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Sunday, March 27, 2016

The Sunday Salon and Creative Journaling with your Bible

Happy Easter! And Welcome to The Sunday Salon and The Sunday Post! It's that day of the week bloggers from all over the internet get together virtually in a large gathering place called The Sunday Salon and talk books!  And at The Sunday Post, which is a weekly meme hosted by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer, in which more bloggers share their bookish news!!

It is a beautiful Sunday in Connecticut! Perfect for collecting Easter eggs in the yard! Spring has finally come to stay ( I think), and with the warmer weather it just seems to scream reading. But because this is Easter, I thought I would highlight something that seems special to me... The Inspire Bible. I have heard so much about creative journaling, and the coloring book craze looks like it's going to be staying for a while, so what do you get when you combine coloring and the Bible? The Inspire Bible. When I saw this Bible I just thought I would share it Easter Sunday.

I haven't really done anything with creative journaling. Or with coloring books for that matter. My mother did give me one of the beautiful coloring books by Johanna Basford, and I have enjoyed relaxing and doing some creative coloring. But when I saw the Inspire Bible, I just thought it was so special. Of course, I also thought that it was a little disrepectful to draw in your Bible. But people do underline passages, right?

Here's the description...

Inspire Bible NLT: The Bible for Creative Journaling by Tyndale... Inspire is a new single-column, wide-margin New Living Translation Bible that will be a cherished resource for creative art journaling. It is the first Bible of its kind—with over 400 beautiful line-art illustrations spread throughout the Bible. Full-page and partial-page Scripture art is attractively displayed throughout the Bible, and the illustrations can be colored in to make each Bible unique, colorful, and customizable. Every page of Scripture has two-inch-wide margins, with either Scripture line-art or ruled space for writing notes and reflections, or to draw and create. The generous font ensures optimal readability, and quality cream Bible paper is great for creative art journaling. Inspire is the only single-column, wide-margin Bible available in the popular New Living Translation, and it is designed uniquely to appeal to art-journaling and adult coloring book enthusiasts. Deluxe LeatherLike editions of Inspire Bible feature a lovely, silky LeatherLike material, a matching ribbon marker, and pretty page-edge designs.

Barnes & Noble had this Bible, with the beautiful design on the cover, for a special price pre-order price of $24.95, which was 50% off the original published price and I ordered one. (It seems now that Amazon has this beautiful Bible for $24.95 now, but there is a wait). This Bible is beautiful! The cover is beautiful, the pages are that wonderful paper thin quality, and the artwork inside is inspiring. There are two inch wide margins on the outside of the verses for your own artwork and notes, but there are also beautiful illustrations that are pages for you to color yourself. As well as illustrated Scriptures.

Here are some samples I found of how people are decorating their Inspire Bibles...

Lauren at The Thinking Closet has a wonderful post on how she started her journaling Bible, with tips and supplies needed. And here is a thoughtful post by Kirsten at Sweet Tea & Saving Grace about what Bible Journaling is and how to get started.  You can find inspiration on Pinterest too! Here is a link for the Pinterest board of Illustrated Faith. But whatever your method, test out your supplies before doing something major! These pages are thin and you don't want to ruin your pages with bleeding thru, etc. Do a small sample of color somewhere or read up on what other people have done.

Well, what do you think about the Inspire Bible? And here's what I'd like to know...

Question... Would you color in YOUR Bible?

Have a wonderful Easter! And happy reading... Suzanne


Anne@HeadFullofBooks said...

The inspire Bible would be something I would think I wanted then I'm sure the coloring projects would fall to the wayside. 'i hope you have better determination than me. Enjoy. Thanks for the kind words on my blog today!

Harvee said...

Beautiful journal.I would mark in my Bible journal if there was adequate space for my thoughts!

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

My friend gave me a beautiful journal for Easter, filled with Scripture, and I can't wait to start using it.

Thanks for sharing this very-interesting Bible.

Suzanne Yester said...

Hi Anne,
Yes, I may not continue to color, but it was such a beautiful Bible I bought it. I wish that I were brave enough to draw in it like some of the amazing photos we see here!

Thank you for stopping by!

Suzanne Yester said...

Thanks for sharing, Harvee! Yes, I will be contemplating what to add to my pages.

Suzanne Yester said...

What a wonderful gift, Deb! I remember journaling as a young girl, but somehow when I grew up I just stopped. Too many grown up things to do. I think this is a good way to take time for yourself.

Greg said...

This is definitely unique! I would have a hard time coloring in it I think, but if it's designed for that... maybe. :) I hope you enjoy, and happy Easter!

Daniela Ark said...

wow that is really cool. I think it is a fantastic concept especially to get kids to read the bible.

Molly said...

Ooohh.... I have debated about getting this Bible for several weeks now.

I bought a journaling Bible about a year ago and have done a bit of "creative" journaling (mostly small stickers and my own notes in colorful pens).

I'd love to hear follow-up posts - to see how you have expressed yourself through this Bible.

Daniela Ark @ BOOKIVERSE ( said...

Hi It's me again :) just wanted to say I'm in AWE with your profile pic!!! :)

Joy Weese Moll said...

I'd color in that Bible! I have enough versions laying around that I don't mind if one is designed to be more interactive.

Unknown said...

What a beautiful idea. I love the inspiration pictures.

ellepaulette said...

I have been looking at this Bible for awhile and I think I may have to get one! Thanks for sharing!

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