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Title: NIV Journal the Word Bible

Published by: Zondervan (November 1, 2016)

Page Count: 1,408 Pages

Blurb:  The NIV Journal the WordTM Bible allows you to creatively express yourself every day with plenty of room for notes or verse art journaling next to your treasured verses. With unique and sophisticated covers, this single-column edition features thick cream-colored paper with lightly ruled lines in the extra-wide margins, perfect to reflect on God’s Word and enhance your study.

Excellent for a gift or for personal use, it can also be a cherished heirloom to pass on to future generations with your personal writings inside! This exquisitely designed floral cloth over board edition is likely to become a lifelong treasure.

Features of this treasured Bible include:

  • Lined, wide margins for notes and reflections
  • Thicker cream paper for enduring note-taking
  • Full text of the most read, most trusted modern-English Bible – the New International Version (NIV)
  • Easy-to-read black-letter text
  • Lays flat in your hand or on your desk
  • Ribbon marker

My Take: This is a good looking Bible with a solid, sturdy cover and nice pages inside. The decoration on the cover is definitely designed more for my wife’s enjoyment than my own, but I can still appreciate the look of this Bible as much as I appreciate the feel of it. My wife has always been geared more toward journaling her thoughts as she reads the Bible, so I wanted to make sure I snagged this for my wife’s enjoyment after I had a chance to flip through and review this version of the Bible.

There isn’t much to this version, containing the text of Scripture along with the standard notations you’d expect to find for cross-referencing verses when they are quoted, etc. This is actually to be desired, as lengthy footnotes would detract from the real benefit to journaling, which is capturing your own thoughts and God’s promptings to you about that portion of Scripture. Which leads in to the real highlight: the lined margins on every page of the book. Those are wide and provide ample space to make notes so long as you don’t write in a large, flowing script. The pages are nice and thick and hold up well to use, as well as the highlighting and writing that the reader may do.

One of my wife’s biggest complaints was this being a hardcover, which isn’t as bendy and flexible as she’d like, but I am sure the hardcover will provide great durability and protection for this Bible.

Overall this is an excellent product and something that I am certain we’ll keep in our household for many years to come. My wife wanted a journaling Bible years ago, before they took off, and I am grateful that they have become popular enough that she could finally get the Bible she originally wanted.

**Note: I received a copy of this in exchange for an honest review.