We are so blessed to have a Christian bookstore not too far from our house. In fact, it’s right on my way home from Bible Study Fellowship, so I am tempted every single week to stop and browse.
I never feel pulled in by Barnes & Noble…but then, most of their books are ones I wouldn’t waste my time on (if I’m quite honest). But put me inside a Christian bookstore, full of books about the God I love and how to be more like Him…and I’m enchanted.
Sometimes I visit the Bible aisle, not because I *need* another Bible…but because I *like* Bibles. There are so many beautiful covers, beautiful illustrations, beautiful type…And I think I love that because God’s Word is beautiful. So isn’t it fitting that it looks beautiful to match its content?
So when I was asked to try out a new Bible, I just couldn’t help myself. The ESV Illuminated Bible is beautiful.
Here’s what the manufacturer has to say about this Bible:
The ESV Illuminated Bible places the full ESV text alongside over 500 elegantly hand-lettered gold ink illustrations by renowned artist Dana Tanamachi. 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.
I’ve been enjoying this Bible for a few weeks now, and here are the things I’ve noticed about it…(We’ll start with the negatives.)
Although this Bible has the entirety of the ESV text (a translation that I love), it does not have a concordance in the back. I do love having that handy index that helps me when I’m sitting in Sunday School thinking about a particular text…and I cannot for the life of me remember the reference. Sure, my Bible app can search for me…but I’m still a paper Bible kind of girl (obviously).
Along the same lines, this Bible also doesn’t have cross-references or footnotes. I do so love to know where Scripture texts are cross-referenced, and if I’m using this Bible, I have to access another resource to find out this information.
Beauty. There are many beautiful gold illustrations throughout, including full-page illustrations. Dana Tanamachi designed a full-page illustration for the beginning of each book of the Bible, and she has provided an explanation for the way she designed each of these particular pages at the back of the book.
Also, though I wouldn’t call these *thick* pages, they are thicker pages than the tissue-paper-thin pages of most Bibles. The text is single-column and the margins are wide. These things are super helpful for those of you who are artsy-fartsy Bible journalers. 😉 I wish I was talented in this arena, but even I have loved the extra room for notetaking.
This particular Bible comes with a hard, cloth-covered cover in a permanent slipcover box.
This is a spectacular journaling/art Bible. It’s a beautiful, creative way to read and meditate on God’s Word.
It’s not a study Bible. As I mentioned above, there aren’t concordances, cross-references, footnotes…There are no study notes or maps. But of course, all of these things are accessible elsewhere.
This would be a great gift for a loved one this Christmas. It can be found at Amazon.com, ChristianBook.com, or at your local Christian book retailer.
Check out this video for more information on how it was made.
I actually really hate doing giveaways…BUT I know a few of my friends would love to try this new Bible. So, you have a week to comment on this post in order to be entered into the drawing for a free copy. What I’d like to know is this: What’s your favorite way to study God’s Word?
I’ll draw a winner Saturday, November 25 at noon.
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