Are you familiar with The Bible in 90 Days: Cover to Cover in 12 Pages a Day (New International Version)?? It is a Bible laid out to read in 90 days. It is Bible only – no study notes, no book intros, no maps, etc. CBD link here. I picked up mine at a local used book store. (Yes, those still exist!)
I began January 1st, and it took me 94 days. I did it! The 90 day Bible incorporates 2 grace days. The plan is actually 88 days, but allows 2 days for you to miss, so that you will still finish it in 90 days. The Bible is clearly marked so you know where to start and finish reading each day. It is typeset/formatted for ease of reading, and the font is a good size – not tiny!
Perhaps you wonder the value in reading so fast? There is value in both slow, observational reading and fast reading. There is a time for both. Reading slowly has its advantages, but you can also get lost in the details. You can end up with a choppy, fragmented view of a book or section of the Bible. Reading faster can help you perceive the big picture, and note patterns you might otherwise overlook.
I sometimes timed my daily reading (12 pages) and it varied between 25 to 40 minutes. I think it varied for 2 reasons: my mental state and what genre was read that day. Sometimes I am more alert, while other times tired. Certain parts of the Bible are more or less “dense” – making for easier or harder reading.
So…an average reading time was 33 minutes. I was not speed reading, but just moving along – reading as quickly as I could while still taking it in. 33 minutes a day is a reasonable time commitment.
In about 16 minutes a day, I could read the entire Bible in 6 months. (Reading half the number of minutes would take twice as many days.) Therefore…
In about 8 minutes a day, I could read the entire Bible in 1 year. Only 8 minutes!
Right? (Math is not my forte!) haha.
My point is that… Perhaps we think of Bible reading as harder and more time consuming than it really is in reality!
We can do this with many things. A friend of mine was saying that she will spend more time imagining how hard or involved a project will be — than the project actually ends up taking! Five hours imagining how hard it will be, while the project – once started – only takes her 2 hours to complete. Doh. But I can be the same way!
Are we doing the same with Bible reading?
Maybe you look at your big, thick study Bible and think “I could never read that in a year!” – It is intimidating, overwhelming.
There are pros and cons to different types of Bibles. Study Bibles are great for study, but all the notes and “extras” can also be distracting.
In the above photo, I put the 90 day Bible in between 2 of my other Bibles. You can see that the 90 day Bible is much thinner than the other two! The slim, less massive size is not nearly so intimidating! Right?
This is not about making you feel guilty for not reading the Bible! But to consider that maybe you have made the idea of Bible reading harder than it actually is…
If you are a regular reader of my blog, you may remember a post I wrote in December about not having a Bible reading plan – and now you think I am contradicting myself? But that was not the point of the post. Rather… If “the way” you are reading the Bible never works – try something different! That post is here: It is a New Year. Maybe you don’t need a Bible reading plan?
I actually began the 90 day Bible with a somewhat casual approach. Maybe I can get through this in 90 days, maybe not. But I figured that even if it took me double the time, that would be 6 months – and that is still pretty good. As said in the above linked post – a casual approach works better for me. I don’t like pressure.
But persevere. Just keep reading! I am glad I read the Bible in 90 (well, 94) days. It was worthwhile.