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Journible: The 17:18 Series

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About these Books


Title: Journible: The 17:18 Series

Author: Robert Wynalda (a local businessman) and Dr. Joel R. Beeke (President of Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary)

Genre: Non-fiction, Bible study tool

Release Date: Series released in 2009

Why the 17:18 series?
In Deuteronomy 17, Moses is leaving final instructions concerning the future of Israel. As a prophet of God, Moses foretells of when Israel will place a king over the nation (v. 14). In verse 18, the king is commanded to not simply acquire a copy of the law (the entire book of Deuteronomy) from the scroll publishing house, but to hand write his own copy of the law. Thirty-four hundred years later, educators are discovering that students that physically write out their notes by hand have a much greater retention rate than simply hearing or visually reading the information. Apparently, God knew this to be true of the kings of Israel also. From such understanding came the conception of this series of books.

How to Use These Books
Each book is organized so that you can write out your very own copy of Scripture. You will be writing the Bible text only on the right hand page of the book. This should make for easier writing and also allows ample space on the left page to write your own notes and comments. From time to time a question or word will be lightly printed on the left page; these questions are to aid in further study, but should not interfere with your own notes and comments.

My Thoughts

This is very different from what I normally review, usually I review books with words in them. Before the printing press, the Holy Bible was passed down from generation to generation, both testaments, being copied by hand by men, priests and monks who painstakingly copied every character or letter.  This isn’t a discussion of the authenticity of scripture and comparisons of older to newer transcripts, it’s about handwriting, because that’s what the Journible is about.

Blank books dedicated to one book of the Bible, the Journible has been created to help us HAND WRITE verse by verse, chapter by chapter.  Also, we are given space on the other side for notes, study and the occasional question, to help us think about what we’ve just been writing.

As you can see, the Journible comes with a sturdy hard cover and the big light spot from my camera flash shows off the very nice texture. For those on a tighter budget, you can also get them in soft cover. I make lots of mistakes, so I have erasable pens … in purple, of course.

I chose Proverbs, because I can use all the wisdom I can get ? along with encouragements to stay on the Lord’s path and follow Him.

Regarding handwriting benefits, I found an interesting discussion about it on Mental Floss (link is at the end of this post). They discussed four benefits:

  1. Helps with learning, reading and remembering.
  2. Helps to maintain focus.
  3. Helps to improve writing skills (not necessarily penmanship, but actual ability to effectively relay your thoughts)
  4. Helps to keep your brain sharp as you get older.

I’ve read other articles stating that it helps your body to secrete positive hormones, but that is true of many repetitive, small motor activities, like drawing, needlework and etc

Personally, I like to hand write. I like this discipline of writing the scriptures, because it stimulates thinking. It slows you down, makes you think about each sentence and word. We can so easily fly through the words when we read, but this discipline makes me slow down and think.

I know what I’m putting on my Christmas list this year and years to come.

DISCLAIMER:  I received this book as a gift.  No compensation was received.  The opinions I express are provided without obligation.

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About the Author

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Dr. Joel R. Beeke is president and professor of systematic theology and homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, a pastor of the Heritage Netherlands Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan, editor of Banner of Sovereign Grace Truth, editorial director of Reformation Heritage Books, president of Inheritance Publishers, and vice-president of the Dutch Reformed Translation Society. He has written, co-authored, or edited seventy books (most recently, A Puritan Theology: Doctrine for Life, Living Zealously, Friends and Lovers: Cultivating Companionship and Intimacy in Marriage, Getting Back Into the Race: The Cure for Backsliding, Parenting by God’s Promises: How to Raise Children in the Covenant of Grace, Living for the Glory of God: An Introduction to Calvinism, Meet the Puritans, Contagious Christian Living, Calvin for Today, Developing a Healthy Prayer Life, and Taking Hold of God), and contributed 2,000 articles to Reformed books, journals, periodicals, and encyclopedias. His Ph.D. is in Reformation and Post-Reformation theology from Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia). He is frequently called upon to lecture at seminaries and to speak at Reformed conferences around the world. He and his wife Mary have been blessed with three children: Calvin, Esther, and Lydia.

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To celebrate the tour, Reformation Heritage Books is giving away a grand prize of the entire set of New Testament Journibles!!

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