Note: Due to a technical difficulty, a draft of this review was delivered to email subscribers. My apologies, and thanks for your understanding. What follows is the final draft.
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I’ve had my eye on journaling Bibles for awhile now. When I stumbled across an illustrator’s notetaking version, I finally jumped. Though I was tempted to keep it for myself, I opted to give it to my daughter. The big smile on my teen’s face when it arrived confirmed my choice. She is so my daughter–we have art in our veins.
It was fun simply to leaf through the pages, discovering the the possibilities. Ready-to-color designs fill many pages. On others is blank space for original designs, and on still others lines for writing notes and inspirations.
I like this Bible for many reasons. It is beautiful. Smooth, brown leather covers and elegant coloring designs make it very pleasing. The pages are durable enough to embellish, and the font is easy to read. It is a Holman Christian Standard translation, which I had not come across before. It is similar to the New American translation that I use most often. It measure 8.5 x 6.6 x 1.5, making it a convenient size to carry in a tote.
Best of all, it has my teen spending time in the Word. Voluntarily. It brings me joy to see her engaged in two life-giving activities.
In my eyes, God’s Word + her gifting = pretty close to perfect.
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You can find the HSBC Notetaking Bible at B&H Publishing.
I received a Notetaking Bible in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed here are my own.