Reading Through the Bible

The first time I read through the Bible I was in second grade.  For some reason my dad decided that when he got home from work, he and I would read the chapters suggested in a little booklet about how to read through the whole Bible.  Since then, I’ve read through the Bible several other times, and always find value in it.  I like to intersperse deeper Biblestudies with reading through the Bible, to get both the overview and the drill down perspectives.

This year I started late but with a different method, which has you read one chapter a day from ten different spots.  I did read through the whole thing with that method, but I didn’t think it was ideal because you wind up reading certain sections more than once, and not all of those are sections I think have more merit than some of the ones you only read once.

I have heard good things about chronological Bibles, and I’m intrigued by the concept.  I might try that in the new year.  If you’ve read a chronological Bible, did you like it?  Which one did you use?

On a related note, Darcy from Message in a Mason Jar recently wrote about a book called Together: Growing Appetites for God that chronicles one mother’s journey reading the entire Bible verse by verse to her children.  I haven’t read it yet, but it sounds really interesting!

8 thoughts on “Reading Through the Bible

  1. If you don’t want to spend the money for a new Bible, there are lists online that break the Bible into chronological sections for you. I think I will be trying to read through the Bible in a year, I just haven’t decided how I want to do it.

  2. I have used a chronological Bible, and I really enjoyed it – so much so that I included it as one of my favorite Bibles in a recent post. I read The Narrated Bible in Chronological Order, but Thia is right in her comment that you can use your regular Bible, and follow chronological lists you can find via YouVersion or other apps/sites. Actually, with some of them you don’t even need your own Bible; it’ll give you the daily reading in your choice of translation.

    I don’t want to have to constantly be flipping back & forth, which is why I liked having it all arranged for me, and I like having the extra content and features of a physical study Bible, so I don’t use the app except as a way to track where I am and see my progress.

    Earlier this week I finished reading through this year’s plan – the M’Cheyne reading plan which is what I’ve used several times. It’s got 4 sections you read per day, and ends up taking you through the NT & Psalms twice, and the rest of the Bible once during the year. This time I decided to try something new and am going with Discipleship Journal’s Book-at-a-Time reading plan, which jumps around as far as the order, but does only have readings from two sections at any time. I’m only a few days in so I don’t know yet how I’ll really like it. 🙂

    And I’ll second Darcy’s recommendation of Together – I read it earlier this year and enjoyed it. It’s a really quick read too.

  3. We have been using the Narrated Bible in Chronological Order (like the one recommended above). It’s been helpful, and I read it aloud to my girls (ages 4, 6, and 8). Well, most of it….

  4. We don’t have a chronological Bible, but rather a chronological reading plan Sean picked up years ago. I especially love seeing how the Psalms fit into Old Testament history.

  5. Along with our entire church, our family is doing the 2-year M’Cheyne plan that goes with Carson’s “For the Love of God”. My husband decided we would replace our Advent “tree time” nightly reading with this and use our son’s new Bible (Christmas gift) for our reading, which makes it feel extra special to him. I’ve been reading off and on through the Message Remix with my kids over the last five years, but I’m excited to be going through the Scripture as a whole with my husband joining us now (and the church family too). I think the 2-year prospect makes it feel more manageable for us. P.S. Thanks for the mention here. I had been mostly offline lately, but finally saw the pingback yesterday. 🙂

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