Reviews

ESV Pastor’s Bible, Genuine Leather, Black

There is much to love about Crossway’s Pastor’s Bible (PB). I remember being part of a survey by Crossway as they asked current pastors what they would most appreciate in a Bible specifically for pastors, and many of the things I listed have found their way into this very useful resource.

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ESV Heirloom Thinline Bible, Goatskin Brown

First Impressions Crossway’s quintessential ESV Thinline shines like a beacon in this Heirloom brown goatskin version. Due to the success of this specific Bible, Crossway continues to produce the thinline format in many covers: trutone, genuine leather, calfskin and goatskin. That said, some of this review may share similarities with my earlier trutone review; however, I want to highlight…

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Allan ESV New Classic Reader’s Edition, Highland Goatskin, Navy Blue and Black

First Impressions SUPERLATIVE- “Of the highest kind, quality, or order; surpassing all else or others; supreme.”  Since the Allan ESV NCR surpasses nearly all other Bibles on the market; we decided to review two at the same time. Both the Navy Blue and Black versions (see pictures below) are of Highland Goatskin and Chant bound. Allan has changed their binderies…

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ESV Large Print Compact, Top Grain Leather, Black

First Impressions Beautiful, Small, Elegant, Compact, Readable, and the list goes on! If you are in the market for a small/compact Bible that still has a good size print, there is no better option than the ESV Large Print Compact by Crossway–particularly in the Top Grain Leather. Crossway offers Trutone and Hardcover versions, but this Top Grain Leather version…

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ESV Thinline Bible (TruTone, Espresso), Imitation Leather

First Impressions Classically thin. The ESV Thinline category of Bibles is one of the most popular size and layouts. Many publishers have a version of a “thinline” with a double column layout. How does this Crossway Thinline measure up to the rest of the crowd? For starters, the TruTone imitation leather that Crossway produces is better looking and seems…

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ESV Schuyler Quentel: Goatskin Leather, Black (1st Edition)

Throw your hands in the air like you just don’t care – your dream reader-reference has been created! The Schuyler Quentel is simply magnificent. I have long wanted a Quentel, and ever since receiving this one a few months ago there has been nothing to disappoint. The black goatskin is supple, flexible, has a “sponginess” to it that makes…

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ESV Single Column Heritage Bible, Trutone, Chocolate/Plum

First Impressions Wish the Bible read more like a book, but still want chapter and verse numbers? The single column heritage Bible is the one to consider.  From the outside, it looks extremely similar to a Personal Reference Bible. However, there are a couple differences between the two: font size and cross references. The Single Column Heritage (renamed in…

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ESV Personal Reference Bible, Trutone, Dark Brown/Teal

First Impressions The Personal Reference Bible produced by Crossway is one of my favorite Bibles they make. I particularly enjoy the single column lay out with cross references running vertically along the gutter. The Trutone cover is very nice looking and attractive. The Bible feels great in the hand and is very portable. Due to the binding and Trutone…

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ESV Wide Margin Reference Bible (TruTone, Brown/Walnut, Portfolio Design) Imitation Leather

First Impressions There are a few ESV Wide Margin options, but this TruTone version may be the entry point for anyone wanting to dabble in the Wide Margin layout. Crossway’s imitation leather–aka TruTone–is some of the nicest I have seen. It looks very attractive and seems semi-durable. The quality of the paper seems quite nice and thick enough for…

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ESV Heirloom Wide Margin Reference Bible, Black Goatskin Leather

Sleek. Supple. Sheen. Behold – the black goat-skinned beauty.

When looking around for a wide-margin Bible, buyers now have many options. But there are none out there that are as delightful to hold as the ESV Heirloom Wide Margin Reference. The goatskin is beautiful, limber, soft, and most of all durable – everything you want in a lifetime Bible. The…

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NLT Slimline Center Column Reference Bible, Large Print, TuTone

First Impressions The NLT Slimline Center Column Reference is a great, inexpensive option to consider. If you are like me and like to have a few different translations for comparative studies, this Bible would be a good way to get an NLT in your hands. It has the classic center column reference running vertically between the double column text….

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NLT: Select Reference Edition Goatskin Brown

Like a glove. That was my first impression of the NLT Select Reference in Brown Goatskin–it fit in my hands like a glove. This is likely one of the best proportioned Bibles out there regarding it’s size and layout. The goatskin cover is spongy and supple. The pages are creamy and smooth. The single column text layout is extremely…

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ESV Heirloom Single Column Legacy Bible, Goatskin Leather, Black

I must say that I really love this Bible. The first thing I would like to note is the single column text. This being my first experience with a single column layout, I will never look back to the inferior double column layout. The red under gold art gilding on the pages appear to be more of a salmon…

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ESV Reader’s Bible, Six-Volume Set (Cloth over Board)

Will someone help me get my jaw off of my floor? This Bible is indeed all it is cracked up to be. Crossway has effectively produced a reading experience with the six-volume set – distraction free, elegant, regal. Expose yourself to the Scriptures with a Bible that is meant to be read.

The six-volume set comes in a displayable slipcase…

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NLT Compact Edition Bible, Large Print, TuTone

Small and portable are the first things that come to mind with this NLT Compact Large Print. Out of several imitation leathers I have encountered, the imitation leather they use on this edition is extremely flexible–which promotes it laying flat and feeling great in the hand. Perhaps one of the reasons they made the cover so flexible is that…

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