What Should I Read?

Have you ever read the entire Bible? It seems like a pretty big book, doesn’t it? So where do you start? What’s a good way to begin? Most people, once they decide to read the whole Bible, try to approach it like any other book: They start reading on page 1, then try to just keep going…

Reading Plans

But of course, the Bible’s not just any book. It’s much more than that: It’s God’s Word to us, a collection of inspired books and letters, given to His people, written across thousands of years. When we take them all together, the historical accounts, wisdom, and truth recorded in the Bible give us an overarching view of God’s overwhelming love for us.

To follow through on your desire to engage with the Scriptures every day in 2011, it makes sense to start with a plan. It’s our sincere hope here at YouVersion that we’ll be able to help people read 1 billion minutes in the Bible App™ just during January. Here are just a few of the 14 approaches we’ve brought together to help carry you through God’s Word:

  • The One Year ® Bible. In as little as 15 minutes a day, the One Year ® Bible in the New Living Translation (NLT) gives you daily readings from the Old Testament, the New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs.
  • M’Cheyne One Year Reading Plan. Robert Murray M’Cheyne (pronounced mick-SHANE) was a Scottish minister from 1835 to 1843. His unique Bible reading plan takes you each day through 2 passages from the Old Testament, 1 from the New Testament, and 1 passage from either the Psalms or the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John). In just one year, M’Cheyne will help you read the Old Testament once and the New Testament and Psalms twice.
  • Chronological. Based on recent historical research, this plan delivers your daily Bible readings in the order the events actually occurred. Reading the Bible this way helps you understand the progression of what things happened when.
  • Bible in 90 Days. Make no mistake: This plan is a commitment. But the many who have gone through the entire Bible in just 90 days report that doing so helped them make lots of connections they had previously missed while in their Bible reading. You could consider it a challenge…or just a really worthwhile way to connect with God every day through His Word.

We want to help you love the Bible as much as we do. You can do this. Discover for yourself what a difference it can make to spend just a little time with God’s Word each day!

10 Replies to “What Should I Read?”

  1. Those are all great plans! I recommend the OWNit365.com Bible-in-a-year reading plan, also available on YouVersion.

    It balances more difficult Old Testament passages with a Wisdom book or New Testament passage, builds in a rest/catch-up each week, and integrates family discussion chapters daily!

  2. I’ve got a ton of Bible apps on my iPhone. I’ve got a ton of Bible Apps on my iPhone that I’ve paid for and yet I find myself coming back to YouVersion more than all of them combined! I’m looking forward to starting a new reading program on it this year.

  3. WP error, trying again.

    Thanks for the links! I’ve used a one-year plan 7 times, and a chronological plan 1 time. Right now I’m reading a study Bible with notes & all, so that will probably take more than a year! ‘~’ A friend tried the 90-day plan and loved it!

  4. Please, I want either the life application or Chronological reading plan. Can it be sent to my email address very early in time for my quiet time? Thank you and God bless.

    1. Emailing reading plans isn’t possible just yet, but it’s something we’re looking into.

  5. The Chronological is a good idea, and well done. The man spent years of study in arranging the order. It took me about 90 days, because events are grouped together.

  6. I would also recommend the chronological plan myself. It’s especially helping when reading the OT to see how the various prophets (e.g. Isaiah, Ezekiel, Jeremiah) fit into the historical chain of events.

    1. I did the Bible in 90 days last year. Before then, I had never read the Bible through from cover to cover. I was amazed at how everything I read from day to day and week to week connected to what I saw everyday.

      I am currently reading the Essential 100 challenge.

  7. I have enjoyed the One Year Bible and Chronological in print, but struggled frequently to keep on schedule. Last year, I read the Robert Roberts one-year plan on YouVersion using my mobile phone and found YV a great tool to keep me on track and on time. I’m hooked now. My wife and I have begun the YV Historical (one-year) plan for 2011 and hope to read together each day.

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