My focus drastically improves when I’m taking notes as I study. This goes for anything – school, homework, Bible study, you name it.
Almost two years ago, my parents got me a Proverbs Journible for Christmas. I’ll admit, I’m still working on this one Journible that I’ve had for so long. I have a bad habit of starting books that I never finish. But with more time on my hands, I’m enjoying spending more time with it.
What is a Journible?
A Journible is a book used to copy scripture on the right side and take notes or answer thought questions on the left side. As stated in the front of the Journible, it was created by the 17:18 series, based on Deuteronomy 17 in which the king was told to acquire a copy of the law and hand-write it (Deuteronomy 17:18). The purpose was so that he would read it, learn to fear God, obey God’s commands, stay humble, not turn from the law, and teach his sons to serve in the kingdom after him (vv. 19, 20). Because of new research, 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.” Thus, the whole purpose of the Journible. This is so true and so helpful!
My Journible has a summary of Proverbs on the first of the lined pages that makes you familiar with the book before you start copying. Continuing through the Journible, you’ll find lined pages with verse numbers down the side of the right page (with enough room to copy the whole verse) and simple questions on the left that refer to the verses you’ve just copied. It looks like this:
Why Do I Like Journibles So Much?
It’s a great way to simply read and study the Bible by itself, and it helps to keep me focused on what’s being said. I’ve noticed points and phrases that I never thought about before because I can slow down and look at every word. Part of the armor of God is “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:17). The only way I will be able to wield the sword of the Spirit is if I study it and know it. It’s always a good day when I find a tool that’s going to help me do this more diligently, regularly, and with more understanding. That’s why I love the Journible! It does all of these things, and I’m thankful to the creators for being willing to make a tool that will help people study the Bible.
Where Can You Get One?
Like I said in my last post, mine came from CEI Bookstore in my hometown, but I’m sure you can find it on Amazon or at another book store! I believe most of the books of the Bible are included in the 17:18 Series. They’re definitely worth a try if you’re interested in digging into the Bible and spending time with God’s word.