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 38 Reviews Video
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ESV Reader's Bible5 Stars Out Of 5Not just another bibleDecember 8, 2018ESV Reader's BibleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I was skeptical in updating my bible because of the conviction that I don't spend enough time reading that 700 I already have on my bookshelf. Yet out of the conviction to read more of God's word, I purchased this set with the hopes that I would be easily be able to soak myself in it like I do with other reading. I am hopeful to say it is working and it is easier to read and hold and it is beautifully designed. I'm still getting used to the slip cover and the lack of versification. But it's a fun facet of the journey! Enjoy this set and spend some good time reading it!
SavedbyGrace5 Stars Out Of 5Best Purchase EverNovember 22, 2018SavedbyGraceQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This 6 volume leather ESV is exactly what I hoped it would be. Such high quality, and perfect for sitting down and reading large portions of God's story without distraction. I love the look and feel of the leather, the pages, and the box. This set is a treasure that will enable my family to enjoy God's Word for decades to come.
Al5 Stars Out Of 5A nice alternative for every day readingNovember 20, 2018AlQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I had been thinking about purchasing this set for a year or so, and when the softcover set went on sale, I decided to get it. It's a nice alternative for every day reading. The reading does seem to flow differently when the chapter and verse references are removed.
Fernand Cheong5 Stars Out Of 5Good ValueNovember 9, 2018Fernand CheongQuality: 3Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Really really love this set! Was pleasantly surprised and amazed at just how good it was to read the bible without verse & chapter divisions and headings. It has allowed me to draw my own conclusions and really read the scripture as a whole, rather than based on chapters. After reading this bible, I've found normal bibles rather annoying for reading. Headings box the text and our thinking, and chapters subconsciously gives us the impression that the idea or topic ends, which is often not the case. The scriptures were not given to us with all these additions, though helpful for referencing.
The product itself stands with what its other (more expensive) counterparts have shown. The formatting and spacing just invites one to read the scriptures and soak it in as a whole. The books themselves are amazing. They look good and its easy to hold and read. It is a good alternative to the hardcover and leather if you just want to have something to read. And personally, softcover books are always easier for me to hold and read. The only downside was that I've noticed deficiencies in the cover. One of my books had a tiny chunk of the back cover missing with a little excess at one point (really minor). I cut the excess area off with a blade. But I also bought a copy for my sister, and her copy, with the plastic still on, has one of the covers (just the dark brown layer) already peeling off in the bottom! She didn't want it exchanged, but I was at least expecting the cover to be done properly.
All these minor issues aside though, I do love this 6 piece volume! It's amazing value for money. And why should we allow minor issues like this to distract us from what God can speak to us through His word? I showed it to a Catholic coworker, and he asked me to order one for him and his family, and I was thrilled to do it. It is impressive for the discounted price and I would definitely recommend it!
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.