When reviewing a journaling/notetaking bible, there are a few major priorities which set certain editions higher than others. One half of the journaling experience is self-expression while the other is preservation of that self-expression. The primary factors for achieving success with a journaling bible are having great layout, optimal room for notes and/or art, opaque paper, dark printing, portability, durable binding and a well made cover to protect it.
The layout of the bible is ideal for notetaking and journaling since it is a single column format and the 1.75″ of lined marginal room is plenty of space for thoughts and notes and art. The paper is great and the dark printing makes the text stand out from the page and improves the readability. The 8 point type is on par with other comparable journaling bibles and the 2K Denmark font is beautiful and easy to read. The size is great so this edition is about as portable as a journaling/notetaking bible can be. The edition is a sewn binding which greatly increases its durability and longevity. All of those are positives and make this bible great.
My only real negative would be the cover, but it isn’t all bad. The cover is a decorative cloth over board design which, although elegant and beautiful, will not wear as well as a leather or synthetic cover would. Also the boarding in the cover is much thinner than you would normally find in typical hardback editions so, even though this increases the flexibility of the cover, over time the edition will be more susceptible to damage. Combining the cloth over board cover with the thin board used and adding in that the edition is a paste down liner, the odds that this cover will hold together and protect the block through years of constant use and wear are low. However, the cover is beautiful and as long as this edition isn’t the primary reader and carry around bible, it will last a lot longer. I would love to see this edition available in a genuine leather or premium leather, edge lined binding which would help this edition to be a legacy bible that could be passed down from generation to generation.
Overall, this is a great journaling/notetaking bible and will fulfill all your needs in that regard. I gave the edition 4 out of 5 stars simply due to the issue with the durability and longevity of the cover. I definitely recommend this edition to anyone with a subtle reminder to take care of it so that it will last.