Read Through the Bible in 90 Days: A Challenge

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bible-in-90-daysMy readers know how much I love a good challenge. A $5 Challenge… a Giving Challenge. But this one is the biggest yet. A challenge to read through the. entire. Bible. in 90 days. Whew!

I have never actually read through the Bible in its entirety, and I know it’s a lofty goal. But with a special Bible, a reading schedule, and an entire online community supporting this task, it can be done. And with Amy (why are there so many bloggers named Amy?) leading the way starting January 1st, I can’t think of a better time to do so.

In Amy’s words, a guest post:

Have you ever thought about reading the Bible… the whole thing, from start to finish?

I thought about it for years, and even attempted a few times on my own, before I discovered Bible in 90 Days, joined a group at my church and read the whole thing without stopping, cover to cover.

I was so blown away by the experience that I offered to facilitate it at my next church and have since facilitated several more times, trained facilitators and now plan to host an online community via my blog, MomsToolbox.

If you have ever considered reading the whole Bible, I cannot recommend strongly enough that you join me January 1- March 31, 2010, as I read and blog through the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, bit by bit, in order, every day.

If you would like to join our online community, here’s what you’ll need to do:

  • Plan to set aside about an hour each day from January 1- March 31 for an incredibly enriching experience.
  • Get your hands on a Bible in 90 Days Bible (only $14.39 on Amazon) or from your local Christian bookstore.
  • Consider also purchasing the Bible in 90 Days Participant’s Guide which offers weekly questions for you ponder to gain more insight from your reading. (I’ll be using these questions for our weekly Twitter meet-ups.)
  • Consider purchasing the Bible in 90 Days Essential Bible Companion, which offers a snapshot of information to help you make it through each week’s reading without getting distracted by researching on the internet.
  • Bookmark my site, www.MomsToolbox.com, and plan to visit January 1- March 31 after you have completed each day’s reading to see what I learned and report in that you have read for the day.
  • Follow me on Twitter (@MomsToolbox) and plan to be on Twitter every Monday night of the program from 9-10 CST (much like a study meeting—just online!) when we can ask and answer each other’s questions. Use and look for the #B90Days hashtag for our group discussion (not required to participate).

I would bet some of you are asking “Why this particular Bible?” Here’s why:

The official Bible in 90 Days Bible is an NIV Bible, so it is an easy-to-read direct translation. This edition has large type, minimal footnotes and indicates where you should start and stop reading each day. Sure, you could accomplish this goal using your own Bible, but the statistics point to a huge success ratio for those using this official Bible… and not so much success for those who choose to use a different one. And don’t you want to succeed this time?

Although we won’t be meeting in person, my prayer is that via almost-daily online communication on my blog, as well as on Twitter we can still hold each other accountable, helping each other to accomplish our goal to read every word of the Bible attentively in 90 days.

I’d love to encourage you in this endeavor. It has been life-changing for me.

I cannot express how much reading the bible in 90 days has helped me with every study I have participated in and every sermon I have heard since then. I now know the context of the stories. I know where to find them… and I can clearly see how they are related. And to read about Christ and the fulfillment of countless prophesies just after you’ve read about those prophesies is amazing!

If you’re up for the challenge, I’m up for encouraging you every step of the way.

Pray about it. Think about it… And click on over to MomsToolbox.com to let me know if you’d like to join in the challenge and to learn more. But do it soon so you’ll be ready to start 2010 in His Word… all of it!

Hope to see you there!

** If you still have questions, plan to follow me on Twitter and join me for our first Twitter chat this Monday, December 21 from 9-10 CST. I’ll be there ready to chat about the program and would love to answer any questions you may have.

Alyssa here: When Amy first approached me about participating, I knew this was a great fit for my blog and my new perspective. One of my blogging goals for 2010 is incorporating more of my faith into my writing, along with coupons and deals, of course. But I was not sure if I could accept this challenge. I know myself. My evenings are hectic. Between the house, the kids, my marriage, and my blog, my life is jam-packed. And that’s exactly why I NEED this challenge. I need accountability. I need more of God’s Word in my life.

So… I accept. {gulp}

Are you in?

Stay tuned for an upcoming giveaway of the materials needed to participate. I hope you will join me!

Comments

  1. Brian R says

    I am doing this right now in a small group at church, it looks daunting but totally doable. We started in Oct and about to hit the NT. You will have to make scarifies(TV and Web for me) but knowing God and reading his word is worth it every bit.

    Good luck on your journey, i am glad i did it

    • Jessica says

      I just wanted to say that it’s awesome that you’re planning to do this! I am trying to read through it in a year, and some days I find it tough to find the time. I really need to incorporate God into my life more, and I’m hoping this will help. I have also never been taught much from the Bible at all! Time to dive right in!

      I started on Dec 1 with this list:
      http://www.bibleinayear.org/chrono_Sched.asp
      So there is an easier way to go for people who might not be able to squeeze in the 90 day challenge — and that list is chronological which I think is neat! :)

      Good luck! Can’t wait to read about it!

      PS – Google Chrome isn’t showing fields to enter name, email, or website. They just disappeared while using FireFox, but they were there a second ago. Thought you should know!

      • Alyssa Francis says

        Jessica-
        Thanks so much for the heads up on the comment issue. Apparently it was happening on several blogs, but it seems to be resolved now.

        I think reading through it in a year is a very respectable goal! I agree, time to dive right in. :)

  2. says

    I’m afraid I shouldn’t commit to something I don’t think I’ll deliver. Have you ever used the One Year Bible? I highly recommend it!!! Not the chronological one, but the one that has a little OT, NT, psalms and proverbs every day. And then you know you are reading it every year for sure and could do other studies in addition. My son ripped mine up a bit, so I’m missing a few dates now, time to put that back on the Christmas wish list. :)

  3. Puna Butay says

    Aloha from Kauai Alyssa & Amy….I just ordered my books and I’m so excited! Thank you for sharing this awesome oppurtunity for me to reconnect with my Lord and Savior!!! I’m gonna head on over to join Amy’s blog after I finish this post. As we say in Hawaiian, Mahalo Nui Loa….Thank you very much….Puna

  4. Derek Cormier says

    Wow, 90 days seems so quick, I don’t think I could do it. I am actually going to doing a “Bible 365″ starting on Jan 1st and blogging about it. I am looking forward to it.

    Thank you for posting this awesome information.

  5. says

    I decided to pray about this challenge… we’ll see. I’m horrible, I really don’t want to do it.
    .-= Kimberly´s last blog ..free personalized ESPN poster =-.

  6. Heather says

    This is great! I actually read the bible through from cover to cover for the first time with my first pregnancy. I’m doing it again for this new baby, too! :)

  7. Diane says

    Thank you for the link to the reading schedule. I would love to participate, but I’m not fond of the NIV. I like my new NLT.
    .-= Diane´s last blog ..a very productive week =-.

  8. Amanda says

    I’ve been wanting to read through the entire bible for a while now, I think I will accept your challenge starting in January. I will probably use my bible though, but thanks for recommending this one. :)
    .-= Amanda´s last blog ..No Coupon’s This Sunday =-.

  9. veronica says

    help!!! is there a site or somewhere that i can print out a sheet of this? my dad is part of a prison ministry and wants to have the sheets for an inmate!! he sent me on a search mission to find it!!!! please e mail me at vero_o13@yahoo.com if you can help!! thank you!!

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