I have great news! There are now two options for a Catholic Journaling Bible. Well, there will be soon, one hasn’t been released yet but is available for pre-order and with a coupon! Since I own both of the Catholic Journaling Bibles I wanted to share a comparison, heavy on the pictures for those who are more visual like me. If you have any questions about a Catholic Journaling Bible feel free to email me.
Catholic Journaling Bible Comparison
Catholic Journaling Bible Translation
The first comparison I want to make is the translation. The Blessed is She Catholic Journaling Bible uses the NAB, the New American Bible Translation. The Inspire Catholic Journaling Bible uses the NLT, the New Living Translation. I’m not a Scripture major or historian so I won’t go into the details of the translations. What I will do is give a couple of examples and my opinion.
NAB Philippians 4:8
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
NLT Philippians 4:8
“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”
NAB John 6:51
“I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.”
NLT John 6:51
“I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live forever; and this bread, which I will offer so the world may live, is my flesh.”
NAB 2 Timothy 1:7
“For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control.”
NLT 2 Timothy 1:7
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”
And now my personal opinion. I just started reading the New Living Translation this year and I really enjoy it. This translation is reader-friendly an I use it for my daily Bible reading. That being said, I don’t use it for in-depth study. I prefer the RSV, Revised Standard Version for study. I’m not a big fan of the NAB, New American Bible Translation, even though I love the cross-references in the Blessed is She Bible using that translation.
Catholic Journaling Bible Size
The main Catholic Journaling Bible size difference is in height. The width is close if not exact. Bible size is such a personal preference. The Blessed is She seems more desk or table friendly because it is bigger while the Inspire Catholic Journaling Bible seems a little more portable just because it is smaller and does have the outer elastic strap.
Catholic Journaling Bible Margins
Margin, to be expected based on an overall width of the Bibles, is similar if not exact. They both appear similar in darkness as well, although the Blessed is She is a straight line while the Inspire Bible is little dashes. Both Bibles have the journaling margins on each page with the exception of the pages where the Inspire Catholic Journaling Bible has a hand-lettered graphic and decorative margin to color.
Catholic Journaling Bible Preference
Both of these Bibles are lovely! Here are a couple things I would keep in mind when choosing between one or the other.
1. If I were strictly going to journal in the traditional sense of note taking, I would choose the Blessed is She.
2. If I were looking for a journaling Bible to use as a semi-serious to serious Bible, I would choose the Blessed is She because of the notes and cross-references.
3. If I wanted to start Bible Journaling but was afraid of messing up, I would choose the Inspire Bible because it has so many beautiful illustrations to start coloring. This could help you add color to your Bible and help you gain confidence to branch out on your own.
4. If I wanted a reader-friendly Bible–and this is totally my personal preference–I would choose the Inspire Bible.
5. If I wanted a more portable Bible to take to a Bible Journaling class or group, I would probably choose the Inspire Bible because it is a little bit smaller, but not by much so this wouldn’t be a “make it or break it.”
6. If I were purchasing a Catholic Journaling Bible for one of my daughters as a gift, I would choose the Inspire Bible, again, because they could easily jump right in and start coloring the already designed margins.
7. If I were purchasing a journaling Bible for a friend who I knew would care to draw, doodle or get creatively crafty, I would choose the Blessed is She Catholic Journaling Bible.