The NIV Holy Bible, Journal Edition is a fantastic choice for anyone who is looking for a journaling Bible with space to record notes or create art. The NIV Holy Bible, Journal Edition is currently available in 4 cover variations: solid hardcover with elastic strap, brown imitation leather with cross design, brown/blue imitation leather with flower design, and leather flap cover with strap.
For this review, I will be looking at the solid hardcover with elastic strap.
The NIV Holy Bible, Journal Edition has has all black text (including the words of Christ) and is laid out in a single column on cream colored pages. The text is standard size - not large, but not extra small. There are lightly lined side margins that are perfect for note taking. Where the text does not span the entire line, you will have more unlined margin space (particularly in the Psalms and Proverbs). This is the NIV version of the Bible (© 1973, 1978, 1984, & 2011).
Let's take a look at the footprint and margin sizes of the NIV Holy Bible, Journal Edition.
The photo above shows the NIV Holy Bible, Journal Edition on a standard 8 1/2" x 11" piece of paper. To the side, you can see a standard size Bic ballpoint pen and a Sakura Pigma Micron pen (the second being my current drawing tool of choice for Bible art).
(Please note that taking pictures from overhead may have distorted the sizing a little bit due to angle and distance from the camera, but I did my best to give you an overall idea of size. I tried to line up the bottom of the pens with the bottom edge of the Bible, so you can see that some distortion took place.)
Below you can see the margins of the NIV Holy Bible, Journal Edition (with a ruler for reference).
(Page length: 8")
(Margin width: 2")
If you would like to see the NIV Holy Bible, Journal Edition compared to other popular journaling Bibles currently out (including interior views of all), you can now find my journaling Bible comparison post here.
If you would like to know what options for journaling Bibles are out currently or coming soon, check out my post on choosing a journaling Bible here.
And, as always, you can find all my posts pertaining to Bible art or journaling here.