I'm excited to share a new Bible review with you today. Over the years I've been asked if I knew of a good journaling Bible for the King James Version and I didn't have a good answer. I'm happy to tell you that now I do!
It's called the "My Creative Bible," the perfect name. When KJV Bibles reached out to to tell me about their creative journaling Bible, I immediately thought of my son who is 8 years old and loves lettering (he's having me teach him calligraphy). He copies my sermon notes in church on Sundays, and he stole my scripture adult coloring book and colored pencils to color with. I had a feeling he would love this Bible.
My copy has a sturdy, hard cover with an elastic band closure. I chose the brown leather-like cover because I knew I wanted to give it to my son, but there are seven cover designs to choose from. Most of the covers would appeal to women or girls, in my opinion.
I'm a sucker for beautiful details, as you know, so the gold foil and filigree debossing on the cover caught my eye. It's beautifully done and feels high-end. There's even detail on the back, as pictured above.
The interior paper is smooth, cream-colored Bible paper. It's maybe slightly thinner than the paper in my Crossway Books Bibles, but it's comparable to most Bible paper.
This Bible has gorgeous hand-illustrated pages and drawings. In fact, it features nearly 400 full or partial page hand drawn scripture illustrations! That's pretty amazing. There's plenty of pre-drawn designs to color, but don't worry, there's also plenty of room in the 2" margins for your own hand lettering or notes.
I did a little coloring with my Tombow Dual Brush Pens (which has a brush tip on one side and a hard tip on the other), and the paper handled it pretty well. There's a little "ghosting" which means you can see it on the other side, but it wasn't a full bleed-through. You can see what I'm talking about pictured below.
The price point for this Bible is between $35-$45, which fits squarely in the average cost for journaling Bibles.
I mentioned previously that I wanted to give this Bible to my son because he loves to copy from my notes and my Bible. His reaction was better than I expected: His eyes lit up, and he couldn't wait to take it to church with him that very next Sunday. He's always enjoyed attending church, but there's an extra excitement to pull out this Bible and color/draw/write that I haven't seen before. And that's exciting to me too.
Here are some pictures of him and his work.
God's Word is for each generation. I love the ability to connect with scripture in a creative way and share it with my children. The "My Creative Bible" has done an artful job of bringing a beautiful creative Bible to the market that both children and adults will enjoy for years to come.
Here are the rest of the details:
PROS: 2" margins, thin lines, pre-drawn art for coloring and inspiration
CONS: paper thickness will limit some painting techniques
To see how this Bible compares to other journaling Bibles, check out my previous review post here.
Thanks for reading!
With love and lettering,
*Disclaimer: I received a copy of My Creative Bible in exchange for an honest and impartial review. I did not receive compensation for this post. Amazon Affiliate links are used in this post.