I was so excited when Josh came home from a wardrobe fitting this morning, and he picked up the mail. I had ordered some books (and a mason jar tumbler..weakness!) a couple days ago, and they have finally arrived!
I have had one of the books, Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin, sitting in my online shopping cart for over a month now, waiting to find something to add to the cart so I could qualify for free shipping. Haha, yes, I'm one of those people...why pay for something you can get for free! I came across this book after it was featured on Kristin Schmucker's book club, and was immediately interested. I've been wanting to delve into the Word more, but I often feel lost, not knowing where to start. I'm hoping that using this book as a guide will help! There's a forward in the book by Matt Chandler, which I'm looking forward to reading too. Our small group at church studied along with one of his series, To Live is Christ, To Die is Gain, and I thought that it was great. Seeing that he has supported Jen's book makes me feel even better about reading Women of the Word.
This week I stumbled upon the hashtag #illustratedfaith. I obviously had to click on it. It's a movement, or activity of sorts, started by Shanna Noel, that mixes reading and studying your bible with art journaling. Illustrated Faith goes beyond just taking notes in the margins of your bible. She uses the notes she takes at church, and often focuses in on a key verse from the sermon she listened to that day. From there, she get out her art supplies, and gets creating a beautiful piece of art, directly on the page of her bible where that verse is. I love art journaling, and lately haven't done it as much as I would like to. She uses a special bible for all her pieces, which of course, made me look into getting one for myself.
When I saw the affordable price of some of the Journaling Bibles online, I knew that this was going to be the accompanying purchase to my Women of the Word book. The bible that I picked up has a nice faux leather cover, and it sits flat when open. Coming from a hardcover bible, I'm looking forward to this. The pages of the journaling bible have large margins, with a 2 inch journaling space along the outside of each page. The paper is also a little heavier than other bibles I've seen, which I now understand is why it's a great choice for #illustratedfaith. I'm hoping to share some of my pages with you, as I journey along this new project of sorts. I'm excited to get reading and creating!
Have you come across any new ideas that you've incorporated into your reading lately? Any new books that you have dived right into, and help you grow closer and stronger in your relationship with Jesus? I'd love to know what you're reading! Share in the comments, I'd love to check out your suggestions!