Survey the Bible in one year, reading only 15 verses a day!
Download a PDF of the plan:
Beginners’ Bible Reading Plan
What parts of the Bible will I read? Readings are included from every book of the Bible. This plan includes about 4,472 key verses out of 31,103 verses in the whole Bible. (That’s over 14% or 1/7th of the Bible.) Passages are arranged mostly in chronological order, with 8 months of Old Testament readings and 4 months in the New Testament.
How were the verses chosen? Passages were chosen that (a) trace the big story of the whole Bible with some of its central themes, (b) reflect the literary and topical diversity of the Bible, and (c) avoid some potentially embarrassing “adult content.”
Who should use this reading plan? I created this guide for my 5-year-old, who is an eager reader. (She has been thoroughly puzzled by some of the passages she’s read—such as Ezekiel 1. That’s okay. I’m puzzled by some of the same passages!) But this plan is equally well-suited for several kinds of adults—those new to the Bible, slower readers, or anyone who wants to survey highlights of the Bible at a pace that gives plenty of time for meditation. This plan does not take the place of plans that cover the whole Bible.
What is the suggested reading schedule? There are 25 readings each month, averaging less than 15 verses a day. Each monthly handout can be completed by following one of these suggested schedules: (1) Read 6 days a week until finished; (2) Read 5 days a week plus do one 5-reading day each month. Since you use a new handout each month, you will be alerted at the end of each month if you are falling behind. And should you fall behind, readings are short enough that you can easily read two a day until you catch up.
When can I begin? There are 12 reading guides—one for each month. Months are unnamed on the handouts, so you can begin any time of the year. Why not start today?
Here are the readings for the first month: