Bible Art Journaling In My New ESV Single Column Journaling Bible {Review & Giveaway}

ESV Single Column Journaling Bible Giveaway

Book review disclosure.

Back in January of this year I began Bible Art Journaling. I had a lovely Journaling Bible that I was (and am) very happy with. It has nice unlined margins and seemed to fit my needs. But . . . everywhere I turned I kept seeing the ESV Single Column Journaling Bible. I wanted one in the worst way but they became so popular so fast that they sold out everywhere.

Well patience is a virtue and mine has finally paid off. I now have this beautiful Bible in my hot little hands. The cover itself is a work of art. The stamped leaves on the LeatherSoft cover just get my creative juices flowing! I don't know if it is important to you but the feel of a Bible in my hands is a big deciding factor as to whether I will purchase or not. This feels so good as I run my hands over it!

I will gather you up from all the nations.

The first thing that I do in the morning while the coffee is brewing is open up the She Reads Truth app and read the devotion for the day. I couldn't resist doing a little doodling to break my new Bible in. For my first entry I kept it simple and just used a Micron Pen and a watercolor pencil to add a splash of color.

What's in a name?

Bible Journaling doesn't have to only be about artwork. For this portion of Scripture in Daniel 1:7 I wanted to remember why it was so important to the Babylonians to change the names of Daniel and his friends. I used some letter stamps and a couple of different colored pens and made some notes. 

but there is a God in heaven

Sometimes I'm just not up to being creative with my handlettering so I cheat and break out the stickers! This is an easy and painless way to get into Bible Journaling. Next time you're at the dollar store pick yourself up a set and dive in.

Gracious words are like a honeycomb.

Other times I just want a little reminder of what the verse contains. For this verse in Proverbs 16:24 I used a simple bee drawing to bring the point home. Your artwork doesn't have to be complicated to remind you of what is in that particular portion of scripture. Just put something in that is relevant.

My cup overflows.

Then there are times that I really do want a more complex piece of art in my margins. This is the current piece I'm working on. I've penciled it in and erased it and penciled it in again. I can guarantee that process is going to be repeated a few more times before I'm happy with it. 

I want to leave you with just one more thought. Remember that this whole Bible Art Journaling thing is meant to be a form of worship. You should enjoy being creative with your Creator. Don't let all the amazing projects you see in your feeds detract you from that. Remember that you perform for an audience of ONE!

Now . . . how about a GIVEAWAY for a chance to get your hands on one of these lovely ESV Single Column Journaling Bible?!! We love Bible Journaling so much that we wanted to make a way for one of our readers to get their own copy. To do that we have partnered with Family Christian to give one of our readers an ESV Single Column Journaling Bible

The giveaway is open to U.S. residents and will run through midnight on Tuesday, September 8, 2015. You must be at least 18 years old to enter. The winner will be contacted by email and will have forty-eight hours to claim the prize. If unclaimed, a new winner will be drawn. The winners’ entries will be verified. Please enter the contest using the Giveaway Tools form below. All entries are optional.


  1. I would journal Psalm 91 first.

    1. Wow I love this Bible and would love a chance to get one. I would journal Jeremiah 1:5 Before you were ever formed in your mother's womb, I saw you and approved you. God bless.

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    1. I've got an idea sketched out on this one . . . just hasn't happened yet!

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    1. I think an eagle's wing over the page would be beautiful!

  4. I would love to start with Genesis 1:1 and reread the entire Bible!

  5. I have been wanting a journaling Bible for quite some time now. There are so many places I would start journaling, but would probably start with the beginning - Genesis.

  6. I would start with John 13:16. "Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him."

  7. What a beautiful Bible! I have been journaling in a no edge Bible.. I love Bible Journaling! That a beautiful way to love on Him!

  8. I would start with Deuteronomy 6:6-8. I love that part of scripture.

  9. I would feel absolutely blessed to have this Bible, being new to the community - a Jew moving into the Illustrated Faith Movement. I am in Canada but my best friend is in the US and everything US gets sent to him. The cover of this Bible is gorgeous. I have only seen the brown ESV. I went to an Anglican Theological College but have nothing to do such gorgeous beautiful art in, especially following my guide - Jesus Christ. xox

  10. I would love to win this to give to someone who needs it.

  11. hmm... good question. I think I would journal psalms 23. :)

  12. I'm not sure what verse I would journal first - Probably one to go with my upcoming study of Acts - I've been wanting this exact Bible for a while, but haven't been able to budget it yet. I've got it on my Christmas list!

  13. I would start with Isaiah 41:10.

  14. I would start with psalm 50:8


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