.com was very good. I like the ESV, and love the margin for note taking. I plan on having this bible for a very long time, and the leather feel and apparent quality seem like it will last.
I received this Bible as a gift three years ago, and I love it just add much now as I did then. It is Beautiful, the leather is supple and feels great in my hands. I know it isn't the look and feel of the Bible that makes it the living word of life, but holding it makes me desire quiet time with my creator.
And it gives me ample space for my notes instead of trying to cram them between the lines and in the margins. And it had a spot for a pen. I would recommend, if buying as a gift, including a nice pen to go with. It is something I have always wanted since getting my bible, but I just don't spend money on things like that for myself :)
I love this Bible, it looks like it just came out of a settler's saddle bag! This is a good quality bible, with a good quality leather cover. I love the "flap-n-strap" design of this rugged looking Bible. I have read some complaints about the print size, but I am having no issues with it at all. I will say that if you are one whose penmanship is of the large variety, the note sections may be a challenge for you as they are small. I personally write fairly small to begin with, so again, I am having no issues with that either. I am a fan of the ESV but I do wish the book introductions were at the beginning of each book; they have placed them all at the back of the Bible for some reason.
BOTTOM LINE: This is a fantastic old school, rugged and manly Bible and I highly recommend it!
This unique Bible was purchased to include my many marginal notes scattered in various Bibles through the decades. The idea of having all the notes within one Bible was appealing. The Bible's look of natural leather with strap is attractive and the "block" size of the book is nice. The quality of the paper throughout is accepting of my black fine point ballpoint ink pen; back-to-back page notes show clearly. The English Standard Translation version makes for smooth reading and understanding. The black text is comfortable reading for my 63-yr.-old eyes.
I ordered this bible about 3 years ago and I love it! The design on the cover is beautiful. The pages are just the right thickness for writing on them, and they won't tear easily. The cream color of the pages is easy on your eyes and great for reading long periods at a time. There is plenty of space for taking notes, but the bible isn't really heavy. I love everything about this bible. If you aren't sure whether or not you want to buy a journaling bible, I would recommend it. Whenever I take notes from certain verses, I will highlight the verses, and then every time I read that verse I am reminded about whatever I was compelled to take note of previously. I have found this very helpful.