For Dwell in the Word our theme is "Pick a book. Dig deep." This is one part of a blog series to help you understand the different ideas that we have offered as ways to "dig deep" into the book you choose.
If you are anything like me you tend to find yourself lacking focus when reading. My mind does pretty well for a few minutes and then it races off to think about all the things I either need to do or have forgotten to do. A little over a year ago I discovered a series of books entitled "Journibles". They were books with the title of a book of the Bible on the front but the book was made up of mostly blank, lined pages. The idea was that you would write out the book of the Bible to have a written copy of that book of the Bible in your own handwriting. Journibles also have some questions in them for you to answer about the text you are writing out.
I bought one of these and found that it was very beneficial to write out the text because it helped me to really take in and absorb the text in a way I didn't get with regular reading. Then a light went on for me. I didn't need to pay more than $10 each for these books in order to write out the text of scripture. I could get a cheap notebook from any store and write it out in them. While it did not contain some of the questions to answer I still found it to be an excellent way to study the Bible and get a better grasp on what I was reading.
Some tips for trying this method of digging deep into the book you have chosen.
It is my hope that you will find this way of digging deep into scripture valuable and maybe even make it a lifelong habit.