Review & Giveaway: The Illuminated ESV Bible with art by Dana Tanamachi

Title:  The Illuminated Bible
Edition: English Standard Version (ESV)
Artist: Dana Tanamachi
Publisher: Crossway
Format:  Hardcover / Clothbound with Slipcase
Release Date:  October 31, 2017

The ESV Illuminated Bible places the full ESV text alongside over 500 elegantly hand-lettered gold ink illustrations by renowned artist Dana Tanamachi. Printed on thick cream-colored paper, the Bible's single-column text setting and wide margins provide generous space for additional notes, prayers, and designs—inviting readers to creatively engage with and reflect on the beauty of God's Word.
9-point, Lexicon
Black letter text
2-color printing
64 full-page, custom book opener illustrations
50 full-page verse illustrations
250+ hand-lettered margin verses
100+ other illustrations throughout
Illustrated by Dana Tanamachi, whose work has been featured by Google, The Wall Street Journal, Random House, USPS, and Target
Thick, cream-colored paper
Wide margins
Single-column, paragraph format
Smyth-sewn binding
Packaging: Permanent Slipcase 

How We Made the ESV Illuminated Bible from Crossway on Vimeo.

For more info on the Bible, check out their website at:
I don't think I've ever own a more beautiful Bible than The Illuminated ESV Bible from Crossway.  I'm not going to compare the different versions or translations, but the presentation and ease of use of this Bible only.  As a designer, I love the thought and creative interpretations of the artist, Dana Tanamachi illustrated in this Bible. With the gorgeous gold ink illustrations that at times span a full page, it's a delight when one is reading the Bible, and see the verse highlighted in these illustrations. 

In terms of the layout, I find the font of a decent size, and particularly like the space on the edge of the page for users' own personal notes and sketches. Personally, I'm not sure I can do it! It's so pretty that I don't feel like I should mess with it. However, I think instead of color, I'll use my thin black ink pens to keep the contrast with the gold ink. The quality of this Bible is top-notch. The navy clothbound (also available in hunter green and burgundy red) gives it a beautiful touch of homeyness, and not too refine that we need gloves to touch! The sturdy cardboard slipcase is also clothbound and be sure to keep the Bible itself in good condition. In all, I'm very satisfy with this Bible. It'll make great gifts. Perfect timing if you ask me as the Christmas season will be upon us shortly!

Don't forget to scroll on down for the Giveaway, which the publisher hopes to have the prize to the winner in time for Christmas!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this BIBLE from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.




Dana Tanamachi is an American lettering artist, graphic designer, and illustrator whose exquisite typographic murals ignited the worldwide chalk-lettering trend. She has been commissioned by clients such as Instagram, Target, Google, Time Magazine, Nike, and West Elm. Learn more at

(1) Winner will win a copy of the Illuminated ESV Bible
(US Addresses Only)

“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days on the same blog, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.




  1. This Bible looks amazing! I love the design on the front:) I like to take notes and highlight in my Bible, but the margins aren't very wide. I really like this as a gift for myself or for a friend.

    1. Good luck then! It'll make a great gift for yourself or friend.

  2. It's beautiful!! I'm not sure if I could make myself draw in my Bible or not...but I'd love to try! ;) or...I also have a daughter I might give it to, if I win.

    1. Totally get it Rosalyn. I'm with you! It's soooo pretty. I tried several times to make a mark... but ended not. *wink wink

  3. This bible is so gorgeous! I keep seeing it and would love to have one for myself.

  4. My current bible has no space for drawing plus the pages are so thin it would show through and ruin the opposite text. This bible would definitely be one for me as I continue my faith journey. I do love to draw.

    1. That's awesome Danielle. I think drawing has a way to relax the mind.

  5. Gracious, this looks BEAUTIFUL. I'll definitely be entering the giveaway for it! <3

  6. I love to doodle, so a bible with art journaling like this would be great! Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. I don't have a bible journal. I would keep it for myself.

  8. Such a beautiful Bible! I would definitely keep it. Not sure I could give it away :)

    1. Hahaha. It will be harder once you have it in your hands! Good luck!

  9. I am personally not so great at drawing and journaling in my Bible but I really think this Bible would help me! I love all the beauty that is already in this one, exemplifying the beauty of God's word!

    1. So true. I know many who don't really "draw" starts by outlining the existing drawings and gets into it from then on!

  10. This Bible is so beautiful, I was just researching it and found your giveaway and review. Thanks

  11. I love journaling, but don't do much in my Bible--mostly just notes and highlights.


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