Another Bible

Just after I preach a sermon on everyone having multiple copies of the Bible and not reading any of them, I went and bought yet another Bible tonight. I’m excited though, because I found one with the features I have been looking for. For the past year I have wanted to get a wide margin Bible that I could take notes in and use as my primary study Bible. I had trouble deciding on which translation and what “style” of Bible. Jenni and I stopped by the Master’s Loft in Winston-Salem tonight and I found a Bible that I didn’t know was available. It is a journaling Bible with a hard calf-skin leather binding in the ESV translation. For those of you not familiar with the ESV, it is a very good word-for-word translation that is excellent for serious Bible study and general reading. Although I love reading the NIV and NLT, they are both thought-for-thought translations that are not as accurate for serious word study. I will probably share a little more about Bible translations in my sermon this Sunday.

I love the ruled wide margins and the style of this Bible. The text is a little on the small side, but I still have good eyes so it doesn’t bother me. It’s a good size and it is definitely a sturdy Bible. So what features would be in your “ideal” Bible? As we talk about developing a hunger and thirst for God’s Word, I pray that you will find a Bible that helps you to uncover the truth of His Word.


I am a former design engineer who now pastors Cornerstone Community Church in Galax, Virginia. I'm passionate about following Jesus and I love technology. I've been married to Jennifer for 28 years, and we have three adult children.

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4 Responses

  1. dsrowles says:

    I would like to see larger print, my eyes are not as good as yours, also a single column would work better for me. I know that that bulks the book up but as a study Bible it would work better. I will use the online version and add notes to a file for now.

  2. Mike says:

    I wouldn’t mind having both the larger print and single column. I looked at the
    HCSB Minister’s Bible which is closer to what you are looking for and I came close to buying it instead, but I really liked the feel of this one. I also like the off-white pages. It’s really helps when reading outside. I am a huge computer nut, but I have never been able to read for long periods of time at my computer. There is still something special about holding the book in your hand to me. Thanks for the comment

  3. Ebeth says:

    Larger print for sure–my eyes are not as good as they once were, which is why I have not invested in one of these. E.

  4. This is a very nice Bible. I recently went through the process of choosing a new Bible. I wanted wide margins and larger text than my Thompson (8 point font). This ESV is one of the Bibles I looked at. For me, the text is too small. I also didn’t care for the color of the paper. This is partially because I like to color-code the text and the cream colored paper might affect my colors (maybe not, I don’t know). I love the form of this Bible. The cover is elegant. I did eventually choose a wide margin. I got the Note Taker’s Wide Margin from Local Church Bible Publishers (KJV). They sell their Bibles at cost for $55.00 (it’s their ministry). The Bible has 9 point fonts and a 2.5 inch margin on the outside of each page. It comes in calf-skin leather (and it’s very soft). I’ve written a review of this Bible that you can read here:


    I like your website :0)

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