Journibles Series – Book Review

{Thank you to Lindsay B. for this review on the Journibles series!}

Deuteronomy 17:18-19 instructs us all as kings and priests in training that “it shall be, when he sitteth upon the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write him a copy of this law in a book out of that which is before the Levites: and it shall be with him, and he shall read therein all the days of his life: that he may learn to fear the LORD his God, to keep all the words of this law and these statutes, to do them.”

Journibles are an aide in this endeavor that have been available for purchase online the past few years. The developers of Journibles use Deut. 17:18 as their focus to literally write out scripture, to thus help the individual to retain more of scripture in the act of writing. Many teachers and studies back up the reality that for many taking notes and copy work improves retention rate, and what more would we want to ingrain into our minds then God’s word!

Each Journible is set up spaced for either the KJV or NKJV to be written out verse by verse on the right hand sheet of the book. The chapter and verse numbers are pre-printed to help the writer keep track of where they are and keep spacing neat. The left hand page is left blank to encourage Bible study notes. Sometimes there is a prompt for study, a word noted, or a question found on the left hand note page, however these are printed in a light text so that they can be easily written over, if so wished.

This is an excellent resource for both adults and children alike. It is also a good and positive project to work on as a family, or a wonderful gift for any age from the young child to the grandparent. In using this in our homeschooling we have discovered that it is best to wait until the child is old enough to write somewhat neatly, the lines are spaced approximately 6/10th of a centimeter – not super tiny but could pose a challenge to young children. Writing out scripture has tended to highlight repeated themes, words and phrases not so easily noticed in reading, and also lends itself to quiet reflection and meditation on the statutes and precepts of our Heavenly Father.

They currently offer an individual small booklet of Psalm 119. The full volumes available are:

  • Genesis (2 Volumes)
  • Exodus (2 Volumes)
  • Deuteronomy
  • Psalm 1-72
  • Psalm 73-150
  • Proverbs
  • Matthew
  • Mark
  • Luke
  • John
  • Acts
  • Romans
  • 1 & 2 Corinthians
  • Galatians – 2 Thessalonians
  • 1 Timothy – Hebrews
  • James – Jude
  • Revelation

We have not previewed all of these volumes but have noticed that the term “church” is used in those volumes that cover the New Testament books. Care should be taken by parents and teachers to pre-read the introduction comments (which are brief) at the beginning of each book and correct anything that may need correction. These are produced and published by Reformed Heritage Book company and therefore obviously have a bias, however the books we have do not have any mention of their doctrines.

These are currently on sale at:

https://www.heritagebooks.org/categories/Journibles/?sort=featured&page=1

They are also widely available for purchase at Reformed Bible book stores and online on amazon.com.

 

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