Monday, March 18, 2019

Inspire Catholic Bible NLT from Tyndale, 2018

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Introducing Tyndale’s newest addition to the bestselling Inspire line, and the first—and only—Catholic coloring Bible. The Inspire Catholic Bible features over 450 beautiful Scripture line-art illustrations to color plus two-inch-wide lightly ruled margins with extra space to write notes and reflections or to draw and create original art. Inspire’s generous 8.65-point font is larger and more readable than most other journaling Bible fonts, and the high-quality white Bible paper is great for colorers and creative Bible journalers of all skill levels.

Inspire Catholic Bible’s New Living Translation text has been approved by the Catholic Church for personal reading and features the official Imprimatur. The Holy Bible, New Living Translation, communicates God’s Word powerfully to all who read it, and Inspire is a wonderful legacy Bible for readers to record their faith journey.

(1740 pages)

I've always loved the idea of journal Diaries. A friend of mine has a really gorgeous one, which she actually filled in with paint instead of colored markers. I always wanted to be the sort of artsy person who would spend the time creating beautiful art in my Bible, so when the opportunity to review this Bible came up (and I saw how beautiful it already was, just from the outside!) I jumped at the opportunity.

Unfortunately, I was smacked with the realization that I am not actually an artsy person and, just as I found when I tried out adult coloring books, no amount of cool props is going to help me.

So what follows is a couple pictures of the little bit of coloring I did do, plus the front page of a book so you can see the sort of artwork that is in it for you to potentially color. The pages seem pretty good, I didn't notice any bleed-through, and it's such a pretty Bible in person I really am very sad I'm not more dedicated to making it even prettier.

By the way, you may also be interested to know that the "Catholic" part of the title means that there are some extra books in this Bible, which I discovered after a very confused googling session are deuterocanonical books that Protestant Bibles don't have. Growing up a Protestant Christian I was never exposed to them, so it was interesting to see them here.

If you're Catholic (or just don't mind the deuterocanonical books) and looking for a journal Bible, then this is a beautiful choice to consider. Just be sure you are actually the sort of person who will use it!

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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