Monday, May 21, 2018

Journible: The 17:18 Series by Rob Wynalda & Joel Beeke + A GIVEAWAY

About these Books

Title: Journible: The 17:18 Series  

Author: Robert Wynalda (a local businessman) and Dr. Joel R. Beeke (President of Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary)  

Genre: Non-fiction, Bible study tool  

Release Date: Series released in 2009

Why the 17:18 series? In Deuteronomy 17, Moses is leaving final instructions concerning the future of Israel. As a prophet of God, Moses foretells of when Israel will place a king over the nation (v. 14). In verse 18, the king is commanded to not simply acquire a copy of the law (the entire book of Deuteronomy) from the scroll publishing house, but to hand write his own copy of the law. Thirty-four hundred years later, educators are discovering that students that physically write out their notes by hand have a much greater retention rate than simply hearing or visually reading the information. Apparently, God knew this to be true of the kings of Israel also. From such understanding came the conception of this series of books.

How to Use These Books Each book is organized so that you can write out your very own copy of Scripture. You will be writing the Bible text only on the right hand page of the book. This should make for easier writing and also allows ample space on the left page to write your own notes and comments. From time to time a question or word will be lightly printed on the left page; these questions are to aid in further study, but should not interfere with your own notes and comments.
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My Review

A wonderful way to learn scripture!

I have to admit that the idea of writing out a book of the bible for myself intrigued me a lot. I was curious as to how this book would be arranged and would there be enough space to write everything. When the book arrived I took some time to look through it and discover the layout. They have the verse numbers marked on the right-hand pages. I was very pleased to find that even though I write fairly large I had plenty of room even for the longer verses.

I think though that the thing I enjoyed the most was the questions posed on the left-hand pages. They got me to really spend time pondering the meaning of what I was writing. This really helped me to come to a deeper understanding of the book of John than I had gotten from just reading it.

I am giving this great little journal a rating of 5 stars. I do recommend it.

I received a complimentary copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. I have chosen to write this review to express my personal opinion.

About the Author

Dr. Joel R. Beeke is president and professor of systematic theology and homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, a pastor of the Heritage Netherlands Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan, editor of Banner of Sovereign Grace Truth, editorial director of Reformation Heritage Books, president of Inheritance Publishers, and vice-president of the Dutch Reformed Translation Society. He has written, co-authored, or edited seventy books (most recently, A Puritan Theology: Doctrine for Life, Living Zealously, Friends and Lovers: Cultivating Companionship and Intimacy in Marriage, Getting Back Into the Race: The Cure for Backsliding, Parenting by God’s Promises: How to Raise Children in the Covenant of Grace, Living for the Glory of God: An Introduction to Calvinism, Meet the Puritans, Contagious Christian Living, Calvin for Today, Developing a Healthy Prayer Life, and Taking Hold of God), and contributed 2,000 articles to Reformed books, journals, periodicals, and encyclopedias. His Ph.D. is in Reformation and Post-Reformation theology from Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia). He is frequently called upon to lecture at seminaries and to speak at Reformed conferences around the world. He and his wife Mary have been blessed with three children: Calvin, Esther, and Lydia.

The 17:18 Series

Blog Stops

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Book by Book, May 21
Genesis 5020, May 23
amandainpa, May 24
Bigreadersite, May 24
Multifarious, May 27


To celebrate the tour, Reformation Heritage Books is giving away a grand prize of the entire set of New Testament Journibles!!

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Disclaimer: *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*


  1. I enjoyed your review. I love the new way to journal. Thanks fir being part of the tour.

  2. Debbie,

    After seeing these on tour, I sought them out at my local Christian bookstore. They look very well made and I think they are something that we could pass down to our children.
    Have you completed the journal you have? If not, do you think you will?


    1. Hi Amanda, I haven't finished mine yet. I have arthritis in my hands so it is slow going. I do plan on finishing it though.