It seems like there are too many choices for the American consumer when it comes to Bibles. Suppose you have a friend who's done the legwork of settling upon a specific translation, such as the New International Version (NIV), but who can't decide whether to get their Study Bible, Quest Study Bible, Archaeological Study Bible, Student Bible, or The Great Rescue Bible. Rather than say, "Just make a decision already," or "Less is more; buy a thinline," like I would do, the good folks at Zondervan have given your friend another solution: the NIV Essentials Study Bible.
Zondervan believes that no one should have to be forced to choose between their impressive catalog of specialty Bibles, so they have created one more specialty Bible that takes the best from those other Bibles and put them all between its covers, plus book introductions from The Essential Bible Companion. Don't despair if you've already shelled out the cash to stock your shelves with those other volumes. I'm sure the parts this Bible left out were important too. Just not important enough to be included.
I saw that Apple's new iPad Air 2 comes with 18% more air at 6.1 millimeters thick and only 0.96 pounds. At 1.8 inches thick, this Bible also comes with 18% more air compared to the 2.2 inch thick NIV Study Bible. Plus, there's no danger of this baby bending, in part, I'm sure, because it doesn't have volume controls. And at only 3 pounds, the NIV Essentials Study Bible will feel a lot lighter than its 4.2 pound predecessor.
If this were a phone, you'd have the next big thing. And you'd probably hurt your wrist holding it to your head. As a Bible, it's mostly just a big thing.
(This post is mostly satire. If you're looking for a study Bible, this one has a lot of nice features.)
I received a copy of this book from the publisher for purposes of review.