Are you new to Bible journaling and trying to decide which Bible you should use? If the New Living Translation is your preferred Bible translation there are a lot of journaling Bibles to choose from. Today, I am going to share with you 8 beautiful NLT journaling Bibles for beginning Bible journalers.
For each book, I have tried to find the best deal, and so some links are to Amazon and some are to Christianbook. Of course, what is on sale today might not be on sale when you read this, so I would encourage you to check both sources and also the publishers themselves for whichever Bible you are interested in.
1. The One Year Chronological Bible Creative Expressions
I was only able to find the hardcover version of this Bible on Christianbook, as Amazon said it wouldn’t be in stock until June.
This Bible is the type of NLT journaling Bible I have, and I bought it because it has 365 daily readings of the Bible. Each day’s reading focuses on a particular moment in history and takes you through the Bible in the order that the events occurred. For example, if you read about an event that takes place in King David’s life you will read correlating scriptures throughout the Bible on that day’s reading.
I like it because I have my daily reading ready, space to write notes about that reading, or do creative journaling in my Bible if I want.
It has 2-inch lightly lined margins and over 100 scripture line-art illustrations. And it also has a 10-point font, which I personally really like. What can I say…I am getting old, lol!
And the edges of the pages have beautifully illustrated page edges. If you look below at the Instagram picture you can see the lightly floral illustration that makes up the edges of the Bible pages.
This Bible is available as a hardcover or softcover. I have the hardcover and love it. Sure, it’s a little bit big of a Bible, but I use it just for journaling so it stays at home and the size doesn’t bother me.
And here are some examples of what this Bible looks like inside.
Here is an example of one of my Bible journaling pages in The One Year Chronological Bible Expressions:
This Bible is very similar to the first Bible on this list except each’s days assigned Bible reading has portions from the Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs.
Like the Bible above, it is also in the New Living Translation. It has 9-point font and also has 2-inch wide margins that are lightly lined. And there are over 100 scripture line-art illustrations.
This Bible also has beautifully illustrated page edges.
It also has two ribbon markers that make it helpful to mark where you are reading.
There are hardcover and softcover versions available.
Check out what this Bible looks like inside.
Tyndale House Publishing has a wonderful NLT journaling Bible called the THRIVE Creative Journaling Devotional Bible. It includes 365 daily devotionals and 365 focused daily prayers by Sheri Rose Shepard designed to encourage and challenge the reader.
Each day’s reading also includes a key scripture, a love letter from God, and a Treasure of Truth from author Sheri Rose Shepard.
This journaling Bible has double-column, extra-wide, lightly ruled margins which leaves plenty of room for journaling.
Also, each book of the Bible has an introduction, and high-quality cream-colored Bible pages for journaling. There are also 31 character profiles included.
There are two different covers available, a soft leather-look teal over hardcover and a hardcover version with blue flowers.
I was only able to find the hardcover version on Christianbook at the time I wrote this, but as I said before since supply issues seem to be so problematic lately, I would check around.
Here is it >>
FYI, there is another THRIVE Devotional Bible available. It looks like a wonderful Bible but it does not have wide margins for journaling. The title is almost exactly the same but it is missing Creative Journaling in the title. So just make sure when you purchase your Bible it is the Creative Journaling version. Otherwise, the Bibles are almost exactly the same.
And here is what the NLT Thrive Bible looks like inside:
4. NLT Inspire
Tyndale also has another great option for Bible journaling called the Inspire Bible.
And it is a single-column New-Living Translation Bible that has wide margins. Additionally, this Bible also has over 400 line-art illustrations (full-page and partial-page) for you to color. Also, the font is 8.65 which makes it easy to read.
Moreover, this Bible is great if you are like me…a beginning artist or even if you have a lot of experience as an artist.
This Bible is also available as a hardcover, softcover, and a Large-Print version, which has an 11-point font.
Here are some examples of what the Inspire Bible looks like inside:
This addition to the NLT Inspire line has thicker paper, almost 500 new scripture illustrations; including 19 full-page and partial-page scripture illustrations, and 32 colorful, transparent, praise-themed journaling pages. It also has an 8-point font and black letter text.
Each page has a single column, with the margins being at least 2 inches wide. It also has a 5″x7″ purple pocket in the back of the Bible to store journaling embellishments.
It also comes with three pages of praise-themed stickers.
The NLT INSPIRE Praise Bible is available in hardcover, imitation leather, and has a Large-Print version.
And here are some examples of what the Inspire Praise Bible looks like inside:
The NLT INSPIRE Prayer Bible is for people who are looking to express their prayers artistically alongside God’s word.
This NLT Inspire version has 400 scripture illustrations, which include 94 full-page designs.
In addition, this Bible has single columns and it has extra-wide margins measuring at least 3 inches wide. It also has a 9-point font, which is larger than most full-size journaling Bibles.
It also has 32 colorful and gorgeously designed see-through vellum pages featuring prayers. And then it has 142 journaling prompts to help inspire personalized written prayers.
This journaling Bible also has high-quality white Bible paper to help increase readability and a brighter, purer display of added color.
This Bible is available as a hardcover, soft-cover, and a Giant-Print is available.
And here are some examples of what the NLT Inspire Prayer Bible looks like inside:
If you are looking for an NLT journaling Bible for a young girl the NLT INSPIRE Bible is a great option. This Bible was designed for girls 8 years old and up.
It has over 300 devotionals written by bestselling author Carolyn Larsen, book introductions, journaling prompts, and includes interesting Bible facts.
Also, the Inspire Bible for Girls has over 500 full and partial-page Scripture line-art illustrations displayed within it. And there is plenty of space to express creativity in its lightly lined 2-inch wide margins.
And it has an 8.65 font and high-quality white Bible paper.
It is available in hardcover and soft leather-look versions.
Here are some examples of what the NLT Inspire for Girls Bible looks like inside:
This fall there will be a new NLT journaling Bible available. It is the NLT Wide Margin Bible, Filament Enabled Edition. From what I can tell it will be available on October 4, 2022.
It will also have 2.25-inch wide margins that are lightly lined. It will also have an 8-point Lexicon font and high-quality white Bible paper.
In addition, Filament is the free Dayspring app that gives you the ability to use your mobile phone or tablet to connect every page to a massive amount of curated content, including:
- 25,000 verse-by-verse study notes
- 350+ videos
- 40+ maps and infographics
- 400+ profiles and articles
- 150+ devotionals
- Library of worship music
I hope this roundup helps you choose which NLT journaling Bible is best for you! If you want to read more about Bible journaling check out these posts: