(Review) NKJV Journaling Bible
Publisher: Holman/B and H Publishing Group.
Source: Free copy from B and H Publishing in exchange for a review.
Rating: 4 stars for very good.
I'm a Bible journaler. I'm currently reading the ESV journaling Bible for daily Bible reading. I've shared in several posts my Bible doodling/art work and Precept symbol notations. I utilize these elements while reading through the Bible. Bible journaling is a new interest I began in January.
The NKJV is one of my favorite translations. The reading of the translation is beautiful, flowing, and pleasant to read. It is a favorite translation for daily Bible reading.
The NKJV Journaling Bible had been set for publishing in July, but it is now set for a September publishing date.
Features of the Bible:
- Eight point text.
- The margin size is 1.75 inches. I measured the entire side length and it is longer, a little over 2 inches. The lines that are on the sidebar are 1.75 inches, but total sidebar is a little over 2 inches.
- Words of Christ Jesus in red.
- The Bible lays flat.
- Cream colored pages.
- The presentation page is cream color, and with a side margin of dark purple.
- Contents page.
- God's Plan For Salvation page.
- Three extra pages between OT and NT that are lined for art work, or taking notes.
- Daily Bible Reading Plan chart.
- 30 page concordance.
- Eight maps.
- The Bible is bonded leather and hardcover. However, I found it flexible, not stiff and not softcover, but slightly flexible.
The notable differences at first sight between the NKJV Bible and the ESV Journaling Bible (my copy.)
- The ESV is 7.5 point, but bold print; versus the NKJV at 8 point, and not bold print.
- The ESV does not have the words of Christ Jesus in red. The NKJV has the words of Christ Jesus in red.
- The ESV has matte pages. The NKJV is matte, but there is a little sheen on the pages I can feel. In addition, the pages in the NKJV feel a tiny bit thinner.
- The ESV Bibles have many choices in covers. At this time, the NKJV by B and H Publishing, has one choice in a cover. The cover is two tone brown and bonded leather. The Bible's cover is handsome.
- The sizes match up as, ESV is 9.50 x 6.50 x 1.75. The NKJV is 8.50 x 6.50 x 1.50.
- The ESV Bible has no concordance. The NKJV Bible has a 30 page concordance.
- The ESV Bible has smaller side margins. The NKJV Bible has larger side margins (see features of the Bible details.)
Overall, both Bibles are solid and admirable.
I do feel it is up to what the person purchasing the Bible is intending to use the Bible for: artwork and writing, or writing alone.
If artwork is going to be used, then the thicker pages of the ESV Bible can handle water-based paints better, even if the person uses Gesso, thicker pages seem to do better.
Using ink pens, for example a Micron pen, or Gelly Roll pen, work well in both Bibles. Neither Bible was left with smudges, nor bleed through.
Lastly, but no less important:
Enlarging print in a Bible creates a thicker Bible; but I say enlarge the print please!