I received this Bible for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.
The NIV Journal the Word(TM) Bible allows you to creatively express yourself every day with plenty of room for notes or verse art journaling next to your treasured verses. With unique and sophisticated covers, this single-column edition features thick cream-colored paper with lightly ruled lines in the extra-wide margins, perfect to reflect on God’s Word and enhance your study.
Excellent for a gift or for personal use, it can also be a cherished heirloom to pass on to future generations with your personal writings inside! This exquisitely designed floral cloth over board edition is likely to become a lifelong treasure.
Features of this treasured Bible include: • Lined, wide margins for notes and reflections • Thicker cream paper for enduring note-taking • Full text of the most read, most trusted modern-English Bible – the New International Version (NIV) • Easy-to-read black-letter text • Lays flat in your hand or on your desk • Ribbon marker
Journaling Bibles have become extremely popular in the past year or so and it’s easy to understand why, a journaling Bible allows you to take memorable notes that won’t fall out or fill up your Bible to the point that it won’t close (I speak from experience 🙂 ). Bibles have always been more personal than the digital ones we can access on our devices, but the journal Bible actually makes it more personal, more long lasting, because of the room for thoughts, mediations, quotes, and highlights that can turn your Bible into your very own study Bible (in your own handwriting!)!
**If you know from my past reviews, I’m not a huge fan of the NIV Bible (I prefer ESV and NKJV) in general, however I knew that this was NIV when I requested it so I am not going to be including that particular opinion in this review, I am simply reviewing the Journaling Bible as a design.
First, this Bible is a solid book that feels good when you hold it (if you like the heavier Bibles) and the fabric cover is very well made and looks to be durable. The font on the binding is elegant and adds that touch of personality that many women like in their Bibles. On the inside is a place to write your personal information and it is very clean looking. Also the font throughout the Bible is large enough to read easily but not so big that anyone looking over your shoulder would assume you’re blind 😉 (The journaling Bible I have had for a while has very, very small font and has two columns of words per page, this has a single column with probably a 2 pt increase in font and allows room for note taking in between verses if desired).
As for things I don’t care for, this Bible doesn’t have a map, which I’ve always liked in my Bibles, but more importantly it doesn’t have a glossary of any sort. I’ve always been one to use glossaries because they are convenient and honestly quite helpful when studying, next to glossaries I like cross references of which this Bible also lacks. Also the Red Lettering found in many Bibles is not present in this journal Bible which I thought was quite odd.
So if you are looking for a journal Bible that you want to use to study with (scholars), however cute this one may be, I think that there are better ones to choose from, but if you are just looking for a Bible that you want to read from and jot down your thoughts and definitions while drinking a cup of coffee, this one may be for you! I give it 4 out of 5 stars.
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