HCSB Illustrator’s Notetaking Bible – Book Review

Illustrators Notetaking Bible - Reverse

HCSB Illustrator’s Notetaking Bible – Book Review

If you are a creative Christian who loves to interact with the Word of God by writing, drawing, journaling and coloring in your Bible, then I have a special treat for you!

The B&H Publishing Group has just released the HCSB Illustrator’s Notetaking Bible – a unique Bible that combines the text of the popular Holman Christian Standard Bible translation in a convenient, single-column format with two of the hottest trends in the crafting world: Bible journaling and adult coloring!

The HCSB Illustrator’s Notetaking Bible comes in your choice of two bindings: a deep rich purple linen binding and the classic and richly colored leather binding, which is shown above.

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What I love most about this Bible is that it easily allows those of us who might love the look of Bible Journaling but might not feel so artistically inclined to easily incorporate the trend into our Bibles by beautifully coloring the 600+ filigree illustrations, Scripture quotes and drawings that other talented artists have rendered throughout the Bible, while providing plenty of room for our own notes, doodle and renderings as well!

I also like the fact that the lines and drawings are drawn in a subtle gray, which is soft enough to see without being obtrusive during one’s reading of the Word.

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The pages lie flat when you open and work in the Bible without breaking the spine so the Illustrator’s Notetaking Bible is a joy to write and color in. The book is the perfect size for holding without being too heavy – it fits comfortably in one’s hand.

The only drawback to this Bible – as with the HCSB Notetaking Bible – is that the print is extremely small. If your vision is good, then this will probably not be an issue for you, but if you have trouble reading tiny print, then you will have trouble reading the font in this Bible.

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Small font aside, if you are looking for a Bible to help you creatively express what you are learning as you read God’s Word, or if you are looking for the perfect gift for a creative friend, The Illustrator’s Notetaking Bible is sure to brighten your day!

I rate this Bible 4 out of 5 stars.


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Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the Lifeway / B&H Publishing Group for review purposes. However, the opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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12 Responses to “HCSB Illustrator’s Notetaking Bible – Book Review”

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  1. Michelle says:

    I just requested this Bible.
    I hope I get it. There were only 150 available.
    The first book I reviewed was Miriam and Daniel (flip-book)

    I see you have a Lifeway book reviewer graphic.
    I review for them, too.
    How do I get a graphic? Thanks!!

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Hi Michele,

      Best of luck to you – it’s an awesome Bible!

      To get the graphic (there are 3 color choices available so that you can pick the one that works best for your blog) – Go to the Photos section of the Facebook group and you will see them there. Then, just copy and save for future use!

      Be sure to share your reviews at The Book Nook and leave a comment so I can visit you! 🙂

      • Michelle says:

        I think I may be getting the Bible.
        I haven’t received an email stating otherwise.
        Every time I read your post about it and see the illustrations the more I want it.

  2. Marie Moody
    Twitter: Xmasdolly

    You did a wonderful job with this Illustrator’s Notetaking Bible – Book Review. My mother-in-law use to be a reader at her church before she passed and she would take notes in her bible such as these. Her daughter took over for her when she passed. It was because of these same illustrations and notes that her daughter feels closer to her Mom.

  3. Morgan says:

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    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Hi Morgan, it’s very nice to meet you!

      The best way to connect with other bloggers is to join us each week at our Inspire Me Monday, Wordless Wednesday and Friendship Friday parties as well as The Book Nook (depending on what interest you and is most relevant to your blog) and to comment and connect on my blog and the others who regularly join us so that we can get to know you – we are a very friendly community and would love for you to join the fun!

  4. Lux G. says:

    Reading the Word has never been this creative and fun!

  5. Gayl Wright says:

    Aside from the small print, it looks like a wonderful Bible for those who love to journal and color. I think having some of the illustrations drawn already so all you have to do is color would be very helpful for those who might not feel confident at first with their own illustrations.

    Thanks for this informative review and thanks for sharing with us at the #LMMLinkup!

  6. Mary Hill
    Twitter: MaryHill16

    I love the Illustrator’s Bibles. I wish I had artistic talent. These are so inspiring and helpful to draw you into the Word of God. Thanks for linking up with us at Literacy Musing Mondays.

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Always a pleasure to share wonderful books with the amazing women at Literacy Musing Mondays Mary –
      The nice thing about this Bible is that you can benefit from those with artistic gifts just as if it were your own! 🙂

  7. Tina at Mommynificent
    Twitter: mommynificent

    Nice combo of coloring and journaling! Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday on Mommynificent.com this week!

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