5 Stars Out Of 5
Holman Christian Standard Bible with special features for U.S. Air Force
May 16, 2015
I was a little hesitant to order such a very inexpensive Bible, but it was the only one I could find that had features intended to honor members of the USAF. (The box states "with Special Prayer and Devotional Section for Air Force Personnel.") I would have preferred a higher quality, more expensive edition, but I am pleased with it. It looks better than I expected. The dark blue synthetic cover is not too stiff or plastic-y looking, and the embossed patriotic emblem on the front looks nice without being flashy. It has a thicker presentation page, service record page, and special occasion page that have a flag background in soft muted colors. There are a plan of salvation and translation notes in the front, and a section of notes and special military features in the back. It is in double column, paragraph format in a 7 pt. type size, which is large enough for military eyes. The words of Christ are in red. There are some textual footnotes but no cross-references or concordance in a Bible this small. The paper is nice enough with minimal ghosting. The small overall size is just under 7" by about 4-3/4" by 1". The lettering ("HCSB" and "The Airman's Bible") on the spine and the page edges are in silver, which looks beautiful with the dark blue cover. There is one dark blue ribbon. On the presentation pages are Scriptural quotes from John 15:12-13 and Colossians 3:23-24, very appropriate for those serving in the military. This is a well done edition overall and is packaged in an attractive box.
I bought this Bible as a gift for my grandson when he graduates from USAF boot camp. While he already has two larger Bibles in other translations, I thought this would be a handy size Bible to take with him, as well as a fitting memento of his USAF days. The Holman edition is a mainstream translation that is easy to read and is non-controversial. I wish it was offered in a nice leather sewn binding, but the quality seems to be very good for such a low cost synthetic covered Bible. I just hope it proves to be durable enough. Thanks, Holman, for offering this line of Bibles for those who proudly serve in each branch of our military.