Goal: Read through the entire Bible in a year (or sooner).
I do not make resolutions each new year. I do, however, set goals for myself. I had been reading through the Bible daily until we began to approach the holidays. Then it just seemed that we got so busy that I got lax in my reading. It was a goal of mine to read through the whole Bible from cover to cover (I had not done that since Bible college) but I did not set it within a particular time frame. This year, I decided to further challenge myself to start at the beginning on January 1 and make it through the whole Bible by the end of the year. My husband has joined me in this challenge.
My husband and I both have iPods. Among our favorite things to listen to are audiobooks and theological podcasts. We subscribe to Audible.com, where we get two book credits a month for about $22.95. If you have ever priced a book on CD at the store, they run usually between $40-60 apiece. Audio versions of the Bible can run from about $40 all the way up to $100. My husband had the wonderful idea to get The Listener’s Bible from Audible.com – where it cost us only one book credit ($11.47)! One of the wonderful benefits of audiobooks is the ability to listen while I do other things. I listen while I apply my makeup in the morning, while I do dishes or iron, while I knit, and even while I drive in my car. My husband has a 45 minute commute each way to work (and he dislikes commuting) and he listens on the way to work. The Listener’s Bible is a wonderful way to listen to the Bible, and Max McLean reads very well. It is available in ESV, KJV, or NIV versions.
I challenge any of you in blogland who either have not read through (or listened to) the entire Bible before or have not done it in a while to join me in this endeavor. You can find schedules and reading plans here.