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ESV Thinline Bible, Genuine Leather, Black, Red Letter Text Leather Bound – March 25, 2003
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There are several things I like about this edition. The first is the size and binding. The Bible is about an inch thick at the spine, making it easy to carry to church and use for Bible study, general reading and devotions. The font size seems to be a nice 9 point size. I also like the fact there are no cross-references. Personally I find them to be distracting and they clutter up the page. The binding has been improved compared to the hardcover text edition I brought in 2002. That binding was a glued mess. In comparison the binding for this Bible is sewn with premium bonded leather. There is a bookmark ribbon that helps to your place in scripture. The cover is plain black; the back contains the name of the material with the ISBN number.
With I like these things, there are a few nitpicks. Let's start with the spine and gilding. The spine contains three references to the ESV. There is an acronym, logo and the name spelled out. This is overkill (see picture below). I have Bibles that have the name of the version listed only once. I don't see why Crossway is doing this. The gilding is pretty nice. However halfway from the bottom from the bottom there is a small spot about the size of a pencil eraser. It is a small blemish, but noticeable (see picture below). Another nitpick concerns the page layout. While I like the font size for the text, the font size for the notes is another matter. It is small to see and hard to read. I wish Crossway would make it a little bigger. The biggest nitpick I have is with the red lettering. In some spots in the gospels it is a nice firebrick red color. In other parts the color is more like pink salmon. This makes it hard to read in church. Crossway should ether switch to a constant color or drop them entirely (I opt for the latter). I was so concerned about this issue that I recently went to a brick and mortar store thinking that maybe Amazon got a bad batch of Bibles. It seems that it appears to be an issue with this Bible generally. (See the pictures below.)
Overall this is a nice Bible with a translation that is probably among the best we have. I recommend for personal use and gifting. I also recommend it for those who are interested in learning what this whole Bible thing is about. If Crossway would fix some of the issues outlined above, it would be better. However I tend not to focus on these things; instead I focus on the message it contains. In any case it has become a part of my life since I brought it two years ago. I'm confident this Bible will continue to serve me as I push on towards eternity.
The pictures attached to this review show the front and back of the box. The front and back are also shown. Since I got this Bible I have got my name engraved on it. This will not on your copy you order. The spine and the gilding are also pictured. There are also two page samples that show the different red letting colors and the size of the notes. I hope they are helpful.
Pros; nice to hold, looks good, easy to read font, very portable, lays flat in Genesis and revelation, good binding including a ribbon. I prefer the esv
Cons: not lined matched so there is ghosting of text from the other side of the page. Especially in poetry. I don't notice it in narratives though. No extra pages in back.
I recommend for someone looking for a carry around and readable bible. It's worth the extra $20 to me for the leather.
This is a really beautiful Bible. The typeface is clear, and since there is nothing in the center margin and no references (other than a few inconspicuous ones at the bottom of the pages), it's uncluttered looking. I think that would be important for most of us with deteriorating vision.
The pages are actually pretty thick, for onion leaf type pages, and they're r-e-a-l-l-y white. The ink is dark enough against the white pages to be very well seen. There may be ghosting when holding a page apart from the rest, but honestly, I don't see any when reading normally.
The overall effect is quite nice. The clear Word of God, plain and beautiful. The ESV is a nice translation I've come to late in life, having always read the NASB for pleasure, and I'm enjoying it's simplicity.
I read all the reviews, and took the negatives into consideration. Then I remembered Amazon's excellent return policy and chose to try it. I'm SO glad I did. Although it's hard to read for long periods (and that's just me), this is a definite keeper.