We have been giving this Bible away to all of our kids who give themselves to Christ. After their Baptism, the get their certificate of Baptism, and this Bible. We use this one in all our studies, and our kids read from it. We have tried for years to use the same translation, and this one fits the bill, and reduces confusion in new readers.
I love my MacArthur Study Bible and my HCSB Study Bible but the ESV study bible is my favorite. The notes are out of this world. I cant read more then a couple of sentences before I find my self looking at the commentaries so it is going to take me a long time to finish reading the entire bible. But that is ok because I love it! The size is perfect to carry around and the font is just right for me to read. Thanks ESV!
This Bible is great. It's small enough to carry around easily, with all of the extrapolated features on a disc. I love the blue and brown leather cover and design because it's very attractive. My only personal complaint would be that Christ's words aren't in red---I think that would be more helpful for study if they were. But that shouldn't be a deterrent for considering this Bible!
This is one of the best study bibles that I have encountered! I have personally used many of them, including the NIV study bible, MacArthur study bible, NLT Life App study bible, HCSB study bible... and the list goes on and on. But the ESV study bible is by far the greatest resource contained in such a small package. The commentary is spot on and very informative and in-depth. The outlines, charts and articles are extremely helpful for one's understanding of biblical concepts... and the colored pictures help the reader form mental imagery to draw you into the setting. The ONLY gripe that I have with the personal sized version is the lack of the additional articles in the back of the bible... they are not needed for ones grasp of the Scriptures but are so immensely valuable for deeper study of it. And the translation itself (ESV) is a great read! I have compared it to the KJV, NIV, NASB and NLT and it is perfect for any reader. Close to the word order of the KJV and NASB for easy transition and grammar study. And helpful like the NIV in obscure texts to promote understanding. The level of scholarship that went into this bible cannot be summed up in this review. This is an incredible tool and I have personally seen 7+ people overwhelmingly satisfied with it.