Today I am sharing a look into a beautiful journaling- psalms combination leathersoft book, newly available from Thomas Nelson Bibles. This bookhas some features that make it both ideal for gift giving as well as for one’s own quiet times and Summer devotions.
Let’s get right into it!
The book itself is available in two colors (brown and black leathersoft) and features a blue ribbon page marker which matches the devotional titles, first letter of each Psalm, and scripture numbers. This makes it really beautiful to look at. It comes in a generous 9.5 font size. Aside of this appealing presentation, the font itself and exclusive, easy to read Comfort Print® make it easy on the eyes.
Interestingly, the font itself has a backstory and is used for the Maclaren Series of Bibles (KJV and NKJV) recently published by Thomas Nelson- which feature the same blue highlights and verse numbers throughout and are named for a Victorian -era preacher named Alexander Maclaren (of course you realize I now have to research, thus said preacher after I’ve done this review- AFTER… because of the required deadline, and once I go down that trail, there is no returning for deadlines – ha!).
Meanwhile, the Dimensions: 8.95(h) x 5.9(w) x 0.6(d) inches- which measuring by notebook sizes is similar to my Moleskine Notebook, which is my favorite size…a tad taller and wider, but close to it- and that makes it super portable. Great for Summer Devos on the go. I know I sound like I am pushing the Summer Psalms thing, but I have done some serious Psalms study and journaling during the Summer, so yeah, I am unashamedly suggesting you give it a try. If you haven’t already.
I want to mention the commentaries that accompany each psalm are taken from The Treasury of David (available on Google Books for free BUT in not so enjoyable to read font, mind you) published in 1883 by Charles Haddon Spurgeon. If you are not familiar with Spurgeon’s work these brief bits along with the Psalms will be a quick study in his writing. I have not finished reading the complete devotional at the time of this review, but am excited to do so over …you got it- the Summer! My hubby and I did use a few chapters for some morning devotional and prayer time. I also have read Mornings and Evenings -a bit intermittently – are you familiar with that classic devotional also by Spurgeon?
Let’s talk about the format a bit. Each devotional begins with the Psalm number, themed title, then Spurgeon’s thoughts followed by the Psalm portion for focus and meditation. The Psalm and devotional always start on the right-hand side. The margins are wide enough for notes alongside these pages and there are blank pages, and partially blank pages in varying degrees on the left side. (sometimes the psalm verses overflow on the left from previos psalm/devo) This is great for highlights or notes, journaling etc. However, I did a brief pen test and these are thin pages, so be sure and use the Notes pages in the back to determine your pen, pencil and highlighter choice. There are about 10 pages in the back.
I have done a video with a pen test, but honestly, if that is a deal breaker for you I would recommend one of the Psalms books with thicker pages, such as the Psalms Illuminated Scripture Journal. OR you could use a separate journal alongside this devotional, which would mean your book stays in pristine and pretty condition for sharing, or future use. The pricepoint at 15-20 (on sale for 13.49 right now!) dollars alone makes this absolutely realistic. I personally might use a colored pencil for hilights and maybe sticky notes for some notes. Or maybe I will keep it nice and new. (already underlined and did a pen test though, so there’s that!
The Psalms are presented in the New King James Version (NKJV) which many find both clear and poetic.
Here is the YouTube video I did, if you want a peek into the pages.
Please let me know if you have any questions about this book or what else I could tell you in a Bible/Devotional review that would be helpful!
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