Whether you are Team #PSL (pumpkin spice latte) or Team #Football, there’s no denying the excitement that stirs as the crisp air and vibrant leaves announce the arrival of fall. Maybe it’s the anticipation of a season filled with nostalgic family traditions and dusting off Great Grandma’s bread pudding recipe. Or the long-awaited celebration of thankfulness that allows our weary hearts to pause and reflect on the blessings around us. From hay rides to sleigh rides, we eagerly embrace the first chapter of the holiday story.
Retailers also agree that fall is a fan-favorite. Aisles and aisles are filled with festive decorations, seasonal treats, and gift-giving reminders. We sift through mailers and commercials that tout the trendiest sweaters and gadgets, but sometimes finding a truly personal gift, such as a Bible, isn’t quite as easy as one would hope. When gifting the Word of God, how do we select the perfect Bible for a mom, or teen son, a husband, or dear friend?
How do you choose a Bible for someone else?
With thousands of selections to choose from–what’s the best way to virtually hold, page through, or even envision the smell of a new Bible? How do you select the perfect copy of Scripture to walk with your beloved daughter, wife, or pastor through the hills and valleys of the years to come?
Types of Bibles
To help with this, think about your recipient and how they interact with the Word. What TYPE of Bible would be a best fit?
Are they creative and love to journal and take notes as they spend time with the Lord? Notetaking Bibles, like the She Reads Truth and Hosanna Revival Edition, offer beautiful designs and ample margins on the sides of the pages, allowing readers to interact with Scripture in a personal way. These also have matching Scripture notecards, which offer a unique way to both memorize and share God’s Truth.
For students who want to go deeper in the Word, study Bibles offer insights and commentary. This includes maps, graphs, concordances, and charts that help readers develop a depth of contextual knowledge. These are available for general study, offered with inspiring content from respected preachers such as Tony Evans and Charles Spurgeon, or specialized content to offer an in-depth understanding of topics such as the Holy Land.
Reviewing a full list of all Bible categories can help you decide if a devotional, compact, chronological, large print, or other type of specialized Bible would be your best choice. There are also Bibles designed specifically for women and men, with tailored content and resources.
Bibles for Different Life Stages
Stage of life is another excellent consideration to make when choosing a Bible for someone else.
Teen and student Bibles offer relevant resources and tools, helping to guide lifelong learning and discipleship. The new CSB Student Study Bible highlights 30 character profiles, 99 “Essential Truths” of the Christian Faith, 10 “Know Your Faith” Q&As, and 99 foundational memory verses.
Premium Bibles, like The Holman Handcrafted line of products, offer high-quality, smyth-sewn binding in natural goatskin leather and are created for lifelong studying and preaching. The Verse-by-Verse Reference Bible is the newest addition to the Holman Handcrafted Collection, but each product in this premium line would be a top choice for your favorite Bible fanatic, pastor, or ministry leader.
Best Sellers are Best Sellers for a Reason
If you’ve made your list but still aren’t completely sure which Bible to select, you can always see which Bibles have landed on the popular list. The Tony Evans Study Bibles, He Reads Truth and She Reads Truth Bibles, the (in)courage Devotional Bibles, and Every Day with Jesus Bibles are certainly favorites for a reason.
No matter your selection, you can be assured that you’ve chosen THE GIFT of all gifts. While a Starbucks gift card can bring a moment of happiness (well, maybe an hour with a venti), a gifted Bible has the power to transform lives in a way nothing else can. Select Bibles can even be personalized and imprinted, adding a reminder of your love for years and decades to come!