My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Down to earth, a beautiful cover for both the hardcover and leatherbound, I was really impressed with the “Real Life Devotional” Bible and geared for real life it is; Although I normally prefer the ESV translation, the NIV translation is beautiful written and with annotations along each page of the Bible, containing keywords and notes and devotionals that blended beautiful with the books, they were contained in, this is definitely a great devotional/study Bible for busy women.
There are well known writers that have contributed to the devotionals, but for me, it is the visual appeal of this Bible, that really makes it stand out.
The devotionals are beautiful and relevant, but the visual layout of the Bible makes this both a calming and visually friendly Bible for women and the duo-tone leather bound version, though I didn’t get a chance to review that copy, looks to be easy to open and lay flat while in use, which is important for many using a Bible, since one doesn’t want to worry about cracking the spine or having to use something to have the Bible lay flat open.
Along with a list of devotions that are scattered within the Bible, the Bible also has the usual topical index to make finding key topics easier and the pages for the hardbound copy, are thick enough for highlighting, although there isn’t much space for note taking, if one is prone to do that, so use of post it notes are more in favor.
I don’t use regular highlighters since the ones I use are either dry highlighters or colored pencils, so bleed through maybe possible with “wet” highlighters or pens, so care of what is used is recommended there.
The font is approximately 7-8 point so its very easy on the eyes, particularly if bleary eye from just waking up or tired and ready to go to bed, so straining to read the words isn’t a problem either with this Bible.
With the devotions, they are like self-contained “Bible study bites” with “more verses to explore” at the lower left hand corner, so this really is a very self contained devotional Bible to either use with a Bible study or stand alone as both a source to read the books of the Bible with a devotional break contained in the Bible.
Personally, this is a beautiful Bible….and a Bible that one would be very reluctant to use a bible cover with, due to the beautiful design of it; Though this isn’t a reason to use a Bible, it still doesn’t hurt how the aesthetics of the Bible was well thought out.
The hardbound is actually “light to the touch” and easy to drop in one’s purse or backpack for travel; The clarity of the devotionals combined with the Scripture, really has brought to busy women, a Bible that….”You spilled coffee on your shirt before walking out the door. Ran late to your appointment…..” brings with it, the encouragement, clarity and comfort that our busy world needs.
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Lysa TerKeurst is a New York Times bestselling author and national speaker who helps everyday women live an adventure of faith. She is the president of Proverbs 31 Ministries, author of 15 books, and encourages nearly 500,000 women worldwide through a daily online devotional. Her remarkable life story has captured audiences across America, including appearances on Oprah and Good Morning America. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and five children.
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This Bible will help you live up to your God-given potential. Insightful daily devotions written by the women at Proverbs 31 Ministries help you maintain life’s balance in spite of today’s hectic pace. Dive into the beauty and clarity of the NIV Bible text paired with daily devotions crafted by women just like you—women who want to live authentically and fully grounded in the Word of God.
List Price: $34.99
Hardcover: 1536 pages
Publisher: Zondervan; Special edition (March 19, 2013)
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