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There are a variety of ways to read the whole Bible in a year. I have found it helpful to read the Bible chronologically in order to better understand the flow and framework of the Bible’s grand narrative.

Union University professor, George Guthrie, has developed the Read the Bible for Life Chronological plan. You can download the plan in a two-page format here for free. If you’d like to go ahead and get a Bible that is structured according to the plan, you can do so with the HCSB “Reading God’s Story” Bible. It comes with a companion piece written by Dr. Guthrie – summary paragraphs offering some guidance for each day’s reading.

There is also a free booklet version of the Read the Bible for Life 4+1 Reading Plan. The plan is similar to the Discipleship Journal plan, but in addition to reading in four different places in the Scriptures, you read a psalm a day and cycle through the psalms twice in the year. Also, the plan is semi-chronological, placing the prophets and the NT letters in rough chronological order. This plan can be downloaded in booklet form here.

For other options, check out 3 story-focused ways to read the Bible, as well as storied approaches to evangelism (including the excellent resource: The Story of Hope).


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2 thoughts on “Read the Bible as One Story”

  1. kennethh says:

    This bible reading plan is strange to say the least. How did this formula come about? Is there correlation involved? So many questions, I do hope that more information about the origins of this bible reading plan emerges. If just to give more insight and to answer folks questions.

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