Photography by hannah C brown Crossway’s Personal Reference Bible is hand-size Bible that creates a nice balance between size and usefulness. It includes the 2011 edition of the ESV and most of the tools you’d expect to see in a reference Bible. I’m reviewing the black TruTone edition. It’s available in many colors, styles, and materials including hard cover, cloth over board, TruTone, genuine leather, and top grain leather. Binding This edition is black TruTone. It includes a thick black paper liner, perimeter stitching, a sewn binding, and a single black ribbon. The cover has a textured grain that...Read More
The process of creating a bible is longer and more complex than some people might think. As shown in this newly released video by Crossway, it’s actually a rather lengthy and several step process, especially for a company as meticulous for quality as Jongbloed. The first step is the paper, which has to be printed in very specific humidity and temperature conditions to maintain optimum quality. During the printing the pages are marked with special signatures in group of 64 pages, and then those groups are assembled into the final text blocks for each bible. The pages of each...Read More
The Big Picture Bible is designed for children of ages 5-8 that are ready to transition from storybook ‘Bibles’ to real Bibles. It presents the full 2011 ESV text along with over 300 illustrations with children in mind. Binding My review copy is TruTone in 2 shades of teal. It has a paper liner and is perimeter-stitched. It has a simulated grain and texture of calfskin that looks and feels elegant. It’s a little stiff, but that’s probably a good thing for children. It’s Smyth sewn but it doesn’t want to stay open in Genesis out of the box....Read More
The ESV Daily Devotional New Testament is designed to help people become familiar with the central message of the gospel as it guides them through reading the entire New Testament in one year. The devotionals have been adapted from the ESV Gospel Transformation Bible. It is available in hardback, paperback, and e-book formats. Each day has two readings, one from the histories (Matthew-Acts) and one from the Epistles (Romans-Revelation), a reflection on each reading, and then an excerpt from Psalms and a Thoughts for Prayer that ties the two readings together. The readings are divided up nicely. They...Read More
Crossway’s ESV Men’s Devotional Bible was designed specifically to strengthen and encourage men through Scripture, devotions, and articles to make a spiritual and moral transformation. There are over 50 contributors that include Christian leaders, pastors, and professors. It uses the 2011 ESV text. In this review I take a look at the hard cover edition. Binding This edition is hard cover with a dust jacket. It’s a minimal and elegant black with gold lettering on the spine. The dust jacket has a white section with the title and gold highlight. It was definitely designed to be masculine. I’m not...Read More
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