Stones of Remembrance

I have an awful memory. Usually I refer to it with a laugh as mommy brain, but the truth is, even when I laugh about it, my inability to remember even basic things is pretty depressing. So I was immediately attracted to “Stones of Remembrance”, which promises to specifically help the reader with memorization, and more broadly with general brain health. 

The book is broken down into three sections: twelve spiritual disciplines for improving your memory, twelve verses to remember in various life circumstances, and twelve verses every Christian should know. 

I found the first section to be filled with good reminders about how to live a well-balanced life. It was a good check-in on concepts that weren’t necessarily ground breakingly new in this book, but still vitally important to remember.

The second section was great. I will absolutely keep this book on my nightstand just so I can reference this section again and again. It broke encouraging Bible verses down by what specific season of life you find yourself in. Whether you are happy, depressed, scared, tired, or thankful, there is a section with twelve appropriate verses listed out for you to meditate on. This was great.

The third and last section held verses that many readers are likely to already know. I expected the choices to be a little more surprising, but they are definitely the “greatest hits” of scripture, from John 3:16 to 1 Corinthians 13. Still a great read even if you know them, although the version of scripture used (New Living Translation) made them all slightly different from the famous versions I’ve memorized.

Overall, this book was a quick read which I plan to revisit often. I would love to commit every verse in this book to heart and mind over time because I know I will need and use them as I walk through different seasons of life. Just like when the Israelites took stones from the Jordan River to remember the promises of God, I plan to keep this book around so I too can hold on to those promises.

* Please note that Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.