Daily Devotions?

I have been thinking about this for some time now.  I don’t do daily devotions.  I don’t even get up extra early to pray, I usually get up with enough time to get ready, and go to work.  I don’t read my bible in a year, I never have done that.  Most of my friends pray everyday in the morning before they go to work, they read their bibles at the same time and place everyday as well.  But I don’t.  Yet I don’t find myself to be any less spiritual than them, and I do read my bible – a lot.  I do pray, but I guess I just pray in unconventional ways.  Driving in my car, when I am walking alone.  I don’t pray every day either, sometimes I skip a day or two, I think I may have even gone a whole week without praying, same thing with my bible.  Even though I don’t read my bible daily, it seems that I know my bible better than my friends who do daily devotions.

I used to always feel really, really bad, try and discipline myself but I always failed and it just caused me to feel worthless.  As I have become older it just doesn’t bother me as much.

What is your devotional habits like?  Do you read and pray on a regular (or daily) time schedule, or are you like me, somehow it just gets done.

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HCSB Collection

I took these photos a while back in anticipation that I would post my remarks on the set of Holman Christian Standard Bibles (CSB) that I have acquired. Since I have been a bit on the quiet side I thought I would go ahead and post the photos, and remarks.

I own a total of total of 4 different sizes of the CSB bible. Why? Because once I enjoy a certain translation I tend to like to have different sizes for different reasons. Also growing up as a Christian, I could only afford hard back bibles, and usually only one per translations. Now that I can afford more than one, I buy what I want within reason.

First thing to mention about all of the bibles listed here. They are all sewn binding, and not glued. So for those of you that are interested in rebinding, all 3 mention here would be great choices for spending those extra dollars on a quality leather bible rebind.

Second thing to mention is all bonded and genuine leather bibles come with a lifetime guarantee, according to Holman:

Holman leather bibles are guaranteed to last a lifetime. If any Holman bonded or genuine leather Bible is defective or falls apart, Holman will replace it with a comparable Bible free of charge.

My big gripe with Holman is that they DO NOT PUBLISH PHOTOS OF THE BIBLES! They just publish photos of the box – who cares what the box looks like?

Here are the three bibles that I have:
Standard Bible Pocket Size Bible Classic Edition – BritishTan
The pocket size that I own is bonded leather in what they call a British Tan. Overall I really like this one, the font size is easy to read, it’s the right size to carry around, however it is bonded leather which is very smooth, but stiff, and not supple. However, the British Tan looks decent and it is a pleasure to carry around. It has one ribbon, and a side flap.

Holman CSB UltraThin Reference Bible – Black Genuine Leather

I love the overall size of this bible the best, the pages are a good weight and not much bleed through. What I hate the most about this bible is the leather. It is too glossy, very stiff, and the texture of this cow hide is over the top for me. Now this could have been avoided had Holman just published some photos of this bible. Again this is a personal gripe about the leather, some of my actually like very glossy bibles 😉  But had there been some good photos I may have not purchased this one, and bought another one instead.

I remedied this problem by purchasing a custom made leather bible cover. You can read more about that here.

CSB Minister’s Bible

This is the only single column format bible that Holman offers for the CSB. If you like the CSB translation, and you want single column this is your only choice. The pages are a bit on the thin side, the leather is a nice cow hide, a bit thin, but overall nice. Again it is a stiff leather and not supple. It has two ribbons one red and one black. I personally don’t care for the red ribbon and would have preferred two black ribbons. All black letter edition which is a nice plus – I don’t mind red letter editions. This bible is a bit on the bigger size, but you have to judge for yourself.

CSB Legacy Bible

I already posted on this before so you can read the comments there. One thing that has changed is that I have become much more comfortable with the size of this bible. So much so that I don’t even notice the size difference between this one that the Ultrathin. If you use it enough you just get use to the size.

For a complete listing of all the photos go here:

Holman CSB Bible Collection

HCSB Apologetic Study Bible – Review

Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
Pub. Date: October 2007
ISBN 10: 158640024X
ISBN 13: 9781586400248
Product #: 005040119
Translation: Holman Christian Standard
Description: Complete Without Apocrypha
Concordance: No
Pages: 2240
Print size: 9.5 pts
Red Letter: No
Binding: Paper Over Board
Weight: 2.98 lbs
Trim Size: 7 X 9.4 X 1.71
Price: $39.99

Big thanks to Drew Van Huss from B&H Publishing for sending me a review copy!

This new study bible from B&H Publishing uses the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB, CSB) as its bible text. You all know what a fan I am of this translation!

The great feature of this study bible are the more than 100 concise articles that are written by a who’s who of well known Apologist. They cover everything from demons to the Trinity. It also contains these sections title Twisting Scriptures through out the bible that detail how these portion of verses have been misinterpreted (Twisted) by cults. It also contains some really nice color charts in the back with various Apologist through out history. I find this study bible very useful for those that are starting out in Apologetics. As you read through the articles it will introduce you to many great writers in this field to pursue further.

I took some time to compare it to few other study bibles (The Believers Study Bible – BSB & Ryrie Study Bible -RSB) that I own, and overall it compares well. I did find that the commentary notes were not as extensive as the RSB, or the BSB. Also, the introductory notes for Genesis could have been a bit more in-depth (i.e. did not explain the meaning of Genesis) as BSB & RSB, however they are written with an apologetics emphasis. The strength of this study bible truly is in its unique approach. Since it’s focus is on Apologetics it places it in a class by itself as there is no other study bible that I know of today that has taken this approach.

I would highly recommend this bible for anyone looking for a different approach in study bibles, or anyone that has an interest in Apologetics. For further information:

Church History 101

I am on this big learning curve with the church fathers, and might I say that I am having a really good time learning. There appears to be a resurgence in the interest of what they had to say, how they lived, and who they were. I say this because of the number of recent publications that are being targeted for the lay person.

I found this site, that has a good overview (introduction) to the early Christian history. But the nice thing about this site is that they also have a blog, and from what I can tell they post sporadically, every 1-2 months. So they are not super active, but at least you can post and hope to get a response at some point. The blog is not highly active with comments, but that could be for a number of reasons.

Early Church History

Early Church History Blog

If you know of others sites of similar interest feel free to recommend them.

Quality Custom Leather Bible Covers

I have become a great fan of quality made soft, supple leather bibles. However, I just cannot afford to buy a calfskin, or one like the Holman CSB Legacy bible for every single bible that I own. I just don’t have $100.00 plus dollars to spend on each one.

Great Alternative! I found this craftsman/artisan that will make a custom bible/book cover for you. I just order one for my Holman CSB Ultrathin Bible. I had comtemplated having this one rebound, but I could not afford to do so at this moment, and I decided to wait because Holman is going to update the text sometime next year.

Who is this Leather Craftsman you ask? Renaissance Art

First off, they are really great and nice to deal with. I sent an email to them and they (Arthur) responded right away, and answered all of my questions. He even gave me some advise, had he not I would have given him the wrong dimensions. I was about to send in the dimensions from the website, and he cautioned me not to as they are often smaller than the actual size, and that I should measure it myself. Be sure to measure correctly, because these are custom made, and you can’t return it. They had completed my bible cover in less than 24 hours, and was promptly shipped to my home. I had paid for 3 day turn around and it was here even faster! Know I can’t promise that you will get in the mail that fast, but he did get it done really quick!

These bible covers are not the run of the mild ones you buy at your local bible bookstore, but they are custom made for your bible. He does all sizes! It fits like a glove on my bible.

I got my in today, and I have to tell you I am very pleased. This bible size happens to be my favorite size to read, take to church, and now it is a true pleasure to hold. The leather is amazing, it is very soft and supple, a true pleasure to hold in one’s hand. I was very unhappy with the stiff, glossy leather that it came in. This bible is sewn stitched, and is well built, it’s just the leather that I did not care for.

You can also have this bible embossed, but I choose not to because I was trying to control the cost. I did not ask if you can have the emboss done on the spine, but that would be worth asking.

Oh yeah cost, what did it cost me? $37.70 that includes shipping.  I know you are wondering “control cost” I got a great deal, yeah I know, but I have been spending a great deal lately on books.

Also, for those of you that are true quality bible connoisseur, and are not looking for a bible cover, well he also makes these fine custom journals. They are hand-sew, and would be a great complement to your nice bible.

Ok, enough talk, here are the photos (you can view them all at flickr.com:

ESV Study Bible WebSite

For those of you that have been waiting for the ESV Study Bible, they have setup a website that gives full description of it. Enjoy!

They will be offering a CalfSkin version of this bible, and all of them are Smyth sewn binding.

Holman Legacy CSB Bible

This is by far one of the nicest bibles that I own. I was not sure if I was going to like this bible, and it was a risk since I do prefer smaller size bibles. Plus this one was stated as being Large Print, which made me a bit nervous.

However to my surprise it is not to big, honestly still getting use to it, but I am really starting to get comfortable with it’s size ( 10.4 x 7.1 x 1.3 inches).

Official Name: Holman CSB Legacy UltraThin Reference Bible

Description: Genuine Cowhide Leather, Large Print Edition, Words of Christ in Red, Two Ribbon Markers, Bonded leather Lined, Center Column References & a Lifetime Guarantee

The first drawback. It only came with One Ribbon, even though it is offered with two. I contacted Holman Publishers about this, and they were very kind and apologized and offered me an exchange. I didn’t because I felt that it was not worth the effort, and that would have meant for me to part with my new bible, and I was not willing to do so 😉 I did let them know how disappointed I was. After all this is the highest quality bible that you you can buy from Holman.

The second drawback is the box that it came in, it’s just a regular box, nothing fancy other than the printing on it. This bible retails at $100.00. I have purchased two other high quality bibles a NLT, and ESV, and both came with exceptional boxes. The NLT came in bonded leather box, and the ESV came in a hard box, with magnetic side.

The third drawback, there is some bleed through on the pages, but not enough to bother me, or be a distraction when reading or studying.

Ok, so those are the only drawbacks for me. The bible is made out of Genuine Cowhide Leather. Now I did not know that you can get cowhide this soft and supple. It is as soft, and supple as the Calfskin ESV that I own. The leather as you can see in the photos below has a very nice texture.

The pages are nice and white, the large print is not as big as I thought (font 10.5 if that means anything to you). Actually I like the font size much more than I thought I was.

It comes with a the detail spine, which I really like, it gives the bible an extra nice look. My understanding is that at one point this was due to how they would bind them, but now it’s just cosmetics (and it does look great).

It only comes in black, for those of you that like other colors, sorry.

Holman Legacy HCSB Bible