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Making time to read the Bible everyday can be hard. Meet the world's first HABIT-FORMING Bible study system for busy Christians.
Making time to read the Bible everyday can be hard. Meet the world's first HABIT-FORMING Bible study system for busy Christians.
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What is the Scribe Bible Journal?

The SCRIBE Bible Journal is a daily four question Bible study format that uses "IF-THEN" planning to help Christians automate their quiet times and grow closer to God.

The Journal
The Journal

The Problem

Most Christians want to have a closer, more intimate relationship with God. 

But finding time to pray, read and meditate on Scripture every day can be hard.

Life is busy. 

As a result, our relationships are negatively affected because we’re not taking advantage of the means God uses to grow us in Christlikeness. 

We feel as though we’re letting God down. We become disappointed in ourselves, feel anxious and sometimes alone. 

This makes us feel further disconnected from the One who gave us eternal life.

The Solution

Introducing the SCRIBE Bible Journal, the world's first habit-forming Bible study system for busy Christians (backed by science).

SCRIBE helps you cultivate the quiet time habit in three easy steps:

Step 1: Plan your quiet time the night before.

Plan the night before
Plan the night before

Well over 100 studies have shown that deciding in advance when and where you will take specific actions to reach your goal can double or triple your chances of success.

Motivational scientists call this technique “IF-THEN” Planning or implementation intentions.

“IF-THEN” plans take the form of: IF X happens THEN I will do Y.

In our case it could be IF it is 7pm and the baby is asleep THEN I will read Matthew 13.

Step 2: Do your quiet times 

Scribe uses a modified version of the S.O.A.P Bible study method to encourage deep thinking about what you’ve read in Scripture and connect the teaching to your life.

The Daily Layout
The Daily Layout
  • SCRIPTURE - Write down the Bible passage you’re studying. 
  • OBSERVATION & INTERPRETATION – Write down what you observe in the text. Then write down what it means.                              
  • APPLICATION – Write down how this Scripture applies to your life. 
  • PRAYER – Write out a prayer to God.

Step 3: Track and Reflect

Scribe offers various ways to track your progress.

You can do it daily via the 40 Day Challenge Tracking Bar at the bottom of the Daily Layout.

The 40 Day Challenge
The 40 Day Challenge

And on a weekly basis through the Weekly Review.

The Weekly Review
The Weekly Review

Once a week, you’ll be given the opportunity to reflect on your walk by answering the following questions:

  • What went well this past week?                                                            
  • What didn’t go so well?                                                                        
  • What will you do differently next week/time?

The Benefits

BENEFIT #1 - GROW CLOSER TO GOD & EXPERIENCE PEACE OF MIND

Scripture is clear, in order to grow closer to God we must be reading and meditating on Scripture daily (James 4:2, Psalm 1).

By leveraging the power of "IF-THEN" planning, Scribe will help you double or triple the amount of time you spend in the Word almost effortlessly.

Allie enjoying the Word!
Allie enjoying the Word!

That in turn will help you experience the peace of mind that surpasses understanding.

As Isaiah put it, "You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you." (Isaiah 26:3, ESV).

BENEFIT #2 - BECOME MORE CHRISTLIKE & ENJOY BETTER RELATIONSHIPS

We become more like Christ by beholding His glory.

“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image, from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Corinthians 3:18).

Happier family!
Happier family!

We can learn four things from the above Scripture. 

  • The Bible is a mirror that reflects to us the glory of Christ. 
  •  We are changed into that same image by beholding or contemplating that glory (Wow! Just think about that for a second). 
  • This change happens progressively over time. 
  • This progressive change is effected by the power of the Holy Spirit. 

 So, how do we become more like Christ?  We grow in Christlikeness by meditating on Scripture.

SCRIBE is designed to help you prioritize and implement this transformative contemplation every day until it becomes a habit.

BENEFIT #3 - BE HAPPIER, EXPERIENCE LESS STRESS AND ANXIETY

SCRIBE gives you the daily opportunity to reflect on and write down what makes you grateful to God.

As Christians, we have plenty of reasons for being grateful to God. It turns out that this also has a physiological benefit.

Know what Prozac does? It boosts the neurotransmitter serotonin. 

So does gratitude. Not only does engaging in thoughts of gratitude increase serotonin levels, it also increases dopamine production in your brain while reducing levels of the stress hormone cortisol by as much as 23%.

The Design

From our beautiful design to material sourcing, we set out to create a journal that looks and feels as great as it performs. The cover is made of a high quality cloth fabric that feels great to the touch.

Beautiful Design
Beautiful Design

We went through lots and lots of paper samples and landed on a fine quality acid free white ivory which allows you to use all sorts of pen and ink without bleeding through the page. 

100 GSM Paper, FSC Certified
100 GSM Paper, FSC Certified

At a size of 8.25"x5.5", it is comfortably compact and small enough to travel with you. And it lays flat, seriously. 

Take it with you on the go!
Take it with you on the go!

As to its construction, the journal uses "sewn binding" which is the highest quality book binding available on the market.

It lays flat, seriously!
It lays flat, seriously!

Finally Scribe was designed to be kept. It comes in a box which is meant to be the final resting place for your journal. 

The Keepsake
The Keepsake

You can write on the spine to catalogue the journal, and it looks awesome when you line several up on a shelf.

On a shelf
On a shelf

Specs

8.25"x5.5" Size; 271 Pages 

Cover: High Quality Cloth Fabric  

Interior Pages: 100#, Acid free white ivory color

Font Type: Avenir

The Science

IF-THEN PLANNING

Well over 100 studies have shown that deciding in advance when and where you will take specific actions to reach your goal can double or triple your chances of success.

Dr. Peter Gollwitzer - The Godfather of IF-THEN Planning
Dr. Peter Gollwitzer - The Godfather of IF-THEN Planning

Motivational scientists call this technique “if-then” planning or implementation intentions.

Source: "Combining motivational and volitional interventions to promote exercise participation: protection motivation theory and implementation intentions." By Sarah Milne, Sheina Orbell & Paschal Sheeran. British Journal of Health Psychology, Vol. 7, Issue 2, May 2002.

LONGHAND NOTE TAKING

Why do all of this writing? A recent study by Princeton University psychologist Pam Mueller demonstrates that longhand note-taking helps develop superior comprehension and log what one writes into her long-term memory better. 

"Keyboards are overrated, Cursive is making a comeback."
"Keyboards are overrated, Cursive is making a comeback."

In her study, students who took notes by hand scored between 30 to 50% higher on comprehension and memorization than those who took notes using a laptop.

Source: "The pen is mightier than the keyboard: Advantages of longhand over laptop note taking." By Mueller, Pam A.; Oppenheimer, Daniel M. Psychological Science OnlineFirst. (2004)

GRATITUDE

A 2003 study conducted by Emmons and McCullough explored the psychological and physical effects of gratitude. They found that keeping a daily gratitude journal "contributes to a greater capacity for coping with change, leads to a stronger sense of well-being, reduces your perception of pain, and helps you sleep better."

Allie is HAPPY!
Allie is HAPPY!

We figured we'd add this feature to the journal, not only because God commands us to give thanks, but also to make you feel happier, and therefore, more likely to keep using the journal.

Source: "Counting blessings versus burdens: An experimental investigation of gratitude and subjective well-being in daily life." By Emmons, R. A.; McCullough, M. E. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Vol. 84(2), 2003.

CREATE A SPECIFIC REWARD

The SCRIBE Bible Journal will help you define a specific reward the night before and have you write it down.

The National Weight Control Registry, a project involving more than 6,000 people who’ve lost more than 30 lbs, found that 78% of those successful dieters imagined a specific reward or result they wanted to achieve, which in turn helped them stick to their resolutions.

Source: Duhigg, Charles (2012). The power of habit: Why we do what we do in life and business. Random House.

Who's Responsible?

Me and the family
Me and the family

The SCRIBE Bible Journal was created by me (Yed Anikpo), edited by Jonathan Cavett, designed by Abigail St. Clair, while this page was masterfully put together by Ian Pitkanen

Andrew Brinkmann is our favorite videographer.

Allie Kashevaroff and Ben Mezzenga played the married couple in the video. 

And finally the baby in the video (not pictured above) is Peek, Co-Creator of SCRIBE and our brand new baby boy! 

Thank you for your support!

Risks and challenges

From our experience, production and fulfillment pose the biggest challenges in a Kickstarter campaign.
We are working hard to make sure we fulfill the demand by producing and delivering the notebook according to schedule, so you receive your notebook on time.
To achieve this goal, we have teamed up with a leading printing company that will help us with production and logistics, ensuring you will get your notebook quickly.

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