My Prayer Journal: The ESV Journaling Bible

How I'm using the ESV Journaling Bible as my prayer journal. Associated giveaway ends Monday, November 16, 2015, at 9 pm CST.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of the ESV Journaling Bible from Propeller Consulting, LLC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.

My Prayer Journal: The ESV Journaling Bible

I’ve been trying to keep a prayer journal for a long time now. In fact, I have started one a few times – and it eventually gets abandoned. It’s one more thing to keep up with. I’ll do okay for a while, and then it will fall by the wayside. Later, I’ll stumble across it and read through the pages I filled out, and I’ll see many requests that have been answered, but I never took the time to go back and mark the date or document how God met the need. I have wished over and over that I were more faithful in keeping up with a prayer journal, but it just hasn’t happened. Until now. . .

A couple of weeks ago I got a copy of the ESV Journaling Bible. I loved it immediately. It was pretty, the size of the square journals I’ve drooled over in my local bookstore, and covered in a beautiful cloth that I don’t get tired of seeing no matter how many times I pick it up in a day. (And I pick it up a lot!)

The first page of this Bible suggests using it as a journal—to use the extra wide, lightly lined margins as a place to record your prayer requests, praises, reflections, notes, and thoughts—right there in the Bible! Since I use my Bible every day, this is the perfect way for me to keep a prayer journal. As I read and study God’s Word, I’ve been writing down my prayers in the margins, where I’m sure to see them again and can remember how God answered each one (and jot a note about it next to my original note). These reminders of God’s love and faithfulness will grow the more I use my Bible, and they will leave a legacy of faith for generations to come.

ESV Journaling Bible page - jenniferajanes.com

The ESV Translation

I have never read the ESV translation before, and I have to say I really like it. It’s a good balance between the KJV I grew up with and modern readability. It’s something I really appreciate about this Bible, although I was originally reluctant because I’ve been using a different translation.

In the ESV Journaling Bible, I have found my new favorite Bible. It’s beautiful, useful, and very readable. I can’t wait to see what the margins look like in six months! (Thanks to the sturdy sleeve the Bible came in, I know the cover will look just as great then as it does now!)

ESV Journaling Bible Cover - jenniferajanes.com

Want an ESV Journaling Bible of Your Own?

I’m giving away a copy of the ESV Journaling Bible, courtesy of Propeller Consulting, LLC:

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

In addition to the rules stated above, the giveaway works like this:

      • The giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada ages 18 and older.
      • The giveaway ends on Monday, November 16, 2015, at 9:00 pm CST.
      • To enter the giveaway, leave a comment answering the question below.
      • Only one comment per household.
      • Duplicate or “extra” comments or comments left after the giveaway ends will be deleted.
      • The winner will be chosen at random using the plug-in And the Winner Is.
      • The winner will be notified by email within 24 hours of the end of the giveaway and will have 24 hours to respond with the requested information. If the information isn’t received, another winner will be chosen. The information will be sent to Propeller Consulting, LLC so your Bible can be shipped.

Ready to enter? Leave a comment answering the following questions:

What feature of the ESV Journaling Bible is your favorite?

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14 Responses to My Prayer Journal: The ESV Journaling Bible

  1. Jessica says:

    I love the look of the wide margins and being able to journal in the Bible! I would love a chance to win!

  2. Brenda says:

    The thing that draws me to this Bible is the wide margins, what a wonderful way to be able to take notes, thanks for the opportunity to win.

  3. Jen Grice says:

    What a wonderful idea!

    Please don’t enter me into this drawing, I already have this Bible, and I am giving it away on my blog too.

  4. Vicki Larson says:

    I like the margin space to be able to write in.

  5. Dandi D says:

    I’ve never seen a journaling Bible before, and I think that feature is so neat!

  6. Laurie says:

    Definitely the wide margins. I love the way you are using this Bible!
    Thanks for this opportunity to win!

  7. Joy says:

    I think my favorite feature is the wide margins to write in! I have been using the ESV translation for a couple of years and I love it!

  8. Trisha Lamb says:

    I think the my favorite thing about this bible, just from seeing the review, would definitely be the wide margins. I have never seen that before! I am usually squeezing underlines and arrows in all over the place. I agree, it would be great to look back on. I have never read the ESV but was just looking into a new bible and a friend suggested this version. Thank you for the chance to win!

  9. Jessica Charleston says:

    I love the extra wide margins. I have a habit of slowly getting larger with my handwriting the longer I write. This would be perfect and still give me room to add decoration if I choose to do so.

  10. Kristen says:

    I love that I will be able to pass this on to my daughter.

  11. Lauren Bailey says:

    Well, aside from the obvious awesomeness of the wide margins- I love the hard cover! My youngest son Dylan likes to examine my bible when I’m not around:) My bible always hangs out on the kitchen table and perhaps not the safest place with a curious young man exploring, haha. I think this would hold up for years! LOVE IT.

  12. Karen says:

    I love the wide margins. I’ve been looking at art journaling in a Bible. I would love to try to get my artsy teenage daughter into studying God’s word and art journaling. What a better way for your love to be expressed than through art. I think it would be awesome for her to combine her love of art with her spiritual life. And this is a Bible exactly like I have seen pictures of.

  13. Bethany Jett says:

    I love the wide margins and I love that the paper is thick enough to journal without a lot of bleed-through!

  14. Carol Topp says:

    Like others, I like the wide margins, but I’m also interested in trying an ESV translation.

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