October 26

The Best Study Bible

Today I’m sharing the answer to one of the frequently asked questions I receive: “What is your favorite Bible?” Though I have many Bibles on my shelf, the one I consistently recommend is the ESV Study Bible.

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The Best Study Bible

I’ve used the ESV Study Bible in various ways throughout the years. The ESV (stands for English Standard Version) is the translation I love to study from the most because it is more of a “word-for-word” translation than most others, which makes it a great Bible to study from. The ESV is also my preferred version for Scripture memory, mainly because it is most familiar to me.

best study bibleI have a large well-loved copy of this pink and brown ESV Study Bible, which I happily lugged around with me to and from home, church, and Bible study group for years. The study notes alongside all of the resources within is a treasure trove of information—especially for the beginner to Bible study.

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Nowadays this copy collects dust on my shelf because I have learned how to access all the ESV Study Bible goodness on-the-go through the free ESV Bible app.

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It is AMAZING!! This is one of the biggest reasons why I love the ESV Study Bible so much. There are other study Bibles just as solid as this one, but (as far as I am aware of) this is the only one who boasts this incredible feature. When I purchased mine, it included a code for a free app version. (I don’t think they do that any more, but you can purchase the app version of the ESV Study Bible through the app.) I can access the same study notes, charts, maps, and all the other resources included in the ESV Study Bible at the tap of a button on my phone. I typically consult it multiple times a week, if not daily. It is super-convenient having all these Bible study charts, maps, notes, and book information with me at all times.

My Favorite Pens for Bible Study

Alongside the “favorite Bible” question, I get a bunch of questions about the pens I use! Though not necessary, I think it is great to personalize our Bible study time. This is a time to enjoy, and I enjoy color (plus, I am a very visual learner!) so some nice colorful pens are a must for me. best study bible

My all-time favorite pens are Staedtler Pens. I have several sets of the Triplus Fineliner in the plastic case (one for home, one for my church bag) and one in a roll case that they no longer sell. As you can tell, I don’t like to be stuck without my pens!

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Here’s what I love about these Staedtler Triplus Fineliner pens:

  • They don’t bleed in my Bibles unless I write over and over again in one spot. (NOTE: If you have super-thin pages, just about everything is going to bleed)
  • They are very resistant to drying out. (I used to love Flair pens … until they stopped working due to drying out! My Staedtler Triplus Fineliner have lasted for YEARS.)
  • The case converts into an easel that props up the pens for easy access.
  • They are fine point at 0.3mm, which is small enough to be able to take lots of notes in my Bible.

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best study bible The only problem I’ve had with these pens is actually with the case … it kept popping open while in the easel position. I grabbed some gorgeous floral duck tape to keep it shut. Problem solved and my case was further beautified!best study bibleEnjoy!


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  1. Can you share more information about the ESV Bible app. There are so many Bible apps and I wasn’t sure which one it was. I’d love to try it out!

  2. I have this ESV Study Bible and I absolutely love it! It is chock full of historical information, which I’ve grown to love more and more. Love love love it. The only thing I find difficult is there is not a lot of spare room for writing – but that’s because so much is packed into this Bible. BUT – I’m ok with that, because of the awesome study information.

  3. Katie, right after you posted this and I asked you about it on Facebook, I ordered the pens and they are FABULOUS! Thank you so much❣️

  4. I ordered the pens and love them!! I am already an ESV girl and every since I met you at the ladies conference in Pineville, LA I am obsessed with the BLB app.

  5. That’s a pretty bible you got there lady and the pens aren’t bad either.

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