Reading through the Bible in a year

Last year during a discussion about religion one of my Muslim friends offhandedly asked me how many times I’d read through the Bible. 

"Uh… none," I was forced to admit. 

The conversation got me thinking. Raised in a Christian family, I’ve been going to church my whole life. For a long time I didn’t really have a choice (my dad is a pastor), but as I got older I thought through my faith and owned it for myself. So why had I never read the whole Bible? 

So in January, when my church distributed a Bible reading plan I grabbed one. 

10 months later, it’s hard to believe I’m almost done. Some days it was great, on other days it was just a chore, but overall it was an awesome experience and I’d highly recommend it. 

There were so many old testament stories that I’d heard in Sunday school for years, but never actually read. And there are so many others that aren’t even taught in Sunday school. Often the old testament is tedious or just plain weird, but reading it brings an understanding of the background and social setting of the new testament. 

My suggestion if you do try it is not to get too stressed out if you get behind. It’s more important that you just keep going than that you keep up exactly with the day you’re supposed to be on. Also I’d suggest getting a study Bible or some sort of book-by-book breakdown so when you find yourself saying “what the heck?” (which believe me, you will), you will have some explanation of the meaning and the social context so you don’t just give up on the whole thing. 

There are several different ways to go about it. Check some plans out here. I suggest doing the Old/new plan and maybe throwing in a psalm a day if it’s your first time doing it. Maybe it’s just because I have a short attention span, but I don’t think I would have made it if I had gone straight through and had to read several chapters of Leviticus and Numbers at a time.