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Journaling Scripture Resources

Examen.me: Journaling Online

In a world where smart phones and computers are often more readily available than paper and pen, Examen.me makes journaling through Scripture convenient with their online journals. Creating a free account takes less than five minutes. Once registered, users can immediately begin either a Scripture journal or a Prayer journal (called “Examens” on the website). Once finished, entries are saved for potential later review. Users can choose to study a passage of the day, begin/continue a provided reading plan, or use the unguided journal feature to select their own passage through which to journal. Examen.me is a unique way to practice Scripture engagement through journaling, and is useful and valuable for anyone interested in journaling Scripture.

Journaling as a Spiritual Discipline

Taylor University’s Dr. Faye Chechowich provides a basic starting guide for those wishing to begin journaling as they read Scripture. Dr. Chechowich suggests a series of seven prayers to aid believers as they intentionally listen for the voice of the Holy Spirit as they journal Scripture. For those who want a personal and structured approach as they begin journaling, this method will be a great fit.

Journaling Bibles

Bibles published specifically to enhance Scripture journaling provide 2-inch ruled margins so readers have room to write down observations, reflections, and prayers as they read. These Bibles are great for journaling side-by-side with Scripture and they're available in various translations including English Standard Version (ESV), King James Version (KJV), New King James Version (NKJV), New International Version, (NIV) and New American Standard Bible (NASB). 

Journals

The Bible Gateway Store sells a large variety of journals that can be used for Scripture journaling.

Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life by Donald Whitney

In Chapter 11 (“Journaling”), Whitney provides a compelling and informative introduction to journaling. This accessible chapter also provides journaling examples from well-known Christian heroes of the faith and biblical role models, such as David and Jeremiah. Practical advice for those wishing to begin journaling is provided towards the end of the chapter. This is an excellent resource for anyone interested in the spiritual discipline of journaling.

Journal Keeping: Writing for Spiritual Growth by Luann Budd

Budd takes readers through every step of journaling, providing practical information for interacting with Scripture. The author’s recommendations consider people of different personalities. Anyone with a desire to grow closer to Christ through Scripture journaling will find helpful ideas and encouragement in this book.  

How to Keep a Spiritual Journal by Ron Klug

Klug’s book, though somewhat dated, is still applicable and highly beneficial. This comprehensive study of journaling covers topics from what sort of journal to choose to a thorough rationale for the benefits of journaling as well as practical tips for journaling both for spiritual well-being and Scripture Engagement. A source respected by many current writers on journaling, How to Keep a Spiritual Journal remains an authority on Christian journaling. This resource is highly recommended for anyone interested in beginning a spiritual journal.

My Bible Journal by Mary Davis

“My Bible Journal” is a resource for older children and preteens. This workbook teaches children what sort of questions to ask as they read the Bible and focuses directly on Scripture while guiding students through the journaling process. This study would be invaluable to a young student who is just beginning to journal.

SOAP Method

The SOAP method is simple and accessible. A four-step process guides users through reading Scripture, journaling about Observations, planning for Application, and Praying. Journaling beginners of almost any age will find the SOAP method helpful.

QT for Kids: Can Your Child Keep a Spiritual Journal? by Eva Gibson

Eva Gibson’s article in Discipleship Journal provides practical advice to help parents introduce their children to journaling through Scripture.

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© Phil Collins, Ph.D., 2014. This material was created in partnership with the Taylor University Center for Scripture Engagement.