Reading the Bible in Ten Different Places

Inspired by Bob Kauflin’s experiences so far, I’ve decided to begin Prof. Grant Horner’s Bible reading system for the next month (and possibly longer if I can keep it up).

I’ve been reading the Bible through every year since the age of 18, and with a few years off here and there am approaching 10 years reading the Bible ‘in a year’. I’ve used numerous methods from chronologically or simply cover-to-cover, in a variety of translations.

This year I thought I’d give this a go (for a month at least!) and see how I go. The plan involves reading one chapter from ten different places in the Bible each time you read. Once you reach the end of a section you start over. Having recently read the Bible through in 90 days (believe it or not, I was on track up until the New Testament ;-). I’m intrigued by the fact that you read a chapter of Acts every day, and have read of others who have swapped this to Romans for example.

I’ve created some bookmarks, adapted from Nathan Bingham. You’re welcome to download the PDF by clicking the image below (or get the editable PSD here) if you want to give it a go yourself. Let me know how you get on!

[If you have an iOS device (iPhone/iPad) with Olive Tree installed, you may well also be interested in this article.]

10 thoughts on “Reading the Bible in Ten Different Places

  1. So still lost, you read a chapter of Acts every day? Is that why it is day zero? And then for days 1 to 9 you read whatever is with that number?


  2. Hi Sam, just came across this post and was wondering which of the ways of reading through the Bible in a year you’ve liked best? I did it a while back but don’t remember what plan I used, and was thinking of giving it another go in 2011…any tips?


  3. Hi Kat,
    Thanks for your question – it’s certainly a massively worthwhile thing to do and if you can be disciplined to stick at it you won’t regret it!
    It might be worth sampling a few of the different types here via youversion or BibleGateway. This will give you a bit of an idea of what’s out there by way of choice.
    A couple of issues to think about include:
    – What Bible version do you want to read through in? (it may well be, if you’re starting out that something like a New Living Translation – which tends to be an easier read – but choose a translation you feel most comfortable and familiar with reading first time out). I’d certainly recommend picking a version and sticking with it through…
    – Do you want to read the Bible from cover to cover (quite ambitious) or perhaps chronologically (roughly reading the events in the order that they happened rather than book by book)? Many people find it helpful to read a bit of old Testament, a portion of New Testament and a Psalm, for example, every day to give a varied diet and to save getting ‘bogged down’ in Ezekiel… The disadvantage is that you will find yourself doing a lot of ‘flicking through’ the Bible every day to find the passages you’re to read.
    – Do you want to buy a dedicated ‘Bible in a Year’ book that guides you through the passages with commentary or work through using your own Bible? If you have an iPhone / smartphone ‘youversion’ (above) have an excellent set of plans that mean you can read a quick chapter at any point in the day….
    Do give it a go and let me know how you get on – it’s a massively worthwhile thing to do that requires perseverance. Don’t get discouraged if you fall behind – keep going and the Lord will bless you!


  4. Hello I’m Shira from Israel I am also studying the Torah (because I live in Israel) and Sam you’re right Bible is nothing parcel of our lives


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