NKJV Journaling Bible

For those that prefer the New King James Version (NKJV) and are looking for a journaling/note-taking Bible, Holman Bible Publishers offers the NKJV Journaling Bible®.

First impressions, the bible looks rather nice. The cover is faux-leather over a thin book-board, which is helpful for a journaling bible. When using it on your lap, a soft cover would be more difficult to write in. The binding looks solid, although I haven’t used it long enough to see how it holds up.

At 8.5 inches long and 6.8 inches wide, this is a larger bible. It’s small enough to be portable if you’re willing to lug it around, but you’ll probably want to generally leave it at home.

As you open up the bible, you’ll notice the pages lay nice and flat. The text is laid out in an attractive single-column format, which greatly aides reading. To reduce the size, it seems font size is compromised as it is on the smaller side. It’s certainly still legible for most eyes. The nicest feature are the wide, lined margins on the outside of each page. An additional blank page is inserted between books, offering additional note-taking space.

This is not a study-Bible by any means. All footnotes and in-page references have been taken out to save space. This yields a clean, uncluttered look, but means you’ll miss out on the translation and textual notes most Bibles have. It’s not completely devoid of study materials, as it does offer a concordance in the back and a series of maps. That said, this probably won’t replace your primary bible (not that it’s meant too).