4 Stars Out Of 5
Review of the Holman HCSB Electric Blue Large Print Compact Colormax Bible.
October 28, 2014
This is kind of an odd little Bible. It is odd because of the cover color, material, and size of it. The cover is smooth and shiny. It reminds me of candy apple blue car paint. The cover is smooth and shiny like the corfam oxford dress shoes the Marines wear. You know the ones that never need polishing. It is flexible, but the binding is stiff. I think thats because its a tight binding. The cover is lined with some blue paper. On the spine of the Bible the word, Colormax is printed in silver colored letters, and then the logos on the top and bottom. The pages are gilded with silver colored foil. The size of the Bible puts it in between a true compact and a small reference Bible. It is thicker than most of the compact Bibles. This is good in the sense that the font can be larger, but it doesnt lend itself to going into a pocket or a bag as easy. I would say it would be good in a lunch box, or backpack. I think that was kind of the idea with this one. The cover is obviously aimed at younger people.
This is a red letter edition of the HCSB text with 7 point font. The printing is clear and legible and the pages are opaque enough to limit ghosting. The read text is bold, but not distracting. It is dual column paragraph format. There are limited references at the bottom of the page this makes more of the page real estate available to font size. This makes it easier to read.
This Bible was made in South Korea. It seems the quality is better than many of the Chinese made Bibles. There is one ribbon marker that matches the color scheme in silver. This Bible was shipped in a white plastic bag. The retail packaging is a multicolored card-paper sleeve.
The topical concordance and where to turn index were very limited, but helpful, especially for younger or less mature Christians. You should already expect that when buying a compact. The fact that it has any extra features is a bonus value in my mind. It also includes, presentation page, eight maps, a, how to use the Bible page, plan of salvation, table of weights and measures, Titles of Jesus, and HCSB introduction and bullet notes.
After using this Bible for a while it loosened up a bit. The cover still doesnt close right after bending it up a bunch. You kind of have to wait for it or put something on it. The good news is that it appears to be a sewn binding. So regardless of if you like the cover or not the Bible should hold up pretty well. I kind of got a kick out of bringing this little Bible to Church last Sunday and showing it around to some of the fellas. For the price, under twenty dollars, this is a nifty little Bible. I think it would make a great Bible for the young person in your life. Inexpensive enough to not be worried about the rigors of youth, and decent build quality to hold up to some abuse.