Let's start with appearance. This Bible is a hardback book with a dust cover. Visually, I was immediately turned away by the dust cover, but upon taking it off, there was a simple black hardback Bible with a tasteful title design. For me, the hardback version isn't my favorite...I think it would be ideal if you like to carry your Bible in a carry case, as it would make it easier to hold, etc. I am not sure that the hardback binding would hold up to the same use as a leather Bible, but it does say there is a lifetime guarantee, so that may not be an issue anyway. I tend to prefer the leather Bibles on looks and functionality.
The print size of the Bible text is average and easy to read for any normal text/font size book reader. The pages are that of most Bibles. They feel a bit thicker than some of my Bibles, but would likely show color pen marks through them, as do most Bible pages. There is little room for notes, but being a study Bible, has great "notes" of its own!
I do not know who the author(s) of the study notes sections are, but they seem to be well worded, and easy to understand/apply to the verses they are corresponding to. I always appreciate a good commentary to go along with my Bible reading...you never know when it may challenge you to see a verse in a way you haven't in the past. Having the "study"/commentary portion printed right in the Bible makes Bible study time even more convenient, especially when you are away and don't have the space to spread out multiple books for studying.
This Bible uses the KJV text, and also includes cross-reference points, study and theological notes, Christ's words in red print, concordance, and full-color Bible maps. And, while most study Bibles tend to cost closer to $50+ (in my experience), this Foundation Study Bible comes in very affordable at only $19.99! I think it would be a fantastic study Bible, especially for those on a budget.
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