Previously, I wrote a review on the Cambridge Wide-Margin ESV. It's probably the most viewed post on my blog. The Cambridge Wide-Margin ESV is a beautiful, high-end Bible published by one of the premiere Bible publishers of our day. Another Bible that I've owned for about a year is the Reformation Study Bible. I thought it might be interesting to do a review after using this particular Bible for a year. After several months of use, I think I have a good handle on the strengths and weaknesses of this Bible.
I'm going to keep this review short and to the point. Here are my impressions of this Bible after nearly a year of daily use.
The Paper. The Bible paper is good for this price point. I have Bibles with better paper and I have Bibles with worse paper. There is some ghosting but I haven't found it distracting.
The Leather. I purchased the genuine leather edition in black. I prefer leather over "leather-like" but in this instance, the leather-like may be at least as good of a choice as the leather. Unfortunately, the leather cover is very thin. It wasn't very pleasing to hold in the hand for the first several months that I owned it but it's softened up some with age.
The Binding. Fortunately, this appears to be a smyth-sewn binding which is quite preferable over glued bindings. Most likely the binding will outlast the cover.
Content. What I really enjoy about this Bible are the study notes, articles, and book introductions. This Bible contains 96 theological articles and thousands of in-depth study notes. Written from a Reformed perspective, the notes are helpful without being too lengthy keeping this Bible at a very manageable size. I've had no issue packing it back and forth to church or anywhere else I may take it. Unlike my ESV Study Bible, this Bible is large enough to provide good resources without being too large to transport. It's a nice medium-sized Bible with good study notes.
The Verdict. Despite the poor quality of the leather, this Bible is quite a good value for the price. I'd recommend it to anyone who wants a study Bible with notes written by Reformed scholars. Although I have more expensive Bibles, this one tends to be the one I reach for each day. I'm thankful Ligonier has made this resource available at a very affordable price.