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Four Reviews of the ESV Journaling Bible

We’ve discovered four blog reviews of the ESV Journaling Bible. Here are some excerpts.

First, Reid at Power of Change writes:

So far, I have been scribbling running verse by verse commentary in my two inch ruled margins. Others may want to journal prayers, thoughts about life, notes to God, etc. Most importantly, this may just help you Read your stinkin Bible. In doing so the wild and fantastic God of the universe may just grab you and throw you out into his mission. Then life just ceases to be normal. Read the book.

One last thought. I like this little edition so much that I think if Jonathan Edwards were alive, he might have just used a bunch of these little black books instead of the hand-sewn interleaved Bible which he used to write down thoughts in his tiny script.

Second, Adrian Warnock writes:

For I love this Bible already for what it represents. It allows a reversal of a decision I made not much less than two decades ago. Somehow I decided to stop writing in the Bible despite the fact that I had spent a few years writing notes in my Bible (actually mainly date references to the paper diary I was keeping at the time in the days pre-blog). So, after all these years I have decided that I will re-start writing in this new Bible, and indeed already have.

There is plenty of room in the ESV Journaling Bible for notes, and I wrote sermon notes intermingled with my own thoughts this morning at our regional celebration when about 10 newfrontiers churches all met together. Do get yourself one if you want to join me in annotating your Bible.

He also included a picture of how he’s used the Bible so far. In a separate post, he describes how he preached from the notes he wrote in the margins of the Bible.

Journaling Bible showing Adrian’s notes in the margin of Psalm 2

Third, Bro. Matt at Bro. Matt’s Blog writes:

I see myself writing in this edition frequently in my studies, then buying another when I have filled up this one. My desire is for my children and grandchildren to pull out this edition and see what their dad/granddad considered with each passage he read.

He’s been on an ESV blogging kick recently.

Fourth, Janelle at Girl Talk writes:

Mike came home from work the other day with something I just have to tell y’all about. It looked like a thick journal. It was black and had an elastic strap to hold it closed. He opened it to show me, and it was a Bible!…

Mike has come up with a unique plan for his Journaling Bible. He wants to fill the margins with his own reflections and pass it along to Caly someday. I can’t imagine a better gift for my little girl!

Finally, we should mention that Jason Ballard briefly wrote about the Journaling Bible.

(Disclosure: Crossway advertises on Adrian’s blog.)

July 19, 2006 | Posted in: Uncategorized | Author: Crossway Staff @ 8:53 am | (5) Comments »


  1. [...] Today’s blog entry at the ESV site has my review and other ESV blog entries posted on their site along with other entries from fellow bloggers. They noted that I was on an “ESV Blogging Kick.” Is that a slam? Well, I say to the ESV blog servants a hearty, “You’re welcome. You had me at hello.” [...]

    Pingback by Bro. Matt’s Blog » Blog Archive » ESV Blogging Kick?!? That’s What the ESV Blog Says — July 19, 2006 @ 4:10 pm

  2. Several people have reviewed the new ESV Journaling Bible since we last linked to reviews. Gareth Russell (picked up at Moleskinerie):. Of course the big test is, when open does it lie flat? I’m pleased to say that with only a minimum

    Trackback by More Blog Reviews of the Journaling Bible — January 18, 2007 @ 4:23 pm

  3. Well I am sure not many noticed but I have not posted in a while–mainly due to the sinus infection I was sick with all last week. I pretty much slugged around congested and incoherent. Nothing was accomplished last week.

    Trackback by My ESV Journaling Bible. . . Coming Soon — January 18, 2007 @ 4:23 pm

  4. The ESV Blog has picked up on my review of the journaling Bible and found three others – well worth it. My love affair with this new version of the Bible continues!

    Trackback by Adrian Warnock — February 1, 2007 @ 10:39 am

  5. Well, I’m being tempted into buying that ESV Journaling Bible that I mentioned before. Drat the publishers of the ESV and their great marketing techniques! They have a summary on their blog (yes, they have a blog) of some of the bloggers who have liked their Journaling Bible and blogged about it…

    Trackback by Update: ESV Journaling Bible — March 1, 2007 @ 7:43 am

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