“Along the lines of your encouraging your church family to study God’s Word, my dear friend Kelli Anderson has written a beautiful book called Divine Duct Tape. It is a verse-by-verse study of Luke, in which those studying Scripture can really learn to stop as they read and listen for His voice speaking to their everyday life. It is such an excellent way to get into the Word and learn to study it in context—but it is not overwhelming to those whose lives are very full. I’m thinking of young moms, women working, parents of special needs children, single moms. As a Bible translator who loves deep study of the Word, I find Kelly’s book refreshing and thought-provoking.”
I was copied on the above email a few months ago, which a word-loving (and Word-loving) friend of mine had sent to my pastor, friend, and fellow writer Jason Perry. At the time, I had not read Divine Duct Tape, but I have since received a copy. And I agree with my friend’s assessment in the email above.
I’ve blogged before about why Christians don’t read the Bible, and I’ve confessed my own struggle to stay faithful in this area. I’ve used a number of different tools to help develop my discipline—the Journey, a verse-of-the-day iCal calendar, journaling, blah, blah, blah.
All of these tools are helpful, but I find I need a fresh approach now and then—not because of any weakness in a particular tool itself, but because of my own fickleness.
The difference between Anderson’s book and several other tools I’ve used is that she combines Bible reading, journaling, and personal stories—and she does this verse by verse. The version of her book that I have offers day by day readings and journaling prompts, and at the end of 60 days you’ll have studied only the first five chapters of Luke! My guess is, this technique is particularly helpful for Christians like me who are familiar enough with the Bible that we tend to glaze over what we’re reading, rather than letting it soak in and change us.
I’m also impressed with the quality of Anderson’s book, which I believe is self-published. Not only is it well-written and engaging, but it has a professional cover design and page layout. I appreciate it when freelance writers show respect for their own work by investing in whatever help they need to compete against the resources of a traditional publishing house.
The current devotional tool I’m using (the Journey) has taken me through the whole Bible, one chapter a day for about four years. That Journey will end in a few weeks, and then I plan to begin applying Divine Duct Tape to my devotional life. If you are interested in trying it too, you can buy it from Amazon.com as a paperback or ebook.