- Hardcover: 1536 pages
- Publisher: NavPress (February 1, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1631467190
- ISBN-13: 978-1631467196
- Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 2.2 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 76 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Message Canvas Bible: Coloring and Journaling the Story of God Hardcover – February 1, 2017
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“You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world.” –Matthew 5:14, from The Message
Center your heart and mind on the story of God with The Message Canvas Bible as you color nearly 300 hand-drawn illustrations, including over 150 hand-lettered Bible verses.
The Message’s creative language and vivid metaphors will animate your ideas for crafting, coloring, and drawing. Meditate on the words of Scripture, and hear God’s voice speaking to your heart.
- Journaling: Fill with your notes, illustrations, and prayers.
- One of a kind: Add your own unique beauty and style.
- Relax: Immerse yourself in the words of Scripture.
- Coloring: Decorate as a gift for someone you love.
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First thing: I *HATE* that there are only chapter numbers, and no verses (I have a Msg Bible and I know that the verses are often not individually numbered, but rather grouped. But this does not even have that) Second annoyance is that there are many illustrations that are not on the same page as the verse(s) they reference -- and no apparent reason for this?
I do like that it's a bit larger than my ESV, nearly identical to my daughter's Inspire Bible NLT: The Bible for Creative Journaling. The pages definitely tend towards cream (I'd call my ESV ivory) and the lines in the margins are very noticeable (similar to Inspire; the lines are very faint in the ESV and really disappear after adding artwork). The margins are just a tiny bit wider than in the Inspire - love the extra space!
The artwork is nicely drawn, although I wish that the lines were not so heavily printed (due to heavy shadowing on back side). There are a few double page spreads, and the first page in each book has general artwork (often nature-themed, swirls, Ephesians has a knitting project). Most drawings feature word art, or line art with verses added in a corner, but there are also some random drawings (see the example from Hosea - a dolphin?) but I know that I can cover any unwanted drawings with acrylic paint.
Update: I have played around with media types a bit more and am happy with the results. I'd say it's *slightly* more prone to bleed through than my ESV referenced above. Good results with Sakura XNCW-24N, 24 Assorted Watercolors Field Sketch Set with Brush (although some tiny spots of bleedthrough when I used the darkest colors - in the painted Psalm 23 page, there are brown dots on the backside of the cattails). Pitt pens leave a shadow but do not bleed through. Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, Soft Core, 132-Count are still my favorite way to do detailed coloring.
One last comment: I didn't love the orange and green cover, but I'm happy to report that the fabric takes acrylic paint beautifully. The last photo shows my truly unique Bible!
What is The Message edition?
The Message is a reading Bible translated from the original Greek and Hebrew Scriptures by scholar, pastor, author, and poet Eugene Peterson. Peterson spent 10 years working on The Message after teaching in seminary and preaching in churches for more than 30 years. To learn more about this edition please go to NavPress.
What is The Message Canvas Bible?
Center your heart and mind on the story of God with The Canvas Bible as you color nearly 300 hand-drawn illustrations, including 150 hand-lettered Bible verses.
Using The Message’s creative language and vivid metaphors, your imagination will be bursting with ideas for crafting, coloring, and drawing. Meditate on the very words of Scripture, and hear God’s voice speaking to your heart.
Make this Bible one of a kind by adding your own beauty and style.
Fill the extra space with your own illustrations and prayers.
Immerse yourself in the words of Scripture.
Decorate this Bible as a gift for someone you love.
Slow down as you color and enjoy a more relaxed pace.
Let the story of God paint the canvas of your imagination!
When I received the bible, I immediately flipped through its pages in order to discover it. The “artist” in me wanted to grasp all the possibilities of this bible. The more I explored it, the more I realized that it is absolutely stunning in many ways. It is perfect for people who enjoy drawing designed images for there are numerous designs included in this bible. Also, all the first page of the books of the bible possess a fabulous design which also includes the title of the book. I also noted that the chapter numbers are somewhat designed in such a way that you could color them as well. When there isn’t images to color, you have the choice to either design your own image based on a verse that speaks to you or write note in the marge provided.
I wouldn’t be honest if I told you that there isn’t anything that I dislike in this journaling bible. There are a couple of things that I will mention. First thickness of the paper in this bible seem to be thinner that the pages of previous journaling bibles that I have encountered. I am a bit concerned that if someone us the markers used to draw the images will bleed out on the reverse page. Already the images incorporated in this bible can be seen at some extend on the reverse page – and these are pages that are printed at the publisher. So drawing with markers might be difficult for this specific bible. My other pet peeve would be that the verses are not numbered. For many years, The Message bible never had numbered verses but I know of a recent edition of The Message that has some numbering in it. So I am wondering why not including these as well in The Message Canvas. It’s not a big deal but when a person is used to follow numbering, well it could be somewhat annoying… However, it is easy to follow the text and you could work with a regular bible by your side as well.
Personally, I wish that The Message would have a journaling bible edition that does not includes pre-printed images to color. I am the type of person who loves to design the scripture on my own. Don’t take me wrong, you still can do this on all the pages that do not have a design to color. I know that it is not everyone who would develop their artistic side. I am please with the fact that there are plenty of blank pages for the reader to explore his/her creative heart or simply jolt down notes, impressions and prayers. Having a journaling bible has definitively allowed me to grow closer to God and spend more time with Him on a daily basis – not to mention to develop my skills in lettering and drawing. Nowadays, I draw tiny scripture doodles in an agenda by writing a scripture and illustrating it. I also have journaling bibles for each of my four children that I am working on as well as a special project that is almost complete for my husband done in a little black notebook. I would like to challenge my readers in exploring the possibilities of getting deeper in your relationship with God by getting a bible journaling – with or without images already drawn in it. Be spontaneous and get creative!
But overall I LOVE it.
This was the second Journaling Bible I had purchased, and this one is so much better. Pages are thick enough that bleed through is minimal. Illustrations are perfect, and the cover is durable and a piece of art.