I am interested in what you "educated" people have to say about the style, quality and accuracy of the Holman Bible. I know the Holman was published as a "Baptist" Bible, but I am also curious to know if you think it had something to do with the slower ESV sales due to the timing of both. (People heard about the Holman, before it was published and waited.) Please note that both Bibles started by practically the same approach, giving away or selling the NT in paperback very cheap. Did this hurt or help? In my last country church, there were Holman's laying everywhere in the young adult and high-school depts. (I was a janitor part-time--I picked lots off the floor where kids leave their books today.) The ESV did not show up. Of course, Lifeway did not make a great effort to sell ESV's or at least not the store nearest me to the North. A great push was made on the Holman's. The grammatical style seems different and I catch myself comparing it to my NASB, but when I do I find it just uses a different word order to make things clearer. Personally, I like it, but, I also like my KJV, NASB, and ESV. I know this has probably been beat to death somewhere, but search engines don't seem to like me and I would like to ask a new group here what you think. KJVO's please, don't bother. I'm just saving you time, you won't convert me. The more info on its background that is true and not just rumour would certainly be appreciated. I would like to use it as a reading Bible. (One like I leisurely read when i'm too tired to study through my NASB.) You may also tell me what you think and the history of the New Living Translation. I would also like its background. It is an easy read for my little grandkids.