Taking the word to heart

Almost twenty years ago, Nancy Taylor made a commitment to memorize one verse of scripture a week for 52 weeks, with the goal of quoting all 52 verses at the conclusion of that year.  Never could she have conceived what God had in store for her through this simple commitment to hide His Word in her heart.

 Taking the Word to Heart guides readers through five essential, yet practical, steps to not only memorize scripture, but to grip it tightly enough to cause life transformation. Readers will discover that the purpose of memorizing scripture is not for discipline sake only, but for gaining a greater knowledge of God, developing an obedient heart and a life of trust in God through practically living out the hidden Word.  

What people are saying about Taking the Word to Heart

"Taking the Word to Heart will not only deepen your love for God’s Word, it will cause you to hunger to know more of it and will equip you to effectively memorize it and confidently speak it."

Carolyn O'Neal
Director of Women's Ministry, Houston's First Baptist Church


"The longer I walk with Christ and help others do the same, the more convinced I am of how critical it is that I hide God’s Word in my heart (Psalm 119:11). As I ‘meditate on it day and night’ (Joshua 1:8), its impact on my own life and transformation is unparalleled. Nancy’s book Taking the Word to Heart has helped not only me but those I disciple to better make this a reality. This book encourages, equips, and empowers disciples and disciplemakers to make Scripture memory a practical part of our Christian walk."

Margaret Fitzwater
Co-Director, Navigator Church Ministries, The Navigators

"Without a doubt, Scripture memory is the heartbeat of Nancy Taylor. It is God’s Word that sustains, motivates and captivates us. Nancy does a tremendous job giving ‘the nuts and bolts’ along with the inspiration to place God’s Word in our hearts. You can trust this book to challenge and lead you closer to the Lord."

Gregg Matte
Senior Pastor, Houston's First Baptist Church


"In Taking the Word to Heart Nancy does an amazing job of inviting you to taste and experience the transforming power of God’s Word. There is nothing more important than memorizing and meditating on Scripture, and this is, by far, the best and most practical book on the subject I have ever read. I’ve known Nancy for several decades and Scripture permeates her heart."

Billy Beacham
Founder and President of Student Discipleship Ministries
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