The Bible Collection Of A Girl Who Loves Jesus

November 12, 2019
the Bible collection of a girl who loves Jesus

If I were to ask you, “What is your favorite book?” what would your answer be? Personally, as a girl who loves Jesus (if the title of this post didn’t already 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, the Bible is the only book completely inspired by God that contains life-changing promises. Is there any 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 I thought I’d share my bible collection with you today! If you’re interested in checking out the bibles I own, keep reading!

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the Bible collection of a girl who loves Jesus

DIFFERENT BIBLE TRANSLATIONS

While there are thousands of translations, versions, and editions of the Bible, I only grew up reading two versions: the RV1960 (In Spanish) / NKJV (In English). These versions are considered the most accurate translations of the Bible and have been approved by the church I was born and raised in. So, these are the versions I have remained faithful to over my years of reading the Bible.

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, even though I still attend a Spanish-speaking church), I absolutely love studying and reading the Bible in English at home. 

This is why I have Bibles in both languages. 

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

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 have misplaced and lost the rest of my bibles when moving to different homes and states. Anyways, I currently own 6 bible: 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),  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 include the links of where you can purchase 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: 

1. THE HOLY BIBLE/SANTA BIBLIA: REINA VALERA 1960/ KJV (BILINGUAL)

Bilingual KJV Bible


BIBLE COLLECTION: MY BILINGUAL BIBLE

The first Bible I want to show you from my Bible collection is my bilingual Bible. It’s a very basic Bible, but it’s convenient for bilinguals. Although this Bible is perfect for side-by-side reading in English and Spanish, it’s one of the Bible I used the least. Nevertheless, it deserves a special mention!

WHAT I LIKE ABOUT THIS BIBLE:

  • It’s bilingual – suitable for Spanish and English speakers.
  • 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 THIS BIBLE:

  • This Bible is probably the heaviest and biggest Bible I own. So, it’s not convenient to take to church or anywhere! This Bible is more suitable for at-home readings or bible study sessions.
  • 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! I prefer to read the New King James Version.
  • This Bible uses very thin paper. Not ideal for writing or marking (which I LOVE to do!)
  • There is no concordance included in this Bible.
A bilingual Bible is opened up.

WHY DID I PURCHASE THIS BIBLE?

I only bought this Bible because I wanted to own a bilingual Bible. I find it so convenient to be able to read and compare a verse in two languages. 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 very 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 me, but does not mind carrying around a heavy Bible that isn’t ideal for marking or writing. Not to mention, this version isn’t the easiest to understand!

IF YOU WANT TO PURCHASE THIS BIBLE:

Exact version or similar version (click, here!)

2. THE HOLY BIBLE: ENGLISH STANDARD VERSION: JOURNALING BIBLE, INTERLEAVED EDITION

ESV Pink Journaling Bible

Now let’s talk about my journaling Bible, the ESV Interleaved 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:

  • This Bible is ideal for people who love to journal, take notes, and study the Bible.
  • 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 🙂
  • This Bible doesn’t include your typical thin pages. This Bible has thick pages which are ideal to write on and highlight. 
  • The overall design….HELLO! It’s minimalist pastel vibes are absolutely breathtaking.  
  • The paper is cream-colored. This is a plus if you’re not into white-colored paper.
  • This Bible includes a “Through the Bible in a Year” reading plan.
  • The Enligh Standard Version is easier to understand than the KJV. 

(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.
EsV Interleaved Journaling Bible opened in the book of Matthew

WHAT I DISLIKE ABOUT 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 have enough space to add notes and to be able to 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)

552786: ESV Journaling Bible, Interleaved Edition, Cloth over Board, TanESV Journaling Bible, Interleaved Edition, Cloth over Board, Tan

3. THE HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION

NIV Holy Bible With Tabs


Up next, let’s explore my tabbing Bible! Although this Bible is now covered in tabs, it’s still one of my easiest Bibles to carry around! While this is my least favorite Bible to use because of the translation (NIV), I have made sure to put it to use by adding tabs all over it. 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 do not like or approve of the NIV translation. This translation may be easy to understand (the reason I bought this Bible in the first place) but there are many verses altered and removed in this translation. I do not recommend it to anyone.
NIV Bible With Tabs

WHY DID I PURCHASE THIS BIBLE?

Since the NIV is one of the most popular and easiest to understand English translations, I blindly bought it.

WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS BIBLE??

Absolutely not. I don’t like the translation or the style of this Bible. There isn’t much space to write on.

BUT, IF YOU WANT TO PURCHASE THIS BIBLE:

Exact version or similar version (click, here!)

4. LA SANTA BIBLIA: REINA VALERA 1960

Spanish Reina Valera Journaling Bible


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 as far as Spanish bibles go, this is the only translation you’ll see me reading in.

This journaling Bible is my favorite Bible to use in Spanish.

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?

Since the Spanish Bible I have been using was starting to get old, I couldn’t resist buying this Bible on my trip to Ecuador. One of my favorite things to do when I go to Ecuador is visit their Christian libraries. So, when I saw this Bible, I instantly fell and love and simply had to buy it.

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!)


5. LA SANTA BIBLIA: REINA-VALERA, 1960 (EDICION DE PROMESAS) PROMISES EDITION

Spanish Reina Valera Bible

Meet the next Spanish Bible in my Bible collection! Although I don’t use this Bible as often as my other Bibles, 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.
  • This Bible does not include 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:

IF YOU WANT TO PURCHASE THIS BIBLE:

Exact version or similar version (click, here!)


6. LA SANTA BIBLIA: REINA-VALERA, 1950 (WITH POCKET AND ZIPPER)

Spanish "Santa Bible" Bible

Lastly, I present to you my oldest Bible in my Bible collection.

This Bible also holds a special place in my heart because my mom bought this Bible for me during one of the hardest times of my life. I was born and raised in a Christian household, 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. This Bible pretty much marks the beginning of my journey with God’s Word.

WHAT I LIKE ABOUT THIS BIBLE:

  • The font size is not too little or too large.
  • The size of the Bible. It’s perfect to carry around!
  • This Bible 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.
  • This Bible includes a “help in the Bible” section with verses for sensitive topics, a “readings for special days” section, and a summary of all 66 books in the Bible
  • The pages in this Bible 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!)

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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 Abigail

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Comments (7)

  • 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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