Tuesday, November 21, 2017

"ESV Illuminated Bible" + Giveaway

How blessed are we to live in a time and place where we can easily own multiple copies of God's word? I probably own 10 or so copies myself between the various versions and study Bibles I've collected.

So why did I need another one?

I'll be honest ... I didn't. But I was immediately drawn to the beauty of the ESV Illuminated Bible, and I wanted to see it up close.

The ESV Illuminated Bible places the full ESV text alongside over 500 elegantly hand-lettered gold ink illustrations by renowned artist Dana Tanamachi. Printed on thick cream-colored paper, the
Bible's single-column text setting and wide margins provide generous space for additional notes, prayers, and designs—inviting readers to creatively engage with and reflect on the beauty of God's
• 9-point, Lexicon
• Black letter text
• 2-color printing
• 64 full-page, custom book opener illustrations
• 50 full-page verse illustrations
• 250+ hand-lettered margin verses
• 100+ other illustrations throughout
• Illustrated by Dana Tanamachi, whose work has been featured by Google, The Wall Street Journal, Random House, USPS, and Target
• Thick, cream-colored paper
• Wide margins
• Single-column, paragraph format
• Smyth-sewn binding
• Packaging: Permanent Slipcase

Simply put, the ESV Illuminated Bible is gorgeous. The illustrations are beautiful and eye-catching, the cover and slipcase are display worthy, and the two-toned color (gold and black) looks classy and sophisticated.

The Bible features wide margins that leave plenty of room for journaling, drawing, or note-taking. I don't think I'll use the Bible like that, though—I'll read it (ESV is my favorite version), but I'll use a different Bible for studying, as this doesn't have any notes or concordance. It strikes me as more of a reading and display Bible. (Of course, many people won't be as hesitant to mark up this Bible as I am!)

The last few pages include an explanation of illustrator Dana Tanamachi's inspiration for the illustrations that precede each book, and I enjoyed learning how the illustrations connected to the text. The illustration for Zechariah (above) was based on Zechariah 1:8.

Christmas is rapidly approaching, and I think this Bible would make a wonderful gift. You can buy it here or enter below for your chance to win a copy!

Giveaway rules: Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Contest is open in the continental US only. Winner will be selected at random using Rafflecopter.com and will have 48 hours to respond to email notification, or another winner will be chosen.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Learn more about the Illuminated Bible here.

Dana Tanamachi is an American lettering artist, graphic designer, and illustrator whose exquisite typographic murals ignited the worldwide chalk-lettering trend.  She has been commissioned by clients such as Instagram, Target, Google, Time Magazine, Nike, and West Elm. Learn more
at tanamachistudio.com.

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): 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.


  1. This is beautiful... I think I have a new item on my christmas list!

  2. I saw another flip-through of this Bible, and it looks simply gorgeous! And I like the wide margins for note taking/journaling!

  3. What a beautiful Bible! It's a great idea for a Christmas present.


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