Finding the best journaling Bible may seem like a difficult task. Heck, just choosing a Bible version may overwhelm you. Today I want to share what I believe to be the best journaling Bible I have ever owned.
I am a journaler by nature, which is why I also love blogging. I do consider my blog a sort of digital journal. I share my thoughts here openly with you, in the same way, I do in my Bible. Of course, I don't share everything here, or my blog would probably be a lot more popular than it is. 😉 I save all the really raw, vulnerable, and sometimes downright ugly sides of myself for my prayer journal. Though it has been on my heart lately to be even more "real" about my struggles here on Faithfully Free. Maybe in time.
I see journaling as a way to get out the things we hold inside. It's also a great way to remind ourselves of the revelations we experience when we are in God's word, yet forget as soon as we step away. Before I got a journaling Bible, I wrote all over my Bible. It got to the point where I couldn't even read parts of it because I had scribbled all over the page, highlighted, underlined, and then highlighted again. If you're like me, you totally understand where I'm coming from. If you're not like me, you may have never even considered writing in your Bible. Maybe you consider it a sacred book that should be in the best condition possible. I wouldn't disagree that it's a sacred book, but I do believe it is a living book, and much like myself it is okay if it has marks, dog-eared pages, and some wear and tear.
Regardless of whether you are a Bible journaler or not I think that this Bible meets all of us halfway. It gives those of us who loves to journal room to do so, and those of us who wouldn't think of it, a little freedom to feel at peace with the idea.
So what makes the ESV Journaling Bible by Crossway the best journaling Bible for you?
I'm glad I asked!
The ESV Journaling Bible by Crossway features, a double column, paragraph format for easy reading, a One-Year Bible Reading Plan, Old and New Testament introductions for each book of the Bible, and, of course, space to journal and doodle your thoughts and experiences.
This Bible is written in the English Standard Version.
The English Standard Version (ESV) stands in the classic mainstream of English Bible translations over the past half-millennium. The fountainhead of that stream was William Tyndale's New Testament of 1526; marking its course were the King James Version of 1611 (KJV), the English Revised Version of 1885 (RV), the American Standard Version of 1901 (ASV), and the Revised Standard Version of 1952 and 1971 (RSV). In that stream, faithfulness to the text and vigorous pursuit of accuracy were combined with simplicity, beauty, and dignity of expression. Our goal has been to carry forward this legacy for a new century.
To this end each word and phrase in the ESV has been carefully weighed against the original Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek, to ensure the fullest accuracy and clarity and to avoid under-translating or overlooking any nuance of the original text. The words and phrases themselves grow out of the Tyndale-King James legacy, and most recently out of the RSV, with the 1971 RSV text providing the starting point for our work. Archaic language has been brought to current usage and significant corrections have been made in the translation of key texts. But throughout, our goal has been to retain the depth of meaning and enduring language that have made their indelible mark on the English-speaking world and have defined the life and doctrine of the church over the last four centuries.
The ESV is an "essentially literal" translation that seeks as far as possible to capture the precise wording of the original text and the personal style of each Bible writer. It seeks to be transparent to the original text, letting the reader see as directly as possible the structure and meaning of the original.
Not only is this Bible a great companion to other versions, but it also makes a beautiful gift. It comes in cloth covered hardback and has a beautiful floral print that makes a great addition to any coffee table or family room. While what a Bible looks like doesn't matter in the least from a spiritual standpoint, we are creatures that were created to embrace and enjoy beauty, and it is a beautiful Bible. I would highly reccomened this Bible as a gift because I believe your reciepent will adore it.
If you really want to get creative you could turn this into a gift basket! Here are some ideas:
- ESV Journaling Bible by Crossway
- Journaling Pens
- Mini Sticky Notes
- Coffee Mug
- Tea and/or Coffee
- Chocolate Covered Blueberries (or any of the yummy chocolate covered fruits)
- A beautiful prayer journal
Wouldn't you just love to receive a gift basket like that? I know I would. 🙂
I will note that this is the best journaling Bible for women with healthy vision. The 7.5 point type would probably not be a very wise choice for anyone who has trouble reading small print.
Over the past few weeks I have really enjoyed my new Bible and I can't wait to look back years from now and revisit my struggles, triumphs, and the truths that were revealed to me. I think that is my favorite thing about journaling. Our memories will fail us, but our journals will last forever. I don't know that I would want anyone else to see my journals when I pass, but if they did, they would uncover the real me, fully uncensored, struggles and all.
If you don't already journal, I think you should give it a try. Even if you only commit to one month and then put it away, it will be fun to read what was on your heart the following year. I think you will be surprised by what you read. I know I always am.
If you would like to purchase this journal for yourself or as a gift, you can find it here: ESV Journaling Bible by Crossway
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