My #1 Tip For Helping You Actually LIKE The Bible [Podcast 007]

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I have spent the better part of two decades helping people fall in love with God’s Word. Not just read it (though reading is good). Not just study it (though studying it is good). Not just memorizing it (I prefer “internalize,” but that’s another post altogether).

I want you to LIKE the Bible. To actually enjoy it.

When you like it, you will read it more regularly, study it more deeply, and internalize it more easily.

Today’s episode is devoted to the one tip that more people have told me has helped them than anything else I have ever talked about. (How’s that for building it up?) Smile

The analogy I use throughout the episode is the analogy of watching a movie before studying the scenes. Seems logical. And yet, most of us study the “scenes” in the Bible and never watch the movie.

It makes no sense, but we do it all the time.

In this episode, I unpack three reason why “watching the movie” is the best, most enjoyable way, to read the Bible.

  1. You will enjoy it more. Just like with a novel, reading a page at a time will never lead to a love of the book. In fact, it will lead to boredom, not engagement.
  2. You will enter into the story. I explore what I call the “natural storytelling mode” that our brains kick into when we read larger chunks of the Bible (or anything for that matter).
  3. You will remember it better. Our brains learn in the context of story. We do not learn from the specific…to the specific…to the specific. That leads to boredom, not memory.

Resource of the Week (Listen at 5:33)

ActionBible_3DIf you’ve been around me very long, then you’ve heard me mention The Action Bible (Published by David C. Cook). I am a huge fan of this Bible. Now they have added several other resources. Here they are:

Here’s my 3-minute video review…

Here’s a 2-minute interview with the artist (Sergio Cariello)…

Listener Questions

In this episode, I decided to answer the two most common questions I get whenever I speak on the topic of “Watching the Movie.”

  1. What about the longer books? (Listen at 23:43) Here I encourage you to shift your mindset from reading an amount of content to reading for an amount of time. It changes everything.
  2. Where do I start? (Listen at 27:22) I highly encourage people to start with Philippians or II Timothy. I look at two reasons why these are terrific books to start with.

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The Next Episode:

  • How to Remember What We Read in the Bible. We will unpack Tip #5 from my new book.

What question would you like me to answer on the next episode (or a future episode)?

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About the Author

Keith Ferrin is an author, speaker, blogger, and storyteller who is passionate about helping people read, study, engage, and enjoy the Bible. He was a youth pastor for six years before writing and speaking fulltime. He is the author of three books, including Like Ice Cream: The Scoop on Helping the Next Generation Fall in Love with God’s Word. He and his wife, Kari, have three kids who are the source of both his big smile and gray hair. They live just outside of Seattle. Keith also holds to the belief that coffee and ice cream are proof of a benevolent God.