Thanks to Lifeway and B&H Publishing for sending me a copy of this book for review. All opinions are mine.
I have been a Christian for many years now, and, though faith is not a subject I broach much here on the blog, I couldn’t let the opportunity to share a great new version of the Bible with you pass me by. I have to honestly admit that I have not really studied the Bible as intensely as I could have these last few years, but I feel like the new HCSB Illustrator’s Notetaking Bible is going to change that for me. I’ve come to the realization over the last 5 years that having kids turned my faith and my journey toward understanding my purpose in life on its head. Suddenly, I was not just responsible for myself, but I was also responsible for what my little people were going to believe (or not believe), and I kinda needed to know exactly what I believed before I could even think about teaching them anything. I joined a fantastic, non-denominational Bible study when the girls were just over 3 years old, and it could not have come at a better time in my life. I was able to connect with other women, both older and younger, and I felt like my children were being loved on and nurtured instead of just “babysat.” Being part of this study has given me the tools I needed to really challenge my beliefs and understand what the Bible means for me and my life. So much of my growing up years was spent hearing what I needed to do with the Bible instead of how I could learn from it.All that being said, sometimes listening to sermons or long lectures can get a bit taxing on ye olde mom brain. This is where the HCSB Illustrator’s Notetaking Bible comes in. With the adult coloring craze not going away any time soon, I wondered how long it would take for us to start seeing colorable illustrations in the margins of books. I just didn’t think the Bible would be one of the first ones I saw it in, but I understand the appeal completely. For someone who often suffers from a wandering mind, coloring while listening does amazing things for my concentration. I wouldn’t have believed that to be true had I not experienced it for myself first-hand at my church’s women’s retreat this past spring. We had several coloring pages to choose from while listening to testimonies, and I was really tuned in to what was being said, even if I wasn’t looking at the speaker the entire time.Needless to say, the HCSB Illustrator’s Notetaking Bible is going in my bag (along with my colored pencils) and staying there. If you’re interested in getting a copy of this version of the Bible, you can order it on Amazon or visit your local Lifeway store.What helps you focus when your mind wanders elsewhere? Leave me a comment with your tips here or on Facebook!