How to Choose a Journaling Bible
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People have been highlighting passages in the bible forever; even drawing descriptions in the margins. In response to this trend, the journaling bible was created to help people each day learn and understand the passages they’re reading.
Many women, especially when experiencing periods of turmoil, life change, transition or redirection find help, comfort, clarity of meaning and purpose, and soul rest by reading and studying the bible.
What is bible journaling?
Bible journaling is simply a way to creatively contemplate, reflect and meditate on the word of God in an active (interactive) and artistic way.
What is a Journaling Bible?
It’s a bit simplistic to say that a journaling bible simply has wider margins so you can write notes, highlight passages, or draw to help you better understand the words of the Holy Scriptures.
This type bible is more because it is designed for written and artistic expression that requires more than just ample margins on each page.
A journaling bible shouldn’t be confused with a note-taking bible, which has thinner pages and is designed to write quick notes along the side or bottom of each page.
Designed to hold up under heavier inks, a journaling bible is one that allows for repeated erasing, and drawing with different types of pens or markers.
Getting the right one means understanding the differences between each type of bible and choosing the best one for your needs.
How to Choose the Right Journaling Bible
The first step in selecting the bible that is best for you is to choose the version of the bible that you want for your journaling efforts.
Whether it’s the King James, Modern, New International or other bible version, be sure to choose the one that reflects what you want based on your level of comfort with the selected version, including your ability to best comprehend the content for your spiritual needs.
Budget: How much you are willing to pay for a journaling bible will be a significant factor in deciding the quality that you receive.
If your journaling efforts are confined to simple note-taking, then you may want to go with a bible that is designed for that purpose which is usually less expensive.
You should review different journaling bibles that are currently available on the market, and choose one that fits the budget you have created.
Covers: You’ll notice that this type of bible will have different covers ranging from simple book designs to those designed to help carry your writing or drawing instruments.
You need not get one that holds everything, but it’s helpful to have a journaling bible that can carry what you need so that it can move with you – whether to church, bible study, your favorite spot for meditation or other locations.
Paper Thickness: Obviously, the thicker the paper, the better it is for your writing and drawing efforts since it can hold up to heavier inks and multiple erasing.
However, of the major brands that are available, there is generally little difference in the thickness or even type of paper that is used.
So, you should only use this tip to rule out journaling bibles where the paper is thin or subject to tearing.
To summarize, your journaling bible should be one that best fits your needs while staying within your budget.
Avoid note-taking bibles as they usually will not have the room or durability compared to journaling versions, unless your intention is to simply write notes.
And keep in mind that a journaling bible is really an investment more than a purchase because a good one will be with you for many years helping you understand the scriptures within.
It’s worth it to take the time and make the effort to find the one that is the right fit for you.
Have you found your journaling bible? If so, tell us about it in the comments.
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Kimberly Clay is the founder and creative force behind What She Say. She’s a business professional, writer and editor who’s been creating and managing digital content for nearly twenty years. Her work is now focused in the areas of self-improvement and personal development, and she is passionate about helping other individuals, especially women, to find a path for living their best life.