About the Book:
Understand and unlock your mind’s natural ability to memorize long passages
Called to be a missionary as a teenager, I had a great desire to fulfill God’s will, but had a great sense of inadequacy for such an extraordinary purpose. But God says he who meditates in His Word …shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper (Psalm 1:3). This verse was and still is a great source of encouragement.
Part of meditation is to memorize God’s Word, so I began a systematic method of memorizing consecutive passages of scripture. Through the years I learned, both by study and by experience, how God made our memory function. Presently, I have 42 chapters memorized and, best of all, our missionary work has prospered beyond what I could have imagined.
This book describes what I learned about permanently memorizing scripture and will help you be one of the few who experiences the blessing of meditation in God’s Word, and the hope that whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
In this book you’ll learn:
- Specific memorization techniques.
- How to memorize scripture, the Bible.
- How to retain what you memorize
About the Author:
Dr. Morris graduated from Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College and Anchor Theological Seminary. He received his Ph. D. in Biblical Studies from Louisiana Baptist University. Since 1978, he and his wife, Debbie, have served as missionaries in Chiapas, Mexico. He presently pastors the Baptist church he founded in Tuxtla Gutiérrez and oversees several other churches, missions and a Christian school. Much of his time is dedicated to training Mexican pastors, and counseling.
I struggle with memorizing facts, dates and even Scripture – I have a working knowledge of certain passages and I can recall the Scriptures I learned as a child such as Psalms 23 but memorizing many whole chapters or even books of the Bible proves to overwhelm me. I’ve never had a great memory, even as a child – for a pseudo-historian that is troubling and for one who knows the importance of memorizing Scripture it’s even more troubling. There will probably come a time where, like other countries, owning a Bible will be illegal in the United States and so memorization is even more paramount to the Christian so that we can hide His Words in our hearts and minds and still let them bring comfort to us when we need to recall them from memory.
I sat down to read this book and got through it in a day, for the purposes of the review so I didn’t have time to actually put any of the techniques to work. I must say to me, it seemed like there was a lot to do and it made it seem much more overwhelming to want to memorize. Dr. Morris walks the reader through the various types of memory and which memory will be used during the memorization of Scripture and he shows how Scripture commands the long term memorization of Scripture. It may depend on your interpretation of Scripture in what the reader thinks those verses actually mean but I understood where he was going – the Lord does want us to memorize His Word.
After reading the first few chapters Dr. Morris then walks the reader through the steps in how to memorize, even if you think you can’t, such as utilizing such questions as who wrote the passage, what did it mean then, what does it mean now, and inventing nails – to make the verse stick. He says all it takes is about 10 minutes a day. Then he walks you through applying the steps in two different chapters using a verse he picks – one that most do not already have memorized (it’s not John 3:16). He also tells you how to not lose what you’ve already memorized while working on more Scripture to commit to memory – of course that takes a little more time – as it’s said about foreign languages, if you don’t use it you’ll lose it. Again, I think the book makes a simple thing like memorizing and turns into something a bit too scientific for my liking but it definitely is a book that is needed in today’s world.
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