Have You Tried Verse Mapping?

Have you heard about Verse Mapping? 

Have you even tried it yourself? 

Verse Mapping is a Bible study process developed by author Kristy Cambron. She first introduced the process a few years ago, and I've been watching as it's taken off, but admittedly, haven't tried it myself. With the release of the new Verse Mapping Bible, I thought I'd give it a try. 

With the snow last week, I literally did not get mail for a week. It came Sunday, but I didn't realize because who checks mail on Sunday. I have been running in circles with deadlines and working late nights since I pulled it out of the box on Monday, so I haven't been able to start mapping yet. 

The Official Verse Mapping Bible 4-1-1:

Verse mapping means getting real about studying the Bible. More than simply reading a verse or Scripture passage, verse mapping uses Bible study tools to research what you’ve read---to learn about what God is saying and how you can apply his Word to your life. The NIV Verse Mapping Bible includes 350 partially completed verse maps to get you started.

Verse mapping is a way to go beyond just reading the Bible.

Verse mapping means getting real about studying the Bible. More than simply reading a verse or Scripture passage, verse mapping means using Bible study tools to research what you’ve just read in the Bible—to learn more about what God is saying to you and how you can apply his Word to your life today.

In the NIV Verse Mapping Bible, Kristy Cambron (author and creator of the Verse Mapping studies) expands her verse mapping curriculum series to include verses from the entire Bible, showing you how to compare Bible translations, pick out meaningful words, and delve into the true meaning of each verse using starter verse maps and prompts. Verse mapping will help you study the historical context, transliteration, translation, connotation, and theological framework of a verse. This unique study technique includes exploring Hebrew and Greek word studies, finding connections in Scripture, comparing Bible translations, and learning as much as you can from your time in God’s Word. 

Verse mapping involves five steps:
  1. Choose: Select a verse and write it out.
  2. Compare: Record this verse in two or three other Bible translations and underline key words that are the same or different between translations.
  3. Research: Look up the Hebrew or Greek meaning for the underlined words and record it.
  4. Consider: Ask questions of the verse. Imagine what it would be like to have experienced what’s happening. Read the verses surrounding this verse and use other study tools to dig even deeper, if you prefer.
  5. Apply: What is God saying to you? How does this verse relate to your life today?

Why you should check it out yourself...

Like I said, I just got the Bible in the mail and haven't had a chance to start mapping yet. I really the principle and want to dig in. I think it's a great way to dig in deeper to scripture alongside daily Bible reading or even incorporating with other studies you may 

All you really need to for verse mapping is your own Bible and pen and paper, but Kristy Cambron and Zondervan make it really easy for you. At versemapping.com, you can:
  • Download the verse map template to print out and use for your own mapping
  • Learn more about the process
  • Find links to the Verse Mapping community. There is a Facebook Community where fellow mappers exchange ideas and tips as well as support one another. 
  • Details about the Luke and Acts Bible studies and video series
  • Information on the Verse Mapping Journal
  • Order one of Bibles which comes with different colors -- there are also versions for girls ages 8-12
If you don't know where to start with mapping, the Bible is a terrific tool because it has suggested verses started for you. Not only does the Bible have maps started for you, each page has plenty of room in the lined margins for notes of your own. The Bible lays flat to make it easier to write in. 

Would you like to have a copy of your own? There's a giveaway going on so that you can get a copy!

Disclosure: I received a copy from FrontGateMedia for review, but was not obligated to write a positive review.