And no one really minds.
This is a big change from less than a decade ago. Driven not just by the exponential proliferation of smartphones, but also by the availability of several, free, well-designed Bible apps.
Some apps are simply the Bible in one version, with no additional bells or whistles. A few offer access to a variety of versions as well as additional Bible study resources.
I’m one of those who has a couple of apps on my phone that allows me to carry God’s Word everywhere I go. In fact I use my Kindle for daily devotions, dipping into three different versions.
Convenience is a huge factor in the popularity of Bible apps and ebooks. We carry our smartphones everywhere, in pockets or purses. Tablets are also easily portable.
However, there are a few drawbacks with the apps.
Maybe it’s just me, but none that I have found offer truly easy navigation between passages, footnotes, or study materials. Note taking isn’t as convenient either.
Frankly, there are many times when the “real” Bible -- meaning the ink and paper book -- is a better experience for study. It’s easy to hold your place with a finger or bookmark while you turn to a second reference. Underlining and jotting marginal notes is a snap.
And when you walk into the coffee shop, church, our your study group with a “real” Bible in hand, it shows you’re serious about your faith. No need to carry this baby concealed!
What’s the best Good Book to carry? A study Bible is a great choice. However, some of the better study Bibles are ginormous and not necessarily made for easy transport.
The NKJV Study Bible, Personal Size, Paperback: Full-Color Edition is now available from Thomas Nelson.*
While admittedly hefty at 5.4 x 2 x 8 inches, 2.7 pounds, and 2400 pages, it’s still more convenient to carry than it’s big full-size brother (which I previously reviewed in detail) or other full-size study Bibles. It’s easy to hold in the hand and takes up less room in backpack or suitcase.
But smaller does mean smaller everything. While the font is legible, it’s probably a bit much for the visually-challenged. Unless you also want to carry a magnifying glass.
Other than that, everything that was in the big book -- color charts, maps, sidebars, commentary, etc. -- is in this smaller, handier, solidly bound version.
Beyond your own use, this personal size version would make a great gift for graduates, those in the military, or anyone who is on the move. It will also take up less space on your nightstand by the bed or the top of your desk, or you could even keep it in the glove compartment of your car. Nice!
Have Bible, will travel. Happy trails!
NOTE: To comply with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255): I selected these books to review and received them free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
* Technically it’s not available until 5/17/16.
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What’s your preferred Bible version? What versions do you avoid and why? Do you read in both translations and paraphrases? The first time you read the Bible in a version other than the KJV, what was that experience like? Do you have a favorite version or study Bible? Share your thoughts in the comments!