I recently purchased this book for a friend for her birthday. I own the black hard cover version of this book, and I knew she had liked it, so I decided t o go ahead and buy her a copy. In doing an Amazon search I found out this version of the book, the leather wrapped version, was available. I will admit I am slightly disappointed I didn't know it existed months ago when I got mine!
The strap needs to be installed by the purchaser, but it's super simple so it's not a big deal. This book is basically the basic ESV Journaling Bible with a different cover. Some may find the text a little small, but I think it's perfect so the Bible isn't too large. The single column design seems to flow much better for some reason as well. I honestly thought I would use the lines on the side more, but I am finding that I have much more to write than the lines can hold, so perhaps the Journibles or a notebook of your own would be a better choice if you like to write a lot of notes. But, still a wonderful Bible for short notes, cross references, etc.
As a slight critique, and I know this isn't a study Bible, but I would love to see a few more cross-references. For instance, when an OT passage is quoted in the NT, the passage will be linked back to the text in the OT. But, the reverse is not true. In reading Psalms I came across several passages quoted that were not linked back to the NT, so I had to do a Google search (I write the references on the lines so when I reread I know where things are quoted. I also do the same for the parallels in the gospels). This isn't a huge issue, and it doesn't change my rating on the product overall, but it would just be nice. Again, I know this isn't a study Bible, and I'm not looking for a ton of cross references (I have my ESV Study Bible for that). But the reverse cross-references would be helpful.
I do recommend this Bible if you are looking for one to just take short, general notes. for more intensive notes probably a verse-by-verse Bible would be more helpful if you don't mind writing all over the pages. But just for simple study (perhaps in studying more in depth writing the cross-references in the margin), a wonderful tool. I read this specific Bible daily.