I just HAD to write a review for this one! I have purchased many good Bibles from this ministry (That's what I call it), & I love them all, but I do not write much on here....That is until this little guy came into my life!! :) First, let me say that most importantly, the HCSB translation itself has NEVER got the full recognition that it deserves in the world of English Bibles!!! Maybe it's the lack of "saturating" advertising & publicity that other prominent translations have received, such as the ESV, or the NLT for just 2 examples. One can speculate as to the reason, but whatever it was, & still is, the Bible reading, & Bible-loving Christian world does NOT know what it is overlooking here!! As far as I am concerned, the HCSB is a Biblical masterpiece!! This is the version that brought me back to the Lord our God 3 years ago now, after a much too long of a separation from him!! (wasted years that brought me nothing but misery & heartbreak, I must say). Anyhow, Even with all the knowledge that God had given me concerning his beautiful word, reading the HCSB was like reading scripture for the very first time!! I could not put it down!! This version of scripture gave me a rapturous spiritual re-awakening & truly exhilerating experience with God our saviour!!! I was moved to tears as truths that I had never really noticed before seemed to leap right off the pages & into my yearning heart!! So yes, by ALL means, this version NEEDS to be more fully introduced & experienced by all believers with an open enough mind & heart to give it a fair reading!! I just feel sorry for all those KJV "Only-ers" out there who could discover so much more from the scriptures if they just opened their hearts. I was once one of them myself. But now to this particular little HCSB:......I love the color, for one. It is very well crafted. This Bible is very rugged good quality bonded leather. The overall size of the Bible is very pleasant. It's somewhat different than the usual compact size, & it fits nicely in the hand. I also really like the compass embossing on the cover. Nice touch! The print is crisp & clear, & very readable for a size 7 font. Bleed-through is minimal because the page thickness itself is commendable also. The red-lettering for Jesus' words is consistent, & comfortable for the eyes,...not "blindingly" bright, like some can be. The binding is nice & tight, & as for all the note pages about manhood,...There is definitely some very interesting points made, & thoughts to seriously ponder concerning a vast array of men-related issues intertwined in there! There are pages in the front, pages between the testaments, & pages in the rear of this Bible that are ALL good reading material. Mr. Lewis definitely makes a guy take a deeper look inside & do a little honest "soul-searching" on himself! Overall guys, this little Bible is a solid investment all the way around. for the price point on this particular edition,...you are not going to get any better than this!! Grab this one while they still have them available here!! My sincere thanks, & best wishes for abundant blessings for all who have taken the time to read this. I hope that I have been helpful in some small way perhaps. P.S. Spread the word about the HCSB!!! This translation is like a "Pearl of great price" hidden in a sea full of oysters!! God Bless!!! P.S.S. I am preparing to submit my 2nd order for this one, & have my name imprinted this time. That will look very nice!!
If you need a small personal Bible, this one fits the bill. The HCSB is a great translation and I really like it for my daily reading. The size of the Bible makes it easy to carry anywhere. The added feature of the materials from the Men's Fraternity studies is a priceless addition to the Bible. I am leading a group of men through the Quest for Authentic Manhood and the summarized notes in the Bible help me remember key points and they are always there as reminders later on.