For some Christians, Bible memorization is an important activity. Penguin Random House released an app that could help some with memory work.
Bible Verses by Heart is based on a 2013 app called Poems by Heart from Penguin Classics. Both aim to help users memorize important works.
The Bible version is a free download that comes with three Bible passages. Another 21 passages are available for purchase. It is available for the iPhone or iPad.
Passages are labeled with five stages of difficulty. The three free passages are all listed as easy. They are Ruth 1:16-17, where Ruth pledges loyalty to her mother-in-law Naomi, and Matthew 6:9-13, the Lord’s Prayer, both quoted from the New King James; and John 1:1-5, the passage about the Word became flesh, quoted from the King James Version.
The app displays the verse and allows the user to hear it recited by a male or female voice. It allows users to record their own recitation and to share the file via email and SoundCloud.
Tapping the Learn This icon leads to a fill-in-the-blank game. High scores are recognized by the app.
“We wanted Bible Verses by Heart to appeal not only to people who love the Bible and want to memorize key Scriptures, but also to casual readers interested in knowing more about it — i.e., those who see the Bible referenced in literature, the news and in popular culture, and would like a better understanding of the Bible’s verses, selections and stories,” said Joel Fotinos, a licensed minister and the publisher of Tarcher Books, a Penguin Random House imprint.
He said, “Since these are poetic selections, we weren’t trying to create a ‘Cliff’s Notes’ version. Nor did we want to choose only inspiring verses.
“Rather, we picked selections that would add to a person’s Bible literacy. When someone memorizes these passages, they gain a greater appreciation of how pervasive these verses are in our culture.
“Eventually, we hope to record and include more selections from the Bible to keep this project expanding and evolving.”
Speaking of memorizing verses, consider memorizing a Bible passage about giving thanks this month.
Searching the New International Version at biblegateway.com, one finds 30 verses that have the word thanksgiving. Shortening that to thanks increases the results to 133 results.
The “thanksgiving” verses include two where the Israelites gave thanks to God during building projects.
At the laying of the foundation of the temple, this is noted about the priests: “With praise and thanksgiving they sang to the Lord: ‘He is good; His love toward Israel endures forever.’ ”
“At the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem, the Levites were sought out from where they lived and were brought to Jerusalem to celebrate joyfully the dedication with songs of thanksgiving and with the music of cymbals, harps and lyres.”
Psalms is filled with thanks. Here are three verses:
“I will praise God’s name in song and glorify Him with thanksgiving.”
“Let us come before Him with thanksgiving and extol Him with music and song.”
“Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name.”
The New Testament continues the theme of thanks. Here are two examples.
2 Corinthians 9:10-12
“Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.”
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”