Thursday, December 20, 2018

Book Reviews :: Two New Inspire Bibles (Inspire Bible for Girls NLT and Inspire Catholic Bible NLT)

The Inspire Bible (New Living Translation) is a line of unique Bibles that are fantastic for those who love to be creative in their worship and study times. There are a lot of journaling Bible options out there, but one of the things that makes the Inspire Bible so unique is that it not only offers room for journaling and Bible art, but it is also like a built in coloring book. With over 400 illustrations throughout the different versions of the Inspire Bible, there is a lot to color in, but there is still plenty of room to do art & journaling of your own.

And now there are two new versions of the Inspire Bible - the Inspire Bible for Girls and the Inspire Catholic Bible:

First up - the Inspire Catholic Bible:
The leather-like cover of the Inspire Catholic Bible comes in rose gold with a rose gold foiled imprinted accents and a matching elastic strap for closure. The NLT text comes in 8.65 font size and is all black, printed in a single column. The pages have printed edges and a ribbon bookmark is included. The cover measures approximately 6 3/8" x 8 1/8" x 2" and the pages measure approximately 6" x 7 3/4" with a 2" margin (lightly lined where artwork is not included).
The Inspire Catholic Bible is much like the original Inspire Bible (including many of the same illustrations), but with the full biblical canon recognized by the Roman Catholic Church. For those, like me, who are unfamiliar with what this means, the following texts are included:
  • Tobit and Judith - placed after Nehemiah
  • 1 and 2 Maccabees - placed after Esther
  • Wisdom and Sirach (Ecclesiasticus) - placed after Song of Songs
  • Baruch - placed after Lamentations
The above texts contain 48 new illustrations, making over 450 illustrations throughout.

And then there is the Inspire Bible for Girls, which has several new extras not available in other versions of the Inspire Bible:
The hard paperback cover on the Inspire Bible for Girls has some embossed dimension with foiled imprinted accents. This is not your typical paperback cover (like you would find on a novel) - these covers are sturdy, and there is a slip box for additional protection. The NLT text comes in 8.65 font size and is black with teal accents, chapter numbers, and headings. The text is printed in a single column. The cover measures approximately 6 1/8" x 7 7/8" x 1 1/2" and the pages are edge-to-edge with a 1 7/8" margin (lightly lined where artwork is not included). 
There are over 500 line art illustrations in the Inspire Bible for Girls - with teal accents included on the book key Scripture verse illustrations. Many of the illustrations are from the original Inspire Bible, but there are several (something in the range of 75 or so) new designs.
Where the Inspire Bible for Girls differs most from other versions of the Inspire Bible is in the additional devotionals, fun facts, and journaling prompts. There are over 300 (I think I counted 318) devotionals - meaning you can read one devotional six days out of the week and it will take you a year to get through them all.
For each book (with 2 & 3 John being included with 1 John), there are key verses and fun facts shared. Throughout the Inspire Bible for Girls there are also over 160 journaling prompts to get you thinking (& writing).

No matter what you are looking for in a journaling Bible, the Inspire Bible line is sure to have something for you.

Happy reading! (And coloring!)
FTC Declaration: The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy through their book review bloggers program. This does not change the fact that I will give my honest opinion in my reviews.