Today is DaySpring PRE-ORDER Launch day for their NEW version of Illustrating Bible! Thank you so much DaySpring for allowing me to be a part of this wonderful launch with you.
Please note this is my personal opinion and review of DaySpring illustrating Bible.
If you are not familiar with DaySpring they are a faith-based business which started in 1971 as a small commercial print shop creating greeting cards to make Christ known through printed message. Today they are one of the largest Christian greeting cards publishers in the world. Dayspring has also expanded their product line sharing God’s message through jewelry, apparel, gifts, mugs, and bible journaling.
DaySpring mission statement
To know God, to demonstrate His kingdom, and to help people throughout the world and share His love by providing Christian tools of communication to express God’s heart in fresh new ways.
It’s so inspiring to read their story and how they started off sending a simple greeting card years ago, and now they are the largest Christian greeting publisher in the world. How GREAT is our GOD!!! So, DaySpring sent me over the new Illustrating Bible which is available for PRE-ORDER today, so make sure you register so you will be notified of the official release date May 15th. So mark your calendars because you don’t want to miss it!
I was so excited when I received their new version of Illustrating Bible on my doorstep. I couldn’t wait to opened the box and find this beautiful “life changing” tool waiting for me to unwrap. FIRST, let me share how well boxed the Illustrating Bible comes in. The box is smooth, sky light grey with the words Illustrating Bible letterpress in gold. It’s very sturdy so you do not want to recycle this one because you can store your Bible in the box.
Plus, the box has telescoping sides that grow with your Bible as creativity is added. I know Bible illustrating is a whole new world for me, but I’ve seen all kinds of unique supplies added in others bible journaling such as paper clips, tabs, and more.
Now let’s opened the box,
Look at this beautiful life-changing tool! Y’all this is a huge Bible and I love how nicely it is packaged into their box. The color looks similar to hunter green to me, but it is gorgeous. I wish you could see this in person because the resolution of your computer screens may show the color differently.
Here is an close up,
Now can you see the beautiful hunter green color. So, what do you think of the color? I actually love it! Although, my favorite color is purple. This color reminds me of Spring or Fall. The color can be appealing for both masculine and feminine. I’ve aways seen more women or girls in my social media feeds posting bible illustration or bible journaling. Not to say, men or boys don’t either do it. But, I think the Bible color is universal for anyone man or women, boy or girl to have. Unlike their previous version is in a pink or rose color. It’s more feminine appeal, judging from online since I personally do not own the original version.
I love the gold stamp foil detailing on the cover as well. It really pops and it goes so well with the metallic gold spiral bound faux leather cover. Look how the green cover glows in the sunlight. I’m quite impressed y’all! I’ve always want to learn Bible journaling and I’m loving the look of this one so far.
As I removed the illustrating Bible from the box, y’all this book is huge and slightly heavy. Think about carrying that huge Human Anatomy science book you had to pack around during your college days. Maybe not Human Anatomy course, but it’s about 3-4 of your school books carried together.
So, I have a small scale that I use for my business and I want to give you an approximate weight on how heavy is this Bible. Y’all, it weighs at least 5 lbs and 5 ounces. Whoa! (in my Joey Lawrence voice) So you have a idea of the weight on this beauty.
The Bible measures 9 1/4” w x 9 1/4” h x 1 7/8” d. Very thick, there are 936 pages as you can see from the side view image below.
Now, let’s open this beauty up and explore,
The cover is so well stitched with suede liner on inside. I love the opening panel which starts with a bible verse which is in sans serif font and a script from the Book of Genesis, “In the beginning God created…” Genesis 1:1
This is the first page of the illustrating Bible – Holy Bible which is in Christian Standard Bible (CSB). I’m not very familiar with this version, but I cannot wait to dive right in and learn more about it.
I love that there is a “This Bible Belongs To” line for you to place your name or someone else’s if you were to give this Bible as an gift.
The title page cover looks more off-white or egg-shell white. The pages are 75% thicker than normal journaling Bibles to reduce bleed through.
The next page is the “List of the Books of the Bible”.
The font is 8 pt. font size which is quite small, but I can understand why because of how wide the margin sizes appear from left to right.
Here is an close up view of how the font looks inside. Quite small to the eye, but let’s see the how the other pages appear in the book.
The next page the Books of the Bible are listed in alphabetical order.
Next page, Introduction to the Christian Standard Bible (CSB). The textual based of the CSB, goals of this translation, philosophy, and it’s history.
The Old Testament, title page follows which has a larger and more bold font.
The Book of Genesis,
“In the beginning God created…”Genesis 1:1
Remember, on the front panel of the cover I mentioned this was a Bible verse from the Book of Genesis. Here it is again, the beginning of the word of God was created for us to use as an daily tool and its essential to living a life pleasing to Him.
The creation story is such a beautiful story and testimony of our creator, God and His work.
I love how the books title are in san serif bold capital letters in the right (or left opposite page) hand margin.
As it appear the font of the Bible verses are 8 pt. which appears smaller from afar if you looking at the image above. But, you can understand the reason for font size for the single column with wider margins for Bible journaling or illustration.
Now you don’t have to be a illustration artist to use this book. The margins are also great for note taking as well.
Using my Silhouette small ruler the single columns are 3 3/4 wide with space for journaling and creativity.
You can see the width of the margin as I’ve placed my hand in the single column. It’s pretty large and wide in my opinion and I think I have pretty large hands for a woman. LOL! So there is more than enough room for you write notes, journal, hand lettering, add artwork and more.
The pages are quite thicker than the pages in a normal Bible. Which is for to create artwork and prevent bleed proof.
The only thing that might concern me in my opinion about the pages are I hope I do not accidentally tear a page by turning it. I know accidents happen, but this Bible is too beautiful for torn pages.
I’m really excited about adding my brush lettering onto these pages and exploring other areas of my creativity in this illustrating Bible.
Now there isn’t a glossary or concordance in the very back of the book. I think this Bible was designed with the intention of Bible Journaling the Word of God. So you can always, compare your Bible that has the concordance or glossary or a different version to this one. I know I always look to other versions of the Bible if I don’t understand the meaning or text in another. It really helps me study word from word so I can grasp the understanding and meaning of what God is speaking to me.
Here is the back of the cover panel,
“The Grace of The Lord Jesus Be With Everyone.” AmenRevelation 22:21, CSB
I actually had to research this because I wasn’t familiar with this Bible verse. But it comes from the Book of Revelation in the Christian Standard Bible (CSB).
My standard Bible NASB, New American Standard Bible reads, “The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.” Revelation 22:21
Isn’t it AMAZING to know that God’s grace is with us wherever we go! Doesn’t matter where we are in life, what crossroads or roads we take that God is always present in our lives.
“He said, I will never leave you or abandon you.”Hebrews 13:5 (CSB)
He is always with us every where we go.
If you are interested in purchasing this illustrating Bible, please visit DaySpring and register to PRE-ORDER your copy for release date May 15th.
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Be Blessed friends’,