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'The Bible Memory Man' cometh

MEMORY: Tom Meyer, “The Bible Memory Man,” will recitethe Book of Revelations in its entirety from memory at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, June 23, at Faith Baptist Church, 1303 State Road, 13 West, North Manchester.

by Rob Burgess - rburgess@wabashplaindealer.com

Tom Meyer, “The Bible Memory Man,” has memorized 10 books from the Old Testament and another 10 from the New Testament. And, if you ask him to recite a certain verse, he might not be able to say, but if you cited to him a chapter of one of those books, he can tell you how it goes.

“I don’t want to use up my RAM and my storage and my memory with the smaller divisions,” he said. “I’m just going for the whole thing.”

You can see Meyer reciting the Book of Revelations in its entirety from memory at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, June 23, at Faith Baptist Church, 1303 State Road, 13 West, North Manchester.

“We live in a copy, paste, Facebook, tweet, file, forget kind of world,” he said. “It’s great but we really don’t have to memorize anything anymore. We don’t have to memorize phone numbers, anything, it’s awesome. You just press a button and boom.”

Meyer grew up in Illinois, and went to graduate school at Jerusalem University College. There he lived five minutes from where Solomon’s Temple was and Calvary. Meyer said it was then that he began to learn how to memorize.

“It’s kind of like reading Mozart versus hearing Mozart,” he said. “A lot of people read the Bible everyday, but they don’t read it aloud, and to have someone powerfully recite it from memory, it is just really, really engaging.”

Meyer was calling Thursday from his summer residency at Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky, where he recites the Book of Genesis to the masses from memory. Meyer said he had to be selective when deciding which parts of the Bible to memorize.

“You can only do so much and it takes so long to memorize it,” he said. “I want to memorize and speak from memory parts of the Bible that are really, really relevant to me and my family and what the church needs to hear.”

Meyer said he was far from a natural when it came it memorization.

“If I had a photographic memory, I would lose the film,” he said. “It is very hard for me to memorize. I do have a life. I have four kids. I’m married. Things are great. But, I do spend an hour a day, every day for one month just to memorize one chapter.”

Meyer, who last year wrote “The Memorization Study Bible,” said he uses a personalized method for remembering passages.

“We all learn differently,” he said. “I memorized by writing out the verse and saying it when I write it one at a time that way my mind and my eye and hands and mouth hear it.”

Meyer said memorization was important to him because it allowed him to internalize the words in a much more intimate way.

“Bible memorization helps exhibit what is written in the pages,” he said.