Reviews - What do customers think about NKJV UltraThin Reference-Burgundy Bond Indexed ?
Great Bible ... perfect balance Sep 23, 2006
It comes in Black - 1558194371 and Burgundy - 1558194398. I bought the Burgundy version of this Bible for myself. I also bought the black one for a friend. See my extensive review in the Burgundy version. Also, see attached photos (and photos in Burgundy version).
Beautiful Binding, perfect size, refences. My favorite by far! Perfect Bible!!! Sep 23, 2006
As far as English translations are concerned, I prefer the NKJV. It is a Nelson translation, so not all publishers carry it. For further reviews on the translation itself, there are many resources for comparison. I tend to read the same verse in various versions for comparison on personal preference. NKJV doesn't include pronunciation markings within the words, which I consider very distracting. If I am looking for a pronunciation guide in a KJV Bible, rather than markings within the words, they are hard to find. Also, I find the "thee" and "thou" and "eth" and the end of verbs shocking to read and harder to read with a "flow" (kind of interrupting). The NKJV takes care of all those complaints without detracting from the meaning of the passages.
I will proceed with reviewing the unique features of this Bible. It is a very comfortable size (perfect from my perspective). It is large enough for nice print size, and small enough for comfortable weight due to the slim binding. It has a reference column, which I was looking for in a slim line Bible. It also comes in genuine leather, which I think is a must for a long lasting Bible. I purchased it as a follow-on Bible to my Nelson 3016 (0785200304) - see my review for that one - I do love that Bible, but this one meets the only weaknesses of that one, without compromising the nice features. Nelson has a slim reference edition, but they don't have a genuine leather version for it, which in my opinion is a huge miss. If no references are desired, the Nelson 3016 is the best.
I bought the Burgundy version of this Bible for myself because my Nelson is black and I wanted a different color. I also bought the black one for a friend. The Burgundy color has a more red hue than purple. I really like the color. Before I ordered, I went to a local book store and saw the color of an NIV Holman slimline (they didn't have the NKJV in stock), and this is the same, so I am glad I saw the color first (it is hard to describe a color). I have posted photos to help visualizing product. It has a shiny finish with a grooved random looking pattern to the cover (both for the Black - 1558194371 and Burgundy - 1558194398 versions). One interesting tidbit is that the Black version comes in a red box, while the Burgundy version comes in a green box ... go figure. The concordance is identical to the Nelson mentioned before. The font is too (maybe a bit less spacing, since there is more text per page). The maps are nicer in this Bible than the ones in the Nelson. I do like the verse-by-verse format this Bible has (as does the Nelson) because I can find verses faster than looking through the middle of a paragraph. The tone of the red letter ink is nice and readable (not pink).
The only things that I have noticed as negatives (not quite) are: 1. The top page margin is wider than the bottom margin, but although it is kind of awkward at initial impression, I will use it in the event of taking notes ;-). 2. The leather is a bit stiff (at least more than my Nelson), but I hope that it will soften over time, since another friend has had one for a while and it is softer. It doesn't quite open flat yet as my Nelson does. 3. Some pages have a dimmer print (as with less toner), but not many. 4. The genuine leather only comes in Black and Burgundy. For me it's not bad, but tan or brown options would be nicer for some other people.
Finally, I must admit that I am a hard buy. I ended up buying 4 Bibles prior to this one and returned them all. I have several study Bibles, but for a daily (non-Study) Bible, this is the best!!
Great Bible Jan 30, 2006
This is a replacement for one that was stolen. The genuine leather cover is far better than the bonded leather one I had before. And the price was even better than what I paid for the bonded leather version.
Very comfortable bible... Nov 14, 2000
This bible is a perfect size, not to big or small and the print is not large not too small, and there is something about the way in which it is bound that when it sits open it fits comfortably in your hand and the pages stay open until you change them, you know how some books are bound so when you open them you have to keep your hand on the page to keep it open, this is bound so that it stays where you open it, that is very important to prevent frustration. Enjoy
Compact and very readable! Jul 30, 2000
I found this bible to be very compact and it even has a reference. I bought it for its smallness and the good crisp typeface. A good pick when you gotta pack light!