Reading Bibles

The one I use right now is the ESV Personal Reference Bible (link to Amazon opens in a new window) It is a pleasure to read. The cover and binding are of good quality. The font size and clarity is good.

It’s great if you’re looking for a Bible that has great build quality and durability. It’s good for everyday reading and the paper will hold up to pens and highlighters. It’s not the thinnest Bible because the paper is good quality and a decent thickness.

It’s called a “Personal Reference Bible” because it has cross-reference notes in the middle columns, a concordance in the back, which is like an index of the most popular words. I use the ESV Study Bible for more in-depth study, but for everyday reading, this Bible is a great choice.

An easy to read version of the Bible is the New Living Translation (NLT) and this one is also highly recommended: NLT Thinline Reference Holy Bible (link to Amazon) If you’re looking for an accurate translation that flows well in English, I think you’ll enjoy the NLT.

The One-Year Bible NLT (link to Amazon) is convenient if you want to read through the Bible in a year. It has daily readings from the New Living Translation.

For Children or English-Learners, I would recommend the Contemporary English Version (CEV) Bible (Link to Amazon). It’s not a paraphrase or story-bible like some of the other Bibles. It’s translated from the original languages and aims for a lower reading level.