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ESV Single Column Journaling Bible (Cloth Over Board, Antique Floral Design) Hardcover – September 30, 2015
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As you can see the words aren’t large but I find it really easy to read, I love the cream colored pages.
Overall this is a wonderful bible and I’ll be sure passing it down to my kids when they grow up!
The lines in the outer margin for one's notes are 1 and 5/8" wide, not the 2" indicated in the listing. It doesn't sound like much, but the journaling margins still provide so much more room for notes than does a standard Bible. The printed lines are faint, so they'll help you keep your notes straight and clean, but are not so dark that they interfere with the legibility of what you've written.
The negatives: it REALLY bothers me that this Bible contains such scanty notes and cross references at the bottom of its pages. (I did know this was the case prior to ordering the Bible.) I'd be positively over the moon about this Bible if it were a journaling Bible AND a study Bible. I do understand that Crossway was attempting to limit the dimensions and weight of the Bible, of course. Still, this Bible is smaller than most, and I'd definitely prefer a larger Bible so that the amount of notes and cross references could be increased. Another reason that I'd gladly carry a larger, heavier Bible: for a larger font. This listing indicates it is 7.5 point font; other sites state that it is 7 point font; whatever it is, it's pretty diminutive! I compared the size of the typeface with other Bibles I own, and found that this Bible's primary font is comparable to the size of cross-references in other Bibles! Crossway partially mitigated this problem by selecting a darker and heavier black typeface than those one commonly sees in Bibles; this does make it easier to read than it would otherwise be.
All things considered, the positive aspects of this Bible outweigh its negatives. I would certainly purchase this Bible again, and I'd feel comfortable recommending it to others, with a caveat regarding the font size and limited cross references.
I have it in double column as well and was suprised to find it in single column, which is my preference for journaling bibles.
I'm trilled with it!
The pages are VERY thin. They are much thinner than my last ESV Journaling Bible. This is a little bit of a problem for me, because I feel like I have to be careful turning pages so as not to rip or bend pages. Also, the color of the yellow fabric is a little bit off from how it appears in the picture. The picture looks like a mustard yellow, and the picture on the box also looks mustard yellow. The color on the actual Bible is a little bit greenish. It's still a pretty fabric, and I really like it, but just be aware that the color is slightly different. If you have a bookstore nearby, I might recommend you go by and see if they have this Bible so you can preview it before buying.
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It is a bit heavy and a bit of a brick, but it's a pretty brick!
The pages would definitely be more antique white than white. Even a little "yellow" but not terrible. And if you're Bible art journaling, gesso will lighten the pages (which you will often need to use to either prime the page for paint or to remove the lines). Speaking of lines, the columns are great because the lines are visible but faded enough they do not dominate the page.
I posted some pictures to give you an idea of what the Bible looks like and all the space you can use. (Please note that I write tiny, that is not the line spacing.)
A minor flaw for some might be that 1. The text is smaller. If you are not prepared for this, you might be disappointed. Another would be that the pages are a bit thin. You can easily see the chapter numbers through the other side of the page. But again, I just prime with gesso if I am going to do a larger or heavier piece, and it's not an issue.
For my stuff I usually use Inktense which do wrinkle the page. I think you would find marker pretty hard on here without a primer. Colored pencils though would be perfect.
I really love the single column esp for Bible art journaling because I find it hard to just choose one verse to do out of say a whole Psalm, never mind there being double columns, so double the words. It's been perfect to have all the extra space that single column provides. Making it about 1 Ch or less per page. Perfect!
Also, gotta love the spine on this Bible. So beautiful.
Five stars, absolutely. Even the price is fair.
(If you detect a slight glare in one of my photos it is because I put tape over the cloth part of my bible. I hate how dry it feels. But I think for most people who aren't bothered by sensory things, they are going to love the cloth/ leather combination. )