Topical Memory System Life Issues
More than just a Memorization Tool
Topical Memory System Life Issues
By The Navigators / NAV Press
When you need strength to face tough times, where should you turn? God's Word! Newly revised, this collection provides you with a reservoir of wisdom as you glean insights from 12 well-known Christian authors and memorize 72 Scripture passages on anger, guilt, perfectionism, sexuality, money, and more. Kit includes a 128-page Life Issues manual, 48 verse cards, and a plastic holder.
I was a little concerned about this book when I signed up for it. I figured it would be academic in its approach after all it came with verse cards. However, what I found was something much more useful. The book does provide verse cards but it also gives practical steps on how to memorize scripture. The basic stuff that we've probably all heard before. They also take that huge step of giving guidelines about how to know God's will, again, solid Biblical foundation.
It's what they offered next that I loved. Each chapter tackles an issues that are faced every day. One chapter talks about our self-imagine, including how we should view ourselves. Once you finish the chapter the authors list what scriptures that one should memorize. It makes the scripture memorization much more real. It's not just memorize this scriptures and here's how, but they give you the WHY! Struggling with depression? There's a chapter about depression. It talks about the downward spiral that many of us have faced. With well told stories of others who have experienced the disillusionment that leads to discouragement that finally lands us in depression. The chapter ends with the reminder that there is no condemnation. Then again questions to mediate upon and scripture. One of the things I love about the Navigators is it all revolves around the Word of God.
The other reason I like this book is I work on a college campus I interact with students almost daily. This book provides me a resource on how to encourage them in their daily lives. It gives me scripture to pray over them with. I see this book as a wonderful resource for pastors and lay leaders alike. Actually I think it's a good resource for every Christian. God's Word is truly our lifeline in this world.
Thank you to NavPress for the opportunity to read this book and give a review. I wish I could say I have all the scripture cards committed to memory, I don't. I hope to some day. But regardless, I have a book that is a wonderful tool to encourage myself and those that God may bring along my path.
January 17, 2011
By far the best system for topical memory
This system is a set of topical memory scripture cards, that fit into a small card holder that can be tucked into your wallet or purse. It also comes complete with a workbook, (though the Topical Memory System Life Issues Memory Verse Cards can be purchases separately).
I love how it categorizes scriptures by topic. The Ã¢ÂÂLife IssueÃ¢ÂÂ topics are so important to cover Ã¢ÂÂ I mean we all go through them, and having scriptures at hand, ready to use when we face these issues is so very important! These neat little cards group scripture together, so you can pull them up when you need them. As well, they come in several different versions of the Bible ( NIV, NASB, KJV, NKJV, ESV, and NLT)!
The Life Issues set covers the topics such as anger, depression, sex, stress, guilt, self-image, suffering, love, and sin.
I wasnÃ¢ÂÂt sure about the workbook, but after I went through it, I really enjoyed it. It really has some great examples and helps you understand why the verses that go with them are so important for that topic/subject of angst.
I would highly recommend this system to anyone who wants to learn GodÃ¢ÂÂs Word and hide it in their heart! You can put the little case and keep them in your purse/wallet Ã¢ÂÂ Great for memorizing while you are waiting in doctors offices. or lines, or what-not, without having to drag around your Bible with you. Personally, I loved that there was an abundance of verses on each subject Ã¢ÂÂ a few I knew, but some that I didnÃ¢ÂÂt realize pertained to that subject. Having them categorized with the subject on the top of the card makes it very easy for recalling when needed.
Who should try this system?
EVERYONE! Yes! This would be fabulous for a Bible study group to do together, or just for yourself personally. ItÃ¢ÂÂs great for new Christians, and itÃ¢ÂÂs great for Christians who just need more organization! By far the best system IÃ¢ÂÂve seen for topical memory!
*review copy provided for my honest opinion.
November 21, 2010
Simple and Practical
NavPress's Topical Memory System consists of a course workbook with an introduction to memorization and meditation of Scripture and twelve essays by various authors on topics that most people struggle with. Topics include knowing God's will, self-image, dealing with sin, guilt, perfectionism, anger, depression, sexuality, money, stress, suffering, and love. The other component is a book of memory verse cards and a card holder. The cards are perforated so you can you easily separate them and put them into the holder. Each topic has six memory verses written in six versions, so hopefully your version of choice is included.
What a wonderful resource! I know I need to memorize Scripture, but I find it somewhat difficult. This book gives simple, practical helps that I feel certain will make things a little easier. The essays were helpful to gain biblical perspective on each of the twelve issues. Additionally, the questions at the end of each chapter helped me really digest what I studied in the Scriptures. The system is set up in a way where you can master this discipline as long as you are just that ... disciplined. This would be a great book to work through with an accountability partner or small group or even your spouse.
The following quote pretty much sums up the basis for the rest of the book:
"The most substantial way to solve your deepest problems is to take them to God in prayer and to find His solutions in Scripture. In prayer, we call out to the living God from the depths of our soul; in Scripture memory and meditation, we find that God is calling us from the depths of His living Word. ... Both memory and meditation are vitally important. Scripture memory puts God's Word in your mind. Prayerful meditation puts God's Word in your mind. Having the mind of God directing your life can really help you overcome your anxieties" (pg. 6).
I received a free copy of this book from NavPress in exchange for my fair and honest review.
October 25, 2010