A few months ago, I outlined my struggle of trying to decide which translation of the Bible I would primarily use in my new ministry at CCH.
After reading and praying, I decided I would begin this school year by using the English Standard Version. And I found what I was looking for in…
…the ESV Journaling Bible.
This is a hardback Bible. On each page, there is 2″ on the sides for writing notes, prayers, outlines, thoughts, sermon points, whatever. Here is a picture:
So far, I love it. I preached my first sermons yesterday with it. It seems to be well made. The pages are fairly thick so your ink doesn’t run through to the back side of the page. It has a little elastic cord that closes to Bible shut when you aren’t using it.
All of these things make me happy. I am pretty rough on my Bibles, since I throw them in and out of my backpack everyday. I cram them in with all my other books and papers and stuff. But, I can’t anticipate the pages getting mangled in my bag or the hardcover getting all bent up. It seems very sturdy.
I found one cheap on Amazon and this will be my Bible for the next several years. I will mark it up and wear it out and duct tape it when it’s ready. I had one NIV Study Bible that I did this with…it was all I used for several years. Then, one day, the Sermon on the Mount pages fell out. I went to get a new Bible…and hadn’t found one I could “adopt.”