ESV Reader's Bible, Six-Volume Set (Cowhide over Board with Walnut Slipcase)Crossway / 2018 / Cowhide Leather$279.99 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 34 Reviews Video
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Snyder's SoapboxFruitland, IdahoAge: 35-44Gender: Male5 Stars Out Of 5A great Bible reading experience all around.October 17, 2018Snyder's SoapboxFruitland, IdahoAge: 35-44Gender: MaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I received this set from Crossway some time ago, and wanted to use it for a while before writing a review. This review will differ from my others in the lack of a listing of the physical attributes like, paper weight, cover material, binding, font size, and layout, as all of that information and more can be found here readersbible.org The Reader's Bible is unlike any other Bible I've reviewed. This one is a six volume set, intended for undistracted reading. That is not to say that other Bibles aren't for reading. It is to say, that the focus of the layout, and construction was to be conducive to reading. This is necessarily at the exclusion of other purposes. For instance, study, easy reference, citation, and so on, as there are no chapter or verse numbers, no footnotes or cross references. There is a chapter index in the back of each volume. For older folks like myself, it is so different from Bibles we've used for such a long time, that it takes some getting used to. It isn't a bad experience, just different. I am a slow reader, and tend to study as I go. Other people can speed through the Bible, and retain information. When I simply read the Bible, I have to remain very conscious of what I am reading, and be diligent to properly regard it. When I start to read sometimes I start to drift. I find myself going back over the same section a few times, to make certain I have understood what I've read. With the Reader's set, you can read without getting side-tracked by interesting cross references, or footnotes. The first thing you notice is the volumes are constructed as a quality hardback, cloth covered book. Each volume has a marker ribbon, sewn spine, heavy paper, and easy to read font. Then while reading you start to experience what Crossway intended. You have a smooth progression through large sections of scripture. As you read, you don't make your decision on where to stop by chapter numbers, or section headings. Instead, you stop where it seems natural, usually at the end of an idea. As you read, you'll also notice that your eyes don't tire as easily due to the very thick paper, and font. (For all the stats follow the link in the first paragraph of the review.) With the longer sessions, you tend to cover more ground. I would not let my reading, exclude separate study of the Bible. Having the Reader's Set does force you to make time for reading, and study. I think I need that in my daily routine. Separating the two activities does seem beneficial.I think this set should hold up well, as long as they are cared for properly. I would be careful around moisture, as the pages are not coated, and would absorb water, finger oil, and dirt readily. Which brings me to my next suggestion, don't eat, drink coffee, or have dirty hands when reading this set. You will stain the cover, mess up the pages, and make it look messy.My final thought, is that they are nice to have when you want to sit and read God's word. My eyes aren't what they used to be, and even though the font isn't large, it is easier to read. I like the feel of them. It is an awful lot like reading a hardback novel in certain ways.
Millysue5 Stars Out Of 5Easy to readSeptember 24, 2018MillysueQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Love this set. easy to read, so glad I purchased them... would recommend to anyone seeking to make reading the bible a little simpler
RW5 Stars Out Of 5Perfect Devotional SetSeptember 19, 2018RWQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I caught this set on sale and I'm so excited I did. This is officially the perfect gift for Christmas, birthday, etc . If you love the Word of God (or know someone who does) get this set. Read the Word with no distraction. This is perfect for personal, family, and group reading.
Matthew4 Stars Out Of 5Nice productAugust 27, 2018MatthewQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I received these 5 volumes from my mother as a gift. When they arrive they were extremely well packaged. So let me explain why I gave this a 4 star review.
1: It feels good in the hand. The outer binding is a sort of plastic.
2: The paper is outstanding and thicker than your normal bibles. I love how the paper isn't as see through as you would have with a typical bible and that makes highlighting so much better.
On a negative note:
1: I do not like glue bindings because when you try to get them to stay open you sometimes can bend the binding and it leaves this horrible crease in the binding.
2: My personal opinion is that volumes 2 & 4 are to thick for glue bindings.
So I was extremely satisfied with the final product. I feel some of the negative remarks are from people that sat there drooling over the hard cover and leather but bought the cheaper one with high of expectations. When you watch the video it gets you pumped up for this beautiful amish made box with the leather set, but in reality you buy the cheap plastic cover one because it's the lesser of the 3. I will be buying the leather set here soon and will be using the one my mother bought to underline in and make notes as I read.
gafortiby4 Stars Out Of 5Many changes compared to Hardcover versionAugust 15, 2018gafortibyQuality: 3Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This review is to compare this 6-volume paperback version to the hardcover version. Other than the obvious cover difference, the paperback version has Smyth sown paper that is then incased in glue spline. It is an interesting combination of expensive and cheap binding used together. The paper feels slightly thinner and lower quality paper compared to the Hardcover, although on par with generic hardcover books. It is printed all black whereas the hardcover has some headings printed in a beautiful subtle red ink. It is also missing the ribbons. Of course Bible is priceless but Just based on the product quality I would say the set is worth ~$70 and not worth the full $149 price. It is a steal at the current sale price of $29. Conversely I think the hardcover 6 volume edition is worth its full retail price of $199.