When I received my review copy of the She Reads Truth Bible, I had the same appreciation for the understated beauty of it as for the CSB Readers Bible I recently reviewed. I believer the cloth-covered hardback is an option worth considering when looking to purchase a bible for many reasons, but chief among them is the durability and strength created by the binding.
The Bible came in a matching slipcase that provided protection, but didn’t undermine the aestheticof the Bible itself. As with each of these linen covered offerings of Holman Bible Publishers, the covering and lining are well done, and the Bible hinges open with ease. The text block is nicely sewn, and produces a very usable gutter that doesn’t seem to hinder or inhibit the functionality of the book.
One issue, physically, is that pages are thin. In most sections, the lean pages are not an issue, as the font style, color, and line matching reduce the presence of ghosting. However, where there are splashes of color or decorative designs, the other side of that page is affected.
As for the content, each book is introduced with word art, basic information about the book and author, along with a timeline demonstrating the historical context of the work as well as a reading plan with suggested supporting texts. The inclusion of these tools is a fantastic idea, and causes the book to be more than just another study Bible. I would argue that it creates a Bible by which to study, which is different from many other offerings.
It also doesn’t hurt that the layout consists of a clean single column with references in the bottom footer and ample margin space for personal notes. The result is a clean page that invites the reader into the text with pen in hand. While the ghosting of the colored designs might cause a distraction in some areas of the open margins, I feel certain that anyone wanting to take notes throughout would find adequate space to do so.
In the end, I am glad to say that I was wrong. My initial reaction to this edition was to presume it was just another superficial study Bible filled with trite sayings offered at an excessive cost to exploit a targeted demographic. What I found was actually a well thought-out resource designed to encourage and equip readers to engage God’s word on a deeply personal and transformative level.
*I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*