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.