I bought another bible.
It was a bit of an impulse buy. It’s actually a journalling bible. I’ve seen wonderful creations made from these bibles: people using them to create works of art as expressions of worship.
I ordered this one online so I didn’t really know what it was like. It was at discount price. I adored the colour, liked the idea of a tactile cloth bound cover and there didn’t seem to be an NRSV option (my usual preference) so NIV was my second choice.
(Plus we already have four NRSVs between us – three are mine. One is a soft cover, with apocrypha, used when studying theology. It is very tattered but much-loved! The other a hardcover version (no apocrypha) usually by my bedside. The other is exactly the same as my ‘college bible’, but a hardcover which I picked up in a charity shop, thinking I would move to that one to study. To be honest I usually still return to my tattered old softback!)
Anyway. Back to this bible.
I think I’m getting older. The text seems very small. Should a thirty-something need to squint?!
Also, the margins are lined, which is great for note-taking, but perhaps not so good for drawing or colouring.
Both these factors I would have known about if I’d actually read the reviews, of course. Impulse buy.
I’ve decided this doesn’t really matter for now, as I’d like to use this bible as a focus for my reflections on my new book. Note-taking is really what I want it for; I’ve already started using in this way. By having a primary focus for this bible – looking at themes relevant to the book, it’s become a resource.
Just because I’m not using it as an art journalling bible doesn’t mean I don’t indulge in a few different colours on occasion, or doodle something relating to the verse. I suspect it will become a bit of a hybrid, partly something for meditation, partly something for study.
So I won’t be creating glorious works of art on the pages of this bible, nor reading for extended periods (not without my eyes watering) but I hope that my ‘impulse buy’ can become a way of expressing my thoughts and aiding my study nonetheless.
What I’m not going to do is feel frustrated that I don’t make something as beautiful as perhaps someone else would. (Imagine comparing your bibles! What a bizarre folly that would be, but so easy in this culture, as we compare – and dare I say ‘covet’ – everything.) This is my journaling bible and I’m using it for my journey. However if you want to find some inspiration as to how people do use these to create works of inspirational art, just Google ‘bible journalling’ (or ‘journaling’!) and you’re sure to find some!
Are you a ‘bible journaller?’ Do you draw or write or both?