The Disciple’s Bible CSB Review

January 28, 2019, 1 Comment

I am a happy user of the Christian Standard Bible. In a previous post, I gave five reasons why I use the translation in my personal studies and public preaching. It is a translation built on solid scholarship and attention to readability. Holman Bibles also offers some great formats that are helpful for varied circumstances.

The Disciple’s Bible from Robby Gallaty is one of my favorite formats of the CSB. Robby is a great friend and he’s leading the charge of local church leaders dedicated to disciple-making. His ultimate goal is to make disciples who make disciples. The work he’s offered up with The Disciple’s Bible is one I whole-heartedly recommend for your own use in making disciples.

Here are the reasons that I love the format and one suggested adjustment in future printings.

The purpose. The very existence of this format is for the purpose the Bible exists: to draw people into a deeper understanding of God and closer walk with Him. Every Bible format should exist for this purpose. The deep passion of Robby’s heart is to get people walking faithfully with Jesus and following His mission of making disciples. This is a Bible design that will remind you daily of why you need to pick it up and consume it.

The reading plan. It is designed with the Foundation 260 Bible Reading Plan. Using this plan, a person reads one or two chapters a day for five days each week over the course of a year. It puts the reader in touch with foundational passages of the Bible in order to give a solid overview of the story and key ideas of the Scriptures. It is great for people of various maturity levels to process the whole story of the Bible in a year and hold helpful conversations along the way.

Journaling space. Another feature from Gallaty is the H.E.A.R. acronym used throughout the Bible format and in the other publications from his Replicate Ministries. The discipline of journaling is integral to how this format is used. The acronym is a simple and highly effective method of helping people interact with the Scriptures. Most people are looking for a way to move from reading to actual study. The H.E.A.R. method will get people to the next step.

One suggested change. In order for the Bible to be visually readable, it is printed with a font size of 10. But that means the printing required a weight of paper that allows some ink bleed-through on the Journal Spaces. I hope that in future print runs, Holman Bibles can find a solution for the paper weight to make it a better journaling Bible. The easy solution is to use a pen designed for this type of paper, such as a Pigma Micron. So, when you get this Bible (and you should get it), also spend a few bucks for a nice pen.

The Disciple’s Bible is a format that I’ve been using – both on my own and with a small group of guys. It is one that I’ll continue to use in the years ahead. You should too.



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1 Comment

  • Reply LaRsoa Johnson January 28, 2019 at 12:53 pm

    Definitely a favorite Bible of mine. I’ve got one I’m going through this year that I’ll gift to my oldest son at the end of the year, full of my journaling, highlights, and marginal notes. And, so I have a record of them, I’m meticulously copying those same notes & journal entries into Logos Bible software.

    Like you, I’m also using it in a discipleship context. I gifted it to all the guys I’m leading in a D-Group this year. This is a Bible I’ll be using for years to come.

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