Friday, September 16

Current Obsessions: Bible Edition


Recently, I have stumbled upon a few new and fantastic resources to use during my Bible study time. Last year I did a similar post and thought it was time to update blog-world on my most current favorites.

At the top of my list of new finds is my Moleskin journal. It's the Volant series, and I'm literally obsessed with them. I may or may not have five other colors waiting in the wings to use when I'm finished with my current journal. Truly, obsessed!

Along with the new Moleskin obsession is my years-old fixation on Target Dollar Spot's ballpoint pens. Besides the fact that the designs are always on trend, they write so smooth! And fine. I'm guessing they are .5mm fine tip, versus how most pens seem to be .7mm tips and write with a medium fine thickness. The extra thinness of the ink makes a difference when you're writing in the margins of a Bible (I can write smaller and fit more notes in the margins). And as much as I adore the new Papermate InkJoy Gel pens and my tried and true Papermate Flair felt tip pens (they don't smear!!), these Target pens don't bleed through my pages.

Speaking of the Target Dollar Spot, that brings me to two of my other current favorites. This crayon highlighter and those gold metal paperclips! I hate to use traditional highlighters in my Bible because they bleed through the pages...and that DRIVES ME NUTS. So this is quite the perfect tool.

One of the newest items I've received in the mail is this new Bible. It's the HCSB Illustrators' Notetaking Bible with a nice medium brown leather cover. While I'm not very familiar with the HCSB translation, I was looking for a different translation from the NIV I have grown up reading. Something that is still accurate with the original language and text, but with a slightly different tone that will help me engage in what I'm reading. It's not that I don't love the NIV translation (because I do!), but having read that translation my entire life, it's exceptionally easy to gloss over the words/stories because my mind fills in the details. It's like I'm too used to the NIV. This translation - the Holman Christian Standard Bible - is a trusted, original translation with a team of more than one hundred scholars from seventeen denominations behind this version, using the guidelines that each word must reflect clear, contemporary English AND each word must be faithful to the original languages.

This Bible combines two big current trends in Bible study. Coloring and large margins for note taking. I am not artistic enough to take blank pages of my Bible and create watercolor or painted images to describe what I read off the page. This Bible includes blank drawings - some floral, geometric shapes and phrases - scattered throughout the pages for readers to include snippets of guided creativity. All the pages have wide margins, perfect for note taking.


Another one of my most recent discoveries is the Gratitude Journal. Made out of heavy cardboard covers and full of interactive pages, this journal is definitely...different. I think in a good way? The jury is still out. Normally, I'm not a big fan of this kind of structured journaling because it can feel forced and cheesy. BUT in the spirit of keeping an open mind, I decided to give this journal a shot. It is undeniably lovely. (Do you SEE how gorgeous that page is with the shades of purpley-blue flowers?) Each page is meant to get your heart and soul focused on God and prayer, while trying to bring creative journaling into your quiet time.

I've tried a few adult coloring books within the last year when the craze first hit. The idea of them is catching and grabbed my attention right away; however, one of my friends and I were just talking about how hard it is to sit and actually color. We've lost the art of capturing our imagination in this manner. All that to say, I like the idea of this journal in forcing me to sit quietly with God and my imagination.

And finally, if you're searching for a very structured prayer journal, look no further than the Val Marie Paper prayer journal. It looks like she's moving away from the colorful paperback version (like pictured) to a hardback, spiral bound version for 2017. You can see more images of the inside of her journals on her website.

Disclaimer: The books this post were provided to me free of charge in exchange for my honest review. All the opinions expressed are completely my own. Also, affiliate links used. This means that if you purchase a book via the Amazon links, I'll receive a small percentage. Thank you for supporting my blog!

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