My very first Bible was a little white KJV, given to me when I accepted Christ. Over the years I collected a few more: a purple NIV with a whale on the front (circa 2001), and later, a pink leather ESV Bible when I turned 16. I kept one Bible through high school and college and, when I got married, I got the one I have today. These Bibles act as markers in my spiritual journey, full of notes and highlighted verses marking what I went through during those years.
I have since reviewed quite a few Bibles for publishers around the world, and the following five are my top recommendations to young women looking to go deeper in the Word. My own Bible is an HCSB notetaker’s version, with wide margins all the way around the text. I still use the Bibles from my younger years on occasion, too. These five are a great start for your own study or as a reference guide for gifts!
This is the Bible I currently use and love. The wide margins are constantly asked about on Instagram, and I love them! I can keep my thoughts right on the page for future reference. This is not a study Bible, so it doesn’t contain notes, maps or summaries of the books. If you like that kind of information, the next Bible in this list may be a better fit for you. I love this Bible, but wish it were a little less bulky—it’s very heavy, so I usually bring a smaller one to church with me.
I recently received this Bible and absolutely love it. This is an excellent Bible for a young believer who needs help navigating the Word for the first time, but even if you’re someone who has been following Jesus all your life, you’ll benefit from the notes! In-depth sections on doctrine, character profiles, maps and timelines pepper this Bible with excellent resources for study. The only downside: There isn’t much room for notes, so you’ll need to keep a separate notebook for those.
This Bible explores how the timeless truths of Scripture relate to young women’s lives, relationships, and the things you care about most. Our very own Nicole Weider has exerts from her book “Project Inspired” in it, and also features other inspiring women like Christine Caine, Bethany Hamilton, and more!
If you love the ESV translation (one of my favorites!) and want room for notes, this is the Bible for you. I love this cover, but you can also get a leather-bound version with a leather tie. This would make an excellent graduation present.
Comparative Bibles are helpful to get a different perspective on the same text. This particular edition has FOUR translations side by side! You’ll read the same passage in the King James, New American Standard, New International and Amplified versions. I love reading different translations to get a new perspective.
If you want study notes AND a little room for your own note-taking, wrapped up in a gorgeous layout with devotionals built in, then the She Reads Truth Christian Standard Bible is the one for you. This is a beautiful Bible with lots of room for notes and intermittent devotions to provoke more thought.
What’s your favorite Bible? What do you love about it?