A Loved Bible is full of notes, prayers, highlights, and more! It is meant to be a great tool to help make disciples. Getting married is a giant life change. Creating a Loved Bible to give to the new bride, groom, or couple is an incredibly thoughtful gift as they start their marriage.
Creating a Loved Bible
How to Get Started:
The first thing you will want to do is read our Getting Started Guide.
What Type of Bible?
Since this is a Bible for an important life event, you may want to purchase a non-compact Bible. There are a variety of options, features, and price points. Here are a few:
- The CSB Spurgeon Study Bible: contains study notes and quotes from Charles Spurgeon.
- ESV Women’s Study Bible: contains study notes and reflections from many great teachers and authors.
- ESV Legacy Bible: no study notes but generous margins for notes and at a 6×9 size it is easy to bring along to church or Bible study.
- ESV Journaling Bible or NIV Journaling Bible: Both of these Bibles feature wide margins and come in various cover choices.
- CSB She Reads Truth Bible: contains devotionals, wide margins, and comes in a variety of cover styles.
- Scriptura Bibles has a number of heirloom quality Bibles.
- You may want to look for a Bible with large margins if you hope to write prayers/notes in the margin.
Ideas for Creating a Loved Bible
- At the shower, have a Bible that each guest can highlight their favorite Bible verse and write her/his name.
- Contact a number of the bride/groom’s friends and family members. Ask them to send you a Scripture reference and a personal note to include in the Loved Bible. This is a great option to include for those who do not live close to you.
- If someone is getting married in your small group, meet together and work on loving a Bible to give as a wedding gift.
What TLBP Resources Should I Use in my Loved Bible?
- The Foundations Workbook: We recommend you start all Loved Bibles using the Foundations Workbook. This gives an overview of the gospel and how the gospel is for all of life. The gospel saves us, sanctifies (grows) us, and sustains us (we never grow out of our need). Include a few (or many!) of the recommended Scriptures for each question. There are usually about 50 entries in total. As you repeatedly go through this process, you begin to rehearse and memorize the Scriptures and their meanings, helping you to grow as a disciple-maker.
- The Attributes of God Worksheet: Attributes are words that tell us what someone or something is like. When we read the Bible, we learn the attributes of God. God tells us who He is and what He is like. Every story, person, place, and event in the Bible is true and helps us learn who God is.
- Our New Marriage Worksheet is filled with quotes related to marriage!
Other Suggested Resources:
- 6 Gospel Commitments Every Couple Needs to Make by Paul David Tripp
- The Meaning of Marriage: A Couple’s Devotional by Tim & Kathy Keller
- 5 Things to Pray for Your Spouse by Michael and Melissa Kruger
- Prayers for My Marriage Cards by The Daily Grace Co.
Let us know! Do you have an upcoming wedding or shower for which you would like to create a Loved Bible as a gift? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org – we’d love to hear more, see some pictures, and then we’ll send you a little something for the bride!