CSB He Reads Truth Bible, Black Leathertouch Imitation LeatherHolman Bible Publishers / 2019 / Imitation Leather$29.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 2 Reviews
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Bob HaytonSt. Paul, MNAge: 35-44Gender: Male5 Stars Out Of 5A joy to hold: it draws you in to the Word through its clean and attractive design.June 14, 2019Bob HaytonSt. Paul, MNAge: 35-44Gender: MaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The "CSB He Reads Truth Bible" is here and it is a joy to hold. This Bible is designed to draw the reader in in to the Word. The aim of "He Reads Truth" is for men to read the Bible daily.
The "He Reads Truth Bible" is presented in a minimalist and clean way. There are study tools and organizational helps embedded throughout, but they don't take pride of place over the scripture text itself. White space abounds (wide margins and lots of room around the graphs, lists and study helps) and is available for personal note-taking or to keep things clear. The maps and timelines have an artsy, almost blueprint-type feel. The lists and mini-articles are clear and to-the-point. The grouping of the books that make up the Bible is emphasized by a color-coding according to type/genre (although the genre is quite generic and at the book level, and I don't know why the Major and Minor Prophets have a different color when their description only differs by one word). I also appreciated the cloth-like cover provided for the hardbound version I have, as well as its two ribbons (for marking where you are reading).
The most useful features of this Bible are the key verses (one for each book of the Bible), and the reading plans. The key verse is found at the beginning of each biblical book and is artistically represented (calligraphy highlights the key message of the verse). The 66 verses are also helpfully collected at the end of the Bible. As for the reading plans, I appreciate how each book has its own (undated) plan that is supplemented with readings from other parts of Scripture, because "The Bible is a complete work in which many stories combine to tell one story. the additional passages [help you] to discover how the whole of Scripture works together" (from the "Read and Understand" section of each book of the Bible). There is also a whole-year (dated) Bible reading plan at the end (Robert Murray M'Cheyne's classic plan).
The translation used is the Christian Standard Bible (CSB): an evangelical translation that aims to make God's Word understandable through an "optimally equivalent" translation (roughly standing between the looser paraphrase style of the New Living Translation, and the rough literal translation of the New American Standard Bible).
I am looking forward to using the "He Reads Truth Bible" in the future, and encouraging others to give it a try. May the format and design be a help to bring others into a more regular reading of God's Word!
Disclaimer: This book was provided by the publisher. The reviewer was under no obligation to offer a positive review.
Cindy NavarroCullman, ALAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5CSB He Reads Truth BibleJune 11, 2019Cindy NavarroCullman, ALAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4If you are looking for a new Bible for yourself or a special man in your life, I definitely recommend the CSB He Reads Truth Bible! There are timelines, background history, reading plans, key verses, and maps. If you are a note-taker, the wide margins will please you. The additional features included invite you to dig deeper into God's Word and develop a greater understanding of what was happening and how the stories may connect in other books of the Bible.
The only 2 problems I had are not going to be an issue for most. The print was a little smaller than I prefer, but it's a personal preference. Each page can be easily read for most people. The other difficulty for me is that the book weighs 3.90 lbs. I could hold it in my hand to read, but it was a bit heavy. (Of course, if it had larger print, that would have meant more pages and added weight.)
The good, however, far outweigh the things that I had slight problems with, though. It's an excellent study Bible that will hold together through years of use. It would also make an outstanding FATHER'S DAY GIFT!
Many thanks to LEV3L Digital and He Reads Truth for providing a copy to review!
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