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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

ESV Journaling Bible - Review and Giveaway

It seems if you are a fan of Pinterest or even Facebook you are probably aware of the latest trend called Bible Journaling. Thankfully quite a few Bible publishers are jumping on board to help note takers and journaler's like to be able to have a place to capture all those notes we take in church. In fact this was on my Christmas Wish list this year. So many websites are popping up helping people take part in journaling in their Bibles or ideas on what to journal in their Bible if you are the artistic type but love the look. I can even imagine how this might trend into something more permanent where they will begin publishing them this way in the future.

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I am so honored to be able to share with you Crossway's ESV Journaling Bible! It is the perfect way for you to keep a journal of your spiritual life right into the Bible that you read and study each day or even for note takers that are looking for a bit more room to take notes or capture things they want to remember from their Bible studies or commentaries. Of course, for me, it provides just the right place for a new art form known as Bible Journaling. However you wish to use this Bible, it is just perfect for any or all three of these ideas.

The ESV Journaling Bible provided 2-inch ruled margins for writing observations, reflections, prayers, praises, notes and journal entries, making this the perfect gift and lasting keepsake for anyone who values God's Word. Some of the features include:

Black Letter Text 7.5 font size.
Double-column, paragraph format
Cream-colored paper
2" ruled margins
One-Year Bible Reading Plan
Introductions and Section Heading for each Bible Book.


I love the feel of the velvet like cover. It's actually cloth over board. It makes you feel like you've spent a whole lot more on the Bible than you actually did. I love the ribbon book mark that keeps me from having to place sticky notes or fold the pages to remember where I left off. The pages are thick enough as to not have any bleed through for those using markers to color or highlight in their Bible. It weighs just 1.9 pounds and measures 7.8 by 6.5 by 1.7 inches which is perfect for most larger purses to carry. I love the ESV translation which is one I prefer over some of the other formats.


7.5 font size makes it challenging for an older person to read. I wish it had red letters to separate the words of Jesus from the rest. The lines on the margins are barely there, which is perfect for picture journaling, but not so easy for note takers looking for a bit darker lines to help keep things neat a tidy. While the Bible does contain Introductions and Headings for each Book, they are located at the end of the Bible and not at the beginning of each book, which for me doesn't make sense as they are only a paragraph longer and could have been placed along with the beginning of each book. The footnotes are in even smaller font size and for me, were a bit challenging to see.

I received the ESV Journaling Bible compliments of Crossway Publishers and Propeller LLC for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation aside for a free copy of the Bible in exchange for my honest review. I can't wait for the possibility of Crossway making something a bit larger for older readers or those with sight issues in the near future but for me, I found that using a page magnifier worked well on those passages I wanted to read for my studies. The journaling space was just perfect for note taking or picture creation and in my opinion rated a 4 out of 5 stars.

Thanks to the generosity of Crossway Publishers and Propeller LLC, they are offering a giveaway copy of the ESV Journaling Bible (Blue Flora) to one lucky reader. Here is all you have to do to enter this giveaway.

1. Be a follower of my blog, Reviews From The Heart or "Like" my Facebook page, Reviews From The Heart. 

2. Be a resident of the US or Canada. No P.O. Boxes please.

3. Leave me a comment below or on my Facebook page telling me why you'd love to win a copy of this Bible. Don't forget to include your email address in the comment box or message me with it if you are doing it through social media. You can use the words (at) or (dot) instead of the actual symbols.

I will email the winner of the giveaway once it end on November 20th. You will have 72 hours to respond before I select another winner. Feel free to enter as many times as you like.

For more information about the ESV Journaling Bible, Crossway Publishers or where to pick up the Bible today, please click on the links below:

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Disclosure: This is for US or Canada only. Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising") : Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. 

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller/FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. 


  1. me, please. would love to win this.

  2. You get the coolest Bibles to review!
    I have been searching for a Bible in this kind of translation that offered the wider margins for note taking, and I love the idea of journaling in it to make it uniquely personal. Would love to add this bible to my collection.

  3. I follow your blog. My DIL's mom would love to have this bible. (Yes, I'm always thinking of others). I can see her using it daily.
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  4. I have seen this around the internet! I think it's a great idea..I would love to start a journal.
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  5. I have been looking for a good Bible for journaling. This looks like the perfect one. Love the side margins for adding notes too.bveinotteatjunodotcom

  6. I am a long time follower and would love to win this.

  7. I would love to be able to jot down high points of our church sermons in the two inch margins
    I follow you by email and I have liked your FB page.
    Thanks for this giveaway.
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  8. I would love to jot down important points of our minister's sermons in the 2 inch wide margin
    I follow you by email and I have liked your FB page. Thanks for this giveaway.
    cps1950 (at)gmail(dot) com

  9. I would really like to win this to give to my sister for Christmas.

  10. I'm always filling in the tiny margins in my Bible with notes. It would be wonderful to have a Bible to accommodate all my note taking. Thanks for considering me! I follow on FB.
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  11. I am a gfc follower as Tracie Cooper and like you on FB as Tracie Cooper, my email is tmichellecooper55 (at) gmail (dot) com I would love to give this to my best friend!


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