1. CSB Notetaking Bible, Sage Cloth Over Board
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    CSB Notetaking Bible, Sage Cloth Over Board
    Holman Bible Publishers / 2017 / Hardcover
    $28.99 Retail: $44.99 Save 36% ($16.00)
    4.5 Stars Out Of 5 6 Reviews Video
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  1. 3 Stars Out Of 5
    Cheaply made
    March 28, 2018
    Quality: 2
    Value: 2
    Meets Expectations: 2
    I like the idea of having a Bible that I could put lots of notes in. The pages are super thin and stick together. I dont think the binding will hold up.
  2. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Physically beautiful presentation, but not my favorite translation
    December 29, 2017
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I have once again had the WONDERFUL opportunity to review a copy of the new CSB Notetaking Bible from Holman Bible Publishers. Bibles are always complex publication to review. First I will address the CSB translation, then the Notetaking edition I received for review.

    I am not by any means qualified to critique Bible translations against the original biblical languages. However, a few comments can be made about the CSB translation philosophy. Generally, there are two widely accepted philosophies in Bible translation (aside from a complete paraphrase); those are the formal equivalence (word-for-word) and the dynamic equivalence (thought-for-thought). Each has their strengths and weaknesses. However, the CSB states that they believe that a third category should be added to the list - what they call "optimal equivalence." They explain that their goal is a word-for-word translation, but in times where a word-for-word translation "obscures the meaning," they revert to a "more dynamic translation philosophy." For me, there are times in the text where I can clearly see the switch back and forth, and this is perhaps what I dislike about the CSB translation. I will not get into any further specifics on translation methodology save for providing this example:

    Psalm 23

    The LORD is my shepherd,

    I have what I need.

    He lets me lie down in green pastures;

    he leads me beside quiet waters.

    He renews my life;

    he leads me along the right paths

    for his name's sake.

    Even when I go through the darkest valley,

    I fear no danger,

    for you are with me;

    your rod and your staff--they comfort me.

    You prepare a table before me

    In the presence of my enemies;

    you anoint my head with oil;

    my cup overflows.

    Only goodness and faithful love will pursue me

    all the days of my life,

    and I will dwell in the house of the LORD

    as long as I live.

    The Sage cloth over board Notetaking edition I received is quite lovely. The cloth over the board is a sort of burlap material with sage-colored stitching that complements both the fabric and the flower graphic printed on the front. The ivory portion of the material matches very closely to the ivory paper used for this edition. Having used both ivory and white paper Bibles in the past, I undoubtedly prefer the ivory editions. The print in this publication is wonderfully dark - very readable - and yet does not bleed through to the other side as many Bible printings do. It is a single column format, which is certainly my preference but is important to consider. There are two significant items to note. First, there are several Bible editions available now to which the CSB Notetaking Bible appears similar. These other editions contain graphics and word art, with additional space for the user to add their own. Please understand that despite the presentation of this Bible (considering the box and the cover) there are no graphics or design elements within the text. This may be a plus or minus for you depending on your preference. Second, this edition is touted as the "Notetaking" edition, and as such, there are wide outer columns with many small lines pre-printed, upon which you are encouraged to write your notes. Despite the notetaking title, I would prefer there to be no lines at all. The lines, in my opinion, limit the user in many ways. For example, if I want to draw something or write something more prominently in the margin, the lines in some sense prevent me from doing so. If this is not something you feel you might ever want to do, then certainly, the pre-printed lines will help to keep your notes orderly.

    This edition contains no footnotes, Xrefs, or red letters - it is just the biblical text, wonderfully plain and simple. Perhaps one of the best features of the CSB is that the OT references in the NT are printed in bold print, which I love. Overall, this is an aesthetically pleasing edition of the CSB, one that will be quite useful for the right audience if this is the translation you prefer.

    I received a complimentary copy of this Bible from B&H Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review of any kind.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Simplicity Beautified with a sweet sage floral twist
    December 27, 2017
    Sonya McCllough Lockridge
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    You are simply going to just love this CBS Hardcover Notetaking Bible, I do!

    I've wanted a one column bible for a while now, so I feel really blessed to receive this Bible, in exchange for an honest review from Lifeway. This CBS Notetaking Bible is one thousand three hundred and twenty-seven pages and it includes a Daily Bible Reading Plan, a CBS Concordance plus eight full-color detailed maps. It's packaged in a coordinating gift box and a beautiful presentation page is located in the very front. Please, also note the one column notetaking, journal space compliments the single-column text beautifully. The CBS Hardcover Notetaking Bible is lightweight and super easy to hold in one hand. Your Bible Study time will be greatly multiplied by the use of this well-designed tool.
  4. Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Very Pretty!
    December 23, 2017
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This Bible is very beautifully bound. It is one of the prettiest cloth bound books I've ever seen. With a green edge (or "sage"), and a stitching pattern dividing it from the floral design set against a white background. The cover also seems quite durable. Of course, the prettiness of this Bible doesn't amount to much if the translation isn't very good, but I can assure you that the translators did a pretty good job.

    It lies flat easily and has a ribbon marker. The pages are a bit thin for writing, a bit transparent too (you can see the writing through the page) it would be nice if they would a bit thicker. I also wish that the font for the Biblical text would be a bit bigger, it is very small and I'm a bit afraid that one's commentary and notes would be more prominent than the text itself. But I think it still serves its purpose quite well. It also includes a concordance and some full color maps.

    This is a very pretty version of the Notetaking Bibles, and as a bonus, it also comes in a pretty box! I'll be using it as a Christmas present for one of my younger sisters.

    Many thanks to the folks at B&H publishing for sending me a free review copy of this Bible (My review did not have to be favorable)!
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great for Note Taking!
    December 19, 2017
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    First and foremost, can we admire the beauty of this Bible? It is gorgeous. It's design is beautiful without being over the top, and while it is true we shouldn't judge a book by its cover, I must admit I like pretty things. But onto the inside...

    While the large majority of journaling Bibles I have found have lined margined, they are done so very lightly. For art journaling this is GREAT. Those subtle lines can be easily covered and not overly distracted. The lines in this Bible are much darker--- truly perfect for writing in the margins! Whether it's noting your prayers while you read, or taking notes as you study your Bible, this is truly ideal.

    It's also a great translation. I must admit CSB is new to me, but the more I read it, the more I enjoy it. It is a very readable translation that still allows us to see the true meaning of the words we're reading. Clarity is everything when studying the Bible so I believe this is a great translation for that.

    If you're looking for a great Bible JUST for notes and thoughts... this is the journaling Bible for YOU!
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