ESV Journaling Bible – Book Review
Did you know that one of the biggest trends to hit the Christian community in recent years is Bible Journaling (also known as Faith Journaling?) Bible Journaling is a creative method of documenting your spiritual journey through both traditional and artistic journaling in the pages of your Bible.
As interest in Bible Journaling has increased, so has the demand for wide margin and specialty journaling Bibles – to the extent that the demand for these types Bibles often exceeds the supply!
That’s why I could not be more excited to introduce you to the beautiful ESV Journaling Bible in the Blue Flora Design. This unique Bible is unlike any wide-margin Bible I’ve ever seen.
The first thing that makes the ESV Journaling Bible unique is the protective case that it comes in. When not in use, you can store this Bible on your library bookshelves in the case to protect your art and insights from dust, sunlight and other detrimental things.
Next, when you slip the ESV Journaling Bible out of its protective case, you’ll find yourself face to face with a book that does not resemble a traditional Bible at all, but looks like a beautiful, floral-covered fabric journal you’d expect to find in a quaint Bed and Breakfast in the English countryside.
The book is lightweight, comfortable to hold – it’s more square-shaped than rectangular and definitely a non-standard Bible size. When you open the ESV Journaling Bible, you’ll find black letter text on cream-colored paper in a double-column, paragraph format. The book contains 2 inch ruled margins on the sides, but the ruling is faint – just enough to guide those who are writing, but barely there so as not to distract those who are using the margins for artistic purposes.
I opened the ESV Journaling Bible in several places and it lay nice and flat no matter what pages I turned to, inviting me to sit down and journal in it without feeling like I was breaking the spine.
Other features include a One Year Bible Reading Plan and Introductions for each Bible book (these appear in the back of the Bible).
What I love about the ESV Journaling Bible is the beautiful Blue Flora fabric design, the protective cover, and the journal-like quality of this Bible. This Bible beckons you to share your spiritual observations, reflections, prayers, praises and journal entries inside its creamy pages.
What I did not care for in the ESV Journaling Bible is that the 7.5 font makes it difficult for many readers – myself included – to read. I’d love to see Crossway make a larger print, larger scale version of this exact same Bible for those of us who have larger handwriting – prefer even more journaling space – and who have trouble reading tiny fonts.
Regardless, if you are looking for a beautiful journaling Bible for yourself or someone special – the ESV Journaling Bible in the Blue Flora Design makes a great gift and lasting keepsake for anyone who values God’s Word.
I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.
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.
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