ESV Illuminated Bible: Review

Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

When I taught school, I always included a unit on medieval life. And our class usually spent a day as monks in a medieval monastery, where one of our main tasks was illuminating — copying and illustrating a book (usually the Bible) in a beautiful way. Kind of like this.

You don’t see illumination too much these days, but it’s making an appearance in the stunning ESV Illuminated Bible that I’m reviewing today. Check it out:

ESV Illuminated Bible

This Bible features the full ESV text alongside 500+ elegantly hand-lettered gold ink illustrations by artist Dana Tanamachi. Her work has been featured by Google, The Wall Street Journal, Random House, and the USPS.

The Bible is printed on cream-colored paper, and the Bible’s single-column text setting and wide margins provide generous space for notes, prayers, and designs. This Bible invites you to creatively engage with and reflect on the beauty of God’s Word. I’ve never gotten into coloring/illustrating/decorating my Bible (yet, at least), but I know many do. This would be a lovely — undeniably lovely! — Bible for that purpose.

ESV Illuminated Bible

There’s a cool ribbon bookmark, and this Bible is substantial. It feels heavy, especially when slid into its matching slipcase. The pages are edged in gold as well — so elegant. This is truly a Bible that could become a family keepsake.

ESV Illuminated Bible

Here’s a video that will show you a bit more about the making of this gorgeous Bible:

ESV Illuminated Bible Giveaway

Here’s the exciting part: thanks to Propeller Consulting, I can give one of these gorgeous Bibles away! Just think of who on your Christmas list would absolutely treasure this version of God’s word.

You can enter using the rafflecopter form below. I’ll choose a random winner November 28.

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31 thoughts on “ESV Illuminated Bible: Review

  1. It is very attractive. However, the words inside are even more exciting, because they are the words of life! How thankful I am that we have God’s Word in a language we can easily read and understand.

  2. What a wonderful Christmas present this Illustrated Bible would be! However, if I am the lucky winner, I admit right now that I intend to give this beautiful work to myself as my Christmas present to me. 🙂
    Hope that I have a good chance to win!

  3. I was just talking about this! So beautiful! It would be a great family heirloom!

  4. I think this is very nice and pretty, I have a friend who I know would really cherish it!

  5. I love this Bible but I feel Kathy Dalton who lost her son needs it more than anyone. I don’t know you Kathy but my heart breaks for you!!! God loves you!

  6. I would love this Illuminated ESV Bible. Our Tuesday Bible study group is studying The Book of Acts and our notebook comments are from ESV. I would like to share this copy with them! Beautifully done celebrating God’s Word personal to the reader. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

  7. I would love to win this for my niece who has just started going to church. Thanks!

  8. Lovely Bible, it is so exciting to see God’s word in such a beautiful setting!

  9. I don’t journal in my Bible but I would love to have the promted freedom to!

  10. I would love to win this for my niece. She’s entering her teenage years and I pray that she continues to walk in her faith. I remember that journaling in my Bible really helped me through middle and high school so I would love to be able to provide her with that opportunity.

  11. This is a lovely Bible and my daughter would love this for her studies.

  12. I have several Bibles but I do not journal in them. I would love this Bible because I would feel like it was ok to make notes in it.

  13. I would like to win as I do journal in my bible and this bible is so beautiful.

  14. I love this bible. I love the pages and the gold print. I would give this to my daughter who doesnt have a bible.

  15. Love the beautiful Illuminated Bible. Hopefully, this will be a family heirloom. Blessings!

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