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Scripture Memorization Resources

The Navigator’s Topical Memory System
The Navigator’s are an evangelism and discipleship training organization with a rich history of helping people memorize Scripture. The Navigator’s webpage, How To Memorize Scripture, is a helpful tool for getting started with memorizing Scripture. If you are struggling with which passages to memorize first, The Navigator’s Topical Memory System webpage is a resource for helping you to select verses. The Navigator’s also have two books they offer that are especially helpful for memorizing Scripture.  The Navigators Topical Memory System is a practical book that supplies everything you need to get started with memorizing the Bible, including Bible memory cards in eight different Bible translations. The Topical Memory System Life Issues resources provide memory verse cards on various life issues: anger, dealing with sin, sex, stress, guilt, self-image, suffering, perfectionism, money, depression, knowing God’s will, and love.

His Word in My Heart: Memorizing Scripture for a Closer Walk with God by Janet Pope
Pope’s book is a great resource that recognizes the busyness of life and gives practical ways to carve out time for Scripture memorization. The book strongly emphasizes the idea that not only does Scripture act as a mirror and teach us about ourselves, but it is also the best resource to pursue and maintain a close, personal relationship with God. Pope recommends memorizing whole passages instead of just isolated, topical verses. Everyone can profit from this practical book, regardless of his or her level of spiritual maturity.

Scripture by Heart: Devotional Practices for Memorizing God’s Word by Joshua Kang
Each chapter shows the benefits of Scripture memorization by centering on a spiritual theme. Helpful, inspiring, and informative, each chapter offers a thematic memory verse to give the reader something to begin practicing immediately. Themes include parenting, wisdom, desiring the Word, living in faith, overcoming temptations, prevailing through spiritual discipline, and many more. This book also contains several “practice” sections in which the author gives the readers practical ways to develop the discipline of Scripture memorization. Kang’s book is easy to understand and steeped in Scripture, making it a great choice for beginners.

The Well-Versed Family: Raising Kids of Faith Through Do-Able Scripture Memory by Caroline Boykin
A great resource for parents, Boykin’s book is grounded in Scripture and presents a convincing case for the importance of Scripture memorization, especially for kids. Instructive for the entire family, it serves as a readable guide for both incorporating Scripture memorization into family life and for teaching parents how to apply Scripture to life. Boykin breaks down Scripture memorization into what, why, where, when, and how. The book also includes Scripture memory devotionals and memory verse cards.  While it is certainly geared towards families, individuals will also benefit from the strategies and lessons in this book.

Growing By Heart: Scripture Memory For Women by Scharlotte Rich
Rich’s book is geared toward Christian women who are new in their faith or who want to develop the skill of Scripture memorization. Rich employs garden metaphors that are insightful and easy to remember. This book not only focuses on biblical themes and memorization of corresponding Scripture, it also helps the reader apply the biblical passage with short blurbs and journal prompts. The book, organized into fifty-two sections, makes a good guide through a whole year. Themes center on growth in several areas:  contentment, purity, love, wisdom, joy, beauty, relationships, and others.

The Scripture Memory Connection
Scripture Memory Connection is a website that offers helpful tips and a specific method for memorizing Scripture. It describes the purpose and value of Scripture memorization, as well as offering options for accountability and encouragement. Resources on the website include: Scripture Memory Software, Email and Discussion Forums, Personal Websites, Organizations and Groups for Scripture memorization, and a Scripture Memory Web Ring. It further includes a special section for incorporating memorization into families and small groups. This site is helpful for Christians seeking to grow in their faith and establish Scripture memorization as a practice.

An Approach to Extended Memorization of Scripture by Andrew Davis
Compiled by Dr. Andrew Davis of FBC Durham, this resource has much to offer anyone interested in memorizing Scripture. Dr. Davis does a thorough job of explaining the value of memorizing Scripture (specifically entire books as opposed to individual verses), as well as providing great tips for getting started. Multiple examples of different methods for Scripture memorization are included, along with an example of how to memorize a book of the Bible. This article is very helpful for anyone looking to memorize large portions of Scripture.

Simply Charlotte Mason Scripture Memory System
Charlotte Mason’s organizational system for Scripture memorization is great for individuals and for families or small groups. Through consistent repetition, you continue to learn new verses while going back and reviewing old ones. Simple but effective, this is an easy and organized method to start memorizing Scripture quickly.

GT and the Halo Express
The Halo Express website offers several CDs of Scripture put to music; it is specifically geared towards helping kids interact with and memorize Scripture. This is a valuable resource for parents seeking to help their younger children listen to and learn Bible verses.

"Memorization In Church Education." Calvin Theological Journal 16.1 (1981): 38-55. By Marion J Snapper
This article presents a theological rationale for the practice of Scripture memorization. Snapper defines biblical memorization, offers some historical examples of its effectiveness, and seeks to answer questions of why, what, and how we should memorize God’s Word. The article provides criteria to help us decide what is important to memorize and also helps develop a framework for our purpose in memorizing so it becomes more than just a duty. The article is written for an audience with an extensive theological education.

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