Just Released: “The $100,000 Word”!

05-15-10_7588-EditI did not want to write the book. When would I have the time? What would I write about? How would we get it published? We had never done anything of the sort before, and I honestly had a hard time catching the vision. I had always kind of dreamed about being an author some day, but not until I was 80 or 90 or so.

An ordinary book about an extraordinary GodHowever, my brother Robert had a different opinion. And if you know Robert, he defended his opinion passionately, of course. “Daniel, you should write a book!” he said. “This is a fleeting opportunity you have to encourage future Bible Bee contestants and countless others to develop a love for Scripture.” And the more I thought about it, prayed about it, and discussed it with the rest of the family, the more I was convinced that he was right. It couldn’t do any harm just telling the story of how God taught me the value of His Word through the whole Bible Bee experience. So Robert won. I wrote a book. The vision Robert had back at the very beginning carried me all the way through to completion, until that startling day when I held in my hands for the first time a printed copy of the finished project.

Robert’s vision and the support and encouragement of countless others is truly what turned the book from a dream into a reality. My brother James is responsible for the masterful layout and design of the book, and the rest of the family (especially Donald and Esther) spent hours critiquing every word. Mrs. Rees rendered her professional editing Portraitservices completely free of charge. Dr. Gothard offered words of rich wisdom and insight. I am also grateful to Barak Lundberg, Mr. Ondrovic, Tony Oliverio, Steve Mugglin, and perhaps most of all my parents, without whom the book never would have been completed. And, to tell you the truth, the only thing I had to write about was what my Heavenly Father did in my life through the Bible Bee. To Him be the ultimate glory!

The book is available on the IBLP Store. We hope to also have it here on our family site in the near future. Enjoy! I hope you have as much fun reading it as I had writing it.


  1. Keilens July 7, 2010 at 12:02 pm #

    This looks great! Can’t wait to read it!

  2. Esther July 7, 2010 at 12:05 pm #

    This is such a motivational book on memorizing God’s Word! I have used some of the tips he shares in here and found them very helpful! Thanks Daniel!

  3. James July 7, 2010 at 8:30 pm #

    Hey, I’ve looked over this book pretty thoroughly . . . it’s enjoyable and educational. Not often do I find myself reading several pages when I intend only to read a paragraph.

  4. Martin Family July 9, 2010 at 5:46 pm #

    We look forward with great anticipation to reading it! Thank you for sharing your experience with all of us!!!

  5. Crystal July 12, 2010 at 6:16 pm #

    Looks great, can hardly wait to read it! May the Lord bless with bearing much eternal fruit!

  6. Eric Wesson August 6, 2010 at 9:44 am #

    Where can we purchase the book?

  7. Donald August 9, 2010 at 4:50 pm #

    Praise the Lord, the first printing is off the press! See http://store.biblebee.org/

  8. Daniel Hancock August 11, 2010 at 3:43 pm #

    Great book! The review idea is quite important.

  9. Crystal August 23, 2010 at 10:01 am #

    You are an inspiration to me to get writing – something I know the Lord wants me to do.
    Now what are you going to write about next? 🙂

  10. Donald August 24, 2010 at 12:38 pm #

    “And they overcame him [Satan, the accuser] by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony . . .” (Revelation 12:11). Your combination of testimony and principle is powerful.

  11. Robert August 25, 2010 at 3:49 am #

    I love the author’s practical, down-to-earth style. Not only does he share some great ideas for Scripture memorization, he motivates the reader to give God’s Word the priority that it deserves!

  12. Kathryn August 25, 2010 at 3:23 pm #

    Thank you for sharing your story through the book! I was encouraged by the practical method of memorization you presented, as well as by the exhortation to be continually meditating on what I have already memorized! Though I am not in the Bible Bee YET, I have been practicing putting your advice to use and found it tremendously helpful!! May the Lord bless your willingness to be open!

  13. Jessica Clark August 26, 2010 at 11:24 am #

    I cannot wait to read this book! Thank you Daniel for sharing this experience with everyone. I pray that this book will encourage and help my family to with our own scripture memorization.

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