Journible The 17:18 Series: Acts
The 17:18 Series: The Book of Acts by Joel R. Beeke and Rob Wynalda
In Deuteronomy 17:18 Moses foretells of a future king coming to reign over Israel and copying the law himself rather than just acquiring a copy of the law. The role of writing down or scripting the Word of God is of paramount importance for the growth of the believer. With this truth in mind, Joel Beeke and Rob Wynalda have created Journibles. This Journible on the Book of Acts is both a resource to copy the Scriptures yourself and engage in some questions about the text. On the right hand side of the Journible is blank lines with verse indicators for you to copy down the whole Book of Acts. On the left side of the Journible are questions regarding context, theology, and details of the text for you to answer. In other words, this Journible on Acts incorporates a place for you to write your own copy of Acts while engaging with the details of the text in a question and answer format.
What are the benefits of the The Book of Acts Journible?
As you begin to read through the Book of Acts, mull over its meaning, and copy down the text on the right side of the page, a radical change takes place. There is a concrete bond that develops in your mind and heart as you copy the Word of God onto the journal. Not only am I understanding the context of the book of Acts, but copying the text opens up my ability to memorize the Scriptures. In turn, memorizing portions of the Book of Acts bonds my mind and outlook to the Word of God which is powerful weapon in combating temptation and living in holiness. Reading the Scriptures and then going about my day is also a good way of engaging with the God’s Word, but there is something very unique about copying the Scriptures onto the page. Copying the Scriptures develops a bond of solidarity between the reader and the transformative Word of God.
Furthermore, the questions on the left side of the page serve as a vehicle for taking the Book of Acts in its historical and theological context. In other words, the questions to push the reader to see how the Book of Acts fits in relationship to other books of the Bible (Gospels), and how the Gospel records fill out our information about certain events and characters found in the Book of Acts. We cannot get away from the seeing Acts in connection with both Luke and the Gospel stories about the life, ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus.
The only drawback that I have of this Journible is the size. If the journal were a bit larger, I think it would be easier to copy the text of Acts onto the page. Yet, this criticism says nothing of the great value of this resource.
Thanks to Cross Focused Reviews and Reformation Heritage Books for the review copy of this book in exchange for review.