As I mentioned before, I have been reading the book The Busy Mom's Guide to Bible Study by Lisa Whelchel recommended by Ashley at Putting God First Place and I really liked it, so I thought I'd tell you about it!
The book is based on the fact that most busy moms (every mom!) don't have the time to sit down and really dig deep into scripture for hours at a time. Usually, we have more like 15 minutes at a time! With this in mind, the author herself found that she wasn't getting much out of her reading and she wanted to find some creative ways of finding some of the treasure buried in scripture.
I myself have been having similar problems lately. It seems that I often read a passage, but then forget it soon afterwards or only find surface value in it. God's Word goes so much deeper than the surface, but I found myself frustrated that I couldn't get there, especially because I don't have much time. (By the way, go read this blog post on Mommy devotional time for a great laugh and inspiration!) I also would rather read the bible and find treasure for myself, not read someone else's thoughts and treasure hunt. We need to study to show OURSELVES approved, not someone else. (Not that books are a bad thing, but I don't want them to be a crutch!)
This book is fantastic for anyone, really, who wants to dig deeper into God's word. It still requires your own effort, you still need to spend some time doing it, but it's wonderful to have someone give you fresh ideas and encouragement. I have already gleaned some treasure and felt myself grow stronger in my faith, so I highly recommend this book to anyone!