As a Bible edition aficionado I am always curious about good Bible editions and their function, and quite pleased when I find someone else who has thoughtfully chosen an edition. When it comes to preaching Bibles, function and affordability rule. I fully intend to use and abuse my preaching Bibles and am unashamedly guilty of "the wraparound" in which I wrap half of the Bible around the other, causing significant stress the spine, but enabling me to hold the Bible in one hand. In choosing preaching Bibles, I wanted editions that would be able to stand the stress moderately well, but also be cheap enough to replace in a few years.
I settled on two editions which reflect my translation preferences. The NKJV is my memorization translation and what I personally prefer to preach from as I'm most familiar with its language. The NLT is what I use to do most of my ministry, however, because the majority of my audiences are non-native English speakers or have a low level of literacy. I choose which edition to use based on my audience and my preferences for each passage. Occasionally I bring both and swap back and forth.
My NKJV edition is an NKJV Ultra Thin Large Print Reference Bible in genuine leather published by Broadman and Holman. It features a sewn binding, a readable font, and a concordance at a very affordable price. The Bible is built to last, and though I dislike ultra thin, thinline, and slimline Bibles this edition is a gem in a very spotty field for the NKJV. It's cheap enough that I don't feel bad abusing it, but durable enough that it should hold up well for years.
The NLT edition I chose is an NLT Premium Value Large Print Slimline Bible in brown imitation leather. This edition is less than half the price of the NKJV, but still features a smyth-sewn binding and should be reasonably durable. The print is larger and more readable than the NKJV, but it doesn't feature references, a concordance, or red letters. I have found it to be just as durable as the NKJV and much more readable. This is basically a plain text edition, which is really what I want for preaching.
Both editions lay flat fairly well, but also can be folded over and easily held with one hand, which is exactly what I want to do when I'm preaching. I move fairly constantly, and if I have to hold a mic, holding the Bible in one hand is a necessity.
Please comment and let me know what editions you preach from and why. I see more and more people switching to tablet devices, which can be easily held in one hand. I'm more of a traditional book guy, and would love to hear about your choices.
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|NKJV Ultra Thin Large Print Reference Bible, Genuine leather, Black
By B & H Publishing Group
This Bible is about the same thickness as the regular ultrathin . Large print edition takes the ultrathin to a whole new generation. The NKJV ultrathin, with its larger pages and type make it extremely popular. Features include: center column reference; words of Christ in red; presentation page; family records section; Full-color maps; gift boxed. Black Genuine Leather.
|NLT Premium Value Large Print Slimline Bible, Brown Leatherlike
By Tyndale House