My "Italian Duotone" cover Bible from Zondervan began flaking apart after a few years of use, despite being carried in a protective case and handled gently, if often. I had to wrap the edges and spine in tape to keep it from falling apart and shedding flakes whenever I picked it up.
I purchased the NIV Essentials Study Bible and was very satisfied with the shipping speed, price and quality of the book. The Study Bible contains 6 insightful and supplementary ways of viewing Scripture that has enriched and broadened my understanding of the Word.
As a pastor and traveling speaker I have purposed to read the Bible through each year for 40 plus years now and have read the majority of them from all the major translations. The NIV Essentials Bible Study is one of the most unique and enjoyable I have read. The balance of the Biblical times customs, the devotional readings, the key and challenging Questions and Answers, the light but insightful apologetic insertions, the verses foot notes, maps, charts and more make this one of the most interesting, informative, insightful, and inspiring study Bibles that I have ever read along with the fact that the NIV translation is one of the most balanced and best available. This study Bible will be one of my most treasured. I highly recommend it.
I should really say (THE Bible) & THE best Friend (Jesus!), but this Bible is so good I couldn't but Give it both thumbs up in every way. the cover is not leather, but the soft and supple Duotone is beautiful and arguably as resilient and sturdy as, perhaps, bonded leather. the Bible itself is so loaded with features, the NIV is a great translation, and my favorite. It is used here, and full use of any and all Study Bible helps to be had. Notes, maps,rerences, charts,tables ad infinitum. It actually DOES draw almost all of the resources from other Zander van Study Bibles. this Bible is best used in the STUDY of itself rather than for the less technical use of a Bible for purely devotional purposes. I spent my money very well and you will too. I really haven't been able to find any of this Bible to have any unused info or :fat" in it, every thing about it was well thought out and must have been compiled with an awful lot of hard,scholarly and spiritual assets. I DO recommend this Bible and had it for two days when I realized how easy it is to study any Biblical subject with ease. Thank you Zondervan and CBD!( ps my tablet (bug) wouldn't let me leave all five stars on this Bible but it has them anyway)