Review: CSB He Reads Truth Bible

I recently received a review copy of the CSB He Reads Truth Bible from Lifeway Christian Resources. This Bible was designed to draw you to the Word of God every day. It is similar to the She Reads Truth Bible that was released last year, and it is available in several covers including hardcover, imitation, and genuine leather.

ABOUT THE BIBLE

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PHYSICAL FEATURES

When looking for a Bible, I always consider two aspects – physical and content. I received the evergreen over board edition, and I must say that this Bible is pretty solid in both aspects.

Size

The overall size of the He Reads Truth Bible is 8.8 x 6.5 x 2.5”, and it weighs 3lbs, 4.2 oz. I’m not likely to carry it with me, at this size, but would be very ideal for personal quiet times and life group meetings.

Binding and Cover

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It is Smyth sewn, hardcover; it lays flat and looks very durable and easy to use. It also has two ribbon markers – one red, one cream. The spine has the logo, title and translation printed on it in gold, and it comes with a sturdy slip case.

Paper and Typography

The Bible is printed on low 30s gsm ivory paper and is very easy to turn. The texts are in single column paragraph which makes it ideal for note taking and doodle arts – but be careful, as the pages are thin and the print shows through. It has an 8-point font in Bible Serif typeface which is perfect, neat, and pleasant to the eyes.


CONTENT

Translation

Next to ESV and NLT, I must say that the CSB translation is my third favorite. The Christian Standard Bible (CSB) is a major revision of the 2009 edition of the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB). The CSB incorporates advances in biblical scholarship to improve upon translation decisions, word choice, and style. The CSB (and original HCSB) translators used a methodology they termed “Optimal Equivalence.” Optimal Equivalence draws from both formal and dynamic translation philosophies, balancing contemporary English readability with linguistic precision to the original languages.

Calligraphic Key Verses and Outline

Each of the 66 books of the Bible is introduced by a beautifully-hand-lettered key verse, and followed by an outline and overview of the book. What I like most about these two key features is that they capture the gist of each book and engages you to read more, discover more.

Maps, Charts, Illustrations

In a regular Bible, maps and charts are usually found on the latter part of the book, and usually plain and simple. With the CSB He Reads Truth Bible, the maps and illustrations are strategically placed and scattered throughout the Bible where they are relevant and useful. They are beautifully printed in duo-tone blue-gray color, and are presented in a reader-friendly way.

Reading Plans

The CSB He Reads Truth Bible features reading plans for every book of the Bible and a one-year reading plan. I am a fan of reading plans, and this is one of my favorite features.


FINAL THOUGHTS

The CSB He Reads Truth Bible is a one solid release. With its translation and key features, one would really enjoy and get engaged in studying God’s word—whether in solo or group. The charts are useful, the typeface is perfect. I just hope that if ever this gets to have future editions, they would use a thicker paper, and include devotionals on faith, apologetics, and Christian living. Overall, I love this Bible and I’m currently using it on my devotionals.


 

Disclosure: A review copy of the CSB He Reads Truth Bible was provided for review by Lifeway Christian Resources, from whom you may purchase the product.

 

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