In the margins of my old high-school notebooks are doodles of all kinds - most of which got me into some manner of trouble owing to the fact they were neither french verbs, nor diagrams of oxbow lakes. Now, however, doodling in the margins of books (well, Bibles) is encouraged thanks to the trend for Bible journaling.
But what is a Journaling Bible?
Halfway between a journal and a Bible, Journaling Bibles feature wide margin spaces for writing, illustrating and note-taking. They will also often feature thicker paper and illustrations to colour in as well. This new vein of Bible encourages readers to be inspired, be creative, and to read its pages in their own unique way.
For anyone curious about creative Bible reading, or destined to be a doodler, here are our top picks of the Journaling Bibles available today.
Halfway between a Bible and an Adult Colouring Book, this is a journaling Bible for anyone who wants to relax into God’s word. With intricate line images to fill in, as well as wide margins for notes and drawings, this is the ideal gift for anyone with an artistic eye. There is also a new range of Inspire Bibles that celebrate the inspiration of the Psalms and come in a luscious purple binding.
With illustrations by Thea Muir, this Journaling Bible in the NIV text is an ideal and encouraging all-family Bible. It has the space to explore the Bible together and a selection of unique images from Thea Muir that helps you see stories from the Bible in a vibrant new way.
Sometimes there just isn’t enough space to jot down everything you find in the Bible. Some verses contain another Bible’s worth of depth alone. Giving readers as much space as possible, this Single Column Bible is all about making room for you. Its super-wide margins allow you to write to your heart's content.
A premium Journaling Bible, the Illuminated ESV includes over 500 hand-lettered illustrations in gold ink, as well as a generous space for notes and designs of your own. Ideal for anyone with fine artistic sensibilities and an eye for the beauty of God’s word
See the beauty of the Bible anew with the NIV Beautiful Bible that uses stunning illustrations to enrich your time in God's word. Bringing in elegant hand-designed images to complement the translation, this edition strives for beauty on every page.
Sometimes it takes a spark to ignite a fire of imagination, and the images in this NIV Journaling Bible are just that spark. Created by artists Hannah Dunnett, the bright and exciting images in this Bible invite you to push out in Bible-inspired creativity. A new edition is available now.
7. NIV Journalling Brown Bible
A mixture of a Bible with the binding of a high-quality notebook. This journaling Bible is made to go where you go, giving you a place to reflect, write, and explore what God’s word has to say when you look closely and thoughtfully.
A whole new way to do Bible journaling. The verse mapping Bible gives you the space to examine closer than ever before the verses of God’s word. With this, you can break apart a single verse to see all the many truths, references, links, and depths contained within. Like having the key to a treasure chest, this new way of journaling helps you focus in one place, and find things you never knew you could before. The perfect way to read the Bible with depth and thoughtfulness.
Ready to get going on Bible journaling? There are great resources available to help you dive into creative Bible reading - from high-quality colouring pencils by Veritas, to stickers tailor-made for placing in your Bible. There is also a guide to expressing yourself through Bible journaling, Art of Bible Journaling.
March 31st, 2021 - Posted & Written by Aaron Lewendon