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The Journal Bible is a Bible style produced by both Thomas Nelson and Zondervan that has a unique squarish look and feel. Unlike most Bibles (and books for that matter), these Bibles are not as narrow and tall. Instead they are a little wider in the pages to give room for notepad margins and single column reading. As you can see in the photo I shared, these Bibles leave PLENTY of space for writing notes. This is a photo of my personal NKJV Journal Bible. (They also have other available translations such as NIV, ESV, and KJV)
I am someone who likes to see proof that a Bible is in use. You probably have that one friend who has a Bible that looks brand new still sitting on the shelf that it has sat on the past five years, right? Or maybe that's you... Personally, I think a good looking Bible, is a well used Bible. I like the Bibles that have signs of war, sorrow, joy, and growth all over them. That is one of the reasons this is my daily use Bible.
It fits comfortably in the Bible case I bought for it so the spine and cover are not ruined while I can still use the inside almost daily. Taking notes on passages is fairly easy with this Bible, and the margins make note-taking great as the columns are not too wide or too thin. I have just enough room to fit five small words or one-two large words on each line. Also, because of the wider page size, the Bible is easy to lay flat on a table or my lap. I have no problem taking notes during church with this Bible.
I would say that one thing I wish this Bible had was a small loop on the cover to hold a pen. If it had one, I would not have bought the Bible case. When I first used this Bible, I realized I would forget a pen often when I went to and fro with it, which was very annoying as it is for note-taking. Buying a Bible case that had a pen-holder inside was an easy solution, but the issue could have been avoided if there was one included on the Bible. All that to say, if you buy this Bible and you're as forgetful as me, I'd recommend buying a case that can hold a pen and highlighter or this Bible won't get the use it deserves.
One of the things I love about this Bible (other than the note-taking) is the color of my pages! It's hard to tell in the picture I took, but they are a bland yellow color, close to something like an off white with a yellow tint to it. It really gives you that notepad feel when writing. It is very nice for anytime you decide to write outside; you won't have to worry about the sun's reflection on white paper blinding you. It is also not a problem with any pen color I have used. Most of my writing is in purple or black, but I have also used a pretty light blue and have no problem reading it on the yellow background. I am pretty sure that some of these Bibles do come with white pages also so make sure you read the description before purchasing if that is something important to you.
Overall, I recommend this Bible to anyone that wants to take notes during sermons or devotions. It can be used for note-taking like I do, or more of a sketch Bible where you do some creative art on the sides writing verses in calligraphy, or even a diary/journal Bible where you can write dates and about your life at the time of reading certain pages.
If you're like me, this is one of the best Bibles for someone who likes to write down doctrines/principals in their Bible. I have pages where I can highlight verses and then write (for example) "sanctification..." giving the definition. This way I know this passage teaches this term. I also really like that in the very back of the Bible, there are a few extra pages with the header "Notes". I use these pages for when I want to quote someone.
Here are some of the Bible cover styles they have. Just click on a cover you like!
The Bible has many routes you can take with it. Bibles like these leave the use up to the user, so get creative! I have used my personal Journal Bible for two years now; it's almost time for a new one! They come in leather, hardcover, and even some really nice hard cloth covers. I will leave a link below if you want to check them out. I hope you enjoy our new Journal Bible as much as I enjoy mine!