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Holman Bible Publishers / 2016 / Bonded Leather

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Product Description

The Illustrator’s Notetaking Bible combines two hot trends: Bible journaling and adult coloring. Each two-page Bible spread contains a line-drawn illustration that you can fill in with whatever colors you choose. It includes three varieties of illustrations: (1) filigree, (2) Scripture quotes, and (3) drawings that illustrate the topic of the corresponding Bible text. It's ideal for Bible study, homeschool moms, coloring book enthusiasts, and the scrapbooking community.


  • One-column interior design allowing your notes to be next to the applicable Scripture
  • Over 600 beautifully integrated illustrations facilitating your creative side, yet ample white space to create your own as well
  • 2-inch ruled margins ideal for recording observations, lessons, reflections, prayers or notes
  • Exceptional way to express yourself and your spiritual journey right alongside the Bible passages you read and study
  • It's a perfect gift and lifelong keepsake
  • Durable LeatherTouch hardcover binding will travel well and keep for years
  • Eight pages of full-color maps
  • Ribbon marker
  • Gold page edges
  • Presentation page
  • 7-point text size
  • 8.75" x 6.75"

Product Information

Format: Bonded Leather
Number of Pages: 1376
Vendor: Holman Bible Publishers
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.5 X 6.6 X 1.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1433620855
ISBN-13: 9781433620850
Text Layout: Wide Margin

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Publisher's Description

The Illustrator’s Notetaking Bible combines two hot trends: Bible journaling and adult coloring. Through unique illustrations included on every page spread, readers, illustrator’s, and notetakers alike learn to engage the biblical text in a new way. The exceptional design offers a unique balance for everyone from seasoned artists to the creatively challenged, allowing for guided creativity and meaningful personalization of the Bible reading experience. From filigree, Scripture quotes, and unique images, these line-drawn illustrations are waiting to be brought to life.

Features include:

Over 600 images, including text designs, images, and filigree
Unique illustrations on every page spread

Open margin space for creating new, personalized images

Light grey illustrations allowing readers to add color to each image

Lined margins for note taking

Author Bio

Illustrated by juicebox

Product Reviews

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Best Illustrators Bible for Non-Artist!
    September 28, 2016
    Woman at the Well
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    I am pleased to review "The Illustrator's Notetaking Bible", published by Holman Bible Publishers and distributed by Lifeway. The Bible itself is beautifully bound in several different covers. The one I received is covered in British Tan and is of family treasure quality. This particular Bible is the HCSB version but the NKJV is also available.

    The over 600 light grey illustrations and text to color are beautifully drawn by award-winning illustrator, Kristi Smith. I found them easy to color and relevant to the scripture on the page. The pages are thick enough that neither the drawings nor the coloring showed through in any significant way.

    I am not an artist and have shied away from the abundant journaling Bibles on the market today. What I loved about this Bible are the illustrations already drawn for me to color. I could meditate on the verses being illustrated without stressing out that my drawings would be unsophisticated. The Bible features both text and drawings with lots of space in the margin. Pages without illustrations have journaling lines in the margin useful for making notes.

    The only criticism I would offer is that the type is very small and hard for me to read. I would gift this Bible to any of my grandchildren but not my mother.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from B&H Publishing in exchange for my honest review.
  2. pa
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Amazing Bible!
    September 28, 2016
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    One thing I've always loved since I was little is coloring. As I got older, it changed into other artistic outlets like scrapbooking, card-making and art journals. When I saw this Bible combined all of those things, I lept at the chance to review it!

    This Bible has over 600 drawings and verses, filigree designs, swashes and doodles. Some of the designs span two pages, while others are only one page. It has wide, lined margins on the pages which is perfect for art journaling or note taking during sermons. The pre-drawn designs are a light gray color and easily covered with pencils or markers.

    I have used markers, watercolors, watercolored pencils and colored pencils in this Bible and the pages withstood all of it. I was really apprehensive to use watercolors and markers, afraid they would crinkle or rip the page or bleed through. But to my excitement they didn't! You can see the examples of what I've done below.

    Adult coloring books are a hot trend right now. You can find adult coloring books for just about any theme. It relieves stress, relaxes you (read this as puts me to sleep) and helps you focus! What a better way to relieve stress than coloring in your Bible!

    I have to say, the creative lettering pages are my favorite. I'm a sucker for great fonts and love mixing them. The lettering in the Bible is superb!

    And for those of you who don't feel you're artistic enough for this Bible, don't worry, there are many designs already on the pages! All you need to do is color them in.

    B & H Publishing Group provided this book to me for free in exchange for this honest review.
  3. Gender: female
    1 Stars Out Of 5
    Could have been much better
    September 2, 2016
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 1
    The Illustrator's Notetaking Bible has a nicely bound bible, with a very handy lay-flat design, making it easy to write or color in it. On the inside each page has only one column of text with large margins on either side. Some of the margins have lines for writing in, many of them have pictures that one may color in (the Illustrator part).

    I like to doodle sometimes while listening to sermons, sometimes it helps me think and stay focused, so I thought that this was an interesting concept. But upon examination it was rather disappointing. In a way, it is reminiscent of the illuminated manuscripts of the past, except that in the illuminated manuscripts I've noticed that the text didn't seem to have as dwarfed by the illustrations as this one appears to me to do on many of the pages (perhaps they did, I just don't remember). If the text of the Bible itself weren't so small or if it were more...I don't know, 'fancy' I guess, it would seem more fitting and more as if the text and pictures work together rather than compete.

    Some of the pictures were too much like graven images (or were exactly so) as there were some pictures supposed to be depicting Christ. Besides the graven image thing, it just seems disrespectful to have an illustration that one can color in that is depicting the Lord of the Universe! And then some of the illustrations in the margins seem odd placed next to certain texts. For instance, coloring in a beautiful illustration running down the margin of a page depicting flowers and ribbons right next to the text where Jeremiah is thrown into a cistern, and where he tells Zedekiah that he will be handed over to the King of Babylon if he does not surrender to that King? That just seems rather odd and indifferent to what the text is saying. What illustration should you use for a spot like that? I have no idea...but probably not pretty flowers.

    So, I'm not thrilled with this Bible, I wish that they had done a better job at enhancing the text and that they had not added the pictures of depicting Christ.

    Many thanks to the folks at B&H/Lifeway Bloggers for the free review copy of this book! (My review did not have to be favorable)
  4. Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Mostly liked it but had a few qualms with some of the illustrations
    August 12, 2016
    Seasons of Grace
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I gotta tell ya, at first I loved this Bible. I love reading God's Word, and I am also one of those people who loves to doodle. You will find me doodling as I take notes during services, and if I sit for long with a paper and pen, I will be doodling. So this Bible, to me, was right down my alley. I am also a note-taker, and most all of my Bibles over the years are highlighted, colored, written in the margins. There is rarely a "clean" page. I have been wanting to check out one of these Bibles for a long time. And given the opportunity, I jumped on it. There are enough illustrations in this Bible to last you a long time, close to two years if you colored a page a day. There are lines for note-taking, and space to make your own doodles or designs. The back contains bullet notes, a daily Bible reading plan, and a concordance. And the Holman Christian Standard is a version I enjoy reading.

    my design

    There are almost always drawbacks to a product, there are two key ones I noticed in this Bible. The font is small. Although that didn't necessarily bother me, it may be a problem for some. The artwork was done by Kristi Smith of JuiceBoxDesigns in Nashville. Most of the illustration designs are OK, some are very pretty, others I am not as fond of. Quite a few of these illustrations seem to be drawn in the latest coloring book fashion. The drawback to that is that many of the patterns in the latest craze, such as mandalas/Sanskrit art, stem from eastern religions such as Buddhism and Hinduism and are used for meditation purposes. Not being very familiar with this method of drawing, I cannot say that the particular patterns in this Bible were drawn based on these methods, but it has made me a little more aware that I need to be careful and alert, not allowing such things to infiltrate however subtly they come. I think many Christians, even such as myself, may naively accept this without much thought as to the origin, simply focusing on the beauty of the artwork or the calming effect of coloring. So hopefully, you can understand my drawbacks now.

    I have included in my review several pictures of pages I have colored, or created myself, as well as, an example of a couple of original pages without the coloring. They are drawn in a very light shade of grey which makes them easy to color, but doesn't take away from the words. The pages seem thick enough that the color doesn't penetrate through the other side. I used coloring pencils, but I think it would be wise to test the art media you are using before completing a page, just in case. Another thing I liked is that the illustrated verses were actually on the page corresponding with the verse in the Bible, not just put in some random location, as I have noticed with Bible stories and such in other Bibles.

    I received my copy for review from B&H in exchange for my honest opinion.
  5. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Great combo for note taking & coloring!
    August 12, 2016
    Just Commonly
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    The Illustrator's Notetaking Bible from Holman Bible Publishing and B&H Publishing is very similar to The HCSB Note-taking Bible from the same publishers.

    As with The HCSB Note-taking Bible the exterior hardcover is of bonded leather with dimensions at 8.5" x 6.5" x 1.5" thick and 2.5 lbs. The "open spine" feature allows for it lay flat and open no matter the page you are on, and without causing the spine to degrade in time. It also comes with a brown ribbon book mark to help you hold your last reading page.

    The interior of this Bible have similarities as well as differences. The main difference is that this one includes beautiful lined images for the illustrator in you to imagine and create. Remember to use non-bleed through markers or just use color pencils. The paper are of good quality, but you want to be on the safe side. This one is too pretty for me to do a test run. Sorry. As to similarities, the pages are ivory color with black print, and very small dotted line on the edge, serving as note lines. The lines are not strong in contrast due to the "dotted" nature, and not easy for those with larger handwriting to stay within the lines. The fonts are standard font sizes you find in most Bibles. Headings in a san serif font, and verses in serif. Jesus' words are not in red.

    Everything I like about The HCSB Note-taking Bible, I also find it in The Illustrator's Notetaking Bible, but with the added bonus of the 600+ images to play and personalize with. For the artist in you, or the ones that would love a little whimsy, The Illustrator's Notetaking Bible may just be the right Bible for you. Perfect gift for yourself or for others. =)

    This review first appeared on Just Commonly blog.

    NOTE: I received a complimentary copy of this Bible from the publisher, B&H Publishing Group for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.
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