I went to the bookstore yesterday to continue the long-standing debate in my head over which of two study Bibles I was going to buy. This is always a bittersweet decision for me. I enjoy the process, but I want the leather perfectly lined up, the typesetting to be nice, the pages all perfectly centered… you know, eternally important stuff.
Anyway, I had just given up, determining that my two initial choices were great, but too bulky, and I had the content in other books. As I was walking away, exhausted from the battle, I stopped at a display where Every Man’s Bible (aff link) was on display. It was love at first sight!
Even though I normally go for the genuine, exotic leathers, smyth-sewn lay-flat binding and India paper, I couldn’t pass up the look and feel of this one. Check out some images below (click one for a pretty lightbox view)…
It happens to be the New Living Translation, which I purposely went for. I don’t really care to debate the Bible version issue here… or at all, in fact. I’ll just say that I really like the NLT for a variety of reasons and find that reading a translation to which I’m not accustomed has always helped me to pay more attention to the unexpected nuances.
The content is great. Some of its notes are based on the excellent book that every man should read, Every Man’s Battle. It also includes contributions from Stephen Arterburn, Henry Blackaby, Stuart Briscoe, Stephen Broyles, Tony Evans, Don Everts, John Fischer, Leighton Ford, Ken Gire, Bill Hybels, David Jeremiah, Greg Laurie, Bill McCartney, Gordan MacDonald, James MacDonald, Josh McDowell, J. I. Packer, James Robison, Gary Rosberg, Chuck Smith, Joseph Stowell, Chuck Swindoll, Dallas Willard, and Michael Youssef.
I like it. Feels good. Reads well. Great to study. I’m satisfied!