Receiving God's Truth for Balance, Hope, and Transformation: The Woman’s Study Bible, NIV

Around this time, last year, I was introduced to one of the most beautiful Bibles that I happen to personally own, The Woman's Study Bible, NKJV. I love everything about this Bible, from the vast amount of study content to its elegant design. I was so enamored with the beauty of this Bible that ever since receiving it, I had hoped that the publisher would eventually release other translations, particularly the New International Version (NIV). You see, I really enjoy the New King James Version, but I also like to have use different translations, which allow me to compare and contrast various Bible passages if need be.

Of course, my wishes had come true when I received word a few weeks ago that they had just released a new version of The Woman’s Study Bible, and it is, in fact, the NIV translation. What really intrigues me about this particular Bible is that it includes a comprehensive collection of features that really provides a little something extra for my Bible study needs. 

The Woman’s Study Bible poignantly reveals the Word of God to women, inviting them to receive God’s truth for balance, hope, and transformation. Special features designed to speak to a woman’s heart appear throughout the Bible text, revealing Scripture-based insights about how godly womanhood grows from a woman’s identity as a Christ-follower and a child of the Kingdom. Now with a beautiful full-color redesign, The Woman’s Study Bible reflects the contributions of over 80 women from a wide variety of ethnic, denominational, educational, and occupational backgrounds. Since the publication of the first edition of The Woman’s Study Bible under the editorial guidance of Dorothy Kelley Patterson and Rhonda Harrington Kelley, this landmark study Bible has sold over 1.5 million copies.

Some of the features of The Woman's Study Bible include:

  • A gorgeous design inside and out, including full-color pages in the interior portion
  • Large 10.5 typeface for easier reading
  • Detailed introductions to each book of the Bible, which includes summary backgrounds and outlines
  • Various quotes from Christian women throughout history
  • Over 300 in-text articles that speak on relevant topics
  • Character profiles of over 100 biblical women
  • Thousands of scripture verse study notes
  • Informative essays written by women who are experts in theology, biblical studies, archaeology, and philosophy
  • Hundreds of maps, charts, timelines, and family trees to study, all displayed in full color.
  • A topical index that includes a reference guide to all of the special features offered.
  • Concordance

Beautiful Imitation Leather Cover:

I absolutely love the soft imitation leather cover, and have always found that these work better for me than a traditional hardcover. Now that's not to say that I don't have some really beautiful hardcover Bibles, but the soft covers are more practical for me and less rigid, allowing more flexibility with how and where I read my Bible. The cover on The Woman's Study Bible, NIV is stunning. The bottom half is brown and the top half is a deep blue with beautiful impressions of flowers on the front and back. The design closely matches the NKJV version that I own. I do appreciate that the designers decided to go with a different color theme for the NIV translation. I think this was a smart idea and allows me to quickly grab the one I need without mixing the two up. Instead of gold page trim as what was done with the NKJV, the NIV translation offers a silver trim. Again, another way to keep to the overall beauty of the design, but with a some variants to differentiate each version. 

The Large Print in The Woman's Study Bible is a notable feature:

I spend most of my personal time with the Lord at night, usually reading in a dim room under a lamp. I love that this Bible has extra large text, which allows me to read through the chapters without straining my eyes. 

Charts and other Unique Study Features:

Charts and graphs are really helpful for me personally when doing a Bible study. If I'm reading through a book in the Bible, I may come across some pertinent information in The Woman's Study Bible that helps clear up something I've just read or perhaps elaborate on the discussion. Other times these charts will include information that can be applied to practical everyday living, such as the listing and breakdown of flowers and herbs mentioned in the Bible. There are also extra stories and biographies of women who have lived during Biblical times, which gives me a more accurate glimpse into the lives they lead. I particularly enjoy reading the Biblical insights by other women in the fields of theology, biblical studies, archaeology, and philosophy. Like the NKJV version, another favorite feature of mine is the inclusion of in-text quotes that were written by Christian women who have lived throughout history. 

The Woman's Study Bible, NIV is an incredible resource to take in the Word and get closer to God. All of these features and inclusions, coupled with a beautiful feminine design, really make this the ultimate study Bible–and one that wa created to speak to the hearts of Christian women everywhere.