I purchased two of these..one in the soft cover and one in the bonded leather to give our friends as a Christmas gift. I am keeping the other one, as I needed a new bible. LOVE the devotionals. This is perfect for our friends that didn't have a bible, and really need God's word in the everyday life. Don't pass this one up!! I might end up ordering a couple more to keep in case I need to gift one to someone else!! Just beautiful and illuminating to read.
I have the Hard Back Cover and the Leather , and I have to admit that I prefer hardback but I like to keep the leather bound Cover for special occasions and as gifts. This is a great gift item and good for youths and adults alike who want to know about the Holy Bible. (On a side note, I let my niece to listen the audio book and a child's understanding of it is interesting to witness.) The Devotions do Melt Away the day to day Stress.....and I love this version so much.
I purchased nearly thirty Jesus Calling bibles over the last six months. Many of the bibles surprised me with exquisite quality at a great price. The bonded leather edition was one of the few versions acquired that disappointed me. The binding has a plastic like feel to it. I would suggest a buyer should consider the imitatuon or geniune/cowhide leather with red ribbon.
To be able to get a genuine leather Bible under $45 is amazing value. The only thing to keep in mind is that there are no extras (ie. cross reference, concordance, maps, book introductions, etc). The devotions in the Bible are based on a topic and then split into two perspectives: first is a prayer from the human perspective, and the second is a response "prayer" from God's perspective. There are actually quite a few, so if you are looking for primarily the words of scripture you may want to reconsider. Then again it's a genuine leather Bible for an unbeatable price.