Introducing the ESV Single Column Journaling Bible, Artist Series

Unique Bible Covers Designed by Christian Artists

The ESV Single Column Journaling Bible, Artist Series is a collection of journaling Bibles meant to celebrate the treasure of God’s Word through the artistic talents of his people. These Bibles feature commissioned cover artwork designed by Christian artists such as Peter Voth, Ruth Chou Simons, and Joshua Noom. Each artist offers a visual entry point focused on a particular biblical theme or passage, setting a tone of reflection as readers engage with the Bible.

Each of these decorative hardcover Bibles retains the features of the original ESV Single Column Journaling Bible, such as cream-colored paper, a single-column page layout, and lines in the margin for note taking. These features coupled with captivating cover artwork make each Bible conducive to creative engagement with God’s Word.

Be Transformed, Ruth Chou Simons

Ruth Chou Simons is a best-selling author, artist, and speaker, using each of these platforms to spiritually sow the Word of God into people’s hearts. Ruth is the artist and founder behind GraceLaced Co., a popular brand and retail website that features her unique style of art paired with biblical truth. Simons shares her experience of God’s grace through her ministry, business, writing, and social media.

About her cover, she writes:

Romans 12:2 exhorts believers to not be conformed to the pattern of this world, but to be transformed by a new pattern—one that aligns our hearts and minds to the truth of God’s Word. The butterfly symbolizes transformation with its astounding metamorphosis. I love how God lovingly puts his design and redemptive work on display through creation. He promises to make us a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17) and to make all things new (Rev. 21:5), and we get to see a glimmer of that work in a butterfly, in petals that form on a flower, and in leaves that change with the seasons. As believers, we open our Bibles to know the heart of our Savior, and to meet our ordinary lives with the extraordinary transformation that is ours through Christ.

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In Bloom, Lulie Wallace

Lulie Wallace started her career in Charleston, South Carolina, after earning her BA in studio art from the College of Charleston. She has been featured in publications such as Southern Living, Garden and Gun, Real Simple, Coastal Living, and Betters Homes and Gardens. Her work ranges from fine art to textiles, and over the years she has had the opportunity to design collections for companies like Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, and Terrain. Lulie lives in Columbus, Georgia, with her family.

About her cover, she writes:

For this cover artwork, I imagined a timeless book cover that could sit out on a coffee table with a soft and lovely palette. As an artist, I try to make beautiful things that will last and speak joy into people’s lives, but the Bible is truly timeless—it will never go out of style. It is all that we have! My hope is that people will open this book and the Lord will reveal himself in a very real way. I pray that the words would speak to their soul and that people would be captured and wooed by the Savior and their lives forever changed by his love.

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Dwelling Place, Jake Weidmann

Jake Weidmann is a professional artist and the youngest certified master penman in history. He has spoken from the TEDx Mile High stage twice as well as to a private group of animators at Pixar Studios. Weidmann works primarily with private commissioners and has also partnered with clients such as Apple and Biola University.

About his cover, he writes:

The flourishing swallow finds its inspiration from a piece entitled “Little Sparrow”—a messenger of hope (Matt. 10:28–29). Like the sparrow, the flourishing of the wingtips of this humble swallow shows the powerful impact of a single, small life, and the grand promises bestowed upon her and all who sing for joy in the presence of the living God. When people open this Bible, my hope is that they would pause in reverence and find their soul longing for the courts of the Lord; that when they delve into the living Word, they would take refuge in the feathers of the Father’s wings—a shelter, a dwelling place, a home in heavenly places (Ps. 84).

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Sanctus, Peter Voth

Peter Voth is a German graphic designer and illustrator who works as a freelancer for clients and agencies worldwide. His style is inspired by the golden Victorian era, when historical techniques such as line engraving, woodcuts, and scratchboard were used. He transfers these visual languages into the digital age and makes them responsive to the modern world. He was the artist for the ESV Story of Redemption Bible, and his clients include Bonnier Corporation, Brand Union, Metaleap Creative, and the Journey Group.

About his cover, he writes:

My love for historic architecture and vintage bookplates was a strong influence on this design. The work focuses on the four biblical symbols that were present in all temples and in Christ himself: blood, water, bread, and light (John 9:5, 4:10, 6:35; Matt. 26:28). The gothic style of the artwork pays tribute to the beauty and heritage of Christian-inspired art and architecture throughout church history. These main elements are supported by fragments of the ancient prayer and hymn “Sanctus,” which believers have used for centuries for worship and liturgy and is based on Isaiah 6:3. Ultimately, the artwork is intended to create an awe-inspiring sense of Scripture and give a tiny visual glimpse of God’s majesty and holiness.

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Garden, Jess Phoenix

Jess Phoenix studied illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design, and currently works as a product designer in Seattle, Washington. Most of the flowers and leaves in her floral designs are imagined and act as a vehicle for her to create vibrant color relationships. Her work has been featured on products and projects for clients such as Sephora, Urban Outfitters, Birchbox, Pandora, and many others.

About her cover, she writes:

With this piece I aimed to create something elaborate and complex yet centered on the cross as the ultimate focus. Our lives are constantly growing and progressing, much like a garden. I see Jesus as the gardener of my life, pruning and tending to me. His ultimate goal is for me to flourish and grow, and he delights in the process of nurturing me. My hope is for others to be reminded by this art of how our God intimately cares for us.

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The Lion and the Lamb, Joshua Noom

Joshua Noom is a Florida-based designer specializing in detailed and bold illustration combined with an organic sense of typography. He has collaborated with clients such as John Mark McMillan, Elevation Worship, Mission House, Facebook, Sony Music, and many others.

About his cover, he writes:

I have always been drawn to the imagery of the lion and the lamb. These titles may seem contrary but they are both used to describe Jesus. In the book of Leviticus, we see how lambs are sacrificed to cleanse the people of Israel of their sins. In John 1, this imagery is applied to Jesus when he is called “the Lamb of God.” We later encounter the word lion used to describe Jesus in Revelation 5, where he is called “the Lion of the tribe of Judah.” Understanding those paradoxical pictures of Christ—the conquering lion and the sacrificial lamb—has helped me in my journey of walking closer with him. My hope is that when people read this Bible they will realize the power of understanding who Jesus really is.

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