I have finally come to grips with people using their iPads and iPhones for reading the Bible. No longer do I frown at people who use such technology in church. Just the other morning yours truly wanted to read something in the book of Jeremiah, but I didn’t want to get out of bed and walk six feet away to retrieve my Cambridge NIV from a table, so I picked up my Nexus 7 tablet and, using the Bible Gateway app, I selected The Voice translation and started in. I didn’t develop a nervous twitch or backslide, so I guess it’s ok.
I have always been a book person. I have hundreds of books stuffed everywhere around my house. If I sit in a chair for more than just to tie my shoes, I have a book with me. Yet lately I have found myself reading mostly from my tablet, using the Kindle app. It is just a lot more convenient to order an eBook from Amazon and read it right away than to wait for a physical book to arrive, then try to find a shelf to stuff it on.
So I want you to know I am not some old codger when it comes to books. I’m OK with seeing someone in church in the pew next to me pull out their iPhone to read a Scripture. Well, ok, now I’m going to a Catholic church, and we all know Catholics don’t read their Bibles in church, so I’ll assume they are looking at a missal app and not checking scores.
But that doesn’t mean I am done with paperbound books, especially Bibles. I love leather Bibles, ones with really good leather. One of our sponsors is evangelicalBible.com, and they have the best selection of fine leather Bibles you will find. Their latest “find” is the ESV Omega Thinline Bible, and it may be the nicest leather Bible I’ve ever used. Crossway commissioned this edition to commemorate their 75th anniversary, and they did it right.
I will let you debate (silently) whether or not you like the ESV as a translation. Personally, I find it better than the NIV. I reach for The Voice when I just want to read. For more formal reading, I find the ESV as good as any. Your mileage may vary. What I want to talk about is the Bible as a book in your hands.
The book block—the interior of the book—is from Netherlands printer Jongbloed, the best manufacturer of Bibles in the world. The type is a very readable 10.5 point font, and there is almost no bleed through. There is no center-column reference, making each page less busy and more enjoyable to read.
But the big seller here is the leather. Goatskin leather, to be exact. It is soft without being limp, and seems to mold to your hand. The binding is solid—this is a Bible that will last your lifetime.
It is not inexpensive, but evangelicalBible.com always seems to have sales. Their service is excellent. I’ve received three different Bibles from them and each time they have arrived quickly and well-packed.
I’m excited to have evangelicalBible.com as a sponsor, and can wholeheartedly recommend them if you want a fine leather Bible. And a great place to start is with the ESV Omega.