I had lost my NRSV translation. I wanted to start lectio divina. So I bought this and Michael Casey's Sacred Reading: The Ancient Art of Lectio Divina. The Sacred Reading book was a great buy. This Bible was not.
I had been watching this ever since it was announced. I was waiting for the time when I could afford another Bible. I enrolled in a Bible study that fit my schedule this Lent, and decided to start with a new Bible, too.
There are differences between a study Bible and a lectio divina Bible, which I did not understand. Study Bibles have all sorts of footnotes and cross references. They have extra reference material in the back. A lectio divina Bible is made for quiet reading, AFTER previous study of what you are reading. Intellectual part first; contemplative part second. So a lectio divina Bible did not work too well for my Bible study, and I had to dig out my old tattered New American Bible for the study. It worked out well.
This Bible offers suggestions for lectio divina in the margins. But after reading Casey's book, I suspect that any Bible would do for lectio divina. It really is a matter of what readings attract you, and draw you into contemplation. This Bible may do it, but so may other programs, or none at all. Read Casey, or similar, if you are interested in lectio divina. If you don't have money for both, buy Casey's book, and use the Bible you already have.
Casey's book was awesome. Now I just have to start lectio divina on a regular basis.
One last note: this Bible is printed on very thin paper, which is nice. It won't, however, stand up on a bookshelf by itself, and probably won't work well with a cover. It is fairly floppy. For a bedside book, that shouldn't be a problem. For a more active Bible, it may present difficulties.