September 23, 2020

Recommendation: Moleskine Journals and SkyCow Books

Moleskine.jpgTomorrow (November 24, Black Friday) is the day you are supposed to start/finish/avoid all your Christmas shopping. If you’re like me, whatever holiday appeal once existed in Christmas shopping crowds has vanished in the Wal-Mart parking lot, and you do most of your shopping online. Living in a rural area has made me even more dedicated to doing the virtual Santa bit, and therefore, I’m happy to tell you about one of the best gifts you can give or receive- Moleskine journals- and a great place to buy them- SkyCow Books.

I’m not much for trends and fads, but I am susceptible if the product works for me in ways that are practical. I’m listening to Jill Phillips on my iPod right now, but most of the time that 2 gig Nano is helping me get an education, keep up with the world, hear the Word and redeem the time. I wouldn’t have bought it just to have one or for enjoying music.

So let me recruit you into the world of the Moleskine journal, and we’ll make you a better person. Won’t that be a good thing?

I first heard of Moleskine journals from my friend Matthew Johnson at the BHT. Matthew collects pens and writing items, so he’s been a Moleskine appreciator for some time. That angle didn’t appeal to me, but I thought I might be able to use the Moleskine in a productive way. Soon I was using four and giving them to family members. Clay goes nowhere without his and I predict other Spencers will join the cult soon.

Four? Yes. Here’s the rundown. I keep a pocket Moleskine with me to write down sermon, teaching and writing ideas that occur to me at any time. I get a lot of ideas when I go to bed, and my small Moleskine is near my bedside. It also fits in my pocket and generally goes anywhere.

Secondly, I’m a David Allen guy, so I have one Moleskine just for lists. (I don’t want those lists in my other notebooks, and reviewing just one notebook is very GTA.)

My third Moleskine is a calendar version, laid out for years and weeks. This is the only Moleskine that’s less than perfect, in my opinion, but only because I sometimes want to write more in a calendar than is possible in this product. Still, I’ve gotten more use out of this than any other calendar I’ve used.

My regular Moleskine is large lined journal. I use this for the most necessary things in my life. I write all my sermon outlines in that Moleskine and take it with me into the pulpit. I write lesson plans and outlines of IM articles in it. I take notes from reading into this notebook. I write prayers and thoughts to myself in it. That Moleskine really is an annex of my brain.

Why not use my G4 Powerbook for all of these things? As convenient as my G4 is, it’s not convenient enough. My Moleskines are with me constantly and are easily portable in my satchel. Working with computer calendars and journals is simple, but I want to write, not type. I type plenty. But I want to write and I want to keep writing. The psychic experience of pen and paper is not transferable for me. IOWs, my Moleskines make me happy.

Why not use another notebook? No big reason. Moleskine is a nicely made product, with a look and feel that writers enjoy. The books are plain, simple and efficient. They lay flat. The paper doesn’t bleed. Sites like Moleskine Art will show you what some people do with their notebooks. All resemblances to a religious cult are purely accidental, I assure you, but I do take pleasure in seeing how many Moleskines are now appearing in television and movies. Resistance is futile.

skycow.gifWhere to buy your Moleskines? Don’t get robbed at Barnes and Noble, please. They’re available from MoleskineUS but I have a better idea. Buy them from one of the coolest little stores on the net: SkyCowbooks out in Moscow, Idaho.

SkyCow has almost the full line of Moleskines at great prices– $2.50 less on the large notebook than the list. The owners understand the kind of readers that frequent this site, and their book selection actually has literature. They are doing good things with their book selection and would welcome your questions and suggestions. You’ll like where this store is going. They have a Flannery O’Connor SECTION. The owners will talk to you and treat you right. No other Christian bookstore that I can find carries Moleskines and, frankly, I’d like to patronize one that understands what a good product the Moleskine really is. I’m happy to promote SkyCow, and their logo will be on the sidebar of the new IM when it opens in a few days. Stop in, look around and buy some stuff.


  1. Though I share your David Allen fixation, I’m a Hipster PDA man, myself. (See

    A Bullet SpacePen is an essential companion to the Hipster PDA, of course.

  2. I blogged about my Moleskin vs PDA experience yesterday – based on your post. Today I’m the proud owner of my first Moleskin. OMG – I’ve been assimilated!