ESV Illuminated Bible Review + GiveawayESV Illuminated Bible, Art Journaling Edition (Cloth over Board, Navy) by Dana Tanamachi
Published by Crossway on January 1st 1970
Genres: Bibles, Religious
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My Rating: four-half-stars

About this Book

Art journaling is a great way to creatively interact with the Word of God. The ESV Illuminated Bible places the full ESV text alongside over 500 elegantly hand-lettered gold ink illustrations by renowned artist Dana Tanamachi, encouraging readers to "light up" the words of Scripture by adding their own artwork and color to each page. Printed on thick cream-colored paper, the Bible's single-column text setting and wide margins provide generous space for additional notes, prayers, and designs?inviting readers to creatively engage with and reflect on the beauty of God's Word.Features:2-color printing500+ custom hand-lettered elements and illustrationsIllustrated by Dana Tanamachi, whose work has been featured by Google, The Wall Street Journal, Random House, USPS, and Target50 blank pages designed for full creative interactionThick, cream-colored paperWide marginsSingle-column, paragraph formatSmyth-sewn binding


I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Art journaling in Bibles seem to be something that is growing in popularity. With over 500 hand-lettered gold ink illustrations by renowned artist Dana Tanamachi, printed on thick, cream-colored paper, and a single-column text setting with wide margins that provide generous space for additional notes, prayers, and designs, this Bible is made to invite readers to creatively engage with and reflect on the beauty of God’s Word.

As is typical with my Bible reviews, I will not be reviewing the particular translation, but the “features” of this particular Bible.

The first thing I notice about this Bible is the gold print floral illustration on the front cover. I’m not sure I care for this design on the cover because it makes me feel like this was designed more for females.

Moving beyond that the rest of the Bible is beautiful. I love the designs and the way certain verses are highlighted in the margin by hand drawn lettering. I also love the full page Scripture lettering designs scattered throughout. Not only are they very creative, they allow me the chance to focus on a key verse or verses and provide for easy memory verse options.

Each book of the Bible has a beautiful title page with the book name and illustration. What I love, which I didn’t realize until I watched the above video is the thought that went behind each of the images for the book titles.

The images in this Bible are truly gorgeous. I like the cream paper and the single column layout. I don’t feel these features are for everyone. I miss the maps and footnotes I’ve come used to in my Bible, but I also appreciate many of the features and the beautiful job the Crossway team did with this edition.

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