Sunday Salon: The Mosiac

I didn’t start reading the Bible until I was 13. Oh sure, I had memory verses for Sunday school: Psalm 100, Psalm 23, John 3: 16. But, when I was in seventh grade, my mother took us to France for the summer. And all I had with me to read was The Children’s Bible translated by Kenneth Taylor (which is no longer in publication), and The 21 Balloons by William Pene DuBois. So, I read them both. A lot.

Ten years ago, I decided to read through the Bible in one year. There are many ways to do this: you can choose the One Year Bible which has the readings all organized for you according to the date, or you can get a bible reading plan and check off each day as you go. Which I’ve done for ten years. Until this year? I decided I was doing it more compulsively than spiritually.

My husband was raised Catholic, of which I know very little, and he speaks of Holy Days of Obligation. The very sound of that kind of day does not fill me with imminent joy and freedom. It sounds ominous, heavy, and hard to fulfill. That is how my Bible reading has become: a Year of Obligation.

So, this year I’m trying something different. Bookfool sent me The Mosiac Bible, newly released from Tyndale this year, when I won it for one of her giveaways. The first half is organized according the liturgical church; you start with Advent, come through Christmas, and next week will be the beginning of Epiphany. There are little devotions you can read all during the week, and then there is the whole Bible in the second half in case you want to read more. Now this sounds perfect.

Instead of obligation reading, I can have devotion reading. Less is more, when I look at one thought, instead of ticking off the days.

16 thoughts on “Sunday Salon: The Mosiac

  1. I read the whole Bible when I converted to Catholicism way back when before I had kids. What was nice was that it had little cliff notes in the margins which helped tremendously. Now my husband and I just do devotionals, which are a very nice way of starting your day!


  2. I have not heard of this Bible. Interesting. I'll have to look for it. I've been where you are and made some changes in how I read daily scriptures as well. I think change is always good and as long as we continue our journey, all is well. Thanks for sharing!


  3. Isn't it great? I love the Mosaic Bible. At the moment, I'm reading *2* Bibles – one for review, one not. When I'm done reviewing, I'll decide which one to continue reading. It's going to be hard; I like both for different reasons. They're both daily Bibles (one chronological with notes, one with some from the OT and some from the New).


  4. Nancy, this was such a gift to me; I can't thank you enough. It's really inspired me to change my reading habits and get closer to where I want to be spiritually. I'm looking forward to your reviews on the one's your currently reading.Hope the 'good luck kitty' charm is working fo you! 🙂


  5. I remember reading parts of the Bible with my sisters as a child. We marveled over the language and ideas but also seemed to understand it on some level. This Mosaic Bible sounds intriguing.


  6. I've read the Bible through twice in conjunction with classes and group studies. I've been looking for a new devotional Bible, and this could be it. I like the idea of reading according to the Liturgical year.Thanks for the info about this, and I hope you find mnany blessings in your reading 🙂


  7. Mm I was raised a Catholic too and I never heard of the Holy Days of Obligation. Not very enticing, isn't it? I read Bible the most in my early twenties. The Year of Searching I call it now 🙂


  8. This sure sounds like a great idea… scriptures arranged according to the liturgical calendar. I've read the Bible through a couple of times in my younger days, and several times the NT since it's much shorter. But only in recently years that I started to have interest in the liturgical calendar. BTW, the past two years at Christmas times, I tried to read something that's relevant to the calendar, like Fleming Rutledge's The Bible and the New York Times, and this past Christmas, Madeleine L'Engle's The Irrational Season. But I've never thought of reading the Bible following the liturgical calendar through out the year! Thanks for this informative post, Bellezza!


  9. This is so interesting – I'm wondering if the Mosaic Bible was conceived as a way to introduce people from non-liturgical traditions to the liturgical year. My tradition (Lutheran) follows the Revised Common Lectionary which is a three-year cycle. You know at the beginning of the year what the lessons will be for each Sunday, and they do follow the liturgical calendar. The lectionary was put together in the early 80's, and I think most "mainline" denominations are participating now.I've found the liturgical year a great aid in combating societal pressures around Christmas, particularly. It can be amusing – Valentine candy's out in the stores and my tree is still up.I had to laugh at the pun in the title. I wonder if someone had their tongue in their cheek, or if there's a hidden theological bias in favor of the Old Testament? 🙂


  10. That's right. Reading the entire Bible just for the sake of having completed it wouldn't be of much benefit, especially in the spiritual sense as you said. It's like solid food that you need to chew well in order to digest more properly :)Enjoy your reading Bellezza!


  11. Hi, I found your blog through Sarah and the Virginia Woolf reading challenge. Your post about the Mosaic Bible is really intriguing, along with the comments. I'm Catholic and very familiar with the holy days of obligation–but never saw them capitalized before! They're really aren't so scarey. All it means is that Catholics are obligated to attend Mass on those days, just as they do on Sundays. There used to be six a year but now there may be fewer. To non-Catholics it might be easier to see them as a spiritual discipline, just like Bible-reading or meditation. As for the Bible, I'm shoulder-deep in it at this stage of my life. If you're interested, check out my Bible blog, "And There Was a Prophetess, Anna," which you can access through my profile at "A Number of Things." In the meantime, enjoy reading Mrs. Dalloway. I look forward to your comments on January 15th.


  12. Wow. That Mosaic Bible sounds fascinating. I might have to check that out. We're "studying" (for want of a better word) the New Testiment this year in church, but I've nevr read the Bible on my own. Only the Book of Mormon.I wanted to let you know that I've given your blog the "One Lovely Blog Award". I love your blog, and regret having left it for so long. I'll stick the link on my desktop with my other "daily sites", so I won't forget!Thanks for being so sweet to me when I first started blogging! I feel like I'm sort of starting all over again after having a few months with practically no blog activity!


  13. The book looks lovely. I do hope it takes you on a very satisfactory spiritual journey.By the way, just thought I'd spring by and let you know that I tagged you for a meme. I hope you join! =)


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