I like that I can take notes and references on the outside margins of the book, but the print is very small. What makes it easier to read, I think, is the paper color-it is a cream color, not the glaring white that many Bible pages show. So, while it takes me longer to get my eyes adjusted to the print size, it works well for Bible Class study, and even to note about sermon info. Some of the difficulty reading may be my 73-year old eyes-
Had the NIV double-columned version for awhile, but when I saw this Crossways item I never looked back, except for transferring all my notes to my ESV single-column. I prefer the ESV translation anyway, plus it's hard to pencil in notes in double columns; you can reach one column or the other, but not both.
I like that the ESV journaling bible has light underlining along the ends of the lines, otherwise my handwriting slopes down.
The book itself is very stiff and sturdy, to easily hold in my lap while writing. I'm with those who prefer to write their own annotations. It's a great idea and this one is well-executed.
I ordered this bible around Christmas at an amazing price!! when it came i was a little surprised how small it is, even though i could clearly see the deminsions on the website. the font was pretty small too but still readable. i love everything about it now that ive started joirnaling.
Wish I had checked it out in the stores before purchasing
December 19, 2014
This Bible will work okay for it's intended purpose - a place to doodle and journal during my daily quiet time - but I really wish I had held it in hand before purchasing one. I think I would skip it and just stick with my regular Bible instead, which already has fairly wide margins.
The exterior size is nice and the Bible is lightweight; I like the shape and the feel of it in my hand. The elastic cord is very convenient!
But the interior... ugh. I really wanted to enjoy journaling in this Bible, but I detest the color of the interior pages. The paper is a very, very creamy yellow and does affect the color of any media I use on it. The paper is also very thin, and some types of pens feather on it. I was expecting a bit better paper in a "journaling" Bible.
As other reviewers have mentioned, the font is extremely small and appears a bit fuzzy on the yellow paper. Of course, this could be my 44 year old eyes.
Also, this Bible does not lay flat when opened, which makes it a bit difficult when trying to journal in it. I can work around the curvature of the spine and the page edges (which tend to curl up), but still it is a bit of a hassle.
Again, this Bible will work OKAY. However, I was hoping for more of a keepsake. I would be willing to pay a bit more for a better product. Since Bible journaling is becoming more popular, maybe someone (hello, publishers!) will put together a better quality journaling Bible. Until then, this will suffice.
There are a few things about this Bible that I am enjoying (1) the ESV version is very easy to understand and my favorite (2) the font size could have been larger but is a comfortable size for me (3) the color of the paper makes the print easy to read and the quality of the paper is similar to notebook paper. I also had my name imprinted, something I was quite nervous about, but I never should have stressed because it looked great. Thank you so much for a quality bible that will be used for many years to come. :)