The Bible Collection Of A Girl Who Loves Jesus

November 12, 2019
An ESV Journaling Bible

If I were to ask you, “What is your favorite book?” what would your answer be? Personally, as a girl who loves Jesus (as if the title of this post didn’t give it away!), my answer would be the Bible, in a heart beat! Simply put, the Bible is the most wisdom packed, soul-touching, inspiring, and powerful book that was ever created. Just think about it, a book completely inspired by God that contains life-changing promises, is there a book that can beat that? I don’t think so! Since I enjoy reading the Bible so much, I have a pretty decent bible collection (or so I think). So, whether you’re interested in checking out my Bible collection or are looking for a new Bible to purchase, you’re in the right place! 

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DIFFERENT BIBLE TRANSLATIONS

Although there are thousands of translations, versions and editions of the Bible, I grew up reading only two versions: the RV1960 (In Spanish) / KJV (In English). Since these versions were approved by my church and considered the most accurate translations of the Bible, I stuck with these bibles growing up.

READING THE BIBLE IN SPANISH

If you didn’t know by now, I am also fluent in Spanish (Ecuadorian and proud, woo).

Because I’ve always attended a Spanish-speaking church, I pretty much learned the Bible for the most part in Spanish. So, church, Sunday school, and home readings with my parents were always in Spanish. But, as I got older, I started reading the Bible in English! So, when I’m on my own (I still attend a Spanish-speaking church), I absolutely love studying and reading the Bible in English. 

This is why I have Bibles in both languages. 

Fun fact: I learned to write and read in Spanish by reading the Bible!

SAVE FOR LATER!

the Bible Collection Of A Girl Who Loves Jesus PIN

THE BIBLES IN MY BIBLE COLLECTION

Even though I have gone through around 6 RV1960 Bibles (This would be my Spanish Bible), I only have four RV1960 Bibles that still remain with me. 

Can you believe the oldest Bible I own is only from 2012? 

Unfortunately, I misplaced and lost the rest when moving to different homes and states. Opppps. 

Anyways, in total I own 6 bibles – two English Bibles, three Spanish Bibles, and one bilingual Bible. 

PLANNING TO GROW MY BIBLE COLLECTION

Although my collection has just began (yep, I plan on expanding my collection) and it’s not the biggest,  I will still show you the bibles that I use, share what I like and dislike about each of them, and give you a background story on why I purchased each Bible. 

And just in case you’re interested in purchasing any of the bibles I have, I will attach links to each Bible.

6 bibles from Gabby's bible collection
6 bibles from Gabby's bible collection

So, are you ready to check out my small, but special Bible collection? If so, keep reading!

 MY ENTIRE BIBLE COLLECTION: 

BILINGUAL BIBLE

1. The Holy Bible/Santa Biblia: Reina-Valera 1960 / King James Version (Bilingual Edition)

Bible #1 IN MY BIBLE COLLECTION

The first Bible I want to show you from my Bible collection is my bilingual Bible. 

It’s very minimalist, and convenient (text in English and Spanish)!

Although this Bible seems to be a perfect match for someone who is Bilingual like myself, it is not one of my popular Bibles in my Bible collection. Yeah, even though I presented it to you first, it does not mean it’s ranked #1! In fact, I’m not ranking my Bibles in this post (I’ll leave that for another time!)

Anyways, although this Bible is pretty clean for the most part (there’s barely any writing on it and you’ll see why in a bit, this Bible still deserves a place in my Bible collection! 

WHAT I LIKE ABOUT THIS BIBLE:

  • It’s BILINGUAL, obviously. Every page of scripture is divided in half : the first half of the page is in the RV1960 (Spanish version) and the second half is in the KJV (English version). 
  • The KJV + RV1960 versions are said to be the most accurate translations of the Bible in English and in Spanish.
  • The verses are side-by-side, making it easy to go back and forth from one language to another.
  • All of Jesus’ words are written in red. 
  • The font is relatively large and easy to read.
  • It includes a “Bible study help” session at the end of the Bible with a guide on what to read when feeling a certain way, a plan of salvation and the history of the Apostles. 

WHAT I DISLIKE ABOUT THE BIBLE:

  • This Bible is the heaviest and probably biggest Bible that I own. It’s not easy to carry around. So, this Bible is more ideal for at-home Bible studies. I definitely wouldn’t take this Bible to church.
  • The King James Version is probably the hardest translation to understand because of it’s use of old English. So, you’ll definitely need a dictionary or google search when reading this Bible, lol! 
  • This Bible uses thin paper. Not ideal for writing or marking (which I LOVE to do!)
  • It has no concordance.
A bilingual Bible is opened up.

WHY DID I PURCHASE THIS BIBLE?

I bought this Bible simply because I’ve always wanted to own a bilingual Bible.

I love being able to compare a verse in English and in Spanish. 

As a bilingual, my brain is always thinking in two languages. There are things I understand a certain way in English and other things I understand a certain way in Spanish. So, it’s so convenient for me to be able to read the same verse in both languages. If I didn’t understand the verse well in Spanish, I might understand it better in English. The perks of being bilingual, right?

WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS BIBLE?

I would only recommend this Bible to someone who is either bilingual like or is interested in learning either English or Spanish, but does not mind having a heavy Bible that isn’t ideal for marking or writing.

IF YOU WANT TO PURCHASE THIS BIBLE:

Exact version or similar version (click, here!)

JOURNALING BIBLE

2. The Holy Bible: English Standard Version : Journaling Bible, Interleaved Edition. 

ESV Pink Journaling Bible

BIBLE #2 IN MY BIBLE COLLECTION

Let’s talk about my ESV Journaling Bible! 

This Bible is by far my favorite Bible to read and study in English. It is not only aesthetically pleasing to look at, but it’s also convenient for personal bible studies. If you are not drooling just by seeing the photo above, you will be in just a few minutes when I share more about this Bible.

WHAT I LIKE ABOUT THIS BIBLE:

  • It’s a journaling Bible! The dream Bible of every bible-studying-enthusiast 
  • There is an entire blank page next to every page of scripture, leaving you with a lot of space for side-by-side note taking, sermon notes, drawings, artwork and journaling. One page for magical writing 🙂
  • It doesn’t include your typical thin pages. This Bible has thick pages – ideal to write on/highlight. 
  • The overall design….HELLO! The minimilastic pastel vibes. How cute is this Bible? 
  • Paper is cream-colored. This is a plus if you’re not into white-colored paper.
  • The Enligh Standard Version is easier to understand than the KJV. 
  • It includes a “Through the Bible in a year” reading plan

(Click here for my complete review on this ESV Journaling Bible)

WHAT I DISLIKE ABOUT THIS BIBLE:

  • The font is pretty small. So, if you like large fonts, this Bible may be a problem for you!
  • It is a tad heavy. Definitely not ideal to carry around (this Bible is more ideal for at-home studies!)
  • It has no concordance.
  • Did you really think I could list more things? Come on! 
EsV Interleaved Journaling Bible opened in the book of Matthew

WHY DID I PURCHASE THIS BIBLE? 

I’ve always loved writing on my Bibles (yes I’m that kind of person!) I enjoy underlining, circling, highlighting, and adding notes. But, doing all of that on a regular Bible can be tricky! So, I purchased this Bible so that I could finally have enough space to add notes and illustrate what I read! 

WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS BIBLE?

A thousand times, YES! Especially if you are anything like me and love to customize your Bible! 

If you’re into writing on your Bible, illustrating, underlining, circling, highlighting, and all of that, this is the perfect Bible to get! It’s not only lovely to look at, but it’s lovely to use as well. 

IF YOU WANT TO PURCHASE THIS BIBLE:

Exact version or similar version (click the image below)

TABBING BIBLE

3.The Holy Bible: New International Version

BIBLE #3 IN MY BIBLE COLLECTION:

Now, it’s time to explore my NIV (aka my tabs Bible!) Although this Bible is now covered in tabs (I’m addicted to adding tabs lol), it’s still one of my easiest Bibles to carry around! 

ADDING TABS TO MY BIBLE

Although this is one of my favorite Bibles to use, I must admit that I started putting this Bible to use when I started adding tabs to it. I’ve always appreciated this Bible for it’s simplicity, but I never really used it until I started reading this Bible with purpose. Adding tabs and transforming this Bible into my “tabs Bible” has pushed me to read this Bible with more attention and intention. 

I’m forced to actually READ and analyze what I’m reading in order to add related tabs on the side! 

If you’re interested in reading how I add my tabs to my Bible or how you can implement this idea on your own Bible, check out my detailed blog post, here!)

Related Post: DIY Journaling Bible Tabs

WHAT I LIKE ABOUT THIS BIBLE:

  • It’s easy to carry around because of it’s size! 
  • It has a hardcover – these Bibles tend to last longer.  
  • The font is perfect, it’s not too small or too large. 
  • It has white-colored paper. I love using colored-pencils to highlight verses on white paper.

WHAT I DISLIKE ABOUT THIS BIBLE:

  • There is no space to add notes, comments, or illustrations. 
  • This Bible is too simple for my taste….hence why I added a million tabs to it, haha! 
  • There is NO concordance
  • It does not include any reading plans. I don’t personally follow reading plans anymore, but I find them helpful for anyone who is just starting to read their Bible. They’re a must-have for me. 
  • I’m not very fond of the NIV translation. This translation is easy to understand but there are many verses altered and removed in this translation.
NIV Bible is opened to the New Testament

WHY DID I PURCHASE THIS BIBLE?

I purchased this Bible because I found the KJV (Bible #1) too hard to understand. Because this translation is one of the popular translations, I blindly bought it.

NOTE: I use this translation, but it’s not my favorite one to use. 

WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS BIBLE?

I personally wouldn’t. 

I don’t like the translation (sorry NIV) or the limited amount of space given to write on. 

This Bible could work well for you if you need a Bible just to take to church because it’s easy to carry around. However, if you want a bible for studying, you’ll need a more convenient Bible. 

Now……please don’t get me wrong, I still love this Bible. I use it a lot. Especially because of my tabs ! I just wouldn’t personally purchase this Bible again because this Bible doesn’t match my preferences. 

IF YOU WANT TO PURCHASE THIS BIBLE:

Exact version or similar version (click, here!)

SPANISH JOURNALING BIBLE

4. La Santa Biblia: Reina-Valera, 1960

BIBLE #4 IN MY BIBLE COLLECTION

Alright! Now, let’s dive into the Spanish Bibles in my Bible Collection.

As I mentioned earlier, I only use the RV1960 translation when it comes to reading the Bible in Spanish.

So, the RV1960 Journaling Bible is hands down my go-to Spanish Bible. You’ll see me reading this Bible 95% of the time, when I’m reading in Spanish. I just love it that much! 

WHAT I LIKE ABOUT THIS BIBLE: 

  • It’s a journaling Bible – abundant space for notes.
  • There is a 2″ lined note taking space on the side of each page.
  • The size is perfect (it’s easy to carry around!)
  • It has a beautiful printed cloth over board cover.
  • It includes a summary introduction for all 66 books, a one-year reading plan and 4 maps in color.

WHAT I DISLIKE ABOUT THIS BIBLE:

  • The font size is too little for my taste.
  • The font size of the numbers is smaller than the font size of the verses – I’m not used to it. 
  • There is NO concordance in this Bible.
Spanish Journaling Bible opened to the book of Joel

WHY DID I PURCHASE THIS BIBLE?

I was planning on getting a new Bible next year because the Bible that I had been using in Spanish was getting old. Although my original plan was to start 2020 with a NEW Spanish Bible, I couldn’t resist buying this Bible on my trip. When I went on vacation to Ecuador, I visited a Christian library and fell in love with this journaling Bible. The moment that I saw this Bible, I knew I had to buy it! And so, I did 🙂 

WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS BIBLE?

Yes! If you’re a Spanish reader and enjoy writing on your Bible, this Bible is definitely for you! This Bible is also aestheically pleasing to look at it. It looks more like a journal than an actual Bible. 

IF YOU WANT TO PURCHASE THIS BIBLE:

Exact version or similar version (click, here!)


SPANISH  BIBLE

5 .La Santa Biblia: Reina-Valera, 1960 (Edición de Promesas) Promises Edition

BIBLE #5 IN MY BIBLE COLLECTION:

Meet the next Spanish Bible in my Bible collection!

Although I don’t use this Bible as often as my other Bibles, this Bible means a lot to me. 

This Bible holds a special place in my heart because this is the first Bible that I ever bought myself. 

This Bible is not a journaling Bible or a Bible designed for Bible studies. 

However, I actually started studying the Bible through this Bible. Before I had this Bible, I would only read the Bible. I would never study it. So, not only is this the first Bible I ever purchased, but it’s also the Bible that began my journey of studying the Bible in depth. 

WHAT I LIKE ABOUT THIS BIBLE:

  • The font size is perfect. This Bible has the best font size from all the Bibles mentioned in this post.
  • God’s promises are highlighted in gray.
  • There is a plan of salvation at the beginning of the Bible.
  • It includes a large Promises by themes section of 35 pages. 
  • There is a brief concordance (better than nothing!)
  • It has a leather cover! 

WHAT I DISLIKE ABOUT THIS BIBLE?

  • The binding is not durable (I’ve had this Bible since 2016 and it’s coming apart)
  • There is NO space to add notes.
  • There aren’t any reading plans.
Spanish Reina Valera Bible

WHY DID I PURCHASE THIS BIBLE?

All of the Bibles that I had before this Bible (the ones that I lost….not the Bibles mentioned above, I bought all of those myself) were gifted to me by my mom. So, I bought this Bible because I wanted to be able to own a Bible that I had purchased with my own money.

I believe I was 18 years old when I bought this Bible.

WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS BIBLE?

Definitely! Apart from the binding, I absolutely love this Bible. It is perfect for daily reading, it includes helpful information and the font size is perfect for your eyesight. I’m so glad this is the first Bible I’ve ever purchased.

IF YOU WANT TO PURCHASE THIS BIBLE:

Exact version or similar version (click, here!)


MY OLDEST BIBLE

6. La Santa Biblia: Reina-Valera, 1960 (With pocket and Zipper) 

BIBLE #6 IN MY BIBLE COLLECTION: 

MEET MY OLDEST BIBLE

Lastly, I present to you my oldest Bible in my Bible collection. Well, it’s technically not the oldest….I lost all of my Bibles prior to this one (I was only a kid, don’t judge!) 

This Bible also holds a special place in my heart. My mother bought this Bible for me during one of the hardest times of my life. Long story short, I was dealing with depression and anxiety. It was so bad that I missed an entire month of school because I felt sick, nervous, and exhuasted everyday. I couldn’t sleep or be alone. And I was always afraid and unhappy. Honestly, I have never felt as awful as I did during that time. Although 2012 was a hard year for me, I am grateful for the hardships I faced that year. 

FIRST BIBLE I READ ON MY OWN

Those hardships drew me close to God. I have been a Christian ever since I was in the womb, but I accepted Jesus and began a relationship with him when I was 15. So, this Bible is the first Bible that I started reading by myself. I devoured the New Testament, the entire book of Psalms (150 chapters) and almost every book in the Old Testament in just a few months. I became addicted to reading the Bible because honestly the Bible was the only thing that would calm me (I will share my full testimony on another ocassion!) So, this Bible marks the START of my journey with God’s Word.

WHAT I LIKE ABOUT THIS BIBLE:

  • The font size – it’s not too little or too large.
  • The size of the Bible. It’s perfect to carry around!
  • It includes a one-year reading plan.
  • The front and back cover is leather
  • It’s a zippered edition – the zipper protects the pages edges and conserves the Bible.
  • It includes a back pocket to save notes, pens, etc.
  • This Bible has a lengthy concordance.
  • It includes a “help in the Bible” section with verses for sensitive topics, a “readings for special days” section – verses for special days, and a summary of all 66 books in the Bible
  • The pages are thick and durable – I have written all over this Bible and it’s still in a great condition.

WHAT I DISLIKE ABOUT THIS BIBLE:

  • There is no space to add notes next to scripture.
Spanish Reina Valera Bible opened up

WHY DID I PURCHASE THIS BIBLE?

Like I said before, I didn’t purchase this Bible. I received this Bible as a gift! This is the only Bible (listed in this post) that I didn’t buy. 

WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS BIBLE?

Because this is an OG Bible, I would say yes! 

The newer editions don’t contain concordances or helpful resources like this one, but they have other features that this Bible doesn’t have (ex: space for journaling) So, it really all comes down to your personal preference. I personally have no complaints with this Bible. I enjoyed this Bible for four years and if I wouldn’t be obsessed with buying and trying out new Bibles, I would still be happily using this Bible. 

IF YOU WANT TO PURCHASE THIS BIBLE:

Exact version or similar version (click, here!)

Although my bible collection may not be the biggest, it’s still extremely meaningful to me. I am very grateful that I get to read, study, and learn God’s Word through various Bibles. I am definitely planning to add more Bibles to this collection in 2020. Probably a new Bible in English and my first Bible in Portuguese next year? If you have any good Bible suggestions, share them with me in the comments!

Until next time,

GABBY

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Comments (5)

  • The Newbury Girl

    November 16, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    Girl, I really love seeing how well loved and well used your Bibles are. Each one seems so unique and special – between the tabs, the journalling notes, and highlighting. Your passion for the Word truly is wonderful.

    I had no clue that there were so many different types of journalling Bibles – I think my next Bible will be one like this. Also, I loved seeing your bilingual Bible – one of my friends growing up used to carry around a Korean and English Bible and it always seemed so special to me.

    My favorite Bible growing up (and still now) is my NLT Bible that came in a metal case that looked almost like a Soda can. It was indestructible and I used to take it on every school and church trip I would go on.

    1. admin

      December 14, 2019 at 2:26 pm

      Thank you girl! It makes me happy to be able to share my Bibles with you all and hopefully inspire everyone reading this post to spend more time reading their Bibles!

      Wow, that Bible seems sooo cool. Do you have any pictures of it? I’m such a nerd for Bibles lol! I’m already planning my next Bible purchase!

  • Cassie

    November 18, 2019 at 9:17 pm

    What a great collection! And so cool that you read the Bible in two languages! I would imagine both speak to your heart differently.

  • L.-Isa

    July 13, 2020 at 10:40 pm

    Wow!! I am loving your website! This post is fantastic!! I’ve read dozens of posts from various Influencers and none of them have shared their Bible collections. Very impressive! I agree with Cassie… it is so cool that you can read the Bible in two languages!!

    1. Gabby Abigail

      July 14, 2020 at 2:33 pm

      Thank you so much!! 🙂 I had so much fun putting this post together and can’t wait to update it as I add more Bibles to to my collection. You’re too kind <3
      -
      Gabby

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