What are journaling Bibles? Journaling Bibles are the perfect way for you to keep a journal of your spiritual journey. Take it to church, read from it and use it at Bible study. You will keep this artful journey with God right inside the pages of your Bible. These Bibles are called Journaling Bibles because they feature ruled wide-margins for writing, reflecting, prayers, journal entries, note taking and any other way you choose to worship creatively. One great thing about Bible journaling is that you will be creating a legacy to be passed down from generation to generation. Won’t it be a great keepsake for your family?
There are several different styles and Bibles that you can use for journaling and I’m going to share with you the different Bibles and styles that you will have to choose from. But, first I would like to say that you do not have to use a Bible to do Bible journaling if you are still not comfortable writing or drawing in your Bible. There are so many wonderful journals out there that you can use. It’s not what you are using as your canvas, it’s all about spending time with God through artful worship.
Now, I know understanding the Bible can be a bit much at times especially with the different versions that are out. I believe every Bible is beautiful and it doesn’t matter the translation. I know I always had a hard time understanding it, it was confusing to me with the “thee’s” and “thou’s”. For this reason I stopped reading the Bible, heck I didn’t know what I was reading anyways. So, you can imagine how excited I was when I returned to my walk with God that there were several versions of the Bible. I was finally connected and understood God’s word.
There are over 40 versions of the Bible and over 12 versions of journaling Bibles. Who would have thought, right? I know I didn’t realize how wonderfully big this new world of Bible journaling is. If you are new to Bible journaling or just new to the Bible let me take a few minutes to go over a few of the different editions of the Bible that are out there. Now, I am not an expert on the Bible and I surely don’t know every version there is but I can help you get started on some of the popular editions that you will find in not only a Bible but also a journaling Bible.
The King James Version (KJV) and the New American Standard Bible (NASB) are literal translations and are faithful to the original Bible text but it can be at times tough to understand. They can also be a bit difficult to read due to the 17th century style and language. The King James Version (KJV) is the most widely known Bible and The New American Standard Bible (NASB) is more modern English but put in a reserved way. It is somewhat difficult but it is more readable then the King James Version (KJV). Both of these versions of the Bible can be found and used just for journaling Bibles.
The King James Version (KJV) has all the full text of the King James Version (KJV) Bible with two-inch wide lined margins for journaling or personal notes. One of the misconceptions that people have when purchasing journaling bibles is the text size. Everything looks bigger online and I want you to understand that if you have difficulty reading small text this may not be the journaling Bible for you. This Bible is soft cover bible that is about 9.50″ x 7.25″ x 1.75″ and has 8-point text. This is what 8-point text looks like. Or you can get the large print wide-margin if you have old eyes like I do. The large print has 11-point text. This is what 11-point text looks like.
The New American Standard Bible (NASB) is a wide-margined hardcover Bible that is perfect for note taking. The margins are an un-lined area so you don’t have to feel like you are trying to write in tiny lined margins. This Bible is actually called the NASB Note-Taker’s Bible and it’s 9.50″x 6.50″ x 1.50″ hard cover or soft cover Bible and has an 8-point text size.
The New International Version (NIV) is a completely new translation that provides accurate reading in modern English. This translation is the most popular of the modern translations and true in conveying the meaning. You will not see any “thee”, “hath”, “thine” etc. The New International Version (NIV) is easy to read, easy to understand, and easy to use for Bible Study. There are two different journaling Bibles in the New International Version (NIV).
There is a New International Version (NIV) Note-Taker’s Bible that is the same as the New American Standard Bible (NASB) journaling Bible. It has a 1.5″ wide outside margin area that is un-lined and would be fun for doodling, stamping or taking notes. The NIV Note-Take’s Bible comes in a hard cover or soft cover version and is 9.75″x6.50″x 1.25″ and has an 8-point text size.
There is also a New International Version (NIV) journaling edition that has extra-wide lined margins. It is a single column Bible with thicker creamy white pages. This is a new journaling Bible that is 8.25″ x 6.50″ it will come in hard and soft cover. This NIV journaling Bible is available for pre-order and will be released on December 29, 2015.
The English Standard Version (ESV) is the most popular of journaling Bibles. This Bible is newly updated and easy to read. The two-inch wide columns are great for reflecting, praise and artful worship. English Standard Version (ESV) comes in a few styles for Bible journaling. You will have your choice of hard cover, soft cover, single column or double column. The English Standard Version (ESV) has a smaller text size of 7.5 for single column and 7.7 for double column.
There are new versions of the English Standard Version (ESV) journaling Bible that have been released. They are the English Standard Version (ESV) Writer’s Edition. This hard covered journaling Bible will have two-inch lines along the bottom of every page of this double-column edition. There is also a English Standard Version (ESV) Interleaved Edition. This hard covered edition will include a full blank page next to every Bible text. Just think of all the space for notes, prayers and artful worship.
Now for those of you that don’t feel your are artistic, you have no worries. Beautiful Word is a full-color Bible with space for you to artfully create and it comes with full-color illustrations of well-known Bible passages. This new journaling Bible will come in the New International Version (NIV),the King James Version (KJV), and the New King James Version (NKJV). All of these versions are single column with wide margins and 8-point text.
Are you new to Bible study, Bible journaling or starting your walk with God? Well I have yummy news for you. There is a new Bible that came out and it’s a new single-column, wide-margin New Living Translation (NLT) Bible called Inspire. It’s going to be the first of its kind with beautiful illustrations that you can color in any way you choose. Isn’t it wonderful that we have this wonderful sign from God above that you can enjoy the world of Artful Worship and don’t even have to know how to draw. You can enjoy the Word of God and have a beautiful color filled Bible that can be passed on for generations to come.
Oh, it warms my heart that everyone can join in this wonderful community of Artful Worship called Bible journaling.
I would love for you to join my “Faith in heART” facebook group. We do prayer & Praise, workshops, Bible study, Q & A and journaling prompts. I hope to see you there!!
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