Monday, 14 May 2012

30 before 30 reading the whole Bible

As I said in my original 30 before 30 post, I have already read the whole Bible a couple of times. But I have never read it in any specific order. In the past I have written a list of all the books of the Bible and crossed them off when I have read them, or started at the beginning and tried to read as far as I could without getting absolutely mind numbingly bored in Numbers or Deuteronomy. During my degree I read a few parts in great depth, but i have never really followed some sort of logical plan or scheme. 
Until now.
 In 2009 when at Soul Survivor with Jamie's youth group, I bought a Bible in One year. I started reading it on the first of September as instructed with great intentions to keep up and read the whole Bible within the year. I didn't, I couldn't cope with the pressure I put on myself to read large passages every day, when sometimes I would be too tired or hugely rushed to have enough time to read it all that day. So I gave up.

 I picked it up again from where I left off this year. As I was already well out of date, the pressure was relieved and I read at my leisure.

 It has been great I can really recommend it. I have noticed things I haven't before, and have been able to soak up more of the realities of God's gracious nature by reading a passage from the Old testament and a passage from the New testament next to each other every day. (People in the Old Testament messed up A LOT!) Also it is mind blowing to read the Prophecies that refer to Jesus and give great detail about what he will be like, and what he will do, along side the Passages where they are being fulfilled!

I am about three quarters of the way through my Bible in one year now. I will be writing some of my further reflections and personal revelations on here so I can always come back to them and compare them with my future musings.


  1. Hey Emily :) I too fell behind with my Bible In One Year. Starting in 2010 I had intentions to finish with everyone else but didn't. I've got about a month left of material but I think I'll probably finish it around a year after I should. But that's fine, it's better to take time and actually study it than madly read it and miss what its actually saying. every day. Bless you in your continued biblical endevours ;) x

    1. Thank you Ben! I totally agree. Thanks for the encouragement! keep going! xxx

  2. Thanks for sharing this. I think I may give it a go too! Several times I have thought about just reading the whole bible, but it always seems so intimidating! This looks like a great way of doing it!