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HCSB Notetakers Bible for Teens: A Review

Meg Chaney

Hello all! I know this little blog has been quiet. I'm excited to hop on with another book review from the BH/Lifeway Blogger Team today! This was given to me for my honest review. 

Last Christmas, a journaling Bible was #1 on my wish list. My husband searched high and low for the HCSB version in particular, but ended up buying me a black, ESV version. I've been loving all of the extra room to write in the margins as I'm reading, adding prayers, specific dates that I read a certain verse, or just thoughts and questions about the text. It's been a new Bible study habit for me this year, an intentional way to spend more time in scripture.

 I was so excited when I saw this HCSB Notetakers Bible For Teens on the book review list.  The cover makes me so happy, and the color gray is so on trend with life right now, am I right? When I first opened this Bible, I was surprised by the 12 templates. (My black ESV journaling Bible just has empty margins). The templates have ended up being quite fun to trace! Coloring can be a very therapeutic way to start your day! It does lessen my ability to write what I want on each page, but sometimes coloring prompts can be nice as well. My approach is to read a few verses, and then think and pray about them as I'm coloring the picture. 

I'm still a little torn over whether I like blank margins, or color templates like this Bible, better. I like the freedom to write notes next to each verse . But this Bible definitely wins for pretty cover, and HCSB version! It would make a super sweet gift for someone special, or just serve as a new, encouraging way to delve into scripture. If you have any suggestions on journaling Bibles please share them below. I'd love to hear!