I was gifted a copy of the CSB Study Bible for Women from B&H / Lifeway Publishing in exchange for my honest review.
Every day was the same:
1- Open Bible app.
2- Begin that day's plan assignment.
3- Get distracted by notifications.
4- Eventually finish the plan reading.
I was "checking the list", but rarely walking away with anything I could hold onto and carry throughout the day. Reading my Bible had become routine, instead of intentional.
I've been reading the Bible since, well, I could read. I knew I needed to shake things up, but I didn't know how.
So when B&H / Lifeway Publishing offered me the opportunity to review their new CSB Study Bible for Women, I was elated! I immediately jumped on the opportunity and waited for the brown box to arrive on my front porch.
And it did not disappoint.
Y'all, I'm not a great photographer, but this Bible is everything a girl wants-- practical, inspirational, informational, and beautiful.
I wanted to make sure to give it a good run before sharing. I've had it nearly two months, and I can honestly say it has rekindled my passion for the Word.
But enough babbling... let's get down to the nitty-gritty!
The CSB Study Bible for Women
(There are several beautiful binding options available. Mine is the light turquoise / sand hardcover version.)
This study Bible is written in the Christian Standard Bible translation, which is a revision of the Holman Christian Standard Bible. Like most study Bibles, it features a summary at the beginning of each book, and study notes throughout to bring context and practical application to the scripture within.
This Bible is for...
Women who want to grow in their faith through a deeper understanding of God and His Word.
Why You Need It
If you want to better understand the Word without needing 16 commentaries and resources on hand, this Bible provides fantastic notes, word studies, character profiles and more created specifically with women in mind. The CSB translation is perfect for every day reading, while the study notes really bring out the meaning behind the Scripture.
Why You'll Love It
1. The translation. I really cannot say enough about this! CSB does a great job of sticking to the original meaning, while remaining super comprehensive, at a 7th grade reading level.
2. Focus. Do you currently read on a mobile device? I did too. But I found myself SO distracted. Notifications and early morning text messages de-railed my quiet time more than I'd like to admit. Going back to a "hard copy" Bible helps me minimize distractions (sans the kids) and really zero in on what God is speaking to me each day. While having the Bible on my phone is still convenient for many situations, I have enjoyed returning to the simplicity of paper.
3. Notes galore. Let's face it: the Bible can be confusing. And if you're like me, maybe you're prone to simply skip over the parts that don't make sense. If that's you, this Bible has everything from timelines to word studies, to maps to cross references to bring context to the verses, and we all know-- context is key!
The Bottom Line
If you're in the market for a new Bible, this one is a terrific option! It's both beautiful and practical and may just be what you need to breathe life back into your quiet time.
Purchase the CSB Study Bible for Women at any of the retailers listed here.
A little about me...
Hi, I'm Katie!
Wife to Craig, mom of three, author, writer, Jesus-follower, Bible teacher, and coffee enthusiast.
Follow me as I follow Christ and share my heart throughout the journey.
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