How to read the Bible in a year

Will 2021 be the time you finally read the entire Bible in a year? I hope so; there’s nothing more rewarding than developing a habit of time with the Lord in daily prayer and Bible reading.

image of woman holding a lantern in a field of wheat superimposed with Psalm 119:105
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I’ve read the entire Bible several times over the years, and I say that not to brag but to encourage you that it can be done, no matter how busy your schedule. And rewarding? Definitely.

Nowadays you have several options for your daily reading. If you prefer audio, that’s available; most Bible apps I’ve downloaded (or visit via the internet) have audio versions.

Also, whether it’s your first or 15th time to read the Bible in a year, I have a gift for you.

I’ve created a Bible in a year reading plan that you can print (or not) and check the box every day after you’ve done your reading. (Not that this is a check-the-box kind of exercise, but if it gets you into a daily Bible-reading habit, at least it’s a start.)

Because I let time slip by and didn’t get it ready sooner, this reading plan is nothing fancy, just a simple spreadsheet that takes you from Genesis through Revelations in 365 days.

I have to tell you, reading in this order isn’t my fave, but it’s the way I did it in 2020. The exact plan I used had two readings a day: one from the Old Testament and one from the New Testament. You can find a similar plan at my favorite Bible website (there’s a mobile app, too), Blue Letter Bible.

At BLB, you can also find chronological, historical, two-year plans (five days a week instead of seven) and other Bible reading schedules.

I’ve done chronological before, and I like it better than the Genesis-to-Revelation reading plan.

Why? Because I like reading things in the order they happened. Laid out like this, it tells the story in the order the events happened in history.

Our modern-day Bible is grouped by type of literature: law, history, poetry, etc. Ain’t nuttin’ wrong with that; it’s just not the way I prefer to read it.

So, whichever you choose — canonical, chronological, one-year, two-year, whatever — just read the Bible daily. The Blue Letter Bible site will help you do that.

To download a PDF of my Genesis to Revelations spreadsheet, click here. For the chronological version, click here.

I’ll be back soon with some other Bible resources, including a PDF version of the chronological plan I decided on for 2021.

If you plan to read the Bible in a year for the first time in 2021, I’d love to know about it. Leave a comment or click here to send me a message. I’ll support you any way I can.

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