1.  “Knowing God” by J. I. Packer (Overview of theology)

2.  “The Westminster Confession of Faith” (Summary of Reformed Doctrine)

3.  “Mere Christianity” by C. S. Lewis (Classic on apologetics)

4.  “Religious Affections” by Jonathan Edwards or “God’s Passion For His Glory”  John Piper on Jonathan Edwards (Having a heart for God)

5.  “Knowing Scripture” by R.C. Sproul (How to interpret the Bible)

6.  “If You Want to Walk on Water You Have to Get Out of the Boat” by John Ortberg     (Faith)

7.  “Reason For God”  by Tim Keller (Sharing your faith in today’s world)

8.  “A Praying Life”  by Paul Miller (Prayer)

9.  “The Explicit Gospel”  by Matt Chandler (The importance of gospel-centered living)

10.  “Everyday Prayers”  by Scotty Smith (365 days of devotions)



Psalm 119:105 says, “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.”  Psalm 1 describes the “blessed man” as one whose, “delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.”

I have been personally blessed by the experience of memorizing Scripture.  To have Scripture verses memorized is to have a wonderful, accessible source of encouragement and power from God.

Because I personally have difficulty memorizing, I have found that it is much easier through the use of associations.  The “ABC Method” of memorizing Scripture uses the well-tested association of the sequential order of the letters of the alphabet as an aid to memorization.  Although the verses will usually begin with a letter in alphabetical order, sometimes just a key word in alphabetical order will be used.  Additionally each of the four sets of ABC verses is associated with a major theme in Scripture.

A commentary on the meaning of the verse and a prayer applying that verse will be included to all for better understanding and application.

Each person may have their own method of memorization but I have found the following methods useful.


  1. Read the verse out loud several times and then try to say it out loud from memory.
  2. Write the verse on paper over and over again.
  3. Write the verse on a file card with the letter and reference on the opposite side.  Test yourself.
  4. Put the card in your Bible or devotional reading and review.
  5. Test yourself just before going to sleep at night.

I pray that you will find the verses in the weeks ahead to be a great encouragement to your faith and give you joy in your walk with God.


God bless you,

Herb Ruby