This post is a follow up to this letter given out at Brannockstown Baptist in the run-up to the New Year of 2018.
Here is a two year plan to read the whole Bible. The plan is designed to line up with this book. If you want to try this plan, it’d be great to read this article first, which explains a bit more about the plan and the book.
If time pressure is off, you might want to try Search the Scriptures, a guide to study the whole Bible more closely over three years.
A great resource for teens is Engage. It gives a bit of help with the passage for each day, as well as hot-topic articles, and takes you through the entire Bible in five years.
There are lots of bible reading notes for kids, but one that would take them through all the turning points of the Bible in a year (without covering every chapter or verse) is Exploring the Bible. It could be a good one for families to do together!
Finally, a super video resource for the year is Speak Life’s Reading Between The Lines series on Youtube. It shouldn’t take the place of reading the Bible for yourself, but gives a fantastic little ~7-minute blast of encouragement from the Bible every day for a whole year as it hops, skips and jumps from Genesis to Revelation.
New Year reading ideas
This list of books is designed to give you one recommendation on a particular topic. It’s also designed to introduce a variety of authors who are well worth reading. If you’re ordering books, you can sometimes get a good second-hand book through Amazon, or try The Good Book Company, 10ofthose, and ICM books (often well-priced and promptly despatched). Watch out for currency conversion and postage charges… Why not see if you can read one Christian book per month in 2018?
About God / God the Father… Knowing God (J.I.Packer)
About Jesus… The Cross of Christ (John Stott)
About God the Holy Spirit… Experiencing the Spirit (Graham Beynon)
About suffering… Invest Your Suffering (Paul Mallard)
About sex & sexuality… A Better Story (Glynn Harrison)
About marriage… The Meaning of Marriage (Tim & Kathy Keller)
About the Bible… God’s Big Picture (Vaughan Roberts)
About evangelism… Know and Tell the Gospel (John Chapman)
About mission… Finish the Mission (John Piper & David Mathis eds)
About church… Nine Marks of a Healthy Church (Mark Dever)
About God’s work in us… The Hole in our Holiness (Kevin De Young)
About family/parenting… Gospel Centred Family (Tim Chester & Ed Moll)
About friendship… True Friendship (Vaughan Roberts)
About heaven… Eternity Changes Everything (Stephen Witmer)
About prayer… Enjoy your Prayer Life (Michael Reeves)
About doctrine… Know the Truth (Bruce Milne)
About big questions/apologetics… The Reason for God (Tim Keller)
About busyness… The Busy Christian’s Guide to Busyness (Tim Chester)