Bible Review | NLT Life Application Study Bible Third Edition

Tyndale House Publishers recently released the third edition of Life Application Study Bible in NLT and NIV. Considered as one of the best-selling study Bibles in the market today, the Life Application Study Bible is designed to help you apply God’s Word to your everyday life in today’s world. The new editions offer updated study notes, refreshed interior design, and new supplemental features. Tyndale sent me a copy of the brown/dark brown leatherlike edition in exchange for my honest review.

Format: Imitation Leather
Number of Pages: 2496
Publisher: Tyndale House
Street Date: 01 October 2019
ISBN: 1496439228
ISBN-13: 9781496439222
References: Cross References|Side Column
Text Layout: Single Column
Text Color: Black Letter
Text Size: 8.5 Point
Note Size: 7 Point
Thumb Index: No
Ribbon Marker: Yes
Spine: Sewn
Page Gilding: Gold
Retail Price: $74.99
Printed in South Korea


Binding and Cover
The dark brown/brown leatherlike cover looks very elegant and feels like genuine leather. While the spine has few gold printings on it (LASB logo, LASB, NLT), nothing is printed on its front cover, unlike the other formats/covers. It is smyth-sewn with perimeter stitching and pasted-down dark brown vinyl liner with a thin brown ribbon marker. It perfectly lays flat, measures 9.5 x 6.75 x 2 inches, and weighs 3 pounds 16 ounces.

The NLT Life Application Study Bible Third Edition is also available in these covers (with and without thumb-index):

  • Black Genuine Leather
  • Hardcover
  • Purple Leatherlike
  • Black & Onyx Leatherlike
  • Brown & Tan LeatherLike

The paper is about 36 gsm or less and feels like the same paper used in the previous edition. It is adequately opaque with noticeable ghosting. With this paper quality, I don’t recommend highlighting. Its pages are easy to turn and have gold-gilded edges.

Layout and Typography
This is one of the things that didn’t get an update, and I’m glad it stayed as it is. Like the second edition, the scripture texts (at 8.5 point font) are in a single column paragraph format, while the life application study notes (at 7 point font) are at the bottom part in a double-column format. The cross-references also retained their position in the inner margin. The translation notes are printed just below the scripture. The texts and prints are pretty consistent throughout. Green, the motif of NLT LASB, is very easy and pleasant to the eyes.


I personally love the New Living Translation. It leans just between the thought-for-thought and paraphrase spectrum of translation, and I must say that it is a perfect fit for the life application study notes that the LASB offers.

Life Application Study Notes
I own a copy of the LASB NIV second edition, and it is one of my most used Bibles in my small library. Reading through it and comparing its study notes to the NLT LASB, I would say that there’s not much of an update that was added to it.

Supplemental Study Features
Aside from the life application study notes, LASB is also known for study aids that help readers understand the historical and contextual background of scripture texts. Updated and expanded versions are strategically and conveniently located throughout.

  • Illuminating introductions for every Bible book
  • Vital Statistics to start each book with quick facts
  • Over 100 Life Application profiles of key Bible people (strengths and accomplishments, weaknesses and mistakes, lessons from life, vital statistics)
  • More than 500 maps and charts
  • Extensive cross-reference system to facilitate deeper study
  • NLT Dictionary/Concordance
  • Index to charts, personality profiles, abbreviations
  • 365-Day Reading Plan
  • A Christian Worker’s Resources to help new believers in Christ

Full-Color Maps
I love the full-color maps in NLT LASB! I don’t usually give that much attention to maps, but these caught my attention. 16 full-color maps are located in the last pages. They are vibrant and beautifully printed on high-quality glossy paper. They feature study notes that are not included in the previous editions.


The NLT Life Application Study Bible Third Edition is an excellent one. Whether you are a long-time or a new believer, this will surely help you in your everyday walk with Christ. Physical-wise, its material and construction seem durable and well-made. Content-wise, while I didn’t notice much update, its richness, quality, dependability remain and more! Highly recommended.



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Disclosure: A review copy of the NLT Life Application Study Bible Third Edition was provided for review by Tyndale House Publishers, from whom you may purchase a copy.

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