The Bible market has exploded since I started Bible Journaling in 2015. I had 2 options for my first journaling Bible, the black hardcover ESV in either double or single column. Things have vastly improved since then. I recommend first figuring out what translation you would prefer and then go from there. If you are looking for something easier to read then go with a thought for thought translation like the New Living Translation. (NLT) If you would rather go with a word for word translation, then I prefer the NASB or NKJV translations. ESV continues to be the leading option for cover options and comes in single column, double column and interleaved versions and are a great, generally inexpensive option. You can also choose from plain, simply lined margins to pre-done, line drawings, to full on color illustrated pages in your journaling Bible.

I have yet to purchase any journaling Bible for myself, my family or friends that is over $40. In fact, most are in the $20 range. I think for many people, the more money they spend on something the more hesitation they have in adding color and digging deep into the Word. My recommendation is to get something (or using something you already have) that you will feel the freedom to use. Maybe for you, this is starting with just a Psalms book  where you just slowly ease yourself into the journaling thing with some flowers and doodles around the edges of the beautiful songs of David. This also may look like purchasing an expensive leather bound interleaved Bible as an heirloom item where you do full page illustrations for future generations. Or you might find yourself like me, purchasing the $20 ESV version and customizing the cover yourself and digging in till its time to archive one and move on to the next.

Here are some links to Bibles I have actually held in my hands and would recommend.

Journaling Bibles – lined margins

ESV Single Column Journaling Bible

ESV Interleaved Journaling Bible (Tru-Tone Black)

ESV Interleaved Journaling Bible (Hardcover Autumn Song)

ESV Single Column Leather With Strap

ESV Single Column Tru-Tone with leaves

NKJV Journaling Bible Bonded Leather

NKJV Journal the Word Bible (Floral Cloth over Board)


Line Drawing Bibles – black and white illustrations waiting for your color inspiration

Inspire (NLT) Hardcover 

Inspire (NLT) Softover

My Creative Bible (KJV) Pink

HCSB Illustrator’s Notetaking Bible Purple