The order was easy to place and shipping was on-time. I have found this Bible to be quite helpful although, as with any commentary, one must bear in mind that the commentary is essentially one person's perspective and application of that perspective. Again, I do find the Life Application Study Bible to be a very good resource and while I find the literary quality of the NIV to make reading a bit smoother, I very much appreciate the quality of the NAS translation.
The Life Application Study Bible I purchased from Christianbook.com has many useful features. I especially enjoy the Bible character profiles, and the book introductions that give an overview of each book, and a paragraph that is a reminder of how the content relates to our faith lives. The maps are great quality color, and easy to see the areas being presented. The paper used for printing is just a bit thicker than my previous Bible, and the texture makes page turning easier.
If you are looking to deepen your Christian faith by living it, then the Life Application Study Bible is for you. This is not the type of study Bible that merely presents history, background, and facts. This study Bible takes scripture and teaches you how to apply it to life and actually live the Christian faith.
The top-grain cowhide leather is superb! The grain is nice and glossy, but rather stiff to the touch. If you are looking for a limp leather Bible, this is not it (although it will loosen and soften up with time and use).
I can't speak for all editions, but mine was printed and bound in the USA. The text is in single column style rather than the two column traditional setting. This makes it read more like a book and increases smoothness and flow of the text when reading. This edition is not a red letter edition. The font is a very readable 9 point type.
The Bible itself is on the larger side, but about the average size for a study Bible. It measures in at 9.25x6.25 inches. If you are purchasing a cover, you will need a size X-Large.
It has a presentation page, and a concordance. It has side column references rather than down the middle. Each book has a very concise but interesting introduction, with a timeline, key verse, main idea, and all the other essential information when studying the Bible. One of the interesting features is the character profiles of many popular Bible characters that gives you everything there is to know about their life.
As far as translation issues go, this edition comes in the most accurate and literal translation of the Bible on the market today, the New American Standard Bible! It is a must have for any serious student of the Bible.