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ESV Compact Bible (TruTone®, Tan, Diamond Desi [Imitation Leather]

Crossway Books
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May 11 2004

The ESV Compact Bible combines classic portability and improved readability. This Bible will be a favorite of anyone who likes to take Gods Word wherever they go: from daily commuters to faithful students, world travelers to busy moms.

  • 3.875 x 6
  • 6.5-point type
  • 1,184 pages
  • Black letter text
  • Sewn binding
  • Concordance
  • Introductions to each book
  • Double-column format
  • Ribbon marker
  • Presentation page

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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Bible May 21 2004
Format:Imitation Leather
I love this bible. The leather is buttery soft, small enough for my shirt pocket and it has a large concordance normally not found in bibles this size.
As far as the translation is concerned I have found that it is the best option for all purposes. It can be read casually or studied diligently with equal enjoyment and edification. I have tried all of the translations including NASB, NIV and the NKJV, and have found this bible to be the best balance of readability and formal equivalence. You can trust this translation because (in my experience) it is not unnecessarily interpretive yet extremely readable. You can also trust it because it remains true to the original text without being so literal that it renders the text unintelligible.
For all around use in personal devotions and serious study I would recommend the ESV, and especially this beautiful little gem of a bible wrapped in buttery leather.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very small print April 6 2014
Format:Imitation Leather|Verified Purchase
Got this for my daughter on her 6th birthday. However, was a bit disappointed as I didn't realize the print was so small. In addition there where 4 pages in Genesis that were not cut properly. I was going to return it but my daughter appreciated the gift and I figured I would just cut it myself and have her start reading.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gift to My Wife--She LOVES it June 8 2010
By R. Widdowson TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Imitation Leather|Verified Purchase
My wife loves her new gift. What could be better than receiving the Word of God?

The size is of this edition is very handy. She enjoys doing Bible study in bed. Her other Bible (the ESV Study Bible) is excellent, but huge and heavy. It needs to lay on a solid table, not on your lap.

But the size of this edition is perfect. The font is still perfectly legible (any smaller, though, and it may require some squinting). The cover is very handsome.

Beautiful!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid April 18 2011
By J
Format:Imitation Leather
Good compact size for carrying around with you everywhere. The design is very cool with the quotation marks "quoting" the bible. The reference is from 2 Timothy 3:16 for those who have trouble seeing it in the picture.
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488 of 520 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Has Book and Chapter Links Oct. 17 2008
By Scott Socolofsky - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Other reviewers complained that there are no chapter links. I'm not sure if it is new, but the version I downloaded recently has both book and chapter links. At the main table of contents, there are links to all the books of the Bible in a single list. Once you select a book, the first page of each book has links to all the chapters in that book. It works really well that way. I can find any verse in three clicks. And the whole Bible is searchable. That along with the ESV translation means a great addition to any Kindle.
72 of 72 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Before you buy the "premium bonded" . . .! Oct. 8 2006
By Pamela Cheeseborough - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Leather Bound|Verified Purchase
I'll start by saying the ESV version of the Bible is wonderful. This presentation of scripture is eloquent and flowing. I would recommend this version to just about anyone.

Now about the binding . . . I own two ESV bibles. I purchased the Heirloom Reference Edition about a year ago, and was beyond delighted when I received it. The Heirloom binding is thick and luxurious. The pages are also thick, egg-white in color, with very generous margins, and "large" print. It is one of the finest Bibles I own.

I wanted a second less expensive ESV Bible to purchase for outside-the-home use. Thus I purchased and began using the "Premium Bonded Leather" version on July 1, 2006 (three months ago). First of all, it does not feel like bonded leather at all. More like "leatherflex" (which I believe is textured paper, made to look like leather). More importantly, the binding performs like leatherflex. It does not bend; it creases. Yesterday after only 90+ days use, the spine SPLIT. I can identify about four additional places that will also split in a matter of weeks. Also, the edges are worn down. I have always wanted a worn-out Bible like Kay Arthur's or Beth Moore's, but not this soon. This Bible is in worse shape than the Bibles that I have used extensively for several years.

If you are interested in this version, I would recommend purchasing the Heirloom Edition. Granted, it is quite a bit more expensive; however, a Bible is a lifetime purchase, and the Heirloom comes with a lifetime guarantee.
487 of 520 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Kindle version could use some improvements! Dec 8 2007
By DDKindle - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a review for the Kindle version! I love this version of the scriptures, so no complaint there. This is the full ESV version. Navigation is where I have the problem. Like another reviewer of a different version, I have some problems getting around. You can choose a book from the table of contents like you would choose a chapter in a regular book, then pick the chapter, but then you must page forward to get to the verse you want. This could be time consuming for long chapters. Also, verse #'s are the same size as the text so they can be a little hard to find. I have used MyBible on my treo for a couple years now and the navigation on it is much easier! Also, MyBible gives you the option to switch between other purchased versions with 1 click while staying at the same point. I will be carrying my Kindle to Sunday service and to Bible studies for at least a couple weeks unless I can't keep up while searching verses, then it would have to be back to the treo or hard copy, which I would hate because I love the Kindle screen and size so much better. I hope other publishers working on Kindle versions take the ease of navigation into consideration.
168 of 179 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, the ESV the way it should look. April 28 2003
By W. Larry Enzor - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Leather Bound
I have been very impressed with the English Standard Version since its publication in 2001. Of the multitude of English translations of Scripture available, it may well be the best combination of accuracy, readability, and literary quality. Up until now, the one major disappointment, as many other reviewers have noted, has been the rather poor quality of publications in which it was available.
WIth this new edition of the Classic Reference Bible, it appears that Crossway has finally achieved the goal of providing a high quality ESV Bible. While the text, references, footnotes, maps, and concordance are identical to the already published Classic Reference Bible, there are, in my opinion, three unique improvements in this edition that commend it to anyone who loves and prefers this wonderful translation:
(1) The print type is larger, a 10.5 size (vs 9.5 in the original Classic Reference), which makes it easier to read. This is especially true with regards to the references and footnotes, which were practically illegible to my 40+ year old eyes.
(2) The wider margins allow notetaking, a real plus.
(3) While I don't claim to be a binding expert, it does appear that the binding used (at least on the genuine leather edition) is of a higher quality than on the original edition, which is a much needed improvement.
In summary, I would commend this edition of the ESV without qualification, unlike the earlier editions.
162 of 174 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good first try Feb. 24 2008
By Jason T. Hart - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Crossway put this out very quickly in response to Kindle user's asking for it so they are to be commended in that respect. I will second the previous reviewer's issues with navigation, it is difficult to navigate with. I did a short test and timed myself with a paper-based Bible and the ESV on the Kindle. It took me about 5-6 seconds to look up most verses with the paper-based Bible and about 20-25 seconds on the Kindle. Nerdy, I know, but it is a good way to reference this Bible. This is more of a Kindle hardware/software issue though and not necessarily anything to fault Crossway's ESV Bible though.

I think the key to fixing this issue involves a combination of Bible publishers and Kindle software designers help. You need to be able to have the ability to search only within the book currently being read so that when I run a search it will not attempt to search all books (which is slower than searching a single book). The ability to jump immediately to the pages that contain the text I searched for rather than having to select the result from the "search results preview screen" would be good as well. Also, the Bible publishers need to have the commonly searchable names for the books of the Bible in the text so that when I search for Lam 1 I will get Lamentations 1 without having to type in Lamentations, which can take a while to type in. I know this is just partial-text searching, but that doesn't seem to function properly with the current Kindle software release (1.0 121380292 still, I haven't received 1.0.4). It also might be good for the Kindle to have the ability to search through "hidden" text. Maybe a tag could be wrapped around text that you'd like to search for but would not display while reading, this way I could search for "Psa 119:129" and I could jump directly there because this verse would have "Psa Psalm 119:129" in meta-text that is searchable but is not displayed.

I know we're only talking a few seconds to navigate, but when you are doing any kind of in-depth Bible study or if you have a pastor/preacher/teacher that likes to jump around the Bible a lot, this is actually pretty important. [...].

In summary, I would recommend this version. It might be nice to see cross-references or some of the other ESV editions that Crossway publishes (Literary Study Bible!) in the future but I'm sure these will come as the Kindle catches on.
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