The Study Bible for Women (HCSB)

The Study Bible for Women is a beautifully designed comprehensive and trustworthy new release by Holman Publishers. Edited by trained and credentialed women in theological studies, it is packed full of expository notes and teachings. Concordance and  indexes make it simple to look up specific passages and topics of interest. Word studies and footnotes provide even more details to aid in understanding the text. Sections on doctrine, character profiles, difficult questions, and devotionals are included for in-depth study and personal application. This Bible is a treasure trove for those who want to go deeper than the average Bible aimed at women: abundant in devotions but lacking in serious study. Unfortunately, two drawbacks have detracted from my decision to actually use this Bible in my own life. First, I prefer red-letter editions in which the words of Jesus are highlighted; this has always been a priority for me in selecting a Bible. Second, I tend to become distracted by all of the supplemental information on each page. While many would appreciate the amazing detail of this Bible, I felt bogged down by the abundance of text surrounding the Scriptures on each page. The Biblical text is very readable; however, the rest of the print is super small to these aging eyes. I would recommend this Bible for leaders and teachers, who would benefit from the “the most comprehensive study Bible ever prepared for women and by women” (back of box).

Required Federal Trade Commission disclaimer: I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by B&H Publishing Group in exchange for an honest appraisal.

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