Shelf Life Book Review: Scripture by Heart

Margaret Hebron

Scripture by Heart: Devotional Practices for Memorizing God’s Word
Westminster John Knox Press, 2010

As a spiritual discipline, memorizing Scripture is nearly a lost art. In Scripture by Heart, Joshua Choonmin Kang explores the discipline of memorization. First written in Korean, now translated into English, this book begins by exploring four reasons to memorize Scripture: to know God, to imitate Christ, to worship God, and to fulfill God’s mission.

Kang offers thirty meditations on the practice of committing God’s Word to heart, with topics ranging from “Understanding the Bible as a Whole” to “Nurturing Disciples” to “Transforming Trials.” Interspersed with the meditations are seventeen short chapters on memorization practices.

This volume is meditative in nature, and is made up of one-to-two page chapters, making it well suited for devotional use. It offers a great introduction to the joys and challenges of memorization, but will also be appreciated by people who already memorize Scripture regularly.

Article courtesy of Bible Study Magazine published by Faithlife Corporation. Originally published in print, Vol. 2 No. 5