Reading the Bible Through in a Year Series:
1. Free Bible Reading Plans for the New Year
2. Books to Help You Read through the Bible
3. Recommended Children’s Story Bibles
Yesterday, we looked at several Bible reading plans designed to help you read through the Bible during the year. Today I would like to recommend several book resources which will help you do the same. I own all four of these books and am happy to recommend them to you.
The One Year Bible – There are a number of these available in different bindings and translations, but they all operate on the same principle. The One Year Bible contains the entire text of the Bible divided into daily readings from the Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs. You simply open the Bible to the day’s date and read the selections for that day.
For the Love of God Volume 1 and For the Love of God Volume 2, by D. A. Carson – Carson’s books are based on the M’Cheyne Bible Reading Plan that in the course of one year will guide you through the New Testament and Psalms twice and the rest of the Old Testament once. The books also work as a devotional, containing Carson’s thoughts and reflections on the various Scriptures read for that day. The volumes are independent of each other, so you do not need both of them to read through the Bible. Or, if you like, you can use one volume one year and the second volume the next.
Through the Bible, Through the Year, by John Stott – Stott’s book offers daily readings that take you through the Bible from Genesis to Revelation with an emphasis on both the “big picture” of the story of God and the nature of God as Trinity. The book features three sections that follow the church calendar. From September to December, Stott focuses on how God is revealed in Old Testament times; January through Pentecost, the life of Christ in the Gospels; and May through August, the Holy Spirit in the New Testament.
Through the Bible in One Year, by Dr. Alan B. Stringfellow – Stringfellow’s book is more of a workbook format with 52 weekly lessons that bring you through all 66 books of the Bible in a year. There are assigned readings for each week followed by a weekly lesson with study notes and questions on the passages read. Great for individuals, groups or families, Stringfellow’s book will help you to learn the major themes, the key verses and the central messages of every book in the Bible.
What other books can you recommend? (Note: Tomorrow we will look at recommended Children’s Story Bibles.)
Related post: 5 Reasons to Read God’s Word This Year
Note: The Bible Memory Version is available for purchase here at my website (in ePub or Kindle format) and also through Amazon or Barnes & Noble. If you don’t have an e-reader, you can download a free e-reader here.