4 Stars Out Of 5
Great Bible, Cover Isn't Soft
September 23, 2014
I love almost everything about this bible. The ONLY thing I do not appreciate is the lack of softens or suppleness in the genuine leather cover. It is stiffer than it should be, which I'm OK with, but the texture of it is quite harsh, not soft like genuine leather should be. I'm very disappointed by that.
One other thing which really bothers me is the horrific toxic fumes emanating from this Bible. It really smells toxic. I am waiting for it to air out, though I have separated all of the pages, which took forever, and will see if I end up with a rash on my hands from it, as I am sensitive to many chemicals.
The pages are nice and crisp, cut properly, the text is nice and clean, and easy to read thanks to the 10pt font. It appears that the guilding is minimal but that's not a big concern of mine. The leather seems okay, no obvious marring or cracks or anything. The inside cover paper is properly glued to the leather creating a nice clean, firm border. There are 5 pages of thick paper (card stock?) on either end of the bible front/back even after the maps in the back, so that is nice to be able to put notes, though I'm not sure regular ballpoint pen will work well on it due to it's glossiness. The maps are of excellent quality, bright, clear, well marked.
The binding is very sturdy, It appears to be Smyth-sewn and it does lie flat when opened to the middle of the bible. Of course the front 1/4 and the back 1/4 of pages won't lie flat but it is very easy to hold it down so that it does.
I don't have a ruler with me, but I can give a hint as to the actual dimensions (for verification purposes):
OK, I have a 2013 NASB MaCarthur Study Bible (the Raven version) and sitting them right on top and matching the left and bottom of them, this reference bible is the same exact width as the study bible. This bible is no more than 1/4 inch (more likely about 1/8 inch) taller. This bible is about 2/3 the thickness of the study bible. It is definitely much lighter than the study bible, making it very easy for me to tote around with me without hand strain, I do have weaker hands due to some autoimmune issues.
This bible includes a nice presentation page, marriages page, Wife's family tree, Husband's family tree pages which include a spot for info about the wife/husband, parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, a births page, deaths page, and last but not least, occasions to remember.
Since I purchased the Large Print edition in genuine leather, my bible is not a red-letter edition. I wish they had that option but I really preferred the large print so I had to choose, large print or red-letter.
The references are in the center column. There is one ribbon marker.
Overall I am quite pleased with this bible. I hope it lasts a lifetime.