Which Study Bible is Best to Give a Catholic?

An Affiliate of Christianbook

If you’re a born-again believer helping a Catholic friend or family member to start reading the Bible, it’s a great idea to give them one! But which version or translation would be good for them? There are too many to choose from. As a former Catholic, it helped me to have a Bible translation in plain, everyday English.

I know may Evangelical Christians are very much attached to the King James Version. That’s fine if that’s what you grew up with. Remember, Catholics have grown up with priests and nuns telling them they don’t need to read the Bible. All they have to do is trust the church to teach them what they need to know. Only, they don’t and that’s the problem. (Dig deeper: The Roman Catholic Church Failed to Educate the People in the True Gospel)

When I first started going back to church, a well-meaning friend, told me to get a King James Version. Guess what? I got frustrated with the “thees” and “thous” and stopped reading it, totally defeating the purpose. Eventually, I got the New International Version (NIV) and that was the best for a “new Christian” to get into the habit of reading the Bible daily. Today, I also study from the New King James Version (NKJV), and the New Living Translation (NLT).

NIV Grace and Truth Personal-Size Study Bible, Comfort Print–hardcover

By Zondervan Bibles


The NIV Grace and Truth Bible has been compiled by a group of scholars and pastors who have taken great care to present the Gospel to all believers, whether they are new to the Christian faith or have been following Christ for most of their lives. The editorial team was led by the president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Dr. R. Albert Mohler, who has dedicated his life to the faithful distribution of God’s Word throughout the world. The study and observational notes that fill this Bible have a passion and sincerity to them that compel you to read further; a merging of the earnestness in evangelizing the unbeliever and the compassion to warm the heart of a weary believer who has been battered by the struggles of life. A balance is found between the stark truth of God with His graciousness in our pain and this Bible will lead you into a lifelong study of God’s redemptive story.

Featuring Zondervan’s Comfort Print typeface- a revolutionary font that has been designed to provide an optimal reading experience by minimizing eyestrain.


  • Complete text of the accurate, readable, and clear New International Version (NIV)
  • Project leadership by general editor Dr. Al Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Insightful and practical bottom-of-the-page study notes
  • Center-column cross reference system for deeper study
  • Comprehensive NIV concordance
  • Words of Jesus in red
  • 16 pages of full-color maps
  • Satin ribbon marker
  • Smyth-sewn durable hardcover edition lies flat when open
  • Exclusive Zondervan NIV Comfort Print typeface
  • 8-point print size for the biblical text and 7-point print size for the study notes
  • Only $25.99!

NIV Grace and Truth Personal-Size Study Bible, Comfort Print--hardcover

The NKJV American Patriot’s Bible, Hardcover

Thomas Nelson


Never has a version of the Bible targeted the spiritual needs of those who love our country more than The American Patriot’s Bible. This extremely unique Bible shows how the history of the United States connects the people and events of the Bible to our lives in a modern world. The story of the United States is wonderfully woven into the teachings of the Bible and includes a beautiful full-color family record section, memorable images from our nation’s history and hundreds of enlightening articles which complement the New King James Version Bible text.


  • Full-color presentation page and family record section
  • 48 full-color insert pages, presented in 12 four-page sections
  • Complete text of the New King James Version Bible, in large print
  • 1,824 pages featuring: illustrations, two-color Bible pages, 254 articles, and 66 book introductions
  • Index & Concordance
  • $26.99

NLT Chronological Life Application Study Bible, Hardcover


2013 CBA Winner!
The Bible is the story of God’s interaction with his creation. It is a story that occurs over time, in many places, and through many events. It includes the lives and lessons learned by many people from many cultures. It’s often easy to lose sight of the way in which God’s story fits together when our primary way of looking at the Bible is a bit here and a bit there.
The new four-color Chronological Life Application Study Bible combines the proven resources of the Life Application Study Bible with a chronological format and several brand-new resources. The Bible is arranged in 10 chronological sections that help the reader to see how the various pieces of the Bible fit together. New section intros and timelines set the stage for the passages in each section. New archaeological notes and photographs help to bring God’s story to life in a whole new way. And of course, the Life Application resources answer the all-important question—”so what?”


  • Section Introductions—Background information help you get the big picture of biblical history
  • Chronological Format—Read God’s story in the order it happened
  • Parallel Passage Indicator—Shows you when there are multiple perspectives of a single story
  • Running Timeline—Notes key biblical and world events in the margin
  • Full-color Maps, Photos, & Illustrations—Unique presentation of biblical history and content
  • Life Application Notes—Learn how to apply the Word to your life with the most trusted application notes available today
  • Archaeological Discoveries—Brings you closer to the world of the Bible with engaging insights
  • Christian Worker’s Resources—Sharing the faith with others
  • The Bible Book-By-Book—Introductions and outlines to each of the books of the Bible
  • NLT Dictionary/Concordance
  • Master index to all study notes, chart, map, personality profile, or archaeology notes
  • Presentation page
  • 9-point text size
  • 9.50″ x 6.75″ x 2.00″
  • $31.49

In addition, you might want to suggest to your friend and family member to start with…

  • The Gospel of John
  • The Book of Acts
  • Paul’s Epistle to the Romans
  • The Book of Hebrews
  • Paul’s Epistle to the Ephesians

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