Memorizing the Bible is a lost skill and often considered tedious and difficult. With this in mind, Friedman’s book “How to memorize scriptures quickly and easily” presents a refreshing perspective on scripture memorization.
Freidman offers a great deal of practical memorization strategies that are based on these three learning styles for those who learn best by visual, auditory or kinesthetic methods. Using positive attitude and effort, you can achieve your memorization goals!
Memorizing scripture is a great way to meditate on God’s word and grow in your faith. It’s also incredibly rewarding! Whether you want to memorize a single verse or an entire book of the Bible, there are many different techniques that will help make this process easier. Here are some helpful tips for learning scripture quickly and easily:
How to Memorize Scripture Quickly and Easily
1. Place the verse where you will see it often on an index card.
Display the verse on an index card or piece of paper where you will see it often. The bathroom mirror is an excellent place to post your scripture memory verse so that every time you brush your teeth or shave at night, you can read it over and over again as you brush your teeth or shave. You may also put the verse you’re trying to memorize on your nightstand or dresser top so that you can read it as you get ready for bed and reflect on what you learned that day.
It might also help you to write out a few of these verses on scrap paper and place them around your house as reminders—in drawers, on countertops, etc.—to help keep them fresh in your mind when you are dealing with things such as food preparation and cleaning up after meals.
2. Store the verse in a notebook, or on your computer or tablet.
Depending on how you want to store the verse, you can keep it in a notebook, computer, or tablet. Using an app to memorize scripture is an excellent option if you use a laptop or tablet – there are a lot of apps out there that can help you memorize scripture. It is also possible for you to use a journal if this is more convenient for you. You may do so if you prefer a physical copy of the passage (maybe to print off and post on your fridge!
3. Speak the words out loud.
- Let’s hear these words out loud.
- Make sure you speak the words out loud in a variety of places.
- When you have memorized a scripture passage, read it aloud to different people (for example, if you learned a scripture about loving others, read it to your wife and children).
- How you say these passages out loud should incorporate your voice inflection and rhythm into how you tell them.
4. Read the verse aloud multiple times daily until you have memorized it.
As the Bible states in 2 Corinthians 3:6, “the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life” (2 Corinthians 3:6). To put it simply, reading scripture alone won’t help you remember it unless you speak it out loud using your breath when you do it.
When you read aloud, you give your brain a chance to interact with the text in various ways, increasing the likelihood that you will retain what you read and make it easier to memorize. At the first level, the word is heard as a sound, which enables us to comprehend what we are reading and assists us in making connections between the sounds of the terms and their respective meanings.
The second level entails speaking in our minds as we read. This allows us to reach a depth of understanding that we may not be able to access through just listening to what we have just read or even mentally thinking about what we have just read without saying anything out loud. When you use imagery-based memory techniques with these two types of engagement, you can make them even more powerful.
5. Meditate on the meaning of the verse, and think about how God is speaking to you through this passage.
Ask yourself how this passage relates to your life as you read your daily verses. Consider whether there is anything in it that God is personally communicating to you. If there is, write down what He tells you to write down and circle the verse on a piece of paper. When you reread the passage, these notes will remind you of what God told you before. By asking questions like these, you can make the meaning of Scripture more personal by relating it to your own life.
6. Use different methods for learning different verses to keep things interesting.
To keep things interesting, you can memorize different verses using various techniques.
For instance, consider the following methods if you are trying to memorize numerous passages at once:
- Use mental imagery to help you visualize what the verse is saying and make it more vivid in your mind.
- Try memorizing in chunks; break up larger pieces into smaller pieces so that they’re easier to remember.
- Use visualization techniques such as seeing yourself standing on a stage and speaking out loud or seeing yourself walking through a forest and talking with God about something specific from the verse (such as how He feels about something). These visualizations will help make sure that you understand what is being said by each individual word in the verse.
Personal Thoughts: First of all, I have to say that I am a big fan of Freidaman’s writing style. As well as being positive and encouraging, he has a very God-centered approach to life. As a parent, I am looking forward to helping my children learn their Bible memory work for their school and church classes by using some of the techniques that I learned in this book. A special feature of his book is the abundance of personal pronouns that he uses throughout. Overall, I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in reading. You will find this book to be of great practical value in enhancing your spiritual life for many, many years to come.
The Friedman Technique of Memorizing Scriptures
Visual techniques by Freidman
To recall the verse, use pictures and images. When you hear a lyric, make an effort to visualize an idea that will aid in memory. If you’re memorizing Philippians 4:13, for instance, think of yourself lifting weights at the gym while wearing extra-strong gloves, then punching the clock till it stops with your bare hands. You are more durable than steel! That is how strong God is.
The verse should be written on an index card and put somewhere you will see it often. Write poems or passages of verses down on notecards and display them around your home or carry them with you wherever you go—in a wallet or handbag, for instance—if you have difficulties remembering them. Use the “Scripture Memorization” notepad to keep track of these cards. The main focus of this discussion will be how much time has been set aside every week for Scripture memorization.
Auditory techniques by Freidman
Listening to audio recordings of the passage.
Use this strategy if you want the simplest and most common results. As you read along, you listen to an audio recording of your passage. Reading along with the recording is essential, not just listening passively (unless it’s your only option). When you read along with a friend who has already memorized the passage, you can use this method to understand any difficult words and concepts that may be difficult for you because they are familiar with what they’ve heard before!
Even more advanced readers can use more than one method: listening while reading along and making notes while reading each verse (if there are too many words). Once you take those notes, you can organize them neatly in other software programs like Evernote so that all links are unified and appropriately connected without needing to go outside these programs.”
kinesthetic techniques by Freidman
In Dr. Friedman’s opinion, your body and hands can play a crucial role in helping you remember scripture. Making a physical object from the verse you’re memorizing is one way. Saying the verse aloud while holding a heart-shaped finger in front of your face (or having someone else hold it for you) might be a good idea if the verse is about love. In the second method, actual gestures are used during memorization-for example, holding up one hand when reciting John 3:16 or putting both hands together in prayer when reciting Romans 8:28-30.
Take a look at either or both of these methods to see if they work for you!
Memorizing scripture can be fun and rewarding with practice!
During the process of memorizing scripture, keep in mind that it takes time and effort. Investing time and effort into memorization will yield results if we invest the necessary time and effort. Don’t give up! It may take weeks or months for some people. Hard work pays off when you see the results.
In conclusion, learning scripture can be a fun and rewarding experience. There are many different methods for memorizing scripture, so we encourage you to try different ones until you find one that works best for you!