This elegant Bible features a highly readable type, enlarged and bolded verse numbers, extra-wide margins, high-quality paper, and a durable smyth-sewn binding.
Crossway’s ESV Preaching Bible, Verse-by-Verse Edition has many fantastic features. The bolded 9.75 font in this text block makes for an easy and enjoyable reading experience. The single column verse by verse makes keeping your place effortless. Whether you are preaching out of this bible or just casually reading, the format is very user friendly. This bible has extra wide margins for note taking around the outside perimeter of the text and even a smaller but useful margin in the gutters.
At the time of this review, this bible is only offered in black goatskin. While the goatskin appears to be high quality, the bible I received had several blemishes. They did not appear to be character in the goatskin, but actually defects that probably came from the factory. This bible comes with 2 black ribbons that are not the best quality. I would expect high quality ribbons in a bible at this price point.
Overall I am in love with the inside of this bible and somewhat disappointed with the outside. This is one of my favorite text blocks of any bible that I own. When it comes to ease of reading and plenty of space to take notes, this bible is second to none. However the quality control of the cover leaves much to be desired, at least in my case. Hopefully the copy I received regarding the blemishes is not the norm, but the exception. This bible retails for $249, and at such a high price point I would expect perfection.
I was provided this ESV Preaching Bible for free from the Crossway in exchange for an honest review, all opinions are my own.