The Most Gorgeous Bible Ever. And a Giveaway!

I have a LOT of Bibles. I love the different versions available – translations, study variations, devotional focused. What I have never had is a truly beautiful one that is almost a work of art.

Now I do though. Crossway has issued a new ESV Illuminated Bible, Art Journaling Edition, with illustrations and lettering by artist Dana Tanamachi.

Each book has its own unique full-page gold ink illustration. If you find cover art discussions as fascinating as I do, you’ll love the list of illustrations: it includes details as to why each book was depicted the way it was.

There are numerous quotes pulled out and illustrated in the margins. Even with all the illustrations, there is plenty of room to add your own notes or illustrations.

It would make a lovely gift – it’s got a beautiful presentation page, and comes in a nice slipcase.

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Quick Lit February 2015

We’ll just call this a clear-out of some books from 2014 that never got mentioned. Plus some more recent reads. 🙂

Tasting the SeasonsTasting the Seasons: Inspired, In-Season Cuisine Thats Easy, Healthy, Fresh and FunTasting the Seasons: Inspired, In-Season Cuisine Thats Easy, Healthy, Fresh and Fun by Kerry Dunnington by Kerry Dunnington

Has some very intriguing recipes, but the book is crying out for photographs. There are a few recipes that call for specialty ingredients, but there is a source list in the back. I hope to do a “Cooking the Book” feature with this one soon.

Everythign I Need to Know I Learned From a Little Golden BookEverything I Need To Know I Learned From a Little Golden BookEverything I Need To Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book by Diane Muldrow by Diane Muldrow

This was a gift, and it’s very cute. If you’ve read many Little Golden books, it’s more fun than if you’re looking at it and are unfamiliar with the source material.

The Best Homemade Kids' Lunches on the PlanetThe Best Homemade Kids’ Lunches on the Planet: Make Lunches Your Kids Will Love with More Than 200 Deliciously Nutritious Meal IdeasThe Best Homemade Kids' Lunches on the Planet: Make Lunches Your Kids Will Love with More Than 200 Deliciously Nutritious Meal Ideas by Laura Fuentes by Laura Fuentes

Was hoping for some ideas to get out of the lunch rut we’ve fallen into, and I’ll be trying some of these with my kids. Fingers crossed that they’re a hit!

Signs of Life New TestamentSigns of Life New TestamentSigns of Life New Testament by David Jeremiah by David Jeremiah

Liked this except for some text issues – bad color choices make some parts of it almost impossible to read, at least in the copy I have. Boo.

Encounters with JesusEncounters with Jesus: Unexpected Answers to Life’s Biggest QuestionsEncounters with Jesus: Unexpected Answers to Life's Biggest Questions by Timothy Keller by Timothy Keller

Liked it but didn’t LOVE it like I expect to do with all Keller books. My expectations might be a tad bit high for him though.

WorshipWorship: The Ultimate PriorityWorship: The Ultimate Priority by John MacArthur by John MacArthur

The most in-depth look at worship I’ve ever read, and I found it fascinating. Not a quick read, but one that required focus and attention. Highly recommended.

DIY CookbookThe America’s Test Kitchen DIY CookbookThe America's Test Kitchen DIY Cookbook

It’s fine, but there weren’t as many things I was tempted to try in this one. I’m sure a homemade version would be tastier, but right now with three young children? It’s not happening. Priorities push my time elsewhere. Someday though, I think it’d be fun to try making my own ketchup, hot sauce, candied ginger, pickles, cheese, and more. The only thing in the book I’m currently making on my own? Granola.

Slow Cooker RevolutionSlow Cooker Revolution Volume 2Slow Cooker Revolution Volume 2: The Easy-Prep Edition by America's Test Kitchen by America’s Test Kitchen

Not sure if it was me or the book, but I wasn’t inspired to try many of these – a first for an ATK book (excluding the one above, which was a very different sort of book). Maybe I’ve just looked at too many slow cooker books, and feel like I already have recipes for most of the types of meals I’m likely to make?

For more peeks at what people are reading, head over to Modern Mrs. Darcy’s link-up!

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Favorite Bibles

While it does feel a little strange to talk about “Favorite Bibles”, I’m not talking translation or even type. I’m talking specific published copy. I tend to finish one version and then immediately move onto a new one, because different Study Bibles focus on and highlight different things, and a new translation offers a fresh look at familiar Scriptures. What this all means is that I’ve read a slew of different Bibles, and have had some clear favorites that I recommend highly.

Favorite Bibles - Quest Study BibleNIV Quest Study Bible: The Question and Answer BibleFive Favorite Bibles - NIV Quest Study Bible
If I had to pick just one Bible to read, it would probably be this one, despite the text not being ESV (my favorite version for memorization and study). The sidebar information is extremely helpful, as are the hundreds of articles. Even when I’m reading a different version, there are times when I go back to this one to remember what it had to say about certain sections because it’s so useful. Highly highly recommended.

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