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by Dieter Randolph
Having your own copy of the Bible is vital. You probably have one (or more) in your house right now, and there’s nothing wrong with starting with whatever version and translation you’re used to. As you’ve probably noticed, we use the New American Standard Bible (NASB) around here; if you’re going to buy a new Bible, that’s a great choice.
I really love my Skinii Bible; it’s perfect for carrying around with me wherever I go.
There are a lot of excellent Bible smartphone apps. My current favorite is NeuBible.
BibleGateway.com is a nice online resource, as well.
It’s really important to keep a journal. Jenny and I are Traveler’s Journal devotees (more about that here, if you really want to geek out), and I almost always have a Field Notes memo book in my back pocket, but there are no wrong answers here. As long as you’re putting pen to paper, you’re in good shape; anything that works for you is the right answer.
Some folks like to use their computers and/or phones to keep a journal; I use Editorial for that kind of thing, but there’s nothing like ink and paper for me.
Speaking of which, a good pen will really help. I use a very silly fountain pen for my Sunday lessons, but I always have a Space Pen in my bag, too.
When you combine attention, intention, and action, you’ll start to grow in wonderful ways, and along the way you’ll find books, apps, and techniques that work for you. Here are some of ours:
(book) Lessons in Truth - this book will change your life, and serves as our secondary textbook, right after the Bible.
(books) Charles Fillmore’s Christian Healing and Prosperity are illuminating, inspirational, and incredibly important. Whereas Lessons in Truth outlines “big picture” issues, these next two books talk about how they apply within the individual and in everyday life, respectively.
(app) Todoist - I use this to-do app to keep myself on track in general, and to set daily reminders to read, write, work on my Sunday lessons, and, most importantly, to pray.
(books) Slow Church: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus, A Bigger Table: Building Messy, Authentic, and Hopeful Spiritual Community, and Life’s Too Short to Pretend You’re not Religious — we’ve done, and continue to do, a tremendous amount of research in order to make sure that Water and Stone is the church we want to go to, but these three books really helped us figure out how to get started.
Of course, I’d love for you to take a look at our book Branching In: The Journey from Alone to All-One. Writing the book changed our lives, and I hope that reading it will make a difference for you, too. You can find out more about Branching In by going to the book’s website, BranchingIn.com.