A couple of days ago, I found a new Bible. It was just published on February 29, 2016, and it’s the most amazing Bible I’ve ever seen–one which I believe I’ll use and keep the rest of my life. It’s the leatherbound ESV Journaling Bible, Interleaved Edition. It’s not going to be for everybody, but it is for me; and if it’s your style too, I wanted to tell you about it.
This Bible is patterned after the Bible that my hero, Jonathan Edwards, had made for himself. Edwards took a Bible apart and had it rebound, with a blank page sewn in between every page, so he could write study notes directly in his Bible with ease.
I’ve dreamed about having a Bible like that for years, but I had never heard of one being printed. I was actually considering contacting a custom book binding company and having them take a Bible apart for me and re-sew it with the blank pages.
But just a couple of weeks ago, THIS Bible was released. And I just found it in a store, fell in love, bought it immediately (for more than Amazon charges, unfortunately), and have been walking around hugging it because it’s so special. 🙂 (I know. I’m a nerd. I even jumped up and down when I bought it. Can’t help myself.) 🙂
This Bible is covered with genuine, natural leather, held together with a leather strap. You close the cover by wrapping the strap around the Bible several times and then tucking it through itself. The leather is soft and pliable.
This Bible smells good. It feels good. It’s reasonably heavy (but worth it to me; just keep in mind that it’s not a thinline Bible). The pages are cream-colored and are thicker than normal, thin onion-skin Bible pages. And there is a blank page in between every single page of Scripture.
You can write notes on your blank pages. You can draw or record prayers. If you’re a songwriter who mines Scripture for the best lyrics of all time, you can write down the songs the Lord gives you. Whatever.
The print is decent to read, but I usually buy large-print Bibles, and this is not that. It’s 7.5-point font. But I’m doing just fine with the print size. Also, this is not the kind of Bible that has a lot of notes to help encourage you or help you study. It has a few footnotes here and there to explain wording or give alternate wording, but it’s made for you to put your own study notes in.
A word about the ESV: I’ve always been a NKJV girl, and I still am. However, the ESV is also a word-for-word translation (the most accurate translation method), and I am finding it very similar to the NKJV. In places where I miss a particular phrasing from the NKJV, I simply plan to write it in. 🙂
I plan to use this Bible the rest of my life. It’s well-made, durable, and is, in my opinion, of heirloom quality.
If you’ve been looking for a Bible like this, click here to grab the Journaling Bible, Interleaved Edition on Amazon!
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