Crossway ESV Journaling Bible review #JournalingBible #FlyBy

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My parents taught me to never write in books. As I was growing up, I always felt a little bit scandalous when I doodled in my Bible. Sometimes I did this to mark specific verses I loved; other times, I highlighted parts that spoke directly to my heart. When a friend or penpal added a verse to a letter they sent me, I looked up the verse and doodled that person’s name next to it. For years, this was my secret habit! It was a special way to personalize God’s word. Somewhere along the years, that Bible was packed away or lost; I wish I still had it. It would be a wonderful artifact from my childhood, and the early years of my faith. When journaling Bibles started making an appearance in recent months, I immediately wanted one. Many thanks to FlyBy, who provided me with a beautiful blue floral journaling Bible! #JournalingBible #FlyBy #giveaway at

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The margins of the journaling Bible are large enough to accommodate sermon notes, thoughts, and prayer lists.  I love that the cover has such an artistic design; it’s very different from typical Bibles. Its slipcover case has sharp corners, which make it easy to wrap!  Pair it with a set of lovely markers and you have a beautiful gift.

What do you think about this journaling Bible?

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  1. sherry blamer says:

    I love the ESV Journaling Bible, Writer’s Edition. I would keep this for myself I would love to have a place to write or mark my favorite verse.

  2. I would definitely keep it for myself! And I love the floral Bible above. I’ve never journaled in a Bible but it sounds like a great way to learn!

  3. Jennifer Boehme says:

    I earned from my Great grandma about writing about your important verses in Bible. Her Bible had so much writing, you could learn just from that. I do it now and my niece is starting from watching us. I would give this to her.

  4. I find that when I read the Bible I am always wanting to add notes. This would be perfect. I thought I would be able to add notes on my tablet Bible, but my current program does not allow for that. I think having notes would be helpful to me.

  5. I would give this Bible to my daughter. She would love this. She loves her Bible and has journals all over, so both in the same bind would make her so happy. I like the floral one. They all look so good!!

  6. would love this – our church is now using the ESV and my old NIV is falling apart – I need a new Bible!!

  7. Becky Richardson says:

    I would keep it for myself and use the journaling for my own personal thoughts.

  8. Sherry Compton says:

    I really like the Writer’s Edition. It would make a great gift for my daughter. This is a different version for her to try, and she really likes to take notes and mark verses. A great way for her to stay organized and make it her own.

  9. I would LOVE to win this!

  10. I think this would make a very nice gift.

  11. I would keep it for myself, it would be nice to lose my journal every few months b/c it is in the Bible!

  12. Lori Williams says:

    I could talk forever about this Bible because I have been looking at it for a long time. I would selfishly keep it for myself. My current Bible is falling apart with pages falling out. I just have not been able to afford a new one. So I just keep using the one l have and am very grateful that I have it. Many would love to have the bible I have. And as I continue to read His Word I also pray that God may provide a way for me to get a new bible. I love this Bible because it has such big places for notes plus its ESV which I love. Thank you!

  13. Corey Clancy says:

    I would send it to my brother. He ius the Youth Pastor of his church and this Bible could really come in handy. I still write notes in the tiny spaces of my Bible, I have since I was 15 and received my first bible from a church friend.

  14. I would give it as a gift.

  15. I would keep this for myself would be very helpful

  16. I have had my eye on this one for a while! I would love to have this one for myself! I love seeing what everyone else has done with their Bibles!

  17. I love journaling so adding the option to my bible would be fantastic! During church, I usu have to carry a separate journal, so this would be really convenient!

  18. I would keep it for myself. I love the space to illustrate what I am feeling as I read the passages. It would be perfect to take along on walks I often take alone to meditate.

  19. Teresa Simpson says:

    I would love to win the journaling Bible because I think it would be a fresh new way to get me into the Word.

  20. I really like the ESV Journaling Bible® Cloth over Board, Blue Flora; I would love to use this as a bible study tool.

  21. Lori Williams says:

    Someday I hope to be able to get the Natural Leather with Strap Flap Journaling Bible. I have really liked this one for a long time.

  22. I’ve never heard of a journaling Bible before. It’s very beautiful. I would like one to be able to keep up with my Pastor’s reading. When he reads certain scriptures I would like to keep up the dates and what they mean. Thank you for offering this beautiful book.

  23. I’ve been really curious about Bible journaling lately and would love to try it. My current Bible is way too small and has no margins!

  24. brittani adams says:

    I would like to keep it but I think my mom is more deserving and would love it. I love the blue one pictured above, I love that you can write in and keep notes and journals in your bible now.

  25. Lori Williams says:

    It would be really nice to be able to journal directly in my Bible without have to squeeze it in on the side or find a page that has a little more space to write on. I do have a notebook that I journal in but would love to not have to carry an extra book to church. Thank you!

  26. I would either keep it or give it, depending on what felt right at the moment. Christmas is coming, so it would probably make a really cool gift.

  27. I had never heard of a journaling Bible until I read your post. I would love to win the blue one! It’s lovely and I would give it to my daughter as I have a Bible I have used and made notations in for years. Thank you for the chance! Happy Thanksgiving!

  28. Kristy Jensen says:

    I am always writing notes in my bible and would love to start journaling in them.

  29. I would give this as a Christmas gift!

  30. I would love one to follow my journey that I am going through with one of my teen daughters, she has decided to explore her faith as I am returning to mine.

  31. Lori Williams says:

    I love the designs on the outside of this Bible. So pretty. Would love to someday be able to buy a few of these and give them out to some new believers. What a great way to encourage them and help them to grow in their walk.

  32. Claire Rheinheimer says:

    I would love this for my mother in law, she loves to make notes in her bible!

  33. Ellen Thompson says:

    I would love to get this. I think the design is beautiful and it would make it so easy to keep notes on things I read in the Bible. I would probably choose to keep it but if I did give it away, I would probably give it to my sister.

  34. I would love to win one so I could just carry around one book!

  35. I would want the Original, Black for me. Nice and convenient.

  36. Lori Williams says:

    It is great that the margins are big enough even for sermon notes!! I have had times when I would be searching for a place in my Bible to write something down and just couldn’t find a space big enough. I think I sometimes even may have written over some scriptures a little. With this Bible that wouldn’t happen. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  37. Sherry Compton says:

    I like the ESV Journaling Bible, Writer’s Edition with it’s double columns for writing.

  38. Lori Williams says:

    I would love to have this and do all my journaling in it so that when I am gone I can leave it to my children and grandchildren. Would be great for them to be able to read what God has spoken to me about during my time with Him.

  39. Phyllis Lamken says:

    I would give it as a gift.

  40. I would love to own one for my quite time! Love the cover.

  41. Diann Pustay says:

    This is absolutely beautiful. I would love to give one to my mother. I know she would love it. Thank you for the great and thoughtful giveaway.

  42. Sherry Compton says:

    It really helps my daughter and I both to write things out. Taking notes would be a great tool to learning and understanding more.

  43. Lori Williams says:

    One of my favorite versions of the Bible is the ESV so this particular journaling Bible would be awesome to have.

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