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Stones of Remembrance (Book Review)


By Benjamin H. Liles

          When I read this book it read to me like a promise book. I don't just believe Daniel Amen's words that in living out the words of the Bible will help memory, but also elevate your quality of life. It has been proven that if you want to get some where you have to start walking. So it is with memorization, meditation, and in living out a rich and qualitative life in Jesus (sorry for big words). In other words, when we memorize scripture, when bad moments come we can walk through relatively unscathed and worse for wear as God's word is imprinted on our hearts.

          It takes a lot of effort and time committing scripture to memory, but it is hugely beneficial to do so. Just as we all memorize certain things for our jobs, for our relationships, and to advance in our careers, memorizing truly important things shows where our hearts lay. That's one thing I didn't see Dr. Amen say, but I'm saying it on his behalf. In my experience, with my walk in Christ, if I want to show Him that He is mine, I need and ought to put forth the effort of remembering the things He said and live my life as though it was His.

          The result is a changed life. Paul said, "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God" (Romans 12:2, Berean Study). I want my life to show I belong to Christ. It doesn't mean I won't experience pain, suffering, heartache, heart break or the moment in which I sin. It means God is so in my heart, my mind, my soul, that regardless what happens He is with me. It coincides with what God told the patriarchs of our faith: "Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you" (Genesis 28:15).

          We want to see a God who exists? Commit some of the things He said to your heart, and in those moments you feel you can't see or hear from Him, guess what will happen? He'll prove Himself all over again, just as He said He would. Look to Deuteronomy--Deuteronomy 31:6--where God tells Moses the same thing He told Abraham in Genesis. The writer of Hebrews expresses the same thing once again as well in Hebrews 13:5. It just goes to show we can have our own memorial of where we have been and come from, just as Daniel Amen describes in his little book Stones of Remembrance.

          I have received a copy of this book from Tyndale Blog Network for an objective and honest review.