Stone Soup for Five: Are your Bible notes a hot mess? JOT Bible review

Are your Bible notes a hot mess? JOT Bible review

If you're like me, you have notes all over the place.  On the church bulletin, in your Bible, scraps of paper, 3x5 cards, notebooks that you were SURE you'd put every note in, and everywhere in between...




So when  JOT Bible Life-Notes asked me to review their cool book/Bible I jumped at it.  Since I've been using it for a month (and won't recommend something that I wouldn't use myself), I thought I'd let you know the good, bad, and ugly and what I think of it.


First off, it looks JUST like a Bible.
But it's BLANK inside.
Lines and verse references and that's it.


But, that is where the brilliance comes in.
Instead of writing in your own Bible (perhaps you've run out of room like me?)


You write your notes in this Bible and create your own commentary to study, review, and ultimately pass down to your family.  Both my husband and I are going to be writing in this, and while we probably won't fill it up entirely, we'll pass it down to our boys who can add to it themselves and pass it to their own children someday.  What a legacy!


My husband and I were talking about how precious a Bible like this would be to have had from his father.  And it reminded me of Jonathan Edward's blank Bible, which is inspiring and fascinating to me. What a treasure trove of insight, learning, and truth!

As I said, I've used it for about a month now and there are a couple of small downsides that actually don't end up being a downside at all.

One issue I had with it was I was taking it to church with me to add notes directly from the sermon in it, but found it impossible to navigate around using this for notes and keeping my own Bible open for reading.

But, that lead me to a fun discovery.  If I leave the JOT Bible at home on my desk, take notes my traditional way (in a composition notebook), then transcribe them into the JOT Bible, I get to review what we learned in church, and transcribe it into my own words in the JOT Bible.

The other downside is that it is priced the same as a regular Bible.  But that makes it a wonderful investment and an amazing gift to give.  Imagine giving this to a high school or college graduate.  They could have it FULL by the end of their life!

The book itself is extremely high quality.  Three ribbon book marks, gold leafed page edges, leather-like cover.  And the pages are thin enough to lay flat, but thick enough that my micron .005 pen doesn't bleed through.

At the end of each book are four full lined pages for extra notes or doodles.  I really love this idea and while it won't replace my composition notebook, it will be awesome to write down key points, and to pass along as part of my legacy.

If you want more information, visit their site here or go to Amazon.


15 comments:

  1. 2 lines per verse doesn't seem like nearly enough space to me.
    I'll stick to my travelers notebook - one insert for sermon notes, one insert for Sunday school notes, one insert for prayer, etc. No hot mess.

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    1. I thought that at first also, but it does cause me to edit my thoughts and distill down to the main points. Then if I need more space I can add an asterisk and add more at the end notes page. I do like that you are organizing yours in a travelers notebook! Those are so cool and give freedom for doodles (which I LOVE)!! I'm so glad that it is working for you!

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  2. I recently got a hunkeedori cover and use moleskin journals for Sermon Notes and Bible Study notes and they are working great for me...no hot mess here either.

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    1. Okay, I LOVE moleskin so I hear you there sister! So glad you found a system to work for you and that you are using it!

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  3. I love this! I do wish it had a few more lines per verse but its a great idea! I get frustrated with random notes in a notebook, would love to organize them by verses in the Bible then you can easily reference them when a sermon on the same subject is preached instead of thinking "hmm....I have these in one of my Bibles or a notebook somewhere" Thanks for the info!

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    1. Right?! LOL I love that it looks like and feels like a Bible and will last for generations. I think the thing I like most is the "pass down ability." Both my husband and I will be writing in it for our boys and hopefully their kids!

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  4. My notes are not a mess anymore since I have been using the sermon notebook from Oh what Joy!!
    https://www.facebook.com/ohwhatjoy/?pnref=story
    LOVE their journals and notebooks!!

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    1. I haven't heard of them! Thanks for the info, I'll look them up!

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  5. This sounds like such a great idea! I think I will get them for my girls for Christmas. I have all kinds of pieces of paper of sermon notes and let me tell you how embarrassing it is when they all fall on the floor in church! LOL! This sounds perfect for condensing and keeping important points handy, and what an heirloom.

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    1. Definitely been there before! LOL I love that it will be a precious heirloom someday! So glad you are going to try it!

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  6. Luckily for me, since I take a lot of notes, our pastor hands out a page with the notes for each sermon. You still have to take your own notes, because it is just a minimal outline - but I get a whole page to write on and I usually fill it up. I then punch holes in them and store them in 3 ring binders. They are easy to organize because he does expositional teaching, with only a few verses for each sermon, and generally goes through a book of the Bible. I do sometimes go back and look at them when there is a topic I need to refer to. I tried to post a copy of a scan of one of my pages but it didn't work. Also, I saw a great blog post recently by Kevin Thompson on how to listen to someone preach: http://www.kevinathompson.com/how-listen-preach/ It is well worth reading.

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    1. I love your binder system! Great way to build your own commentary! Thanks for the link, I'll look it up!

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  7. I've been using Evernote for awhile to compile my sermon notes. I take them on the bulletin, outline, etc. and then I scan them into Evernote BEFORE leaving church! That way I can throw the paper away before leaving the building. If I tag each note with the speaker and the book of the Bible that the notes were on. Then with the help of the evernote filing system I can always quickly find any notes I ever took on John 3, etc.

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    1. That is awesome! I'm not good at tech like that, but what a wonderful way to store your notes!

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  8. The JOT looks very impressive but a bit restrictive for me (not enuf room for each verse) and a bit unnecessary. Kari, you are already doing so much good stuff and I'm learning so much in a short time from your blogs etc. really transforming in fact. The turning point for me was your table of contents/index idea. very freeing, as I have felt unable to start journals because of the thought of finishing each thing before moving to the next page, and stuff being perfect. With page no. indexing and cross-referencing, I can now include everything in random order but totally findable! Radical for me. Thks for your transparency, practical fun style and commitment to "doing stuff" with God. Go girl! no need for JOT. Rosemary

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