#Catholic Bible art journaling – what Bible do I use?

#yourstampinscrapbooker #Bibleartjournaling journey continues…

Previous Posts about my Bible art journaling journey:

@CSMscrapbooker call for #Bibleartjournaling

#BibleArtJournaling @AllisonOrthner @CSMscrapbooker…the journey has been revived.. #yourstampinscrapbooker style

Bible Art Journaling…the journey of a creative Catholic

So I’ve been doing a lot of talking and not enough actual Bible art journaling.  It’s something that seems to always get put on my to-do list and there is always something more important that needs to get done.  I have realized that I need to start doing more things in my craft room that are actually for me, and what could be better than reading the word, focusing my heart and mind on God and working to grow in my relationship with Christ?  

A Bible art journaling image credit to Allison Orthner – God Bless!


So it’s time for action!  I started this post several weeks ago and something happened today that made me go back to it and get it done.  Continue to read and you will learn what I saw…

So, Catholics, what Bible should we use?  

After having been exposed to many versions of Bible art journals, none of which was a Catholic Bible, I started with catholic.com to refresh my understanding of the many different translations of the Bible that are out there.  

Bible Translations Guide for Catholics – Click here!

So until today, this was my assessment of what type of Bible would be my pick for a Catholic who wants to art journal in a Bible.  The obvious choice would be the Bible of choice for Catholics, the St. Ignatious Bible, it’s a revised standard version of the Bible.  Click here to purchase on Amazon.  


That being said, it’s not at all journaling-friendly.  So, moving on…I will keep my Bible for referencing and choose a Bible designed for art journaling.  

That pick would go to the very inspiring-looking journaling Bible, the Inspire Bible.

Click here to purchase on Amazon. 

Yes, it’s gorgeous!  It’s colourful and art friendly with it’s beautiful wide margins.  That being said, it’s the New Living Translation of the Bible which is great for readability but has been translated for contemporary English and therefore, can lose some of the feel of the original scriptures.  In my opinion, the benefit of this translation is it will allow a more easily understand study of the word, encouraging the reader to connect with the scriptures.  I would encourage any art journalers using this Bible to seek out an additional translation to cross-reference the readings in order to get the most of their study and reflection.  


So, in the end, because the St. Ignatious Bible does not come in a wide-margin version, or if it does it’s a million dollars, and I, personally, felt like I needed to be reading from something more close in translation to a Bible that would be using in church or school, I had chosen to support the purchase of the ESV Journaling Bible (until today, keep reading).  It is the closest journalling Bible I could come up with to that of our preferred translation in the new revised standard version (NRSV).  I do not have one yet, I’m still getting my feet wet with the whole Bible art journaling so, no kidding, I got a King James Version at the dollar store and I’m going to go to town in that first.  I have my NRSV to cross reference the Scriptures to compare.

So after all this analysis and exploration over the past many months, can you imagine my excitement to have see this post on Facebook today?  There is a Catholic Journaling Bible available as of November!!

Catholic Journaling Bible

I had recently joined a couple of groups for Bible art journalers on Facebook, most recently a group for Catholic women, and that is where this announcement popped up! That lead me to Blessed is She!  I’ve checked out the website and Instagram and will spend some time over the next few months getting to know them and what they are offering Catholic women.  I have already signed up for the email daily devotional, which I look forward to seeing tomorrow.  I really need that accountability to connect with the word and refocus my energies on being a follower of Christ so I’m excited to have discovered them and will run with it!  

The Bible is scheduled for publishing in November by Our Sunday Visitor, Blessed is She is taking pre-orders now with release planned for January 2018.   It is a New American Bible-Revised Edition.

I especially like the final line of an article I read and it said, as a response to “what Bible to I get?”  He said… “the one you will use”… Does that not say it all?  Any Bible you will use that will bring you closer to God through the word of the Lord, and will inspire you to use your creativity is the one to get!  Remember, enjoy the process and follow where God leads you!  


Comments in this blog are my own, they are not to be attributed to any one person or source.  


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