Early this week, I returned from a pastors’ conference here in Michigan. Conferences are always a great place to pick up free books and/or deep discounts on resources from the bookstores and publishers present.
At this conference, I was given a new product that has really gotten me excited. It is called a “Journible”. At first glance, it looks like any other pre-packaged, hardbound journal. But Journibles are not ordinary journals.
Journibles are focused on getting their owners to hand-write the Bible. The idea comes from Deuteronomy 17:18, which is where we find Moses saying that the king should obtain a copy of the Law of God and hand write a copy for himself when he becomes king. The idea is that he would have his own copy and that he would know what it contained because he had taken the time to write it out. What an amazing concept! Even today, it is recognized by many educators that writing things down helps a person remember them far longer than just listening to or reading material.
With that in mind, the idea of the Journible was born. The pages are pre-set with chapter and verse numbers for specific books of the Bible. The writer simply copies the text from whatever Bible version he/she chooses into the correct place. The way the Journibles are laid out, the Bible text is copied only onto the right-hand page, while the left-hand page is left for notes or other thoughts.
So far, Journibles are available for Proverbs, John, Romans, Galatians through 2 Thessalonians, 1 Timothy through Hebrews, and James through Jude. If you are interested, the can be purchased here.
What do you think? Is this a product you would be interested in? Is there value in hand-writing our own copies of scripture?