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[Note that these are resources that I have used and prices are listed merely to give you a chance to see if it is worth looking into and are totally subject to change. Also note that there may be better resources available and that I am not providing an in depth resource list – merely items and sources that I have used personally]

Make your own small book!

Type your prayers and combine them into one long document when done – then print them as a fold-able booklet:

example of two 48 page booklets made with clickbook

example of two 48 page booklets made with clickbook

Clickbook (a program for Windows by Blue Squirrel $49.95)
website: https://www.bluesquirrel.com/products/clickbook/

This program does many things, but one thing it does well (and easily) is create half size booklets. You can create your booklet in your word processing program, then simply “print” it from your word processor to “clickbook” (instead of to your printer). Next clickbook opens up a window to allow you to choose between various options. To make these nice booklets, you choose to print to the format called “side by side (folded)”. Clickbook can add headers and footers for you if you wish, though you likely will do that with your word processor. To make your own 48 page booklet (as seen on the left), you simple create all 48 pages as usual in your word processor, then “print” them to “clickbook”.

Clickbook then captures all 48 pages and rearranges them so that there will be 4 pages on every sheet of paper AND that they are in the correct positions so that when done, the stack of 12 sheets of paper can simply be folded in half to make your booklet. Staple it twice at the fold and it really is a nice book! You will need a long reach stapler to actually staple it since it must reach 5 1/2 inches to the center fold (which is half way down the 11 inch long paper).

If your printer can print duplex (print automatically on both sides of the page) then clickbook will do everything for you! Simply wait till it is done, remove all the pages and fold them. However, you can print booklets even on printers that can NOT print duplex. Clickbook will first print all the pages that are on the top side of the paper. Then you take that stack of paper out and reinsert it into the printer. Then clickbook will print the back side to all those sheets! When done, you will have the same nice booklet!

A Leather Bound book OR Shiny Photo hard cover book!

Looks like picture books at your bookstore or library

Looks like picture books at your bookstore or library

Bind your printed prayers as a unique one of a kind book: 

Leather binding for your stack of printed prayers or with a shiny photo or custom page that they laminated onto the cover:

Grimm Book Bindery
6880 Gisholt Dr
Monona, WI  53713
phone: (608) 221-4443
website: http://grimmbindery.com
Note: open Monday-Friday 7:30am-4:30pm

Simulated leather binding up to 2 1/2 inches thick and 12 inches in length – $38
(add $40 gold gilding on all sides, $4.50 for a ribbon)
Note: allow six weeks to process

Shiny laminated photo, drawing or any custom cover with up to 25 sheets of typing paper using their “Create Young Authors” Bookmaking Project Kit $29.95
Note: allow two weeks to process

Mount & Laminate

One page is about $8 at Staples – your custom  page is backed by a thick white material that is almost like wood.

Need ideas for prayers?

365 different prayers seems daunting but it is very do-able once you get started … but here are some books to tickle your brain looking for prayer ideas. Several easy to read and use book of topics, many could be for your prayers:

Quick way to find relevant scriptures based on a topic or keyword

Quick way to find relevant scriptures based on a topic or keyword

Where to Find It in the Bible (Ultimate A to Z Resource)
Book Info: Amazon
($4 including shipping used copies)

Example of the first entry in the Compact Edition:

Ability
Lost skill, Genesis 4:9-12
Building Tower of Babel, Genesis 11:1-6
“Special ability”, Genesis 47:6
Talent, ability from God, Exodus 4:10-12; 6:30
Not by strength alone, 1 Samuel 2:9
Ability gives confidence, 1 Samuel 17:32-37
Great ability, 1 Chronicles 26:6 (NKJV)
Jewish ability ridiculed, Nehemiah 4:1-10
Skillful writer, Psalm 45:1
Race not to swift, strong, Ecclesiastes 9:11
Large, small shields, Jeremiah 46:3

Another reference book in the A to Z series:

A hybrid concordance

A hybrid concordance

Find It Fast in the Bible (Ultimate A to Z Resource)
Book Info: Amazon
($4 including shipping used copies)

Example from the first page (which does NOT include “ability”):

ABLE TO DELIVER
2Kin 18:29 Do not let Hezekiah deceive you, for he shall not be able to deliver you from his hand
2Chr 32:13 Were the gods of the nations of those lands in any way able to deliver their lands out of my hand
2Chr 32:14 Who was there among all the gods of those nations that my fathers utterly destroyed that could deliver his people from my hand, that your God should be able to deliver you from my hand
2Chr 32:15 for no god of any nation or kingdom was able to deliver his people from my hand or the hand of my fathers
Is 36:14 Do not let Hezekiah deceive you, for he will not be able to deliver you
Ezek 7:19 their silver and their gold will not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the Lord
Dan 3:17 If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand O king

Online Topical Reference

The two topical reference books to the Bible that I hear referenced the most are Nave’s Topical Bible and Torrey’s New Topical Textbook. The nice news is that both are available online via Bible Gateway and you can switch between the two using a simple drop down choice list. Here are links to starting in each:

However, Bible Gateway also has the Dictionary of Bible Themes online as well. It seems more like the two A TO Z books! You can try it online here:

Note: it’s layout is a bit odd at first, but just click one of the nine master topics to see subtopics that then should start to make sense, and even seem like an easier way to find the scriptures relating to the topics you have in mind.

Prayer Reference and Resource book

A valuable reference and resource that should help you with daily prayers (one of Len’s favorites):

Excellent resource on prayer

Excellent resource on prayer

Prayer Portions
Book Info: The Fathers Business
($36 including shipping/handling for spiral bound version)

Example (from Becoming A Man or Woman Of Prayer on page 188):

In the Bible you can find persuasive reasons for prayer power:

* To neglect prayer is to sin against God (1 Sam. 12:23)
* To share God’s perspective on His purposes (Psa. 73:16-17)
* To acknowledge dependence on Him, His leading and provision (Mat. 5:3)
* To see God working in your life (Jer. 33:3)
* To build your faith as you document answers from your Father (Eph. 3:20)
* To express your love to the Lord (Psa. 116:1-2)
* To record promises that God makes that may be awaiting His timing for thier fulfillment (Hab. 2:2-3)

Len’s Favorite Bible Study program for Windows PC:

E-Sword
Website: http://www.e-sword.net/
(
$0 free … some translations at extra cost –  I have 42 translations installed on my computer)

Len’s Favorite Android tablet/smartphone study app:

My Sword
Website: http://mysword.info/
(
$0 free – get the NET Bible free for it as well … I have 25 translations added to my smartphone)

Len’s Favorite Bible study websites:

Bible Gateway
Website: http://biblegateway.com
(
link shows example of parallel translations – over 45 translations available)

Bible Hub
Website: http://biblehub.com/
(
link shows example of parallel translations – over 25 translations available)

Cross Platform App/Website:

YouVersion
Download App for Android, iPhone, Windows Phone, Blackberry, iPad, Android tablet, Windows tablet, Windows 8 app plus (over 30 translations available)
website: https://www.youversion.com/apps
(the Android app is Len’s favorite Daily Reading Plan)

Make your own scripture verse postcard / bookmark or create a graphic image to include in your email or typed prayers:

Pray Continually

Easy graphic for scripture: Rejoice Always and Pray Continually

With just a couple clicks you can create an image like this using one of dozens of professionally prepared backgrounds (see first example on the left).

1) Set YouVersion for the translation you prefer and locate the verse you want to overlay onto of the built in library image
2) Select the verse (touch it so that it is underlined with the dash underline)
3) Touch the orange image button near the top your screen (right after the red bookmark button)
4) Slide the background patterns and images up and down till you find one you like, then just touch that image
5) Touch the checkmark circle button at the bottom right
6) The size of the font is automatically adjusted so that your verse fits.
7) You can slide the font type list left and right to choose the font that you like.
8) Touch the AA button at the bottom to select WHITE or BLACK text (or touch the three dots … under those two choices to get the full color circle to choose from.
9) Touch the green SAVE button at the top right
10) Now you also can SHARE it if you’d like by touching the blue SHARE button. This lets you email the image card or tweet it or add it to facebook among many other options.

Or use your own photos:

Photo taken with my smartphone, text adjusted to not block the bird perched on top of the bear :)

1) Set YouVersion for the translation you prefer and locate the verse you want to overlay onto of the built in library image
2) Select the verse (touch it so that it is underlined with the dash underline)
3) Touch the orange image button near the top your screen (right after the red bookmark button)
4) Touch the very first box in the selection grid (it is a white box with a small image icon in the middle)
5) Touch the GALLERY button (or the PHOTOS button if you use that)
6) Select the album that contains the photo you want to use
7) Slide the photos up and down till you find the one you want and touch that photo to select it
8) Now you choose how to “crop” the image. There is a blue outline box on top of the photo, you can pinch or expand the size of the box with two finger going out or toward each other. With one finger you can slide that selection box up and down and around.
9) Touch the green NEXT button when the box is around the portion of the photo you want to use
10) Now use the same instructions from above
11) You also can adjust the text itself by pinching it or pulling it out and then sliding it up and down.
12) You can even edit the text by touching the part of the text you want to change (typically you do this to remove the first or last part of the verse).
13) The “half moon” circle button at the bottom of the screen can be used to adjust the text opacity