I own the original Inspire Bible and the Inspire Praise Bible, so I was excited to see the Inspire Catholic Bible. It’s the only Catholic coloring and creative journaling Bible, and this NLT translation is officially authorized for use by Catholics.
Starting with the packaging, this is a beautiful Bible, though it is definitely geared toward females. The cover is a gorgeous metallic rose gold flexible, leather-like cover. The edges of the pages feature butterflies and flowers, also in pink (mainly). There is a ribbon bookmark and elastic closure band, which are very useful. At the beginning of the Bible, there is a section that explains the concept of Inspire, as well as information on the New Living Translation.
There are over 450 illustrations, and many pages contain two-inch-wide lightly ruled margins, perfect for taking notes or adding your own illustrations. The font is 8.65, which is a bit larger than the font in some jounaling Bibles. THE NLT version is quite easy to read and understand. However, the pages are quite thin, even when compared to the other Inspire Bibles. I found that taking notes with a pen created a bit of ghosting on the other side of the page. As a result, I would suggest using colored pencils, or perhaps crayons, for coloring. Other mediums (markers, paint, gel pens, etc.) could bleed through. (I didn’t try these other mediums based on how the pen showed through just in taking notes.)
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, but I wasn’t required to leave a positive review.