Journaling Bible {review}

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Not long ago I received the NIV journal edition Bible from Zondervan! What makes this Bible stand apart from other bibles? Well for me it’s right there in the title “journal edition” it’s oversized margins on every single page makes it so easy for me to jot down different thoughts or draw a pretty picture to remind me of the way that I felt when I read a specific passage. I really love this Bible and have enjoyed doodling and writing in it since I got it!

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This Bible is hardback and does comes in other cover colors. I absolutely love the turquoise Floral with pink elastic band {to help it stay closed} This quickly became my go to Bible, I love taking with me, I love reading it, I love drawing and I love writing in it. One thing that I do have to point out is that the text is smaller than the average Bible text. This particular bible is targeted towards girls/women, although I do believe that a lot of young men/ men would probably enjoy this as well, with that being said the cover option are not guy-ish, I  would really like to see some guy styles a maybe a Buffalo plaid cover {my hubby would love that!} or even just a solid black leather cover. I know my husband would love to have a journaling Bible.

I give this Journal Bible absolutely two thumbs up highly recommend it this would be a perfect gift, and is wonderful for anyone that loves journaling.

*Although BookLook Bloggers did send me this bible I was not compensated  for this post.  All thoughts + opinions are 100% my own.

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What I’m Loving | October| Beautiful Word Coloring Bible!

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With hundreds of inspiring verses illustrated in detailed, ready-to-color line art, the NIV Beautiful Word™ Coloring Bible employs the proven stress-relieving benefits of adult coloring to help quiet your soul so you can reflect on the precious truths of Scripture. Perfect for all ages, the thick white paper with lightly ruled lines in the extra-wide margins, provides ample space for your own artistic expressions and journaling.

The NIV Beautiful Word™ Coloring Bible is a perfect gift that will become a cherished keepsake full of personalized creative expressions of faith.

Bible Journaling has become more than hobby but a way of worship for so many, it is something that I personally have loved doing since I was a child. I so vividly remember someone at church gasping  when they saw me drawing and coloring pictures in the margins of my bible, I was told that I was being disrespectful to Gods Word, I didn’t feel that I was at all and my mom ensured me I wasn’t either so continued {at home}. As I’ve gotten older I have found less and less time to draw in my margins but I still try to every once in a while. Recently I received a email from Zondervan sharing all the up coming releases… I squealed with excitement! Eek! The Beautiful Word COLORING Bible! Guys this is tailor made for me…it may as well be called “Britni’s Coloring Bible”

My heart lept out of my chest from excitement when it arrived! It is a beautiful Bible, the illustrations are great and create a wonderful time of worship as well as encouraging your God given creativity!!

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 {Here is a blank margin I did}

Inside the Bible:

The pages are thicker than the average but they are still “bible” pages so still thinner than say that novel you’ve been reading. I would highly recommend colored pencils over watercolors, watercolor crayons and markers I feel like they would bleed through and possibly cause a big mess, but that is my opinion. If you are using watercolor make sure you put a blank sheet of paper under the page you are working on and allow it to fully drybible5

There are countless “coloring” pages…meaning the out line is already there you just color it the way you want, there are also TONS of blank margins giving you the opportunity to show your heart, feelings and faith! I love both aspects, where creativity is often times my middle name…the Lord has not blessed me with 5-6 more hours in the day making it very difficult to draw in the margins like I did as a child, they take time, so the pre drawn pages are perfect for times when I just want quite communion with God but maybe I only have 5-10 minutes. The blank margins are perfect for kiddo nap time, after they go to bed or that rare entire afternoon!

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I would recommend this Bible to any friend or family member from pre- teen to 100 {there are other wonderful options for younger children}. In fact I already got my mom a copy, it arrived yesterday! She has been loving the adult coloring books {ooh who hasn’t!} She is a true artist and is in love with this Bible! With a price tag of $30 or less this stunning Bible will not break the bank especially if you are like my family and on a budget!

Already have it? Do you love it?

via Zondervan: Features of this treasured Bible include:

  • Hundreds of verses illustrated in ready-to-color line art
  • Thicker white paper for enduring note-taking
  • Lined, wide margins for notes, reflections and art
  • Full text of the most read, most trusted modern-English Bible – the New International Version (NIV)
  • Easy-to-read black letter text in single-column format
  • Lays flat in your hand or on your desk
  • Ribbon marker

If you are looking for another translation the Beautiful Word Bible {non coloring version} comes in other translations including KJV and Large Print which can be found at Zondervan

**Q&A: After posting I started receiving emails about where the colored pencils are from {in the top photo} They were from TJMaxx but I have seen them in Ross too.

*Although BookLook Bloggers/Zondervan did send me this Bible I was not compensated  for this post.  All thoughts + opinions are 100% my own.

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What’s in the Bible? Vol. 1 DVD Review and GIVEAWAY!!

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Are you looking for a great resource that will give your kids solid Bible truth that is taught in an easy to understand, fun, engaging and child-friendly way? Do you LOVE VeggieTales? If you answered yes, then I’ve got a fantastic resource for you: What’s in the Bible? DVDs. This collection truly is fantastic!

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Buck Denver Asks … What’s in the Bible? is the 13-DVD series from VeggieTales® creator Phil Vischer. In his first new project since VeggieTales, Vischer has set out to teach kids (and parents!) the story of the Bible – God’s great rescue plan! We know the stories of Moses, Noah, David, and Jesus, but in this groundbreaking new Bible DVD series, we learn how they all fit together to tell one big, redemptive story. Vischer’s signature wit shines through with his all-new cast of characters, fast-paced flash animation, and catchy tunes. This is one journey through the Bible you won’t want to miss!

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  • DVD 1: In the Beginning {Genesis} 
  • DVD 2: Let My People Go {Exodus} 
  • DVD 3: Wanderin’ in the Desert {Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy} 
  • DVD 4: Battle for the Promised Land! {Joshua, Judges, Ruth} 
  • DVD 5: Israel Gets A King! {1 and 2 Samuel}
  • DVD 6: A Nation Divided {Kings and Chronicles}
  • DVD 7: Exile and Return {Ezra, Nehemiah & Esther}
  • DVD 8: Words to Make Us Wise {Psalms, Proverbs & The Writings} 
  • DVD 9: God Speaks! {Isaiah, Jeremiah & the Prophets} 
  • DVD 10: Jesus Is The Good News! {Matthew, Mark, Luke, & John}
  • DVD 11: Spreading The Good News! {Acts}
  • DVD 12: Letters From Paul! {Romans – Philemon} 
  • DVD 13 “God’s Kingdom Comes!” {General Epistles – Revelation} 

So far our kiddos have Volumes 1-6 {they have asked for the rest for Christmas!}

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Our family was first introduced to What’s in the Bible? through the children’s director and dear friend at our former church a few years ago. From the first time our son saw What’s in the Bible he was HOOKED! Then we borrowed a DVD from and watched it as a family…and we ALL were hooked! Not only does What’s in the Bible? make understanding the Bible easy for kids, but it’s done in a really fun way! Phil Vischer and his staff has done a phenomenal job with these DVD’s! The knowledge our kids have gained is amazing, our oldest LOVES reading his bible so that he can increase his knowledge. In fact the kid is so smart he can easily enter into conversations with adults {both the What’s in the Bible? DVD and the fact his dad was a youth pastor and currently working towards a biblical degree, have contributed to our sons knowledge:)}

Our kids absolutely LOVE all the cute characters..and so do we!

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My husband and I absolutely love that one of our favorite duos Rhett & Link {from Good Mythical Morning} sings fun songs…Like this one about Genesis in Vol. 1!

About Volume 1: In the Beginning

What’s in the Bible? Volume 1 is all about the beginning! It covers the book of Genesis and answers the following two questions:

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Volume 1 covers some of the most popular Bible stories from the book of Genesis like, the story of creation, Adam and Eve, Abraham, Noah’s Ark, and so much more! They are SO MUCH fun! I love that kids are engaged and having fun while they are learning!

What’s in the Bible? is the perfect whole family bible time for our mornings! My  husband works from home so we are able to enjoy and learn through What’s in the Bible? together!

How we use the What’s in the Bible curriculum in our home:

In addition to the DVD’s there are a whole bunch of fun activities! {images below are for What’s in the Bible Vol. 1}

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The Discussion guide asks all kinds of questions to review what your learned during the DVD!

  • What does the word “Testament” mean?
  • How do we know the Bible is true?
  • What does the word “inspired” mean?
  • Do you remember the name of the first book of the Bible? What does it mean?
  • How do you trust God with your life?
  • Proverbs 3:5 says “Trust the Lord with all your heard and do not lean on your own understanding.” What are ways you can apply this to your daily life?

I just saved this to ibooks on my iPad instead of printing it out.

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There are a bunch of really fun coloring pages that go with Volume 1 like:

  • Volume 1 DVD Cover Coloring page
  • Adam and Eve
  • Cain and Abel
  • Abraham {Abraham and Isaac}
  • Noah’s Ark

I made each of the kids their very own coloring book!!

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These flashcards are AWESOME! They will help you and your kids remember all kinds of wonderful and important things from the DVD, such as:

  • What’s in the Bible?
  • How many books are in the Bible?
  • How many years did it take to write the Bible?

The Flash cards are really easy to make! Print, Cut out the cards horizontally {you will end up folding the cards so be sure you only cut on the horizontal lines}, Fold and tape together or if you want to get really fancy laminate them!!IMG_4476

The flash cards are my oldest sons favorite! I even printed a second set and instead of folding them I cut them all out and he play a memory game with them!

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This is probably my kids favorite activity! They are able to learn all kinds of fun stuff while learning! For this activity there are some really fun printouts including

  • 3 pages of Puppets
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The kids love making their own puppet shows to tell the story of Creation or Adam and Eve! They also enjoy making up their own fun and crazy puppet shows…but they always come back to God and Creation…gotta love that!

{I printed out the puppets on card stock and the back grounds on regular paper}

In addition to all this great stuff there are a ton of printable memory verse cards!

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These are one of my most favorite printables from What’s in the Bible? As you can see they are small, perfect for little hands! The kids each pick their own card each week and we learn them all as a family! The kids love that each card has a fun character, I love that they are learning and memorizing bible verses! There are some verse cards without characters I picked these ones specifically because of the characters *there are a TON of verse cards in the activity section. I printed out a bunch of different ones on card stock.

You can download and print all the activities here! {Psst…there are all kinds of activities for ALL the volumes!}

Ok so if I haven’t made it totally clear…We LOVE What’s in the Bible!

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What’s in the Bible 16 Hour SALE! DON’T MISS OUT!

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Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders

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Happy Monday! As I mentioned last week the Lord is working HUGE in my family! If you are believer you know when God moves satan FREAKS…we have been dealing with a ton of spiritual warfare. We are staying continuously in God word. One Friday I started a new SheReadsTruth bible study in 1-2-3 John. 123-John-ABIDEHonestly when I decided to pick a new SRT bible study I didn’t think I would be doing this particular study…but God did! Over the last few days God has spoken to me in ways I NEVER expected! Yesterday the “H” word happened in my heart…I was Humbled….in a HUGE way. I mean the Lord called me out…honestly I needed it and I’m so happy it happened, I didn’t realize the extent until I asked God to reveal it. Had I not been studying in that particular passage I would have probably just continued on my happy little way. Thank you Lord that you guided me to this study! If you haven’t already head over to SheReadTruth and start a bible study {there are a bunch and are on average last about 2 weeks} The Current plan is Jonah {I haven’t done it yet, but my mom said it is phenomenal. Something that I LOVE about SheReadTruth is that you can always do past plans! And if you have the YouVersion app you can add SheReadsTruth plans to your phone or tablet!

I am writing to you, dear children,
    because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name.
 I am writing to you, fathers,
    because you know him who is from the beginning.
I am writing to you, young men,
    because you have overcome the evil one.

1 JOHN | 2:12-13

Of course I have been Encouraged, Comforted, Humbled, and Loved from reading the bible. I have also been so spoken to through some really amazing music! This past one particular song kept catching my ear…no matter where I was. Hillsong United | Oceans was EXACTLY what I needed every single time I heard it play. It was really amazing the way God was working! Not familiar with Hillsong or Oceans? Have a listen!

Live in the Studio:

Album version with the Lyrics:

Oh Hillsong United you are so blessing by God!

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The Bible in a Year NCV {Bible Review and Giveaway}

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Having an independent reader is wonderful and having Bible Study and prayer time first thing in morning is a MUST. As parents is has always been our desire and goal to help our draw closer to the Lord. We daily encourage quiet time to grown in the Lord by letting our children see us spending time with the Lord. They see me through out the day praying for friends, studying for my women’s bible study. Our oldest son sees his dad reading and studying at every single Tae Kwon do class {My husband studies and writes his sermons for Sundays there 😉 }

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The Bible in a Year {New Century Version}  is set up in four portions to read each day: one from the Old Testament, one from Psalms, one from Proverbs, and one from the New Testament. It starts on January 1st, to December 31st (however, Leap Day is not included) it is designed to read one day’s reading at a time {each day is about 3-4 pages} For example the readings for March 18th {my birthday} are:

  • Numbers 33:1-34:29
  • Psalm 35:11-16
  • Proverbs 12:2
  • Mark 15:1-20

If you feel like that is a bit much for your kiddos this bible could very easily be adapted into a two-year bible {for example March 18th your child could read Numbers and Psalm then March 19th Proverbs and Mark} This Bible is intended as a study/devotional bible and because of this it is not like normal bibles that start in Genesis and end with Revelation. Instead all the reading {old & new testaments, Psalm and Proverbs are all together for each day. This Bible would not be a good choice if you wanted something to pick up and read through from Genesis through Revelation. The New Century Version is written for a 5th grade reading level which is wonderful. I absolutely recommend this to parents who are looking for a bible for their 8-12 years olds…however it would be great for older and younger children! This is a hardcover bible…which I love for my boys!el

From the Publisher:

Kids can read through the entire Bible in one year!

Our children need to make every day God’s day, and nothing will help them do that more than reading His Word. The unique Bible in a Year with New Century Version® text guides kids to easily read through the entire Bible in 365 days. The simple-to-understand language is divided into daily portions that include selections from both the Old and New Testaments, as well as Psalms and Proverbs.

This Bible also offers 16 pages of color inserts that allow for personalization and reinforce biblical knowledge. Features include: presentation page, Bible timeline, My Favorite Bible Verses, How Do I Pray?Why Should I Read the Bible?, How Do I Forgive?, Bible Verses to Know, and more!

The retail price for this Bible is $19.99.

How would you like a copy of your very own? I’m giving away a copy to one lucky winner! Click below to enter!

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