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So, let me tell you a little something about me that you might not know . . . I am a note-taker. I’ve been taking notes ever since high school. And my notes need to be organized (to satisfy the “paperwork perfection” tendencies that I have).
So, way back before I started hearing (and seeing) everyone talking about Journaling Bibles, I bought one. We had started attending a church that uses ESV as their primary translation. And, while I have a perfectly lovely ESV Study Bible, I wanted something smaller, more lightweight, and portable to carry back and forth to church with me. When I went searching for ESV translations, I found a Journaling Bible and thought, “How perfect?!” I’d have my Bible and my notebook all rolled into one!
Then, the Bible Journaling craze seemed to hit! And I didn’t jump on the bandwagon because I had already started using my Journaling Bible for NOTES. And it would be just awful to mix the artwork and the notes into one Bible (in my mind!) So, I’ve steered clear of the bandwagon.
Until now. Because I received another ESV Journaling Bible to review . . .
About the Bible
The ESV Journaling Bible provides the perfect way for you to keep a journal of your spiritual life right inside the Bible that you read and study each day. With covers and formats that look like the finest journals, the Journaling Bible features two-inch ruled margins for writing observations, reflections, prayers, praises, notes, and journal entries. This unique Bible makes a great gift and lasting keepsake for anyone who values God’s Word.
- Black letter text
- Double-column, paragraph format
- Cream-colored paper
- 2″ ruled margins
- One-Year Bible Reading Plan
- Introductions and section headings for each Bible book
The purpose of Crossway has been, from its founding as a not-for-profit ministry in 1938, to publish gospel-centered, Bible-centered content that will honor our Savior and serve his Church. They seek to help people understand the massive implications of the gospel and the truth of God’s Word, for all of life, for all eternity, and for the glory of God.
Heidi Says . . .
I have to admit, when I received the information about this Journaling Bible, I almost deleted it. I mean, after all, I HAVE a Journaling Bible that goes to church with me each week. I take notes in it. It looks something like this inside:
But then my Bible obsession kicked in. And I thought that I could at least check it out and give it as a gift. Or, the thought briefly crossed my mind that maybe I could actually do the artwork in this one. But, it was a fleeting thought.
Then the Bible arrived. And I sat it on my desk and looked at it for a week and wondered – what shall I do with it?
Then I started researching Bible Journaling on Pinterest. And I even created a pinboard.
I sat down and made a list of some supplies I might need IF I were to decided to start this Bible Journaling artwork thing. (I do have a $50 Michael’s gift card, so I COULD make use of it to buy Bible Journaling supplies, right?)
I dug out some of my scrapbooking stuff because I knew I had some alphabet stickers in there. I used them to add my name to the front of the Bible.
In my fear of actually getting started, I went to Karla Dornacher’s Etsy Shop and purchased some of her Color-Your-Own verses. I chose the set for Jeremiah 29:11 because it’s my daughter Ashley’s favorite verse and I thought she might enjoy coloring the 8×10 size to put in a frame for her room. I printed out the bookmarks and cut one out. I used it to “cheat.” I didn’t want to wait because I knew that, if I did, I’d never start. I grabbed a regular old ball point pen from my desk and my Crayola colored pencils and this is the result.
Then I read a post about adding a Permission Page to your Bible. You know, for us perfectionistic types? To remind us that our Bibles don’t have to be perfect. The journaling artwork is simply a way to enhance what is being read, studied, and learned. It’s a proven fact that writing something down helps commit it to memory, whether via note taking or artwork. I picked a verse (II Cor. 12:9) and I thought about it for a few days. I obsessed over fonts (on a Word document). In the end, I sat down and just did it.
It’s far from perfect. But, I have to admit, I’m pretty pleased with it. And I think that I could really get into this! I love writing and lettering, and I am thinking this could become addicting! And what better thing to be addicted to than your Bible!
Now, I will say this . . . I’ve seen a LOT of ideas for Bible Journaling. Some of them include paint and covering the actual words. That I absolutely CANNOT do. While it’s fine some those who choose to do that, I just can’t – it goes against everything I have in me because there’s something somewhat hodgepodge and sloppy about it that my perfectionism can’t handle! And that’s ok! Everyone is different, and everyone can approach Bible Journaling in their own way. And that’s what makes it unique and special.
So, if you haven’t picked up a journaling Bible yet, why not consider this one? It’s beautiful and will make a lovely keepsake!
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