The Book of James

My junior year of college I started memorizing the Biblical book of James with one of my dearest friends, Amanda.  We honestly didn’t get very far.   I think I made it through verse 8 of chapter one and then that was it.  I don’t remember how far Amanda got.  It had all been inspired by my reading the (non-Biblical) book Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury set in an age where “firemen” search houses and set fire to any books they might find there.  The rest of the story is a little muddy, but I remember that there is a scene where this band of rag-tag “rebels” discloses to the main character that they are each a book…meaning that each person in the group has memorized an entire book so that it might be preserved despite the physical destruction of paper copies of books.  That, coupled with the following portion of Psalm 119 (which I LOVE is called “Beth”)

Psalm 119:9-11

New International Version (NIV)

   ב Beth

9 How can a young person stay on the path of purity?
By living according to your word.
10 I seek you with all my heart;
do not let me stray from your commands.
11 I have hidden your word in my heart
that I might not sin against you.

made me decide that I wanted to memorize an entire book of the Bible.  and James has always been my favorite.  So i picked James.  And then only got through verse 8.


Fast forward from sophomore year of college to present day.  Amanda and I find ourselves living exactly half a mile apart in a city 7 hours northeast from where we went to college.  And this past month she emailed me wondering if I’d be up for doing the newly released Beth Moore Bible study on none other than the book of James.  So we met for the first time this past Wednesday night and delved into the background of the author of this fantastic book and decided we’d take Beth’s challenge (both Psalm 119 Beth, and Beth Moore!) and memorize the book…this time finishing it!  What a sweet chance to finish what we started eight years ago!  We’re very excited.  So it’s on my list.  22. Memorize the book of James  and I’m thankful to have the accountability of Amanda and three other girls to memorize along with me.  (and if you want more information on the Bible study we’re reading through, you can find the materials available on Lifeway’s website here!)

In other news…..hubby and I are only FOUR days away from celebrating our second wedding anniversary!  We are so excited!  We decided to beat the cold-dark-rainy weather in Nashville by taking a cruise to celebrate!  We’ll be joined by his brother, sister-in-law, 2 nieces, and his mom & step-dad….i do feel a tad sorry for any business travelers that end up on our flight! (that’s right….we’re going six wide and two in front on the plane flight there!) So, that means that I’ll be incommunicado for the next week or so and my lovely co-blogger will be flying solo!  She has lots up her sleeve she assures me, so stay tuned!

Question: Have any of you ever memorized anything lengthy like a book of the Bible? or the entire US constitution or an hour-long one man play?  Any tips for how I should tackle this?  I’d love to hear!

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2 responses to “The Book of James”

  1. Joy Patton says :

    One verse at a time:) I tried memorizing the book of Philippians, but I had to stop because every time I worked on it I had visions of reciting on stage for the whole church. Delusions of grandeur that fed my pride. Currently I have some “pet” Psalms that I memorize/meditate on each morning during my walk. I use YouVersion on my iPhone. I have a different chapter to work on each day I walk. I commend the effort. I decided it was important to memorize scripture while I still has a brain young enough to do so:) It is definitely worth it!

  2. Momma Daniel says :

    As I’ve probably told you once or twice, I had daily memory and weekly memory as a child – scripture, hymns, creeds, etc. etc. and then such poems as Paul Revere’s Ride and The Highwayman. I think I burned out some of my memory banks by the time I was 14, but managed to memorize lengthy detailed answers for essay questions I knew would be on final exams AND about 8 hours worth of “comps” essays. THINK about the meaning of each verse and how each section expands or adds to the previous one. OR formulate your own questions for each chapter, based on the verses themselves and then answer them. Hope that helps. (Hey, but don’t ask me what I had for dinner last night!)

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