If you haven’t heard of the She Reads Truth Bible then you must be living under a rock. Seriously, though, chances are this isn’t the first review you’ve read but if you’re like me you probably shy away from the copious amounts of sponsored reviews available on this Bible (not that there is anything wrong being sponsored). I’ve had my eye on this Bible since it came out in 2017 but the only reviews I could find always featured a Bible that practically looked as if it had never been touched. So I’m giving you what I could never find: a She Reads Truth Bible review with a well-used Bible and a 100% honest opinion.  (P.S. I know I’m linking to a lot of products in this review but I am not affiliated or making profit off of any of the links!)

 

For the last two years I have been living and breathing my NIV Life Application Study Bible (I linked to Christian Book because that is where I purchased mine, but definitely shop around to get the best price)! Don’t get me wrong, I am still in love with my Life Application Study Bible but I began noticing how heavily I relied upon the study notes it offers. Instead of reading a verse and then seeking the Holy Spirit to reveal it’s meaning, I just jumped down to the bottom of the page and read the notes for that verse. There was no critical thinking- or any thinking really- going into my Bible study.

I began shopping around for a new Bible; I didn’t have any set criteria but I did know I wanted room to make my own notes. Facebook, in it’s creepy, stalkerish ways, showed me an add for the She Reads Truth Bible being on sale at LifeWay and I decided to bite the bullet and pick one up. I figured even if I didn’t end up loving it, I could write an honest review and let y’all know what’s up.

What Is She Reads Truth? She Reads Truth Bible Review

From the She Reads Truth Website:

“She Reads Truth is a worldwide community of women who read God’s Word together every day. Founded in 2012, She Reads Truth invites women of all ages to engage Scripture through curated daily reading plans, as well as online conversation led by a vibrant community of contributing writers.

This community of “Women in the Word of God every day” represents a long list of cities and countries, a variety of backgrounds and traditions, and countless real-life stories. But there is a commonality that binds us: we believe God’s Word is Truth. So we read.

Every day we read a new passage together—working our way through books of the Bible, topics that matter, and seasons of the Church calendar. We engage with God’s Word and with each other. And we keep coming back, on the hard days and the good days, because God and His Word never change, regardless of our circumstances.”

What Is The She Reads Truth Bible? She Reads Truth Bible Review

Bible description:

“The CSB She Reads Truth Bible aims to live at the intersection of beauty, goodness, and Truth. Featuring devotionals by the She Reads Truth team, and Scripture reading plans that include supplemental passages for deeper understanding, this Bible invites every woman to count themselves among the She Reads Truth community of “Women in the Word of God every day.” The CSB She Reads Truth Bible also features 66 key verses, artfully lettered to aid in Scripture memorization. ”

My She Reads Truth Bible Review

I’ve been using this Bible long enough to know whether or not it’s worth the money (retails for around $50 but I got it on sale for $24). I’ve used the devotionals, the app, I’ve used pens, markers, and highlighters. I’ve carried it in my purse, cleaned it- I’ve done it all. Now I’m ready to share with you whether or not the hype over this Bible is true. I’m going to go as in-depth as possible, reviewing the cover, pages, translation, devotionals, reading plans, etc. before concluding with a list of pros and cons and whether or not I recommend this Bible. Without further adieu, here is my She Reads Truth Bible review!

Navy Leather Touch She Reads Truth Bible Review

Out of all the covers available (linen, hard, leather like, and genuine leather) I ended up with the navy leather

She Reads Truth Bible in Navy Leather Touch

touch however, QVC has an exclusive Champagne She Reads Truth Bible that is a gorgeous, metallic cream that I would have bought if I had known about it before I purchased the navy. I’m not a huge fan of hardback Bibles though they are an excellent choice if you want to carry your Bible in your purse or backpack. I remember I loved my mom’s Bible when I was little, it was burgundy leather and filled with notes, and I always wanted a Bible like it; so maybe that’s why I prefer leather-like Bibles. She Reads Truth Bible Review

The cover itself is nice and smooth. The color is pretty but appears more like an ocean blue in direct sunlight. It has not acquired an scuffs or scratches though I do store it in the original box when I’m not using it. Thankfully, there hasn’t been any loose threads on seam of the cover which is often a concern with the leather touch Bibles. The spine has “She Reads Truth” embossed on the spine along with the Bible translation and the publisher. I love that it has two ribbon bookmarks (mine are cream and green); I often do a daily reading plan along with a different devotional or study so it’s nice to be able to track both of these. Overall, it feels and looks very nice. She Reads Truth Bible Review

She Reads Truth Bible Version She Reads Truth Bible Review

One of the main reasons I held off on purchasing the She Reads Truth Bible is because of the translation: Christian Standard Bible. This translation is very, very new- it was released for the first time in March 2017. However, it is an updated version of the HCSB which had quite a few more years under it’s belt.

The She Reads Truth Bible does have a guide to the CSB translation in the first few pages which is helpful. The CSB is a word for word translation when possible but, as can be expected, ancient languages do not use the same syntax and language as modern English so some verses come out as gibberish when transferred to English. The writers of CSB made this instances more readable but made notes of the literal translation in the footnotes. The goals for this translation are to provide English speaking people with an accurate translation in contemporary English, provide an accurate translation for personal study, sermon preparation, private devotions, and memorization, provide a text that is clear and understandable, and affirm the authority of scripture.

I’ve read NIV (even though some people despise this translation; or anything other than KJV for that matter)for most of my life and have found it to be both accurate and easy to understand. It was difficult to get into the swing of reading a new translation but I’ve found the CSB to be wonderful. I love reading a word for word translation, especially for studying, and the writers really did an awesome job of making the text easy to understand.

She Reads Truth Bible Pages She Reads Truth Bible Review

One of the cool things about the She Reads Truth Bible is the wide margins meant for taking notes. This is one of the features that really drew me in to this Bible! I love taking notes in my Bible and then being able to look back and see how God spoke to me through a specific verse; I actually date my notes so I can see how verses spoke to me differently at different times.

Unfortunately, the pages of the She Reads Truth Bible are VERY thin and many pens and highlighters bleed through. If you were planning on picking up this Bible for art journaling, I wouldn’t recommend it. However, I was able to find some products that only have some slight shadowing when used.

  • Pilot Frixon Pastel Highlighters :These highlighters are pretty awesome because they are eraseable! That’s right, if you highlight the wrong verse or your dog bumps your arm and makes you scribble all over the page (is that just me?) then you can erase and start over. It’s important to mention that I use the pastel set of highlighters and they don’t bleed. There’s another set in neon but I cannot vouch for whether or not they’ll bleed.
  • Staedtler Triplus Fineliners : I already had these in my arsenal of Bible journaling supplies and decided to give them a shot. The black bled through but the lighter colors are fine with maybe just a hint of shadowing. I am pretty heavy handed when it comes to writing though, so you may be able to use darker colors with no problem. I’ll just be sticking to grey though.
  • Papermate Inkjoy Ballpoint : I love colorful pens and the Papermate Inkjoy Gel Pens are by far my favorite pen ever. Unfortunately, they bleed heavily on the thin pages of the She Reads Truth Bible. However, the Inkjoy Ball Point pens work great even if they don’t write as smoothly as the gels.

Text Font and Size She Reads Truth Bible Review

The She Reads Truth team promotes their own “custom Bible font.” Apparently they had a custom font made specifically for extended periods of reading which means this Bible is easy on the eyes. I do find the text is more clear and letters aren’t too close together.

The She Reads Truth Bible has an 8 point font which many people have complained is too small. However, I am coming from a Life Application Personal Study Bible which has a 7 point font (and the notes are even smaller at 6 point). I’, actually pretty content with the font size in this Bible.

She Reads Truth Bible Extra Features

The She Reads Truth Bible is packed full of extra features such as devotionals, color coding, book intros, and more. There is actually a guide to these features at the beginning of the Bible which is very helpful!

Key Verse Illustrations

The first thing you’re going to notice in this Bible is the artwork at the beginning of each book. These are the “key verses” that the editor selected as being one of the most important verses of that particular book. Together, these verses are meant to portray the complete arc of scripture; from the fall, the law, the prophesied messiah, Jesus’ birth, life, death, and resurrection, and finally His return. The artwork is for those visual learners to help aid them in scripture memorization.

Color Coded Genres

Having studied the different genres of the Bible in college, I find this particular feature especially helpful. Each book of the Bible is color coded according to what genre it falls into: the pentateuch (or law), historical, wisdom/poetry, major and minor prophets, gospels, church history, pauline epistles, general epistles, and apocalyptic. There is a full color guide in the back of the Bible which color corresponds with which genre. You’ll find that the color of the artwork, the detailing, and the lettering all correspond to the color of the genre that book of the Bible is in.

Knowing the genre of what you’re reading is helpful because it indicates how the book will be written and how you should go about reading the book. It also indicates some of the history and cultural implications you need to keep in mind when studying.

Book Introductions

Before diving into a book of the Bible it’s always important to know the cultural and historical context of that book along with the message the author of that book was trying to convene. This keeps your studying accurate and helps you avoid misunderstandings. The She Reads Truth Bible does this with an introductions for each book which includes a cultural context, the message/purpose, and the Biblical significance.

Another feature that She Reads Truth added here that I think is ah-maz-ing is a a reason why you should give thanks over each book. Sometimes I have a hard time seeing how a book of the Bible has any significant impact on my life; this is especially true for the Old Testament (I’m talking about you, Numbers). Being able to see why I should be thankful for a particular book reminds me that the entire Bible is applicable to my life, not just the few books at the end. This helps me to stay motivated to read even the harder to digest books.

Maps

I am not good with geography or directions- at all. I used to get lost at school; I would leave a class and turn down the wrong hallway and then have to pretend like I forgot something so I could turn and go back without anyone knowing. I love these maps! Not only is it cool to see where this history is taking place, but it also helps with understanding the cultural context of the content.

Charts and Timelines

The She Reads Truth Bible has some awesome charts that explain how different parts of the Bible are connected together. One of my favorite charts is in Psalms and explains all the times David referenced Jesus. It’s amazing to be able to see how all of the books of the Bible are intricately connected!

The timelines are also very useful! When you’re just reading through the Bible it can be hard to see how much time passes book to book, chapter to chapter, and even verse to verse. These timelines are great for visualizing these time gaps!

Reading Plans

The She Reads Truth Bible comes chock full of reading plans to help you stay on track and get the most from your studies. Each book of the Bible is broken down into daily plansand there is also a plan in the back of the Bible that guides you through the Bible in a year; each day reads two to three chapters in the Old Testament and two to t hree chapters in the New Testament.

Devotionals

The She Reads Truth Bible comes packed with 189 devotionals dispersed throughout. If that’s not enough for you, you can download the She Reads Truth app which offers Bible studies that correspond with the devotionals along with offering additional daily readings and devotionals on the same topic. The She Reads Truth app has some free studies but you can also gain access to all of the studies by subscribing for $1.99 a month.

Pros and Cons

So that covers all of the features of the Bible so now I’m going to share the main pros and cons that I’ve found. Keep in mind that some of my cons may not be a big deal for you and some of pros may end up beings cons for someone else!

Pros:

  1. The She Reads Truth Bible is aesthetically pleasing: there’s no denying that this is a gorgeous Bible. The entire look and feel of the She Reads Truth Bible makes for a pleasant reading experience.
  2. The She Reads Truth Bible has wide margins: The wide margins give me room to make my own notes; I have space to learn and grow.
  3. The She Reads Truth Bible has a devotional app: I love that some of the devotions in this Bible line up with the studies in the app. If I find a devotional that really spoke to me I can go into the app and find a study to take me further into scripture.
  4. The She Reads Truth Bible has great book introductions: Understanding the historical and cultural context is vitally important to Bible study and I love that each book has a section for this.

Cons:

  1. The She Reads Truth Bible has extremely thin pages: Considering there are wide margins I figured the pages would be thicker like most journaling Bibles but I was wrong. The pages of the She Reads Truth Bible are very thin and you have to be careful with your writing utensils.
  2. The She Reads Truth Bible comes in only one translation: As of right now, the She Reads Truth Bible is only available in the CSB translation. This isn’t a big deal for me but I know some people refuse to read anything except one translation.
  3.  The She Reads Truth Bible has no cross-references: This isn’t a huge deal, but when I stidy I like to check out the cross references for what I’m reading. I’m able to look this up in my Life Application Bible but it would have been nice if it had been included.
  4. The She Reads Truth Bible’s genre guide is placed oddly: Now, I absolutely love the color coded genre. I do not love that the color index is in the back of the Bible. It would have been much more functional if it was listed in the front or if they even just included the genre in the book introduction.

 

Overall, I really love the She Reads Truth Bible. In fact, I enjoyed it so much I ordered one for my mom as well and she seems to be enjoying it too! If you are looking for a journaling Bible I cannot recommend it but if you’re wanting a Bible to study and learn from with some notetaking then I recommend this Bible 100%!

Do you have the She Reads Truth Bible? What’s your favorite feature?

-Sierra

 

 

 

 

 

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