I have endeavored on multiple occasions to read the Bible in a year and have succeeded a few times. It was not an easy feat, but it was accomplished; although I managed to do it, it’s something I would only recommend for some. Reading the Bible in a year can be a great way to gain a broad understanding of the text and does help refresh our memories of many events and stories, but even with that fact, I have taken a break from doing it. Here are some reasons why:

It can be overwhelming

The Bible is a lengthy text, and reading it in a year requires a commitment to daily reading. For some people, this can be overwhelming and may lead to burnout. On my last few attempts, this is exactly what happened. I would start strong, and then it would be over once I missed a day or two. Each day requires you to read a few chapters, and once you are at least 6-9 chapters behind, it is hard to catch up again. Possible, yes, but also difficult.

It may not allow for deeper study

Bible-in-a-year plans are a great way to get a broad picture of the text, but they may not allow for a deeper study of individual passages or themes. Many times, I found myself glossing and skimming over chapters, not really getting anything out of what I was reading. I would then try and implement supplemental studies and later found myself overwhelmed. I felt like I was doing too much. It wasn’t very encouraging and made the goal less sustainable.

It may not fit with individual learning styles

Reading the Bible in a year is not for everyone. Some people prefer to read at a slower pace or focus on a particular book or section of the Bible rather than trying to read the entire text in a year. This is what I do now. Will I, at some point, attempt to read the Bible in a year again? Absolutely! But for now, I want to tackle less text to understand more.

Overall, it is a valuable experience, but it’s important to approach it with a realistic mindset and to be open to other approaches to Bible reading and study. Should you try it? Why not? You may be someone who can easily take on the challenge. Whether you decide to try it out or not, you should have a study plan and be in the Word regularly. In a later post, I will share some resources to help you be in the Word regularly, so stay tuned.

SDG – “Soli Deo Gloria”



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2 thoughts on “Why I Stopped Reading Bible-In-A-Year Plans

  1. Mable Archer says:

    I had a similar problem in the past. I’d start off just fine then life would get in the way. So this time around I am doing two or three days reading at a time when my schedule permits. That way when life does get in the way on any given day, and I am unable to get to a lesson, it is usually already done. I need only reflect back on it. This process has done much to relieve my guilt of not being able to stick to a plan.

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