I’ve been a fan of She Reads Truth for a few years now. One of the founders used to live in my neighborhood and she once offered some free Ruth study guides to anyone who wanted one. It was a genius move on her part because I handed out about 10 of them and got hooked myself! Naturally, I’ve had my eye on the She Reads Truth Bible since I first saw the teaser videos and images. The problem? I couldn’t justify buying a new Bible. I love The Message version my husband gave me about 7 years ago (and so do my Bible study girls because sometimes it takes a version as simplistic as The Message to understand what is going on!). When I started doing a deeper involved Bible study with my covenant group I decided this would be the perfect opportunity to pitch the whole idea and “need”. I was talking to my husband one morning and telling him how I think I would like a study Bible for Wednesday nights. I talked up the She Reads Truth Bible and how I thought it would be the perfect fit. The trouble? I temporarily forgot he has a Masters of Theological Studies and is a Youth Minister. His study Bible standard is pretty high and in his opinion this one doesn’t have enough to justify purchasing. But it’s SO PRETTY!!!! I gave up on my plea for purchasing this one since I knew it was a battle I wouldn’t win. So, you can imagine how excited I was when I found out about a month later that BH Publishing was going to give me one FOR FREE!!! I may have done a happy dance in my office when I saw it listed as a review option.
After using it pretty faithfully for a few weeks here’s the yays and nays:
Devotionals sprinkled throughout the entire Bible. If you have ever done one of their studies then you know the SRT ladies excel at writing a devo that will draw you in, give you some wisdom, and you’ll come away with some Bible knowledge that you didn’t have before. These short, one page devotionals do it too!
66 Key Verses. One beautiful key verse for each book of the Bible. SRT commissioned several artists to create these fun, beautiful verses. You’ll want to rip them out and post them somewhere, but don’t. If you do, you’ll be sad when you get to the end of a book and the last few chapters or verses are missing.
Reading Plans. SRT has taken the entire Bible and broken it down into a one year reading plan, which is located towards the back of the Bible. The even included little check boxes so type A people can feel the true satisfaction that only comes from marking something off their list. (I have been known to write something on my list only so I can mark it off. No. I’m not kidding.)
Charts, Maps, Index, Etc. There are several great maps in the back of the Bible that will make studying the word a bit easier to track when you can look at a map and get a better understanding of where events were taking place. And of course a good index is always helpful too when you need to find just the right verse.
2 Ribbon Page Markers. This may sound too simple of a yay!, but how many times have you used the one page marker that is usually included in a Bible and then you need to flip back and forth so you’re either trying to hold a finger in the second place or find a scrap of paper to use. Including 2 was a smart move.
It’s pretty. Seriously. Everything about it. The grey linen cover. The font (nerd alert!). Event he maps and timeline are pretty.
The Size. It’s heavy. Not only is it heavy, but it is really thick too. At least the version I have is a bit of the weighty side. I guess that’s what one gets when the Bible is chock full of extras like devotionals, maps, and reading plans. I’ve been carrying it to and from church and it pretty large to just tote around especially when I add it my current Bible study books.
The Cover. I have the hardback grey linen cover. I think it ocntributes to the heaviness of the Bible. NOTE: There area a few different cover and style options. If I continue to use this as my primary Bible I may have to look into getting one with a softer cover and not the hard back cover I was given. But I’m definitely not looking a gift horse in the mouth! Also, I like a softer Bible and the way they are easier to hold and the way they feel.
While the SRT Bible has great devotionals, maps, and and index, it doesn’t have a lot of study notes within the pages of the actual chapters and verses of each book. This would be what caused my husband to call foul when I tried to convince him this was the study Bible of my hopes and dreams. There are a few small notes on each page, but not really any in depth explanations or guidance as there typically are in a true study Bible.
Overall though, this is a beautiful (have I mentioned it’s beautiful?) Bible and really appeals the girly-ness in my that has really evolved after living in a male dominated house for almost 10 years. I’ll keep using it and look forward to reading all the devotionals and wisdom scattered throughout.