I'm a big fan of She Reads Truth and all that their team does to encourage women (and men and kids) to be in the Word of God everyday. They truly work with excellence to encourage people to delight in God and His Word; and that can be seen from the studies themselves down to the way things are designed. The heart behind the ministry is lovely. So I was quite excited when they released their She Reads Truth Bible last year.
I really appreciate that the SRT leadership decided to use the CSB (Christian Standard Bible) translation for their Bible. It is an accurate translation that is also very readable. The more I read it, the more I like it. I gravitate to the ESV, but the CSB offers the same accuracy with less of an academic reading style. It feels a bit more relaxed and is probably a better translation for a wider market.
The very beginning of this Bible provides a great explanation on how to read the Bible and then shares what the gospel is. I love that. I love that someone can pick this up and not be lost, not be overwhelmed. It is inviting and also a great reminder for all of us, no matter how long we've been a believer, of what is central to our faith and why we need to soak up the good news every single day. Something so simple placed at the beginning of this Bible can be such an encouragement and help.
The resources included in the She Reads Truth Bible really do help you as you take in the Word of God. I find that they don't distract from the Scriptures themselves, but they have been carefully thought out and have been included with purpose.
The beginning of each book gives a timeline, a little background, and the overall message and purpose of the book. There is a beautiful hand lettered verse and some have a timeline drawn out or map at the beginning as well. There is also a small section about why we should give thanks for that book. It all really helps prepare your heart for reading. Context is crucial in reading the Bible and those first introduction pages to each book help set that up in a truly Jesus centered way.
There are devotions sprinkled throughout that help tell how certain stories or people point to Jesus. These one page are encouraging and hope-filled.
Depending on how you want to read, there is a reading plan presented before each book and there is also a Bible in a year reading plan in the back. And even though it's a little thing, I do like having two ribbon bookmarks. There is also space on the margins if you're like me and like to write notes. The pages are quite thin, but I feel like that's necessary for putting everything together in a format and size that can be read and carried well. That might be something that would turn some people off it though.
If you're looking for a new Bible for yourself or for a lady in your life, the She Reads Truth Bible is a fantastic one. They have leather, leathertouch, a hardcover, and linen hardback options. You can buy it from their website, Amazon, Lifeway, or other book retailers.
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*I received a copy of the She Reads Truth Bible from the publisher. This is my honest review; I'm grateful to be part of the B&H Blogging Team and am grateful to you for reading!
Sarah loves Jesus and her family and is passionate about addressing the urgent spiritual and physical needs around the world. She is the wife of Spencer and mama of Katherine and Claire, and they live in Nashville, TN. She runs a photography business with her husband and writes in order to offer encouragement and invite others to choose grace, joy, and gratitude in the adventure and the mundane. She loves traveling and reading; she will choose unsweet tea over sweet and bootcut jeans over skinny; and she is all sorts of awkward with small talk but thrives with deep conversations.