A Woman’s Guide to Reading the Bible in a Year by Diane Stortz is a helpful resource if your 2013 New Year’s resolution is to read the entire Bible this year. You will not rush through scripture…you’ll follow a reading plan that includes seven days a week, three chapters a day. What I like most about the book is the checklists…in each weekly lesson and also at the back of the book.
In this book, there are a few simple steps to reading the Bible in a year:
- You can begin reading through the Bible at anytime of the year
- You can use any Bible translation you prefer
- It will take 15 to 20 minutes to read each day
- Think of your reading as a conversation with God
- Nearly everyone sometimes falls behind. When that happens, don’t give up!
You can do this with a small group, and meet each week to discuss your reading. or you can do this independently. You might try doing this with your husband, children or even with your Mom as you discuss the Bible over a cup of tea each week.
A Woman’s Guide to Reading the Bible in a Year is divided into a 52 week reading plan. Use the checklist at the back of the book to mark the passages you’ve completed. Each week you’ll journal something you learned, questions you might have and a favorite passage you want to remember.
The book is simple to use. Get a copy for yourself and one for a friend.
Here’s a sample week from the book. (from the authors website)
Week 1 of the Journey
The Old Testament (old covenant) of the Bible tells the story of the relationship between God and humanity before the birth of Jesus. Genesis, the first book of the Old Testament, is a book of beginnings: the creation of the world and the first human beings, the development of nations, and the start of the family that would eventually be the Jewish people, chosen by God for a special purpose. Genesis also presents the entrace of sin into the world and its effects on all creation.
God’s covenant with Abram (Abraham), beginning in chapter 12, initiates God’s plan to bless the world and save humanity through Abraham’s family. A covenant was a binding, legal agreement, usually between two people and with promises made by both sides. God’s promises to Abraham, however, were unconditional. God would do what he said. Abraham had only to believe and obey.
Genesis is part of the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Bible (also called the books of law), which were written by Moses. The genealogies in Genesis don’t necessarily include every generation but show connections and continuity, linking important people or periods.
• Genesis 1–3
• Genesis 4–6
• Genesis 7–9
• Genesis 10–12
• Genesis 13–15
• Genesis 16–18
• Genesis 19–21
• angels and a flaming sword
• a man who didn’t die
• the first rainbow
• heavenly visitors
• a pillar of salt
Share the Journey
How did you experience God’s heart in this week’s reading?
Something you learned or an insight you gained
A verse or passage you’d like to remember
Your decision to open the Bible every day to look into the mirror and see truth from God makes you a light in a world filled with much darkness. —Catherine Martin
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