Journal the Word Bible {Book Review and Giveaway}

Last month, I wrote a short series on Scripture journaling. I love journaling while I study God’s Word. I use a personal journal and take notes in my Bible; I also created these Scripture Journaling Worksheets to share.

I’ve never had a journaling Bible, though, so, I was pretty excited when I got the opportunity to review the new NKJV Journal the Word Bible by Thomas Nelson.

To be honest, I wasn’t sure how I would like it. Study Bibles are my preference, and I have three in different translations. I like the extra notes, explanations, and cross references a study Bible offers. Plus, I’m not much of an artist, so I didn’t anticipate producing beautiful artwork while I read.

Regardless, I wanted to give it an unbiased try. After I flipped through and got a feel for it, I started reading…and I kept reading, without stopping and without going back and forth between the text and study notes. I made some notes in the lined margins, and even tried some minor artwork with colored pencils.

I have to say, I like itI received the Large Print version, which means my eyes don’t feel strained, especially if I’m reading at night.

With any Bible, there are pros and cons, depending on personal preference. Here are my pros and cons of the NKJV Journal the Word Bible.

✽Nice size and a thick hard cover
✽Large print (10-pt font) easy on the eyes
✽Jesus’ words in red print
✽Thick, cream colored pages
✽Wide, lined margins for notes, journaling, or artwork
✽Elastic band around the Bible and ribbon marker

Cons: (These are not really cons unless you’re expecting a study Bible.)
✽No concordance
✽No study notes
✽No cross references

If you’re looking for a journaling Bible in either the NKJV or KJV, the Journal the Word Bible by Thomas Nelson might be just what you’re looking for. It would also make a great gift!

To celebrate the release of the Journal the Word Bible, Thomas Nelson has graciously sent me a copy to giveaway! 

This giveaway is for the NKJV Journal the Word Bible in Large Print. To enter, leave a comment on this post about your Bible journaling habits, or if you’ve yet to try it. On Friday, November 18, I’ll randomly choose a winner. Please include your email so I can contact you. (Sorry, only U.S. residents are eligible.)

In Christ,

(Note: I received a free copy of the NKJV Journal the Word Bible by Thomas Nelson in return for my honest review. This post contains affiliate links.)


  1. I have yet to try it - I have been mulling this over in my head and heart for well over a year now. I literally go over to this Bible in the Lifeway store every.single.time I go there and I never leave with it! UGH!! LOL!! So maybe I will win this!! Thank you for the opportunity!

  2. I am not much of an artist but I love Bibles with large margins as I so enjoy writing in my Bibles. Each one becomes a "diary" of sorts with dates of prayers and prayers answered and notes. One can never have enough space :)

  3. I have not tried Bible journaling yet.

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  4. Wow! Thank you for introducing me to this! I didn't know such a thing existed in Bibles. I usually write my notes out in my journals, but I would love to keep notes with certain passages of scripture in the same place. My journals I use for my daily time with God hold other things like prayers and so they fill up quickly. Then it takes me awhile to figure out which journal has the notes for the certain passages of Scripture. Does that make sense? So this journaling Bible looks like it would be perfect! Delighted to land on your site today via the Moments of Hope linkup!

  5. I've been wanting to try Bible journaling. I love art, so I think I'd enjoy it. mandy.mianecki (at)

  6. Oh my goodness... I have been eyeing these Journal Bibles for a LONG time but I haven't given in yet! I journal (in several at a time!) and doodle, draw, do word art, etc as I study the Bible but I am afraid I wouldn't find the freedom to 'wing it' in my actual Bible! Still - I would love the chance to try... I know one day I will give in! My email is dkaggett (at) gmail (dot) com

  7. I have never tried Bible journaling before I have seen how pretty the drawing are, but I can't do that I would love to

  8. My favorite are study Bibles as well, Laura! I have wondered if I would enjoy what seems to be so popular now in the art and coloring. Maybe someday I will have to give it a try. I don't tend to think I would be drawn to it, however, I could be surprised! Thanks so much for sharing this with me at #MomentsofHope!
    Blessings and smiles,


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