Title: 31 Verses to Write on Your Heart
Author: Liz Curtis Higgs
“Best of all, when God’s Word is written on our hearts, it goes with us everywhere,” Liz Curtis Higgs reminds the reader in the introduction to her book, 31 Verses to Write on Your Heart.
~ What ~
At two-hundred-and-twenty-four pages, this hardbound targets women who are seeking to be closer to God as they memorize His Scriptures. Using mainly the New International Version of the Holy Bible, over thirty other versions are referenced. After an introduction, thirty-one chapters cover thirty-one verses, ending with a recap of memorizing tips, study guide, acknowledgments, and notes.
In this compact book, the author provides an easy way to memorize short Bible verses by breaking them down into short phrases and explaining them. Each chapter begins with one verse written out, followed by four or five pages that segment it with explanations and interpretations. The ending has a short prayer with a page that gives a numbered tip, the verse written out from the NIV, and a space to write in a favorite translation. Including both the Old and New Testaments, one verse a day can be read and memorized throughout a month.
Having a Bible verse seared into memory is important as one goes through daily life. I like how the writer does not focus too much on herself but the Word instead. One example I liked was #21, Proverbs 27:17 “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another,” as the author explains blacksmithing and the process of sharpening iron. She discusses how character, friendship, and conscience interact with others. The prayer is thanking God for friends and asking for help in speaking in love. The tip is to make memorization personal via a life experience.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Christ Jesus will not see the value of this book that concentrates on memorizing Scripture. Others like me may prefer using only one translation in the book instead of referencing many variations; however, there is a space to write in your favorite version when memorizing. One example I struggled with regarding versions was #6 from Philippians 4:13 “I can do all this through him who gives me strength” as I have already memorized the King James Version that states “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
~ Who ~
The author of more than thirty books that have sold almost five million copies, Higgs is a professional speaker and Bible study teacher who has spoken at more than seventeen hundred conferences in the United States. She lives in Kentucky with her husband.
~ Wish ~
As mentioned above, I would prefer only one Bible version offered instead of referring to so many. Being older in years, I like the King James Version and wish the reader could pick a version to match her needs.
~ Want ~
If you are looking a reminder to read and memorize Scripture daily for a month, this may be a good option if you do not mind the main version used.
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