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5 Stars Out Of 5
I Love This Bible
May 25, 2015
i used to shop a a little Christian book store (now closed) and the man behind the counter would always be reading his compact sized bible. You could tell just by looking at that bible that it was read often and that it was a dearly loved treasure. I've looked for one like his through the years but never found one until i found this one. The smaller size reminds me of his old bible. The "giant" print (for goodness sake ... you call that "giant" ... really! LOL) is actually just slightly larger than print you would find in any hard cover book and is very easy to read. The premium leather is amazingly soft and supple. The sewing is top shelf. The gold page edges ... this is something that I love on a bible but don't you just hate how they all stick together when they are new ... well the pages on this bible only need an easy fanning in a few directions to seperate them all. Instead of spending an hour or more like on other bibles you will be done in about 30 seconds. The layout of the text in the bible is like the NIV was when it was first published - there are chapters, paragraphs, etc. Basically it is laid out exactly like a book. It does of course have the smaller font verse numbers you would expect and the only cross references are those that are part of the NIV translation. There is no center (or side) column full of references. This is not a study bible. What this is, is a perfect invitation to read the bible without distractions. Since I received mine over a week ago I've been devouring the epistles. Seeing them in a "letter" format rather than the typical two column layout is incredible. I can honestly say that my bible reading time has increased dramatically since this bible arrived and its not just because this is something new that I hold but because I love it so much. On a side note, I believe this bible is a gift from my heavenly Father - as I get older the print on so many of my other bibles is just a struggle to read. Some of the center column references is those smaller print bibles are printed so small I simply can't read them at all. This bible has no such problem and I beleive this is the bible I will carry into my senior years. Like that man at the Christian book store, this is the one you will see me holding and reading all the time. And, while already there a little ... with another 15-20 years of reading this bible I'm sure I'll have that same look in my eye that he had when he looked at his bible ...
I am very happy with this bible. The page layout is very similar to a regular book, which is suprisingly difficult to find now a days. It seems like every bible is more like a reference manual than a book nowadays.
This format is the word of God, without the distracting study bible notes, commentary, or reference column. It really does make it eaiser to read in a regular book format.
The quality of the leather is superb. The perfect size of this bible, coupled with the soft leather makes holding it for long periods of time far less of a chore. And did you know that the oils in our hands is actually GOOD for the leather. Its true; the oils in our skin naturally treat the leather, and keep it soft & supple. Handling this bible and reading it is not only good for you spiritually, its good for the leather!