Reading The Bible


This is the little notebook published by Cavallini & Co. from San Fransisco. I bought it in 2007 from a little stationary store in Oak Brook, Illinois, because I wanted to keep track of my daily Bible reading.

There’s a schedule of readings for every day which I’ve copied down inside its pages. After I’ve completed the reading, I make a little tic by the margin because I like order. Almost compulsively.

Here’s the page for April, fuzzy as it may be:

Here’s the notebook on top of my Bible on my nightstand. The translation I’m currently reading is NIV (New International Version), but I have to say I like the NKJV (New King James Version) the best. It’s not as tricky as the original King James, but not as ‘slang’ sounding as the Living. The Paraphrased Living Bible is the first translation I ever read, in the summer of 1973. For a smooth read, and easy understanding, there’s nothing better.

I’ve added this photograph to my sidebar, where I want to put the verse which has particularly struck me during the week’s readings. I hope that you might read them, by putting your mouse over the link.
How about it, do you ever read the Bible? Do you think its boring, difficult to understand, or meaningless to your life? Or, like me, do you find strength from it?

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17 thoughts on “Reading The Bible”

  1. Yes, and i guess i am thinking – if you compare the translations and your favorite is the only one that is right, then you should compare some more until you come to unity with the meaning of the passage, that is basically the word's message is good for our situation everyday. Nice post, I read this the other day and really liked it:We all live off his generous bounty, gift after gift after gift.John 1:16 ~the message

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  2. Larry, I'm worried when you say "your favorite is the only one that is right" because I certainly don't feel that there's only one right translation. I wanted to say that the NIV, and NKJV, are my favorite translations. I love the verse you left of John 1:16, and the Message translation surely speaks to us in 2006.

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  3. I love reading the Bible. I just love it. My favorite translations are the ESV and the NASB. Though right now I'm reading the ESV and the KJV. I love reading/owning/collecting all the various translations. I just finished up the Wycliffe NT a month ago. And I'm hoping to get to Tyndale soon. Anyway, just a quirk I have. :)As for finding it boring? Not really. I'm finding Numbers exciting 🙂

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  4. Becky, isn't it amazing how every time through you can find something fresh? That never ceases to amaze me. Like, how many times have I read David and Goliath, a bajillion? Today, in 1 Samuel, is the first time I ever read that he told King Saul he'd killed lions and bears before, so certainly he could kill the giant. And then I thought, "Isn't it amazing how the Lord prepares us for what He has planned."Well, that little comment didn't mean to evolve into a sermon, of sorts, but I'm just so happy that you have the same connection as I do to His word. The ESV and NASB aren't as fluid to me, but they are a better word for word translation. Maybe one year I'll read through in those.

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  5. I study the bible every day. It gives me strength. When I get busy and stop I miss it so much. Keeping God's word in your head just makes life go a little smoother, at least in my mind :)What a fun idea…I look forward to checking out your verses!

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  6. It has been years since I've actually sat down and read anything more than a verse or two. When I converted to Catholicism, I did though, and I really enjoyed it. I do have a book that provides a daily reading and suggestions on how to translate it for your upcoming day.

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  7. Ladytink, I've always enjoyed handwriting, fountain pens, creamy paper, all that it entails. I think it must come from the part of me that also enjoys teaching, although it's harder and harder to get children to write beautifully. I don't make them write cursive, and it seems that they naturally fall into printing.The Chic Geek, see? I need to add you to the Sister Award, which I'm going to do write now because really that's where you belong. We have children the same age, such a similar passion for books, fun and faith. Keeping God's word in my head does make life smoother for me, too.Sandy, I thought Catholics weren't "allowed" to read the Bible? My husband was raised Catholic, and has a deep aversion to many of its tenets. He's since "converted" to the church we now attend which is not Catholic. I think it's just plain silly to tell people they can't read it, and I'm glad you enjoyed what you read.

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  8. I do read the Bible and have certainly never found it boring, not even as a young man. I was raised Catholic until I was about 12 and certainly don't remember being encouraged to 'not' read the Bible. Certainly the days when the Bible was only written in Latin were that way, but now? Hmmmm….Lovely journal, especially for this time of year when the birds are returning (albeit with last week's snow storm they had to be a bit confused.)

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  9. I love reading the Bible because it's adventurous, fascinating, loaded with flawed characters and contains guidelines for living and lessons in what not to do. But, I'm waaaaay behind on my Bible reading — like 2 months. When you see my Month in Review post, you'll know why (I'll probably post that tomorrow). I'm a little overcommmitted. 🙂

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  10. Carl, not being Catholic myself, I can only speak about what the women in one of my Book Clubs tell; apparently at one time the Pope declared that only men of the church could read the Bible, for fear of misinterpretation. Don't ask me, I just listen to them talk.The things published by Cavallini are so cool: stickers, rubber stamps, maps and best of all journals. I could buy one in every style.Bookfool, overcommitted or not, you still get a heck of a lot read and reviewed.

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  11. Found you via the Friday Fill In. I too am a daily Bible reader. And, I too have read the whole thing. After the first time through, I decided that each subsequent time through, I'd pick a different translation. I finished KJV, and just finished Hebrews in the NIV yesterday. I'm going to do the NASB next. I think I'll do a word-for-word, then a thought-for-thought, then word-for-word, etc. I usually do five chapters a day. When I get to the smaller books (where I am now,) I'll do the entire book at a time. When I get to the really small books (The Peters, Johns and Jude), I'll probably just take them all at once.

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  12. I try to read the Bible on a daily basis. I don't always get a lot in, but I try to get at least a chapter or two in every day. When I get out of the habit (which I do much to frequently), I think for me it really shows because I do take a lot of strength and a lot of comfort from it. I think the NIV translation will always be my favorite because I grew up reading it, and the verses I have memorized are from it, but I've been branching out a little into the ESV because the people in my church are so fond of this translation, and it's good, but the NIV has a special place in my heart. 😉

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  13. Billy, I like your system of trying a different translation each time. I've read it through in The Living, NIV and NKJV, but only bits and pieces with American Standard and The Message.Megan, the NIV has a very special place in my heart, too. Isn't it tricky to memorize a verse with a particular version, and then come across it in another translation? My memory verses are becoming all jumbled now!

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  14. Yes I do get strength from the words, but I do have to be in the right frame of mind. I love your note book and strategy. With such a gorgeous notebook, you can be inspired to read on. You're doing well on the Operation Actually Read Bible also. I must open mine again for Easter.

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  15. Tamara, if I don't follow a plan I fall so far behind! Last year it was all I could do to finish the New Testament on time. I'm a list sort of girl, at least for accomplishing my goals.

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  16. Not here to comment on reading the Bible, but I just wanted to say that I love Cavallini & Co! I try to get the big Japanese Woodblocks Wall Calendar every year. The paper, and the images of course, are gorgeous. 🙂

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