Tuesday, November 12, 2013

"His Word in My Heart" Review

Memorizing Scripture...memorizing passages of Scripture...will change you - the way you think, the way you live, the way you know God.

We want to memorize Scripture - we really do - but so many other things become our priority. The kids need to be fed, the laundry done, and a work schedule negotiated. So, we daily strive without doing the most important thing, the best thing - putting God's Word in our hearts and minds. And then we wonder why - Why am I not growing?  Why do I still struggle with this same sin? Why is my family faltering?

The good news is YOU can do it. In this updated classic, Janet Pope will share practical tips and strategies - including how to harness technology - to enable you to start memorizing the living Word today.

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About the Author: Janet Pope, a gifted teacher and communicator, teaches a weekly Precept Bible study and has a blossoming speaking ministry. She spent 10 years with Campus Crusade for Christ before moving to Foundations for Living where she has served for the last 12 years. A diligent student of the Bible, her passion is to lead others to the oasis of God's Word. Her unique contribution to the body of Christ is that she has memorized over 120 chapters of Scripture, including 14 books of the Bible. She is author of His Word in My Heart: Memorizing Scripture for a Closer Walk with God. Janet and her husband, Ethan, live in Dallas, Texas and have two children in college.

My Take:

When I was a child, I was really good at memorizing things. The order of the books of the Bible? No problem - with and without at catchy tune. Psalm 23? Psalm 100? Passages from Isaiah, John, and 1 Corinthians? I recited them regularly in Sunday School.

But over the years my Scripture memory has become very lacking. You could partially chalk this up to being busier as an adult and to mommy brain (which is a real thing!), but mostly it is due to the fact that I just haven't been as diligent about it as I was as a child.

And that really needs to change.

The biggest takeaway I received from this book, His Word in My Heart, is the idea of memorizing entire passages (and even books!) of the Bible rather than picking verses here and there. This makes so much sense. It makes for an easier way to memorize since one verse flows into the next, and it keeps you from taking a verse out of context.

The only thing that I would claim to be a negative for this book was that the NetGalley e-book that I received was not formatted correctly during the parts of the book where the author would write out in detail how to memorize Psalm 1 and Titus. These outlines were gibberish with correct words in between. So, I didn't really get the whole outline of how to break these passages down in order to memorize them. I will have to just make a plan on my own.

One other really great thing about this book, however, was that I thought that the author was very encouraging. She has memorized so many books and passages of the Bible, and she knows that anyone can do it if they just try. I was encouraged to start memorizing Psalm 1 (starting just this morning), and I almost have the first verse down. Who wants to join me?

His Word in My Heart is an easy-to-read and encouraging book that will motivate and help anyone to memorize the Word of God and apply it to their lives.

I will give His Word in My Heart ... 5 BookWorms.

His Word in My Heart
by Janet Pope
Moody Publishers
Publication date: August 20, 2013

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Moody Publishers through NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this is accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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