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Reading the Bible in a Year

Updated on March 13, 2013

A Challenge for 2011

When I set my resolution or goals for 2011, I decided that I wanted to carry on reading the Bible and read through the whole thing before the end of the year.

I actually started reading the Bible through at the end of November 2010.

On this page I'm going to add my progress throughout the year and add some insights and other bits and pieces that have helped me carry on reading this huge book!

You'll also find some links to help you read the Bible in a year.

Image Above: Bible open at Proverbs.

Which Bible?

New King James Version

The Holy Bible: New King James Version (Burgundy)
The Holy Bible: New King James Version (Burgundy)

I started off reading the New Testament in the New International Version but once I got to the Old Testament I picked up a copy of the New King James Bible.

I always thought that the King James was a really difficult version to get into but it really isn't.


Books that have Helped Me Read the Bible

Unlocking the Bible by David Pawson

Unlocking the Bible
Unlocking the Bible

Unlocking the Bible is one of my current favourites for digging into the Bible. Unlocking the Bible is full of charts and illustrations that explain each book of the Bible, there's information on ideas about each book and also information about the people who wrote the books - for example it's thought that the Gospel of Mark was written by a young lad who lived in the house where Jesus and the disciples had the last supper.


66 Love Letters by Dr Larry Crabb

66 Love Letters: A Conversation with God That Invites You into His Story
66 Love Letters: A Conversation with God That Invites You into His Story

After I finished a book of the Bible I read what Larry Crabb has written about it in this book.

66 Love Letters is written under the premise that every single book of the Bible is a love letter from God, even the ones with long lists of names!

The only thing that makes me uncomfortable about this book is that Larry Crabb writes it as if he's having a conversation with God and writes God's reply in the book.


Where I Started - The New Testament

I started reading the Bible at the end of November 2010 so I had a bit of a head start!

I started with the New Testament because I've always found the Old Testament a little daunting.

I remember trying to read the Bible right from the start when I was a teenager and didn't get too far - I think I probably made it to the end of Exodus and then gave up.

The gospels were fairly easy to read but I had a bit of trouble when I got to Acts - it felt disappointing to get to the end of the books about Jesus and have to read on.

I'm planning on reading the New Testament again once I've finished the Old Testament.

The second time round I plan to go much slower.

Genesis 6

A Controversial Passage that helped me "unlock" the Bible.

What?! There are giants in the Bible?

Sure there are - the Bible has a lot to say about the supernatural - giants, angels, fallen angels, demons, miracles etc.

Genesis 6 says:

"There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown."

And that's not the only place that giants are mentioned - check out the link below.

Many people think the God of the Old Testament is this rage-filled, hateful murderer. I must admit, there were passages in the Old Testament that made me think this way.

In the Old Testament we read about the flood where everyone and everything, apart from 8 people, is drowned and later God instructs the Israelites to go into different lands and to, sometimes - not every time, kill all the inhabitants.

Doesn't sound like a loving God at first glance does it?!

But imagine a world filled with fallen angels, giants consuming everything in sight, people sacrificing children to demon gods, people turning their back on God, complete chaos...

And once all that evil had been destroyed, imagine it starting up again a few centuries later.

Where am I in July 2011?

I've read through the histories and now I'm on to the more poetic books.

I know there was so much that I could have stopped and studied but I really want to get through the Bible this year and I'm particularly hoping I can get the majority of it read before August and the arrival of my first child.

I'm currently in Proverbs which has been really helpful recently whilst having to deal with some very negative people in my life!

Proverbs - the Bible
Proverbs - the Bible

Did I Manage to Read the Bible in a Year?


I managed this by about November 2011 and even started again.

I took a few weeks off so I'm pleased that I managed to pick it back up. I think I could have read the Bible in even less time in a less hectic year.

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    • LizMac60 profile image

      Liz Mackay 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Well done. Blessed

    • sheriangell profile image


      7 years ago

      Excellent journal on reading the bible. I like your mini reviews of other books you have read also. Blessed by a Squid Angel today.


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