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How to Read the Bible in a Year

One goal of My Bible Log is to help more people read the entire Bible.

There are already many methods for reading the whole Bible. Perhaps the original Bible reading plan was the bookmark. You simply start on the first page and read all the way through to the end.

If you want to make sure you are reading enough each day, count the number of pages in your paper Bible. Divide that number by 365 and you will know how many pages to read each day.

Why It's Hard

There are several challenges to bookmarking your way through the Bible. For example, the most important and relevant parts of the Bible are near the end in the New Testament. You probably want to read those first.

Now, the Bible does start off with some interesting stories about creation, the fall, the flood, and so forth. However, in the first few books there are long genealogies, detailed instructions for building specific religious items, and exhaustive lists of Israelite laws. Reading straight through these textbook-like sections can be discouraging and stop some readers in their tracks.

Simply put, reading straight through the Bible can be quite a challenge.

Typical Year Long Reading Plans

One way around this is to follow a year long reading plan that balances out reading in different parts of the Bible and tells you what to read each day. This is a great way to keep things interesting while still making sure you don't skip anything important.

There are several different kinds of whole Bible reading plans:

  • Chronological plans are based on when events took place
  • Some plans are based on the order that the books were written
  • Other plans are based on the order in which early Christians or Jews would have received and experienced the books of the Bible

These plans can be great tools for some people, and they solve the problem of having to read the Bible from beginning to end.

One Size Fits All?

There truly isn't a one-size-fits-all approach to reading the Bible in a year.

For example, many of these year long Bible reading plans assume that you will have roughly the same amount of time to read the Bible each day. However, for most people some days work better than others.

Many people want to read certain books or passages with other people. They might be reading a book to follow a sermon series or as part of a Bible study. These books rarely line up with year long reading plans.

At the core, some people just want to take credit for all of their reading, no matter the order, and track their progress until they've read the whole Bible.

There is a way to make it happen.

The Original Goal

Let's go back to the beginning.

Our goal is to read the whole Bible. We don't want to read it from start to finish. We don't want to follow someone else's plan.

We just want to read the whole thing, in whatever order.

A New Approach

Let's think about things another way.

The Bible is made of 66 books, which are organized into chapters, which are divided into verses. The Bible has 31,102 verses.

Reading 31,102 verses is a daunting task, but we don't have to do it all at once. We have a year. So let's divide the number of verses in the Bible by the number of days in the year:

31,102 / 365 = 85.21

In order to read all the verses of the Bible in a year, we would need to read more than 85 verses per day. Let's round this up to 86 verses.

To be clear, all 86 verses must be new for the year. If we read the same chapter three times, it still only counts once.

Enter: My Bible Log

Fortunately, My Bible Log understands which verses you've already read and uses that data to help you keep reading new verses each day.

On the Today page, My Bible Log will offer you reading suggestions to help you keep reading new parts of the Bible.

My Bible Log knows you have a daily verse count goal, which defaults to 86 verses per day. Fill your progress bar with new verses each day to reach your goal.

You can also see your progress through the books of the Bible on the Bible Books page. Each book has a progress bar that fills up with the passages you've read.

A Digital Tool for a Digital Age

Some people are content to print off a spreadsheet of chapters and check them off as they go. They can still read the Bible in any order, right?

But why carry around a sheet of paper (and risk losing it) when there's an app for that?

What's more, with My Bible Log, you have more than a spreadsheet of what you've read. You also have a record of when you read it. This means you can see how much reading you've done on any particular day.

Using the Calendar page, you have a birds-eye view of your Bible reading over time. Use your Bible reading data to better understand and improve your Bible reading habit.

Your Bible Reading Log

Your data belongs to you. At any time, you can export a spreadsheet of your reading log to use as you see fit.

This is your Bible log. Have it your way.