Reading The Bible as Literature Event

Roofbeam Reader began this event in January, an idea to read through the Bible in 2018. He developed a plan, to follow as arduously or loosely as one chooses, and he has faithfully posted his progress on his blog and Instagram (using the tag #2018BibleRBR).

I, too, have been reading through the Bible as I try to do every year. Many years I have gone all the way to the end, others I’ve gotten lost before the finish line. But, I am so encouraged by my reading this year that I am ahead of schedule. I have read from Genesis through Deuteronomy, and just last night I began Joshua.

I think that a small part of this is because I bought a compact Bible on sale this Christmas for $9.00 (now it is 11.00) and it has given me “permission” to write all over it. I do not feel concerned about ruining a gorgeous leatherbound Bible with real gilt edging, several of which I have in my collection.

Also, because of it’s slim size, I am not holding a massive tome that is difficult to manage. I can easily read several chapters in bed before I go to sleep, which is what I do every night.

But, this is not an ad for a bookstore or a personal praise report on my own reading. This is to say that if you have never read the Bible before, or if you’ve read it only rarely, you would be surprised how it is new every morning. Somehow, the Word falls fresh and seems to hit exactly where it is most needed.

Finally, here is a picture of some passages I underlined just last night:

Four times we are told to “be strong and courageous.” Four times in one chapter. And that is excellent advice which I find myself needing on a daily basis.


2 thoughts on “Reading The Bible as Literature Event

  1. I’ve been working my way through the Bible this year as well and I bought two Bibles for this purpose. Both are journaling Bibles. One is hardbacked and stays at my office because that is where I do my studying. But I love that version so much, I recently purchased a softbacked version of the same Bible for home and for me to take to my Life Group. I was having trouble toting that sucker around. Not now. I write in both but most of my in depth writing is in the hardbacked version.

    I love to read the Bible first thing in the morning. It sets the tone for my entire day.

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  2. I hope to read first thing when I retire, but now there isn’t time. Or, I guess I should say it’s working for me to read at night. It wraps up the day in peace and helps me sleep.

    Do you find when you’ve written in one book/Bible you want those notes when you’re reading the other? Having several Bibles has come to annoy me, sometimes, because my notes are all over the place. Yet I love several translations and they all have carried meaning over certain phases of my life…

    After Billy Graham’s death this week, and thinking so much about him, I would love to see his Bible.

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