Hand-Copy the Book of Acts: October’s Challenge

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So this is my third month of 30-day challenges. I started doing these after reading about Sarah Ruszkowski’s personal challenge to complete a year’s worth of these things! My original intention only had six on my list but after reading about Sarah’s goal I upped my game.

In August, I endeavored to write 1000 words a day and knocked that one out of the park. Read more about August’s challenge here.

 

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Last month I set myself the task to read 10 or more books in 30 days. 

By the end of the day on Sunday, September 30th, I was halfway through book 13. So I’ll count that as a successful challenge! 

To recap the books I read, check out the post I wrote about September’s challenge here.

Lessons Learned from September’s Challenge

Reading a book every 2 to 3 days is really easy.

Like, ridiculously easy.

It helped that I had most of September’s blog content written (during August’s challenge) and had the time to spare that otherwise would have been spent writing content.

But in all honesty, writing 1000 words a day was a lot harder than reading 10 or more books in 30 days. 

I had favorite books and learned a lot from all the books I read. 

There were a couple that, after reading them, became obvious why they were free on Bookbub (when I got them). 

This many books in less than a month, though, is a breakneck pace for a lot of people that is not sustainable.

I won’t be able to keep this pace AND keep on top of all the other things I have going on, most notably my day job.

So going forward I’ll have about 4 books a month on my to-read list, and pace myself more appropriately.

What October’s Challenge is All About

Sarah Ruszkowski’s first challenge (August 2018) was to hand-copy a chapter of Scripture every day. Her plan, which you can read here, jumped between a few different books in the Bible.

I’m going to hand-copy the Book of Acts.

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This is the Book directly following the Gospels and is full of the acts of the disciples following Jesus’ death and resurrection. 

Immersing myself into this book is going to be an adventure in the Word like I’ve never had before.

I know and have known for a while, that my knowledge in Scripture has been deteriorating the further I’m removed from my elementary years when I memorized a LOT of Bible verses for homework and confirmation classes.

Another resource that will likely help me in my understanding while doing this is The Bible Project, which has a section and two videos on Acts!

The Schedule (and Grace Days)

The Book of Acts has 28 chapters.

October has 31 days. (Hello, Halloween!)

This allows me three “grace” days to take off or use to catch up should my schedule run away from me.

I’m going to be utilizing the resources and tips that Sarah came up with after her challenge completed.  

Accountability Posts for October

I actually forgot to make more than one accountability post for September’s challenge, but reading 10 books took significantly less effort than writing 1000 words a day.

However, I’m going to be doing accountability posts again for this month, because it’s pretty much a daily thing again.

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13 thoughts on “Hand-Copy the Book of Acts: October’s Challenge”

  1. This is an interesting concept. Not sure I will actually copy by hand the book of Acts but I do like to do an in-depth study and keep notes on what I have read and understand.

    1. Already I’m finding verses I don’t remember reading before, and names of people I didn’t know were mentioned in the Bible! It’s so much different hand-copying it than just reading it.

  2. This is so great!!!! Thank you for the shout-out!!!! 🙂
    My reading challenge is going pretty well. I just want to get more reading in each day so I’ve started to carry my Kindle around in my purse pretty much all the time.
    I look forward to hearing how the copying out of Acts goes!! Keep up the good work!!

    1. I love my Kindle!
      The challenge is going well so far. I’m able to copy in longer chunks than 5 verses (like you recommend in your tips) and it’s giving me time to practice my cursive. Tomorrow (Oct 7th) I’m copying chapter 7, which is 60 verses! It’s the longest chapter so far.

    1. Thank you! I used to read at such a rapid pace when I was younger (I was trained on the Harry Potter books, haha!) and I have a ton of books that I want to read and just hadn’t…so I set the challenge 🙂

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