With Bible art journaling being all the rage, this may be an unpopular opinion.
I don’t like it.
It might be more accurate to say that I don’t like much of what I see posted online. It’s not the art itself. Much of what I have seen online is beautiful. I just don’t like that the words – the Word of God – is obscured by watercolors and markers that must bleed through to the opposite side of the page to create rather a mess of the text on the other side.
Bibles like the CSB Notetaking Bible may be one way to avoid this pet peeve of mine.
The Bible comes with a cloth over board cover featuring a flowery design that is repeated on the inside front and back covers. It is also available in a brown color with a diamond pattern and in genuine leather.
Inside, wide margins are lined at intervals that may be too small for people with larger handwriting. An additional lined page is included at the end of each book to allow for more space on which to write notes.
The text itself is in a small font, but is clear and easy to read on cream-colored pages.
I particularly liked the reading plan included in the CSB Notetaking Bible. The plan includes a reading from the Psalms each Sunday with daily readings from the Old and New Testaments and special readings for the days prior to Easter and Christmas. It’s a plan designed to take the reader through the entire Bible in a year.
The concordance seems sizeable for a Bible of this size, and the colorful maps illustrate significant episodes including the travels of Abraham, the Exodus, the journeys of Paul and more.
Overall, this is a beautifully designed Bible, but it’s impractical for me, however, since I take copious notes during sermons and study times and would quickly run out of space in the lined margins.
If, however, you are interested in a Bible with wide margins to give you the space you need to be able to do artwork or to take notes during devotions or sermons, the CSB Notetaking Bible is an excellent choice.