If you walk through your local Christian bookstore or scroll through Pinterest these days, you’ll notice that “Journaling Bibles” have become incredibly popular.
If you’re unfamiliar with this concept, here is a brief description from Christianbook.com, which offers a large selection of wide-margin Bibles meant for this purpose:
If you love to read the Bible—and to draw and journal—welcome to the world of Bible journaling.
As you read each page and meditate on the concepts of Scripture, make the truth of God’s Word come alive by adding your own personal artwork and typography right on the page of your Bible. It’s a creative way to meditate and reflect on your reading.
An amazing array of Bible journaling tools makes it easy to create a visual Scripture entry, using pens, highlighters, markers and watercolors that will not bleed through thin Bible paper.
Gather your tools and head to a quiet spot for your own interactive Bible study and quiet, artful meditation.
In short, in Bible journaling you break out the pens, pencils, and even paint and express yourself artistically in the margins–or, for some folks, across the pages–of your Bible. (Some of the Bibles for sale are specially formatted with “400-plus hand-drawn illustrations ready for you to color.”)
The journaling method of spending time in the Word is being marketed primarily to women as an intimate way to spend time in Scripture. Though I don’t expect I will ever be one to recommend this method, I also do not think that there is anything inherently wrong with it. No doubt, many have found it to be a helpful way to spend consistent, meaningful time in the Bible.
However, just as there is a downside to digital Bibles, the potential exists for the practice of Bible journaling to hinder, rather than help, your time in the Word.
I would humbly suggest that believers keep the following cautions in mind when making Bible journaling their primary means of Bible study.