One of the easiest Bibles to carry around is a pocket size edition. Sometimes you need a pocket edition but you don’t want to sacrifice cross references or the Old Testament. Something like a Pitt Minion but smaller. The TBS Pocket Reference Bible is exactly that – the TBS version of the Cambridge Reduced Pitt Minion. In this review I’m taking a look at the burgundy calfskin edition which has the customizations that you would expect from TBS. This edition was printed by World Wide Printing in Belarus. Features KJV Calfskin cover Sewn binding Dark 5-point font Black letter...Read More
Category: Pocket Size
The Zondervan Compact Reference KJV provides all the tools from a reference edition in a compact Bible that’s easy to carry. It’s designed for those that want portability without sacrificing tools. Of course this means reducing the size of the font, which can be good or bad depending of the design and materials. Let’s take a look and see how well it performs as a compact reference edition. Features KJV 5 font Red letter Bonded leather Sewn binding 45,000 cross references Translators’ footnotes Head / Tail bands Helps Concordance 7 maps Ribbon 4 3/8 x 5 ¾ x 1...Read More
I spent a day in Cedar Springs Christian Bookstore in Knoxville, TN secretly filming reviews and taking pictures of Bibles. This isn’t as detailed as my standard reviews, and some of the photos and videos are blurry, but maybe there’s enough information here to help you decide if this Bible is for you. The Holman Minister’s Pocket Bible is a small text-only edition in NKJV and KJV about the size of a Pitt Minion. In the back it has a concordance, maps, subject index, and in the middle is has several minister’s helps for events such as funerals, weddings, etc. It’s...Read More
This website is about Bibles. Especially well-made Bibles! We love them. We smell the leather, and analyze the paper. Here at the Bible Buying Guide, Bible editions score high marks with us by featuring real leather covers (goat, sheep, cow – just not bonded!) sewn bindings (stitching not glue!) and modern features such as high quality paper and line-matching. We buy, collect, and trade. It’s our hobby and passion. And so it was a great reminder for me when I attended the local Gideon International chapter’s recent Pastors’ Appreciation dinner last week. Together, we celebrated one of the Bibles that God is using to change the world: the small, 4.75″ X 3″ pocket New Testament with Psalms and Proverbs. Let’s go ahead and do a quick review, and then I’ll tell you why God is using it all over the world. Translation: New King James Cover: Plastic Liner: Paper Font: 6pt (or smaller) Columns: Double Binding: Sewn Features: Presentation page, “Where to find it in the Bible,” plan of salvation, a few hymns Cost: Free If we judged this little wonder by some of the high-quality editions we like here on this site, it wouldn’t be memorable. This isn’t a Cambridge! The cover is plastic, it doesn’t stay open, and you need a old-school monocle to read it. But here’s why I believe this Bible is being used by God to change the world: it...Read More
By Matthew Everhard I should thank the recent uptick in pregnancies in my congregation for discovering the new ESV Pocket New Testament with Psalms and Proverbs by Crossway. If it wasn’t for the inordinate number of “Baby Bibles” that I have been buying and giving away lately, I might not have ever discovered this little gem. The background to this story is that our church always gives away a small New Testament to each couple that gives birth to a child as a way of saying thank you for growing the church the “old fashioned way.” Since...Read More
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