Many years ago, I recall a conversation I had with one of my friends that had just lost a parent. This was such a difficult time in her life, but she sought comfort in something left behind by her father, his Bible. This was not just any ordinary Bible, but this was one that was loved and used. She knew that because it was not new. The cover and pages were worn. Notes were written throughout the entire Bible, as well as many prayers left behind. My friend sought comfort in this Bible and she reflected on the fact that she would once again be united with her father once she got to Heaven.
That one conversation left such an impact on me. It made me consider my own legacy that I was leaving behind for my children and loved ones. Of course, I read my Bible and write notes to myself throughout the margins as I listen to the Word being taught or what God reveals to me in quiet time. Those notes are very dear to my heart. But does it show more than that?
Recently I was given the opportunity to check out the ESV Illuminated Bible. It is absolutely STUNNING! Designed with the full ESV text alongside over 500 elegantly hand-lettered gold ink illustrations by renowned artist Dana Tanamachi, this Bible is so incredibly beautiful! Printed on thick cream-colored paper, the Bible’s single-column text setting and wide margins provide generous space for additional notes, prayers, and designs—inviting readers to creatively engage with and reflect on the beauty of God’s Word.
This Bible also features:
Black letter text
64 full-page, custom book opener illustrations
50 full-page verse illustrations
250+ hand-lettered margin verses
100+ other illustrations throughout
Packaging: Permanent Slipcase
What makes this Bible so unique is the intricate work that Dana Tanamachi has done. As an American lettering artist, graphic designer, and illustrator, her exquisite typographic murals ignited the worldwide chalk-lettering trend. She has been commissioned by clients such as Instagram, Target, Google, Time Magazine, Nike, and West Elm. You can learn more about her here.
With everything that she has so delicately added to the single most important book in my life, I am eager to begin Bible journaling in it. While may illustrations may not be as gorgeous as Dana’s, I know that is the perfect Bible for my kids to be left with so that they can see the love I have/had for my King. I want them to be able to pick up my Bible and see that it was more than just a book on the shelf! They should be able to easily see from the illustrations and text that I write that I used that book to live my life.
What is Bible journaling? It is a way to show your love of the Word by drawing pictures or writing words on the pages of the Bible where you are inspired. It helps you to engage with the Bible and God’s word in a powerful and meaningful way. Now I realize this is not for everyone, and that is okay. But if you are the creative kind and want to celebrate God’s love in a new and refreshing way, I want to encourage you to consider bible journaling.
Check out my Pinterest page for ideas.
You can purchase your own copy of this journaling bible at
Would you like to win your own copy of this beautifully illustrated bible? We have one to giveaway. Giveaway ends December 3, 2017. Be sure to keep scrolling down to enter.
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