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Reading the Bible in 90 days, am I crazy to try?

Hello and blessings to all
I recently ordered an NIV large print Bible that is divided into 12 page segments. In other words you can read the whole bible in 90 days, reading 12 pages each day.
I am going to give it a try and I was wondering if any of you have done it or tried to do it. It seems a little ambitious for me when I often have to reread what I just reread. For the last several years I have been reading the one year Bible, I was listening to somebody on the radio saying that reading the bible in big chunks help bring the total message together in a way that it makes each book of the bible fit together better as a whole.
Anyway if anybody has anything to say about it I would like to hear what you have to say.

Thank you and have a blessed day.

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You ask yourself “Are you crazy to do this” and I say “No way”! I think it’s exciting that you want to read the entire Bible.

I don’t think there is any “right” or “wrong” way to read the Bible.  A priest once told me that most people start from the beginning (Genesis) and hope to read it like a regular book.  They read Genesis, Exodus, and then stop at Leviticus because that book is so hard to read and then never start up again.

Any plan is a good plan - just start reading !!  I personally started at John,  then read the rest of the Gospels and then started reading the Old Testament.  I agree - a organized plan or guide works best.

Have you also considered Audio books?  I know our local library has Bible audio books.  It’s great for listening in the car.

Good luck!  Any time in “the Word” is good time!

Posted by staypositive on Jan 19, 2014 at 5:48am

Hi RJ,

Just my thoughts:  Since it sounds like you’ve read the Bible through before to get the whole picture, then I would instead use an excellent Bible teacher to get into the nitty gritty of it verse by verse.

I can recommend David Hocking at Hope for Today
and/or Joe Focht of Calvary Chapel Philly.  These men have the deeper knowledge of the original languages and nuances that you won’t get if you speed-read.  Both can be found online.  I hope you’ll at least check them out.

At any rate, God bless your reading of His Word.

Diane

Posted by godsl8y on Jan 19, 2014 at 11:13am

Almost exactly 4 years ago I first heard of reading the Bible in 90 days. As I started thinking about it, I realized that I just wasn’t sure if I’d read the whole Bible, so I decided to give it a try. My youth minister also told me (many years ago!) about the Leviticus problem. And if you do get past Leviticus, there’s Numerus to tackle. But after that it’s a breeze!

As I said, I gave it a try. I wasn’t 100% consistent, sometimes I’d skip a day, but other days I could read 2, 3 or even 4 days of 12 page chunks. I’m a fast reader and read pretty well in English too, even though it isn’t my first language, so 12 pages would take 45-50 minutes. I’m on stress disability, so I have the time.

Reading the Bible this way isn’t about remembering everything you read, it’s about getting “the Big Picture”. I actually loved it! Especially the OT was very rewarding when read this way. However, I must admit that I didn’t quite make it. I turned 50 during the 90 days, and the planning and preparing for my party messed things up. But the whole experience made me fall in love with the Bible in a new way, I really LOVE it <3 and really think you should give it a try. Maybe this is not for you, but you don’t know unless you try! Good luck and God bless!

Posted by Ullamae on Jan 20, 2014 at 1:41am

And I forgot to say, after the 90 days experience, I have bought a Chronological Bible that I am now reading from beginning to end. But not in 90 days =)

Posted by Ullamae on Jan 20, 2014 at 1:44am

Hey! Good reading folks! Praise God!... I just undertook the challenge to read the Book, cover to cover… This would be the second time I engage in reading scripture in this manner… The Bible IS the living word of God. It is a complete story. And the central figure in the story is Jesus Christ. Fully God and fully human. I myself also considered getting that Bible, I like reading plain English. I think it is awesome to read the entire Bible, where it be in 90 days, a year, two, three or whatever it takes…

Some of the books are definitely hard reads: Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy… (I have learned that, with a good concordance, Bible summaries, dictionary, and reading short and brief commentaries of the book you are reading, make the reading more enjoyable and better top understand…

I started on Genesis this month, but I am not setting myself a strict deadline… That’s just me…Good luck..and God bless you all here…

Posted by Metooadd on Jan 20, 2014 at 11:09am

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