Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Book Review: Rooted: Scripture Study Journal by Al Carraway

About the Journal:

A first of its kind scripture study journal, the prompts within will help you to increase understanding and receive personal revelation. The thought-provoking questions and guided statements will help you better apply the scriptures to your life and make them more meaningful. Filled with space for notes, favorite verses, goals, answered prayers, and a 365-day reading chart, use any or all of these tools to study the way that works for you. Al Carraway's hope is that this journal will become a tool to deepen your journey in becoming rooted in the Lord.

My Thoughts:

The Rooted: Scripture Study Journal by Al Carraway offers a space for challenging oneself to think deeply about the Scriptures. Two page spreads with approximately 19 short prompts comprise each day’s journaling. Although the author’s sample page shows completion in a single day, no requirement exists to finish all four pages in one sitting or even one day. I prefer to stretch out one full entry over several days.

Because of the time and effort involved, I use Rooted only when the Holy Spirit highlights a specific verse or passage as I’m reading. When I use this journal, it involves me reading the passage daily, sitting with the Scriptures, contemplating the thoughts presented, and responding to the prompts. The questions for response range from analytical (What is happening? What doctrine is being taught?) to subjective, personal responses (What did I think and feel as I read? What questions do I have?) In short, Rooted spurs me to create a personal Bible study based on something that the Holy Spirit has nudged me to meditate on.

A final note: Al Carraway, the author of Rooted: Scripture Study Journal, is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Her introductory material in the book is unapologetically based on her faith choice. However, the journaling pages are ecumenical, suitable for use by people of all Christian faiths.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I was provided a copy of this book by the author or publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.

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