Writing out the Bible starting January 1

A year and a half ago my wife and I started writing out the Bible by hand. We started with Genesis and one chapter at a time worked our way through book after book until my daughter was born early last year. Shortly after her birth, we paused the project to adjust to the changed family dynamics, with the intention of resuming the handwritten word January 1.

We are restarting in a few days with Psalm 1 on January 1. We think it'll be a great way to kick off the new year and we'd love for you to write with us!

There are three ways you can participate:

1. Write a chapter of Psalms every day with us. Based on our experience, it usually takes no more than 30 minutes.
2. Read a chapter of Psalms every day with us. This is obviously faster, requires less commitment, and is a great way to spend time in the Word on the same Scripture, together.
3. Follow along and occasionally write Psalms that are particularly significant to you. Perhaps you're worried about the commitment, or want to spend more time with ornate writing along the line of James Freemantle's The Psalms of David.

Here's a photo of the first chapter we wrote: The Handwritten Word - Genesis 1

We're using Moleskine notebooks for our writings because the paper is high quality and we want our handwritten Words to last for our kids to inherit. But you can use regular notebooks, looseleaf paper or any other paper you prefer. There are many kinds of pens we'd recommend - I use a Pilot G2 because I've found the ink rolls evenly and consistently. But you can pick up any number of functional pens for a buck or two at any office store.

We're using the Message translation, and it takes us about 30 minutes a chapter to transcribe. We tend to peek ahead a few days just to make sure we're not surprised when there's a longer chapter. In those cases, we sometimes divide the writing into parts, or sometimes we just plan in advance to spend the extra time writing it all at once.

If you have questions email me and I'll add the answers to this post at the bottom.