90 Days Later: My experience reading the Bible in 90 days
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90 Days Later (+ free printable)

On New Year’s Eve, I wrote this post announcing that I would be reading the Bible through, chronologically, in the first ninety days of 2017.

I was very apprehensive about going public with this goal. Like I admitted in the article, I am a very slow reader. Every time I have ever read through the Bible, it has taken me more than three years. How in the world was I going to be able to get through the whole thing in only ninety days?!

Not only did I decide to go for it, I announced it to the world. What in the was I thinking?!

90 Days Later: My experience reading the Bible in 90 daysThen I got the crazy idea to start a Facebook group for others who might be interested in joining me and looking for a bit of accountability.

There I was. I had decided to go for a goal that seemed by all historical experience to be impossible for me, I announced it to the world, and now I had people relying on me to not only complete the goal but help them stay on track.

Well, I guess that is one way to blast into a new year. LOL

So, here we are ninety days later. Did I do it? Did I read through the whole Bible in ninety days?

Yes. Yes, I did.

Now, there is absolutely no reason to congratulate me. This had nothing to do with my ability. As Paul says in 2 Corinthians 12:9, “I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.” I am so very weak, especially in the area of reading but God has the power to do anything He desires including helping me get through all sixty-six books of His inspired and perfect Word in three months.

What I Learned

90 Days Later: My experience reading the Bible in 90 daysI learned a few tricks that helped me. Not every one is the same but these tips really helped me out.

  1. I read along as I listened. I used a Bible app and had the narrator read to me as I followed along in the app.
  2. I sped up the reader’s sped to 1.25. At this speed, I was still able to fully understand what he was saying but it forced me to concentrate more. My mind tends to wander so when the speed is faster my mind has to actively listen to catch everything and it keeps me from getting distracted.
  3. I developed a ritual. After my husband left for work each morning, I would sit on the couch and drink my coffee as I listened and followed along. If I ever waited until later in the day, I would forget every time so, for me, it has to be first thing in the morning. I will say, toward the end, I got away from this and it did take away from my concentration.
  4. I listened while doing household chores when I needed to catch up a couple of days. There were a couple of times when I went out of town or had company and I knew it would be difficult to get my readings in during those times so I would double up a few days ahead of time and then a few days after, if necessary.
  5. Weekends are tough for me, especially Saturdays, I often had to double up on Sunday or Monday.
  6. I didn’t let missing a couple of days get me down. I just doubled up and kept going.
  7. I have so much respect and amazement at mothers, especially those who were able to stick with this plan. You ladies are my heroes!

What’s Next

I will say that there were many times that my mind wandered and I missed chucks of what I was reading/listening to. This is why it is so important that reading the Bible quickly not become the only way you feed on God’s Word. It is a wonderful way to get a grand picture, a bird’s eye view, but it is not a good way to truly feast on His Word.

So, what is my plan after this? Well, I plan to go through one book at a time and slowly digest it. Our women’s ministry at church is going through the book of James so I will be in that book for a while.

90 Day Chronological Bible Reading PlanIt is my plan to take one book a month and really dig in. Some books will likely require several months. That plan will take several years. Sixty-six books, even at one book a month, will take a minimum of five and a half years. I so look forward to how much the Holy Spirit is going to teach me in the next few years. I am so excited!

I highly recommend you do the Bible in ninety days at least once. It is a great way to see all of God’s beautiful story at one glance before diving in deeper. I plan to do this every couple of years just to refresh myself and remember where all the pieces fit.

If you would like to download a free copy of the chronological plan I used, subscribe to the A Narrow-Minded Woman Newsletter and I will send you the link to the download library. In the library you will find a link to download this reading plan along with several other free downloads I offer.

Did you join me in these last ninety days? Did you finish? What did you think of reading it all at once? What did you learn from the process? I would love to hear about your experience.

If you completed the 90 day Bible reading, don’t forget to enter for a chance to win the ESV Reader’s Bible 6-Volume Set at Knowable Word.

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  • Thanks for sharing your reflections on the reading, and for sharing our drawing at Knowable Word!

  • Good for you sweet lady! Glad you linked this post with The Blended Blog! Have a gorgeous weekend!

  • Amy Hall

    Please share which app you used that had narration. I’ve only recently discovered your blog and have really enjoyed it. Keep it up!

    • I used the YouVersion Bible app but there are lots of apps out there that include audio versions now days. Very exciting times we live in. 🙂

  • Karrilee Aggett

    Wow… I am reading the Bible through chronologically -but I am doing it in a YEAR! LOL! Still – these tips are great and many of them are what has kept me on track as well! (The narration is SO helpful for me… and the grace to double up on days when needed!) Loved this!

  • Congrats on keeping with your goal and leading others with YOU! 😉

  • Now I REALLY want to do this. My husband and I read through each year, out loud and together, and the weekends get us every time. We always have to play catch up. Great idea to listen at 1.25. I’m going to try that with podcasts.

  • I’ve been wanting to do this! I’m definitely going to check out your plan, but I have a chronological Bible, so I’m worried it may not match up (they all seem to differ just a touch). I did some research, and I figure as long as I read roughly 14 chapters per day, I should be able to get it all read.

  • Well, my challenge in January of 2016, was to read a Chapter/verse or verses each morning first thing when I open the computer. I have met that challenge and on Sundays of course I read the Sunday School lesson verses. I have found that I study the versus better, and try to understand the full meaning. God’s word is what will sustain us through the tough times. Thank for sharing.

    • I totally agree. It is very important to study slowly for the vast majority of your Bible study. However, it is good to get an over-all, big-picture look at the entire Bible from time to time.

  • Yeah, that is one drawback to reading chronologically. I found that reading those repetitive parts all in one sitting helped get past that. 🙂

  • I’m a slow bible reader. I tend to read one book at a time and re-read for understanding, as well as use my bible dictionary and commentaries. It’s amazing how you can discover something new each time and your understanding grows with each read.

    I’ve never listened to the bible on audio, that sounds like something great, especially for those Old Testament books that are filled with names!

    Enjoy your next step into God’s Word! : )

  • I like the idea of listening to the reading of scripture while following along. That would be so helpful for me. Thanks for sharing on Grace and Truth.

  • Jann Olson

    I am a fast reader. Often I read and then I think, “what did I just read?” Reading out loud or listening to it helps me to understand better. Thanks for sharing with SYC. Oh, and yes great job!!
    hugs,
    Jann

  • Congratulations! You made so many great points about what you learned. They apply to any reading plan. Thanks for sharing. You have definitely challenged me!

  • Connie

    I love this idea, I am going to have to try this. And thank you for the of copy of the plan.
    Thanks for sharing this at the LMM link up! Hope to see you at the next
    link up.

    Connie

  • Well done! That is an amazing accomplishment, and what an enriching thing to do! Thank you for sharing your experience, hints and tips and the printable as well. Although I’ve read most of the Bible in bits, reading it as one is something I aspire to do so I do thank you for sharing with us at Hearth and Soul! Tweeting your post.

  • Kileen

    Thank you for sharing at Ravenwould!

  • Erin

    Wow!!! Very impressive!!