Illuminated Bible English Standard Version – Review


The ESV Illuminated Bible places the full ESV text alongside over 500 elegantly hand-lettered gold ink illustrations by renowned artist Dana Tanamachi. 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.

  • 9-point, Lexicon
  • Black letter text
  • 2-color printing
  • 64 full-page, custom book opener illustrations
  • 50 full-page verse illustrations
  • 250+ hand-lettered margin verses
  • 100+ other illustrations throughout
  • Illustrated by Dana Tanamachi, whose work has been featured by Google, The Wall Street Journal, Random House, USPS, and Target
  • Thick, cream-colored paper
  • Wide margins
  • Single-column, paragraph format
  • Smyth-sewn binding
  • Packaging: Permanent Slipcase
  • Dana Tanamachi is an American lettering artist, graphic designer, and illustrator whose exquisite typographic murals ignited the worldwide chalk-lettering trend.  She has been commissioned by clients such as Instagram, Target, Google, Time Magazine, Nike, and West Elm. Learn more at



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From the beautiful and sturdy slipcase to the attractive cloth covered hard cover and the gorgeous illustrations throughout, the Illuminated Bible is a special addition for the art lover’s library. This ESV bible is fairly large and heavy with over 1600 pages. While it might not be best for everyday Bible study, I can see spending quite a bit of time viewing and meditating on the special gilded illustrations scattered throughout its pages. Each book of the Bible has a full page illustration at the beginning and other full page illustrations appear frequently. The outside edge of each page has a wide margin. Some of the margins include illustrations of scripture verses. Other margins are blank for your own notes or illustrations. If you like, you can add a touch of color to any of the included illustrations. The cream colored pages are quality paper that is smooth to the touch.

Everything about this Bible speaks of quality and I will be honored to display it on my coffee table so others may enjoy it also.

I am pleased to offer one copy to one of my readers. Be sure to check out my GIVEAWAY HERE.

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this Bible provided by Propeller/FlyBy Promotions. A favorable review was not required. All views expressed are my own.

Illuminated Bible Giveaway


There were 7 entries which I numbered in order of their comment time. I used to select a number between 1 & 7.

#5 was selected which is Julie Armstrong. I will be contacting Julie privately to get her mailing address in order to send her new Bible.

Thanks to everyone who entered. I hope you will continue to follow my blog. You never know when I might have another giveaway.

I have one copy of the Illuminated Bible to give one of my readers.
To enter, please read my review post and leave a comment on this post before
Friday, November 3, 2017.
Tell me your impressions of the Illuminated Bible based on the post
and why you would like to win a copy.

“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 on the same blog, you are not eligible to win. Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

The Cottage by Michael Phillips



I just went back and read my review of “The Inheritance”, first book in Secrets of the Shetlands series. I discovered that I, like other viewers, struggled with its lack of dialogue and felt that I was left hanging at its end. I can positively say that “The Cottage” takes up where “The Inheritance” left off but picks up the pace quite well and the characters begin to talk amongst themselves a bit more. Now that I’ve read both books I firmly believe that the first really set the stage for the rest of the series.

One thing I liked about “The Cottage” is how much some of the characters discussed the church and its theology. I’ll admit that I was in agreement with much that was said so I very much enjoyed those discussions.”The Cottage” was also more suspenseful with danger lurking for Loni because her approach as heir to Whale Island was not to someone’s liking. Then there was the potential romance I hoped would develop between Loni and David. Seems that a little progress was made but I’m still waiting for something more definite to happen – hopefully in the final book of the series.

If “The Cottage” has a major theme, it might be that “your sins will find you out”. Hardy, for one, ran his mouth way too much and revealed his plans without knowing it. Another man paid a very high price for his actions.

All in all, I have enjoyed this series very much and do plan to read the final installment, hopefully in the near future. This is a must series for those who love Scotland.

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book that was provided by Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.


Is the Future of Whales Reef in the Hands of an Outsider?

When Loni Ford is informed that she has inherited property in the Shetland Islands, she laughs. She wants nothing more than to sell it and be done with it. But when she arrives in the North Sea enclave, she is stunned to find that “the Cottage” is not at all what she expected, nor is David Tulloch, the man most of the islanders believe to be the rightful heir.

The locals could hardly be more surprised that the heir is a woman–and an American. Loni, in turn, finds the islanders quaint and a bit behind the times. Expecting David to be as provincial as the rest of his clan, she discovers that there is far more to the man than meets the eye. And there is something about the peaceful atmosphere of the place–and the character of its most prominent citizen–that soon gets under her skin.

Beneath the peaceful surface, however, change is threatening the island of Whales Reef. David’s cousin Hardy Tulloch, whose claim to the inheritance now in Loni’s hands was backed by oil investors, has not been deterred in his aim to control the island. But his co-conspirators have plans of their own, plans that put Loni’s very life in danger. . . .


michael-phillips-2Michael Phillips is a bestselling author who has penned more than seventy books, both fiction and nonfiction. In addition, he has served as editor/redactor of nearly thirty more books. Over the past thirty years, his persistent efforts have helped reawaken interest in the writings of nineteenth century Scotsman George MacDonald. Michael and his wife, Judy, spend time each year in Scotland, but make their home near Sacramento, California. Visit Michael’s website at



The Illustrator’s Notetaking Bible HCSB

The Illustrator's Notetaking Bible

The Illustrator’s Notetaking Bible combines two hot trends: Bible journaling and adult coloring. Through unique illustrations included on every page spread, readers, illustrator’s, and notetakers alike learn to engage the biblical text in a new way. The exceptional design offers a unique balance for everyone from seasoned artists to the creatively challenged, allowing for guided creativity and meaningful personalization of the Bible reading experience. From filigree, Scripture quotes, and unique images, these line-drawn illustrations are waiting to be brought to life.

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Features include:

  • Over 600 images, including text designs, images, and filigree
  • Unique illustrations on every page spread
  • Open margin space for creating new, personalized images
  • Light grey illustrations allowing readers to add color to each image
  • Lined margins for note taking


The Illustrator’s Notetaking Bible is another option for the latest Bible trend of journaling, illustrating, and/or coloring in one’s Bible. I received a copy bound in brown bonded leather of the HCSB version. (Holman Christian Standard Bible©). As advertised, I found at least one illustration on each page spread. The outer margins of each page contain either an illustration of some kind or are left blank with faint lines for personal journaling or drawing. Illustrations include Bible verses or themes but many are just images to color. I suppose you could add a verse to those images but I haven’t tried to do so myself. The paper is of high quality – smooth with gilded edges. A ribbon page marker is also included. The Bible is fairly hefty with over 1000 pages that include notes, a concordance and color maps at the end.

I have mixed feelings about this Bible but they are totally personal preference. As an older adult, I find the type to be less than comfortable to read but I also realize that to increase type size would probably make the entire Bible terribly unwieldy. For the same reason, the light grey illustrations are a wonderful idea for those with younger eyes but I have to focus a little harder to see them.  Unfortunately I have had to accept that some things do change as one ages.  For this reason I would strongly suggest that older buyers or those with poor eyesight look carefully through this Bible before purchasing. For everyone else, this is a very nice Bible that should provide many hours of coloring and journaling pleasure.

A copy of this book was provided for review by the B&H/LifeWay Blogger Team.


ESV Journaling Bible

ESV Journaling Bible


The new ESV Journaling Bible is an attractive package that should make many happy. In fact it would be the perfect Christmas gift for someone in your life who likes to write or create word art in their Bible. This edition is packaged in a slipcase for extra protection. Its hard cover is surrounded with an imitation suede type fabric that is pleasing to the touch. Outer margins on each page are wide enough to write or draw on and the pages are printed on high quality paper.

Readers with older eyes may not be happy with this particular edition because the print is very small. In fact, the Bible itself comes in at just under 7 x 8 inches in size. I personally fall into the group with older eyes and even with my glasses, the print is difficult for me to read. I plan to pass on my copy to a younger friend who has been wanting a journaling Bible for awhile.

Except for the smallish print, I give this Bible a hearty thumbs up. Be sure to consider it for someone on your Christmas list.

For a chance to win a copy for yourself, please check out my giveaway HERE.

This book was provided for review by FlyBy Promotions Blogger Network.

About the ESV Journaling Bible:

The ESV Journaling Bible provides the perfect way for you to keep a journal of your spiritual life right inside the Bible that you read and study each day.  With covers and formats that look like the finest journals, the Journaling Bible features two-inch ruled margins for writing observations, reflections, prayers, praises, notes, and journal entries.  This unique Bible makes a great gift and lasting keepsake for anyone who values God’s Word.

Journaling Bible FB adFeatures:

  • Black letter text
  • Double-column, paragraph format
  • Cream-colored paper
  • 2″ ruled margins
  • One-Year Bible Reading Plan
  • Introductions and section headings for each Bible book

Retail Price: $37.99

About Crossway:

The purpose of Crossway has been, from its founding as a not-for-profit ministry in 1938, to publish gospel-centered, Bible-centered content that will honor our Savior and serve his Church.   They seek to help people understand the massive implications of the gospel and the truth of God’s Word, for all of life, for all eternity, and for the glory of God.

ESV Journaling Bible Giveaway

ESV Journaling Bible

For a chance to win a copy of the ESV Journaling Bible, please leave a comment on this post no later than Friday, November 20. One winner will be selected and will have a copy mailed to them directly from the promoter.

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.”


A winner has been chosen using the number generator. Mindy is the lucky winner. I will be contacting her immediately to make arrangements for getting her new Bible to her.