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.
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.