To some journal bibles are a new fad, that it would fade, but what many don’t know is that this ‘fad’ has been around for a very long time. Personally I do not believe that it is a fad but instead it is like any normal bible study, just aimed at the more creative believers. If you do not know what journal bibles are exactly, it is a bible that has a wider margin on both sides, this allows for note taking, scrapbooking, drawing and sketching, any way that helps you remind yourself of what God is doing for you and what you need to do more in your life. Personally I do not like the scrapbooking style, I believe that this kind of defeats the purpose of the bible itself as by the end of it you can’t read what is said.
Here are some questions that I have been asked recently about journal bibles and my journal bible.
Where did you get it from? My journal bible was gifted to me by my amazing mumma. She got it through book depositry. This bible was ordered through book depositry and had to be ordered from London because they are so popular here down under!
How do I use my journal bible? I write notes in it either during the sermon, bible study club or when I read or hear something that is important to me. When I am done writing notes I will add a bit of colour either through highlighting important verses or doing a drawing at the bottom of the page. The drawings that I do do not really have to match the verse but I do botanicle or floral drawings that really amplify God’s beautiful creation.
What do you need? There are no set requirements with your journal bible. It is all about what you want to get out of it, do you want to inspire people or yourself? Do you want to remind yourself of the things you need to become better at? What do I use? A simple ink joy black pen, fabre castle pencils in a range of colours, rubber, sharpener and for writing notes I use pocket scrapbook cards.
Is there a theme to what I do? At the moment yes. I am doing a “BE” series. This series focuses on things that I have to BE, be humble, by truthful, be honest, be peaceful, what ever I struggle with or that I need to be better at, but more on that later.
What translation is it? Most bibles today are either found in NKJV and NIV (New King James Version and New International Version) but the latest version and my favorite is the ESV (English Standard Version), similar to the NIV but not much different from the more commonly used NKJV.
Anything that I don’t like about it? I love all of it, I wouldn’t change anything, I wouldn’t add anything! Love love love it the way it is!
So here you go! Journal bibles are not exactly cheap, I got mine through book depositry for $40 but it is all worth it!
If you have any questions about journal bibles or your opinion on them comment below or contact me via firstname.lastname@example.org