Category: In-depth Review

Zondervan’s NIV Quickview Bible Review

The NIV Quickview Bible from Zondervan is unique among study Bibles. Rather than being filled with note after note of commentary (which is usually just text), the Quickview Bible provides information in a way that the majority of people learn – visually. The Quickview Bible provides visual snapshots of key passages and stories, providing visual information to go with the Biblical text, making the information more understandable. Pros Great visuals Plenty of facts Cons No references No concordance Basic Features 2011 NIV text 360 full-color infographics 20 in-text maps Color-coded sections Section headings Black-letter Study helps Hard cover with jacket 1108 pages 9.75 x 6.75 x 1.25 ISBN: 978-0-310-44230-1 Cover and Binding This Bible is only available in hard cover (and e-book, but that one doesn’t have a binding). It has a jacket that explanations the purpose of this edition. The cover is a portion of Matthew 5 and the infographic of the Sermon on the Mount. Removing the jacket reveals a shiny blue hard cover that simply says Holy Bible, NIV, and Zondervan. The binding is glued. It feels well-made. Paper, Text, and Layout The paper looks and feels like the paper that’s popular in study Bibles today. It does have some show-through. Most of the time it didn’t seem too distracting, especially with all of the graphics covering the pages. The font looks around an 8-point with...

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ESV Single Column Legacy Bible Review

Crossway’s ESV Single Column Legacy Bible has a beautiful layout with the design philosophy of the perfect page. It has wide margins, thick paper, and a large font. Made with readers in mind, Crossway has set a new standard in page layout. Pros Layout designed to improve readability Wide margins 9-point font Sewn binding Cons No references Features 2011 ESV Presentation pages Single-column paragraph format 9/10.75 font 1.25” wide margins 36 gsm Thincoat Plus paper Marginal headings Translation notes Brown/Cordovan TruTone Sewn binding 1680 pages Concordance 8 maps Ribbon marker Gilted edges Printed by Legatoria Editoriale Giovanni Olivotto, Vicenza, Italy 9 x 6 x 1.5 ISBN: 978-1-4335-3087-6 Where to buy Christianbook: ESV Single Column Legacy Bible, Pocket Cover, TruTone, Brown/Cordovan, Portfolio Design Amazon: ESV Single Column Legacy Bible (TruTone, Brown/Saddle, Timeless Design) (Esv Bibles) Cover and Binding The cover a two-tone brown TruTone (a soft imitation leather) with paper liner. I was able to curl it around in any shape I wanted and it went back to lying flat. To me it feels like calfskin. I love the look and feel of the grain. The cover is sewn around the edges, adding strength. The cover is very flexible. The binding is Smyth sewn, so it lays flat. It does take some breaking in before it will lay flat in Genesis.     Paper The paper is 36 gsm (grams per square...

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Crossway ESV Large Print Thinline Reference Bible Review

  Crossway has filled the ESV large print void with their recently released ESV Large Print Thinline Reference Bible. It’s a true thinline at one inch thick, but still has a 10.5 font and manages to find room for 80,000 cross-references. The unique layout sets the cross-references away from the text, improving readability. Pros Large print Line matching 1 inch thick Sewn binding Cons References are small- may be difficult for some readers needing a large print Bible Features include: 2011 ESV text Family Records section Preface to ESV Explanation of Features 10.5 font Red-letter TruTone cover Sewn binding Ribbon marker 8 Maps 80,000 cross-references Translation notes 2 column text Table of Weights and Measures Gilted edges 1248 pages 9.5 x 6.5 x 1 ISBN: 978-1-4335-3281-8 Lifetime guarantee   Available from: Christianbook: Crossway ESV Large Print Thinline Reference Bible Amazon: Crossway ESV Large Print Thinline Reference Bible   Cover and Binding The cover of this edition is an imitation leather known as TruTone. I really like Trutone. It’s economical and  has a great look and feel. I like how they press designs into the cover. The cover feels soft to the touch. It has a smooth grain- kind of like calfskin. The edges of the cover are stitched. This helps improve the quality of the cover construction, making the Bible last longer. It is paper lined, which makes the cover slightly...

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Hendrickson KJV Fire Bible Review

  Hendrickson’s Fire Bible series is an improved version of the original Full Life Study Bible. It’s an all-in-one reference library for Pentecostal Christians. It was originally developed for Pentecostal Pastors and lay-leaders as a tool for preaching, teaching, and outreach. The Fire Bible has been available for a while in NIV and is now available in KJV. I am reviewing the hard cover edition. Features include: Paragraph format 10-point font Red-letter Themefinders – 12 major Pentecostal themes More than 70 articles on historical and theological topics Study notes for key verses Book introductions Subject index Cross-references and textual notes Section headings Concordance In-text maps and charts One-year reading plan Color maps 9.50″ x 7.00″ x 2.00″ It is available from: Christianbook: Fire Bible KJV version, hardcover Amazon:  Fire Bible: King James Version: A Study Bible for Spirit-led Living (Bible Kjv) Cover and Binding This edition is hard cover. It is also available in imitation leather with 2 ‘his and her’ design options. One is blue with black and grey. The other is pink with khaki, red, and tan. The binding is sewn. Layout The layout of the Fire Bible is different from the Full Life Study Bible. It is still two columns, but the text is now in paragraph format. The verse numbers are large and in bold, so verses are easy to find (which has always been an...

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Topical Reference Bible – Complete Analytical Study Edition KJV Review

  Some back story… I was first introduced to the Topical Reference Bible in 1992. I bought it from a Preacher that was preaching in a tent revival that we were supporting. I was playing guitar in the revival (I am a Church musician). The edition I bought was published in 1985 by Dugan Publishers. It became my carry and study Bible until I got a genuine leather Thompson for $7.00. I was developing my marking methods and wanted a new Bible to start over. I used the Thompson for many years, but I missed my Dugan (which was bonded leather and very much worn out). I was getting tired of the poor print and paper quality of the Thompson (at least my Thompson), so I searched for another Dugan. I found several on eBay, but they were going for over $100 (out of my price range). I ended up getting the Note-taker’s from Local Church Bible Publishers. I loved the Note-taker’s, but I still wanted a topical reference Bible. I kept searching and learning about Bibles, Bible tools, and Bible publishing. The knowledge I gained from that several years of searching for the perfect Bible, and the Bible’s I was collecting, compelled me to share my knowledge and start Bible Buying Guide. And now I’ve decided to write a review of the Bible that started me down the...

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