There’s not too much to introduce when reviewing a bible right? If you love Jesus, then I’m thinking you love this book too, so let’s get right to it with this women’s study bible!
The Study Bible for Women will equip you to reach deep into God’s Word. Perhaps the single most powerful aspect of this Bible are the “threads” of specialized study thoughtfully woven throughout, pointing you to God’s larger story and allowing the Holy Spirit to write His revealed truths on your heart.
In The Study Bible for Women, you’ll join a host of other women, all academically trained in the original languages of the Bible and passionate about God’s Word, for an intimately deep dive into Scripture that will equip you to unlock the riches and majesty of His Word, and ignite a passion to mentor others in your life to do the same. The Study Bible for Women includes the full text of the Holman Christian Standard Bible, a clear, contemporary English translation that’s faithful to the original languages of the Bible.
Features include extensive commentary notes, word studies, answers to hard questions, doctrinal notes, Biblical womanhood articles, character profiles, Written on My Heart applications, extensive book introductions, presentation pages, in-text maps, charts & timelines, full-color maps section and concordance.
Let’s Talk Aesthetics
Labeled as the Teal and Sage LeatherTouch, it’s so pretty! It’s quality and long lasting, so this one will be able to weather the storms of life. There’s also a few glossy pages in the beginning to record important moments in history (whether a wedding, a family event or your family tree).
THE MAPS ARE IN COLOR. And vibrant color too! There’s maps throughout the pages, but the end ones are really pretty! It might seem like a random fact to point out, but I really like them.
As you can tell from the images, the pages are also pretty – with a teal vignette, highlighted features and clear notes/commentary.
Holman Christian Standard Bible
Confession. I’ve never heard of this translation before and its roots go back to 1984 and Holman Bible Publishers are the oldest Bible Publishers in America. Oops. But good news, nothing heretical here folks! Not that I thought it would be ;), but just letting the World Wide Web know. They explain the purpose behind their translation well in the helpful introductions:
“The name, Holman Christian Standard Bible, captures theses goals: Holman Bible Publishers presents a Bible translation, for Christian and English-speaking communities, which will be a standard in Bible translations for years to come.”
They also have a bit different formatting than what I’m used too (mainly NIV or NASB), but they explain what and why, so you know what bullet points, specific typesetting, italics and other such things mean. They do an excellent job of explaining the translation.
The Spiritual Stuff
I’m a real fan of the extras this bible has. It’s what really makes this study bible stand out. Here’s a look at some of them:
Answers to Hard Questions: Throughout the Bible, hard questions are brought up, to wrestle though, think through and read scripture about. Questions like: Did Paul hate women? Does God care about victims of rape? What to do with temptation? How could a good God allow evil to commit atrocities? Why is the Bible considered different from other books? Backed by scripture, the variety of questions will help you learn, but also better equip you.
Biblical Womanhood Articles: Another fabulous aspect of this study bible are these articles which share insight on various topics and issues we women think about. Articles like “Inner Beauty,” “A Woman Who Fears the Lord,” “Antidote for Worry,” “Sexual Integrity,” “Submission in Marriage,” & “Sisters in Christ.” Of course there are several other topics, but they are really helpful and insightful!
Character Profiles: These were fabulous as well. Each provides a quick snapshot of the woman’s background, her story and life lessons. There’s so much to learn from the incredible women in the bible (and the not so incredible ones), I found these profiles valuable.
Written on My Heart Applications: These short and sweet paragraphs are sprinkled throughout, encouraging women in ways to grow in faith. I know I can always use encouragement.
Book Introductions: These are some of the best introductions. Not only to they offer a timeline, the basic who/what/when/where, but also why women should read it. There’s also helpful outlines for my fellow planners.
I love this bible! It’s worth every penny. I most definitely will be using for my quiet times. I also think it would make a beautiful gift for those looking for something extra special. What about you? Do you have a favorite bible version?
(Thank you B&H Publishing for the copy in exchange for my honest review)