Have you heard about the Illuminated Bible yet? Doesn’t it sound fancy and intriguing? Just look at it! Its gold leafing and classical design is just begging me to open it up!
The Illuminated Bible, Art Journaling Edition is a brand new journaling Bible from the makers at Crossway, the folks who originally made journaling Bibles a thing (Praise Jesus!). And they have had their creative gears turning and they are coming out with something I think we Bible journalers are all going to love!
Recently, I sent a survey to my Bible journaling beauties, (if you’re not one, you should be —> sign up here), asking what was important to them in a journaling Bible, and almost all of them said the same thing:
“I find importance in the size of the margins, text, and cover.” -Erin
Can I get an “amen”? While translation is paramount in a study Bible, these 3 things are usually what graces the top of our list as Bible journalers! Guess what, my friend, the Illuminated Bible prioritizes all three of these things! Finally, we’ve been waiting! Now, let’s talk about the amazing features!
Illuminated Bible Features:
- 2-color printing (THERE IS GOLD INSIDE!)
- English Standard Version
- 500+ custom hand-lettered elements and illustrations (more than any other journaling Bible out there right now)
- Illustrated by Dana Tanamachi (she has been featured by Google, The Wall Street Journal, Random House, USPS, and Target)
- 50 blank pages designed for full creative interaction ****UPDATE- these 50 pages had to be pulled due to size. 🙁
- Thick, cream-colored paper (the great paper we have come to know in Crossway’s other journaling Bibles)
- Wide margins (without lines!)
- Single-column format (for lots of journaling space)
- Text size 9 (almost as large as the large print)
Now, here is the kicker: It doesn’t debut until practically November 2017. Cue the sobs and lamentations. I know, I know. There there, it’ll be alright. Waiting will make us appreciate it is more.
The best journaling Bible?
At this point, you’re probably a tad disappointed and wondering why I am sharing this with all of you now versus later. The main reason is because I’ve been asked many times “What is the BEST journaling Bible?” and I’ve given a considerable amount of thought to this question and I was ready to answer it… until I saw this Bible.
Genuinely, honestly, truly, I think this is going to be the best journaling Bible out there.
No, I haven’t physically held it (yet), and no, Crossway has not asked me to endorse it. BUT I have been looking for a journaling Bible to call my own, not for sharing art tutorials with you all, not for testing new products in, but for me to intimately share my heart with the Lord…a Bible I can give to my kids as an heirloom that displays the adventures of my life with God…a Bible that is an extension of me…and I think I’ve found it, which is something to be excited about!
I apologize for the sentimentality, but I am very excited for the Illuminated Bible and needless to say, YES, I will be stocking it! (updated 2020: I currently stock the red cover here! Click here to bring it home.)
Which one is your favorite?
Now, let’s do something fun! Since your opinion is super important to me, I want you to share: Which cover option do you like the best? Answer in the comments below! (BTW- they just added another cover option and it is oh so pretty!)
A- Blue, cloth over board cover
B- Green, hard cover
C- Synthetic leather
I can’t wait to hear which cover is your favorite in the comments! As for myself, I can’t decide! But I am partial to greens!
Peace and love, my Bible journaling beauties,