Joe Thorn on the ESV Journaling Bible

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Joe has been pestering me with multiple emails, insisting I get an ESV Journaling Bible. Now he's gone public with his love for it in his new post, "How I'm Using the ESV Journaling Bible." I'm ordering this one today. Here's a few words on how he uses the lined, wide margins...

1. Summation, Connection, and Implication.

I often write out a summation of certain truths, arguments, or passages that make things clear for me. 

2. Cross references.

Some people won’t like that the ESV Journaling Bible doesn’t have cross refernces, but I like that I get to add my own. 


I’m even throwing helpful quotes from other writers/theologians when helpful to me or those I may wind up teaching.

Check out the rest of his post. And check out the ESV Journaling Bible (also in black calfskin, natural brown leather, and other editions).

Things I Use

Productivity & Analog Tools - Everyday Carry

UPDATED January 2017




Apple & Kindle & Tech

Bibles & Devotional



  • Field Notes | I am using a subscription-only version of their reporter's notebook for poetry writing
  • Notes | I write some on-the-go in my Notes app

Apps & Tools

  • Apple Music | Family subscription
  • Squarespace | personal blog & church website
  • Tweetbot | for Twitter
  • Pocket | articles and posts archive
  • iTunes | for music & iPod sync
  • Amazon Prime | mostly for shipping, also for music
  • Vimeo & YouTube | family & church videos
  • Feedly | Use infrequently to see some blogs
  • Trello | Quickly becoming the greatest app ever in my eyes
  • Google Docs | So much done here