5 Stars Out Of 5
Great Bible, exceptional value for price
December 20, 2014
Daniel R B
Los Alamos, NM
I bought the Holman NKJV Large Print Ultrathin Reference Bible in Brown Genuine Cowhide for my wife for Christmas. I had to order it on the phone, since the imprinting I wanted took two lines (she has a very long name!) Note to CBD: Please make two-line imprinting an option on the internet!
*Great version, very literal to the majority/Byzantine/Textus Receptus text tradition. A great thing about the NKJV is the notes that give information about textual variants without judging "better" vs. "worse" manuscripts, just the facts.
*Cover: Very soft, great feel. Great price for this quality of cover. Raised ribs on spine add an extra nice touch. One of the best things about this Bible. If you get this, do not hide it in a Bible cover--that would be a shame!
*Font: Clear, dark, readable. Good size--not giant, but bold enough to read clearly.
*Concordance--very complete for this size of a Bible. A surprising feature in an ultrathin.
*Color maps--8 absolutely stunning, bold, glossy maps. Really pretty. [Minor point: font on the maps is pretty tiny.]
*Physical size--Nice feel. Ultrathin means it doesn't weigh too much, like many large print editions would.
*Sewn binding! A bit hard to find in an inexpensive NKJV. This makes it more durable.
*References--Very comprehensive. The font is smaller than the text, but still readable.
*As an ultrathin, the paper is very thin. As a result, some ghosting of text from the opposite side of the sheet is clear. However, since the font is clear and dark, this does not make it too difficult to read. I did not test the paper with a highlighter or pen, so I can't comment on bleed-through or the lack thereof.
*I love the references, and I know center-column is a time-honored tradition. But it can be more difficult to find the references in this rather than in a side column or references on two outside columns.
*I do like the font, but it isn't giant. If you have difficulty reading small print, it may not be best for you. There are other Bibles with larger fonts--although, it is a trade-off. Most of those either are physically bigger, fewer or no references, or inferior design [such as glued binding instead of sewn.]
*Margins somewhat narrow for note-taking. However, if you don't write in your Bible, that would not be an issue.
*Verse-by-verse format. Not everyone is a fan of this, but it does speed up the finding of a passage.
*Words of Christ in Red. Some like, some don't. I wouldn't want to judge the choice on that.
Overall, an *excellent* value. There are premium NKJV Bibles out there, and their quality might be marginally better. However, at this price you will not find a finer NKJV Bible. If you've been looking for a nicer NKJV, don't need giant print and want something that doesn't weigh a ton, I would not pass this up.