Well, I must confess that I have not made it very far in my memorizing, and I finally decided part of the problem is that I am so familiar with this book in my favorite study translation, the New American Standard Bible, that it all became jumbled in my head. So as much as I enjoy reading The Voice, I've switched my memorization of this book to the NASB. Already, I am ahead of where I was.
One of my readers told me that Beth Moore's study, Mercy Triumphs, includes encouragement for memorizing James. So although I'm doing a different Beth Moore study at the moment, I obtained the video of her tips on memorizing books of the Bible and watched it. Her suggestions included (1) memorizing one chapter per month and (2) printing each chapter and laminating these pages so you can pick them up again and again. She said she did a lot of her memory work while riding her exercise cycle. Sounded like good advice to me.
Because I respond to colors, I printed each chapter on different colors of paper. This morning, I took chapter one (fluorescent orange) to the treadmill with me. I read and recited and read and recited and read and recited. Switching versions was a good idea. In just one session, I retained more than in previous efforts.
With any luck, by the end of June I will have memorized at least one chapter and have lost a few pounds from walking daily. <g>