Bible Review – Holman Christian Standard Minister’s Bible in Premium Black Cowhide
Today in this post I am going to be giving you a detailed look inside the HCSB Minister’s Bible which has a beautiful black cowhide cover. Yesterday we looked at the HCSB study Bible and saw many of the helpful tools and resources it offers along with its beautiful binding and black cowhide cover (to see that review click here) but today we are going to look at its compliment, the Ministers Bible. This Bible is much simpler with a less cluttered page and a more portable package. With that let’s jump right in!
Here is John 3:16. This shows what a typical page of text looks like outside of the book of Psalms. It looks much like a regular book which lends well to reading over studying. You can also see what the footnotes look like. This is also a black letter edition, which is my preference.
So that is what the HCSB Minister’s Bible looks like and some of the features it offers.. It feels great in the hand, it is soft and supple but also holds together well and does not wilt like some premium editions. I highly recommend this as a daily reader but not as a Bible to do study out of simply because the format lends better to straight reading instead of study. That doesn’t mean you couldn’t use this for study, it’s just how I picture it being used best.
Besides having a great cover and construction (besides the one corner issue) the text is very nice and the wide margins are great for jotting notes or thoughts and really helps the text breathe and become more visually appealing. It is black letter, which is a huge plus in my book. I would really like to see this Bible in a double column, verse reference format (with black letter text of course), that would help make it a better Bible for study and preaching and teaching.
I have not read all of the articles in the back so I cannot fully endorse them but I do appreciate the resource material that is there to help encourage a pastor who is struggling or would like to see a model of how to do a funeral, or a wedding, or lead people to Christ. I really appreciate the motivation behind that.
Overall, I think this is a great Bible and if you already love the HCSB and are looking for a quality edition I would strongly encourage you to check this one out, the combo of this edition with the HCSB Study Bible would be perfect. Even if the HCSB is not your go to but you are interested in getting a premium Bible as a daily reader or you want a Bible that has some quick resources you can turn to I would highly recommend this Bible to you.
If you have any questions about this edition please feel free to ask in the comments section and I will get back to you ASAP. I would again like to thank Jamie over at B&H publishing for this amazing opportunity, thank you Jamie!
If you would like to get one of these editions yourself head over to Lifeway.com.