Mostly I’ve scratched ink around the edges of the Word, recording dates and phrases and slices of conversations, as well as thoughts the Lord gives while reading. You too?
This year, Zondervan sent me the all-new NIV Beautiful Word Bible (February 2016), in exchange for my honest review.
I wanted to see how it feels to bring paints and colored markers to the pages of scripture. So began the adventure! I started reading through Exodus along with my current Bible study, and from each page, I copied a verse or two onto the side margins, adding a little decoration here and there.
Before I found all this extra margin space, I often copied verses onto separate journal pages. I learned long ago that I retain information best when I write something out and spend that extra time thinking about it. I have a feeling many of you take in scripture that same way.
What I love about Bible journaling, is that it gives me a way to interact with the text beyond my reading.
When I open the Bible later, I turn pages to receive a visual reminder of where the Lord spoke to me before.
My favorite thing about the Beautiful Word Bible is that it features 500 illustrated verses throughout. It still offers plenty of blank spaces to create your own art while reflecting on scriptures you’re reading.
In my opinion, this is a perfect first journaling Bible, because it includes so many colorful ideas to inspire your own creations. I don’t know about you, but I tend to be more creative and willing to risk artistically, when surrounded by the creativity of others.
Will experienced artists and Bible journalers love it also? I think yes! There’s still plenty of space for your own art, but every once in a while, there’s another illustration.
If you want to know more about the Beautiful Word Bible, click here to view a video and/or purchase it.
I will be giving away another copy of this book on Wednesday, March 23 at noon. To be included in the drawing for the giveaway, simply LEAVE A COMMENT on this post.
Let us know if you have a tip for Bible journaling, or if you just hope to try it out.
I look forward to mailing someone a copy of the Beautiful Word Bible. Best wishes to each of you!
UPDATE: Gayl, you are the winner of the Bible! I’m emailing you now! 🙂