Today, I am reviewing yet another premium Bible from Thomas Nelson Premier Collection. It is the NKJV Single-Column Reference Bible in brown premium goatskin leather.
I know that this review might be long overdue as this Bible is in the market for almost two years now, but I hope this review help many — especially those whose eyes are set on it for quite some time now — to finally decide to whether or not get a copy of this Bible.
The NKJV Single-Column Reference Bible comes in a very sturdy two-piece gray box. The first thing that I noticed as soon as I pulled the Bible out of its wrapping is its beautiful curve spine. It is very well done! I am so amazed as I survey its beauty and built. Physically and appearance-wise, it is just perfect. It gives the text block a fabulous concave shape. This is typical in fat Bibles and it reminds me of my personal size ESV Study Bible but I have never seen others before that is as perfectly made as this one! Durability-wise, classic rounded back binding is the epitome of a sturdy binding that holds up really well through time. I hope that is true to this Bible as it age.
The NKJV Single-Column Reference Bible measures 6 x 9 x 1.75” and weighs 3 pounds, 5 ounces. I have been using it for about a week now, and it is simply incredible! It is mid-size — not too big, not too small; and the thickness fits perfectly in my grip. It lays really flat.
The brown goatskin leather is impeccable. This is my first time to own a Bible with a brown leather cover, and I love it. Unlike the NASB Preacher’s Bible which I recently reviewed, the goatskin leather cover in the NKJV SCR has a finer pebbled texture and feels smoother, thicker, and firmer. Its leather liner also looks far better and seems more durable.
This Bible has five raised hubs on its spine. It is smyth-sewn, edge-lined, and perimeter-stitched. The text block has red under gold art gilded edges and has three premium double-sided satin ribbon markers — brown, light blue, and red. The liner has a gold gilt line, but I noticed that it does not cover the whole outline of the text block. The part where the spine rests, has no gilt line. This is just a minor detail, and I believe Thomas Nelson already improved on that in their most recent releases.
Like the other Premier Collection Bibles, Thomas Nelson used 36 GSM premium European Bible paper in the NKJV SCR. But unlike the NASB Preacher’s Bible which has the same paper, the ghosting in the NKJV SCR is far less noticeable. The texts are line-matched for better readability.
My reading experience in this Bible is particularly fantastic! I just can’t get enough of it. Aside from its very handy size that fits really well on my palm whenever I open it, I also love the layout of this Bible. As the name of it states, it is single-column with references. The layout is very clean and spacious. The references are printed in the outer margin. This layout gives the reader two added benefits. First, the cross references are more easy to find. Second, wide margins mean more spaces for personal notes and writings.
This Bible was set in the Thomas Nelson NKJV Typeface, commissioned by Thomas Nelson Publishers and designed by 2K/Denmark. It is beautiful and readable. Some extras found in this Bible include the presentation page, concordance, one year reading plan, and some maps printed on glossy papers. This Bible is printed and bound in China.
The superb built and construction, high-quality materials, perfect size and portability, pleasant layout and design make me want to say: “I finally found the one.” The NKJV Single-Column Reference Bible is by far my most favorite in my library. I just love everything about it. It retails for $189.99, but you will definitely be getting more than what you paid for.
Disclosure: A review copy of the NKJV Single-Column Reference Bible (ISBN 9780785231240) was provided for review by Thomas Nelson, from whom you may purchase a copy.