A new year typically means new goals and new beginnings. For me, a new beginning was a new Bible. I knew what I wanted, good study notes, great graphics and maps, and a translation I liked; the problem was finding it. You see, I’ve noticed, as with many others, that I need a little more stimulus these days. A little more color, a little more spacing, and a little more interest. Which is sad, because God’s Word should hold our interest by the sheer knowledge that it is HIS Word.

But, alas, I am human and need a little something extra. (The good extra, not the over-the-top, millennial kind of extra.)

I started looking for said perfect God’s Word reciprocal. I wanted to say the perfect Bible, but let’s face it again, God’s Word. PERIOD! But, come on, I want what I want and how I want it. Did I mention I wanted it to be pretty as well?

So, what did I find? I’d like this translation but not the study notes. I’d like the study notes, but not the color. I’d love the color and translation, but it’s a devotional Bible and I want a study bible. I looked for several weeks, online and in stores, but no matter what I found, it was not the right one for me.

The, I was asked if I would like to review the NKJV Study Bible by Thomas Nelson. Of course, I’m going to say yes, it’s a Bible! What I didn’t know at the time was how much I was going to personally like this Bible. Here are a few of the Pros for this Bible.

  • Colorful Maps
  • Colorful Pictures
  • Extensive Study Notes
  • Easy-to-read New King James Version
  • The print/font is clear and easy on the eyes
  • It’s pretty (but is available in masculine styles also)
  • WORD STUDY – this gives you specific words, their language, the original word, and the page number. How cool is that?
  • Not to mention, the back is filled with many tools to assist in Bible study, including an extensive concordance.

Seriously, there is so much to like about it that I have a hard time talking about the couple of things that I wish were different. Now please understand, this Bible is chalked full of information, it is a substantial Bible and borders on too big to carry to Church. It is not old “Family Bible” size, but it isn’t compact either. That being said, the two things that I would have liked to see, would be more space in the margins for notes and the study font to be a point or two bigger. Again, this would have graduated this Bible to coffee table size, so these are not criticisms at all.

If you are looking for a new Bible, one to start the year off with, take a look at this one, I think you will like it.