This review is for the premium leather calfskin bound edition. The Heritage is also available at lower costs in genuine and synthetic leathers or in hardback.
This is a very nice Bible, with a smaller footprint than most personal size Bibles, a nice size for holding in one hand to read. The cover measures about 8" x 5-1/2" and it is about 1-1/4" thick. It does not include cross references but does include some small textual and translation footnotes. The print size is 9 pt. (fairly large) with a bit of extra space between the lines. It is line matched, which reduces show-through from the other side of the page. The paper seems to be a little thicker than some Bible papers, and at a certain angle under direct light has a slight sheen, which is otherwise not noticeable. There is no crinkling. The print is of uniform darkness throughout and is not very bold. It is in single column paragraph format as shown in the excerpt on the product page, making it excellent for extended reading. (Poetry sections such as Psalms are done in verse by verse format.) It has large chapter numbers and very small verse numbers. It is not a study or reference Bible and does not include a concordance, but there are eight colored maps in the back and several family record pages after the presentation page, along with a few thick blank pages in the front and back. The page edges are gold gilt, but there is no color under the gold. There are two nice, narrow, thick satiny black ribbons. The spine features raised ridges and is printed in gold; the front cover has no printing. It is a black letter edition so the words of Christ are not printed in red.
The calfskin leather is wonderfully soft, thick, and supple, and is neatly finished on the inside cover, which is lined in leather. The leather is very flexible. After minimal use, it lies flat easily from beginning to end. The calfskin has a beautiful grain and looks and feels as nice as some leathers that are much more expensive. (Reviews of the Heritage vary, but the one I received is excellent in every way!) The box states that it has a lifetime guarantee against defects.
This is a beautiful edition in a readable format and handy size. The ESV is not my main translation, but it is one I like and is widely used by evangelical churches.
I am very pleased with this Bible. First ESV is my favorite version. The font is a good size to read and the bonded leather cover is very nice. The size of the Bible is good too, very easy to hold in your hands. Perfect for teaching with and personal reading and meditation. I really like the single column format as well.
The translation and format of this Bible makes it perfect for reading. The single column along with the large clear font adds to the experience. This is not a study Bible. There are no references or concordance thus maintaining a very clean appearance. The line-matching also minimizes the ghosting effect. The imitation leather actually looks and feels better than some of the genuine leather Bibles that I have owned. I have no recommendations for improving this Bible. For my purpose it is more than satisfactory and it arrived in perfect condition which I have become accustomed to when ordering from CBD.
I like the size of this bible. It is not too small or too thick. It's not a thin-line edition, but it will fit nicely in a tote bag or a back pack. The 9 point font in this bible is easy on the eyes. I love the single column format. The "Brown/Burgundy with band design" is not an accurate description of this Tru-tone imitation leather bible cover. Rather, I think a more accurate description of the color would be "burgundy with a maroon band design". If you are looking for a brown bible. This one is not brown. It is more of a burgundy color. There is a true "brown" edition that is available and it has a fancy gold cross design imprinted on the front cover. Finally, the price of the ESV single column heritage bible is reasonable. Thanks to Christian Book Distributors for making it affordable!