CSB Lifeway Women’s Bible – Book Review
A few days ago, a gal in my online Bible study group asked a thought-provoking question: “Which do you prefer: a study Bible or a devotional Bible?” Since I’ve spent time in both types of Bibles and gained great insights from both, I thought about how difficult it would be to have to choose between the two. Wouldn’t it be great to find a Bible that offered the best of both worlds?
Well, here’s the great news: the new CSB Lifeway Women’s Bible delivers just that! This Bible is filled with in-depth inspirational articles, Bible study and devotional content from respected members of the Lifeway Women community like Priscilla Shirer, Jennifer Rothschild and Kelly Minter to help you grow in your knowledge of God’s Word!
There are a few things I immediately noticed about this Bible. First, I really liked the cool, relaxing color combo of the Gray/Mint LeatherTouch Edition of the CSB Lifeway Women’s Bible that I chose (the grey linen portion gives you a nice grip without being scratchy or overly textured). Next, when I opened the Bible – all that space! I was pleasantly surprised to find that the unlined margins on the white pages of this Bible are perfect for note taking and Bible journaling – actually, more generous than many Bibles specifically designated for this purpose! I would truly buy this Bible for that aspect alone! (Note: there are study notes in some of the page margins).
The 9.5 black letter font Bible text is presented in one column, which I like, because the focus is on the text itself, not on the study notes (which are integrated throughout the Bible in a non-intrusive way). The interior design is understated but lovely, punctuated with pastel colors. The more you read, the more features like these you’ll discover:
- Over 100 articles placed alongside the corresponding biblical text to foster deep reflection on Bible passages and topics focused on the life needs of women
- Nearly 100 short devotional thoughts and inspirational quotes on the Bible
- Bible genre introductions with a short overview and reading plan highlighting key passages in that section
- 66 book-focused introductions providing a concise overview with book-specific timelines
- Over 40 character profiles of key women in the Bible with questions for application
- More than 35 reflection questions to help women engage more deeply with the Bible
- Over 25 word studies on individual words or phrases detailing meaning and significance
- 30 plus charts, tables, and full color maps plus a concordance and a presentation page for gift-giving
- Distinctive full-color design elements to foster an immersive reading experience for women of all ages
- Durable Smyth-sewn lay-flat binding
- Two ribbon markers for easy referencing between pages
One caveat that may or may not be of importance to you: the words of Jesus are not in red letters in this edition of the Bible.
The CSB Lifeway Women’s Bible features the highly readable, highly reliable text of the Christian Standard Bible® (CSB). The CSB captures the Bible’s original meaning without sacrificing clarity, making it easier to engage with Scripture’s life-transforming message and to share it with others.
If you are looking for a more traditional women’s Bible that is more study-oriented in nature, then a good alternative to consider is The CSB Study Bible For Women.
However, if you are looking for a good, all around working Bible that provides both study and devotional content and has very generous margins for Bible journaling and note-taking, then hands down, the new CSB Lifeway Women’s Bible in the sturdy boxed shelf case is the Bible you want!
I rate this Bible 5 out of 5 stars.
P.S. In addition to the beautiful Grey/Mint edition I ordered, you can also select this Bible in a bright and sunny Marigold Leathertouch edition, a Carmel Cloth Over Board edition, or a Butterscotch Genuine Leather edition.
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Disclosure: I received my copy of this book through FrontGate Media. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
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