Disclaimer: I requested and received a free review copy of this Bible from the publishers. The receipt of the book was not dependent on a favorable or unfavorable review on my part. I attempt to give honest appraisals of all books I review, whether I pay for them or they are provided to me.
As I noted above, when I found out that Holman Bible Publishers (B&H Publishing Group) were coming out with a Personal Sized edition of the HCSB Study Bible, I was excited. I already owned the HCSB Study Bible in a full sized edition as well as on Kindle. However, due to weight considerations in the full sized edition and rather poor indexing in the Kindle edition, I found I did not use it as much as I thought. I had actually been pushing Holman on their Facebook page to publish a personal sized edition. So when the announcement came out on Amazon, I requested a review copy. It arrived this week.
I intend to run this Bible through the paces over the next month, using it for my morning and evening devotions, my regular reading, as well as in Bible Studies and at church. Detailed reviews on the use of this edition in those circumstances will be forthcoming.
Some preliminary judgments upon a few days “play” with the Bible, though, can be given now. The version I am reviewing is this one. It is a Black and Tan “faux” leather (which B&K calls “LeatherTouch”) version with a sewn binding and two ribbon markers. Very nice. The cover feels good to hold, and though not as soft as some other faux leather covers gives a firmness to the touch that I like.