If you are looking to deepen your Christian faith by living it, then the Life Application Study Bible is for you. This is not the type of study Bible that merely presents history, background, and facts. This study Bible takes scripture and teaches you how to apply it to life and actually live the Christian faith.
The top-grain cowhide leather is superb! The grain is nice and glossy, but rather stiff to the touch. If you are looking for a limp leather Bible, this is not it (although it will loosen and soften up with time and use).
I can't speak for all editions, but mine was printed and bound in the USA. The text is in single column style rather than the two column traditional setting. This makes it read more like a book and increases smoothness and flow of the text when reading. This edition is not a red letter edition. The font is a very readable 9 point type.
The Bible itself is on the larger side, but about the average size for a study Bible. It measures in at 9.25x6.25 inches. If you are purchasing a cover, you will need a size X-Large.
It has a presentation page, and a concordance. It has side column references rather than down the middle. Each book has a very concise but interesting introduction, with a timeline, key verse, main idea, and all the other essential information when studying the Bible. One of the interesting features is the character profiles of many popular Bible characters that gives you everything there is to know about their life.
As far as translation issues go, this edition comes in the most accurate and literal translation of the Bible on the market today, the New American Standard Bible! It is a must have for any serious student of the Bible.
Great learning Bible. Good quality, nice monogramming. Only issue I have is with Zondervan. My gf has a soft cover version of this for another version of the Bible. I'd prefer that to the leather, but still a wonderful Bible to read for the year.
The NAS Bible with the Life Application is an excellent resource with great helps for teaching classes as well as studying for my Bachelor Degree in Bible Studies. This particular Bible was given as a gift to a new convert because I believe it will increase her growth to maturity.