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Three years after graduating from college, I was finally settling into my extremely difficult job of teaching needy junior high kids choir. So, I decided to join a Bible Study in my area. They were studying books of the Bible I had never studied before: Habakkuk and Micah, Zephaniah and Haggai. Fascinating!
I read the Bible and the study notes. I answered the questions and listened to the weekly lecture. And, I fell in love with God’s Word once again.
Isn’t that the way it goes? Ups and downs in life. We’re closer to God and then further away. We read the Bible daily, and then sometimes not for months.
That’s the main reason I want to share the ESV Illuminated Bible review with you today. I’m hoping that it will encourage you to get back into God’s Word. Or, if you have never had a habit of reading it, to start reading it!
–>>You can also enter to win a copy of the ESV Illuminated Bible at the end of this post.<<–
What you’ll find in the ESV Illuminated Bible
The ESV Illuminated Bible contains the full English Standard Version of the Bible on thick cream-colored paper. There is a single column of text and a very wide margin. Some of the margins include elegantly hand-lettered gold ink verses of Scripture that correlate to what is on that page.
Overall, there are 500 gorgeous illustrations by renowned artist Dana Tanamachi. Some are full-page illustrations. You’ll find one at the beginning of every book of the Bible. At the end, there is a description of what each illustration is.
Who is Dana Tanamachi?
More Features of the ESV Illuminated Bible
- Hardback and Cloth-Covered
- Comes with a Cardboard Slipcase to carry it with and keep it safe
- Wide margins make it easy to journal or add artwork to the pages in order to understand the passage better.
- The verses that are “illuminated” are perfect for memorizing! Use those to work on memorizing Scripture.
- Has a ribbon bookmark
- I love the beautiful “presented to” page at the front of the Bible
- 9-point Lexicon black letter text
- 2-color printing
- 64 full-page, custom book opener illustrations
- 50 full-page verse illustrations
- 250+ hand-lettered margin verses
- 100+ other illustrations throughout
What I Liked
Journaling Bibles help me dig deeper into God’s Word. I love reading and re-reading (i.e. meditating) on the Scripture to really understand what’s being said and what God wants me to get out of the passage. Here is an example of how I do this:
The margins at the top, bottom, and sides are generous and will allow for ample writing, artwork, stickers, etc. I used some gel pens, and they didn’t bleed through!
I decided to give this Art Journaling Edition version of the ESV Illuminated Bible to my artist daughter since I already have a journaling Bible. Here is her first experience of adding artwork to it. I can’t wait to see what else she does!
What I didn’t like
There are no maps. I always like maps in the Bibles I use. Also, the references at the top of the pages are indented which makes it very difficult to flip through quickly to find a passage. You have to slow down to look into the middle of the pages–definitely should be fixed if these are ever reprinted.
Giveaway of the ESV Illuminated Bible
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