Read the Bible in a Year

Q: How can I get started reading the Bible? I actually made a New Year’s resolution to read the Bible every day (like my grandmother did), but I got bogged down and finally gave up. Maybe you could give me some pointers.


A: I’m thankful for your grandmother’s example; even if she didn’t realize it, she was showing you what is really important in life: living by God’s Word. She knew the truth of the Psalmist’s words: “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path” (Psalm 119:105).

Let me suggest three things to help you get started with your reading of the Bible. First, use a modern translation you can understand; if you don’t already have one, your pastor or local Christian bookseller can give you suggestions. Be sure also it has type that’s easy to read. (My wife used to say that the devil liked nothing better than a Bible with print that was too small to read!)

Second, start with one of the Gospels in the New Testament (I often suggest John). The reason is because the whole Bible points to Jesus Christ—and the Gospels tell us about Him. Later you’ll want to turn to the Old Testament (perhaps Psalms or Proverbs at first), but start with the Bible’s center: Jesus Christ.

Finally, ask God to guide you as you read. Ask Him to help you understand what the passage is all about, and ask Him also to help you apply it to your life. Even if you only read a paragraph or two at a time, God can use it to tell you of His love, and teach you how to live. Let the Psalmist’s prayer become yours: “Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law” (Psalm 119:18).

Have you made a decision for Christ? Pray now.

from “My Answer” by Billy Graham


Read the Bible in a Year

We hope that you will join us in 2018 as we read through the Bible. This calendar features a reading plan that will take you through every book of the Bible in the order they are estimated to have been written. If you read each day’s suggested passage, you’ll finish by year’s end.

This calendar is from the 2018 Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Prayer Calendar. Buy yours today: https://www.billygrahambookstore.org/bgea-prayer-calendar-2018.html.

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3 Comments

  1. Earl Johnson says:

    I am not a very good reader. Some of the words I don’t know or understand. It’s very frustrating so I don’t read much of the Bible. Some of the names are hard to pronounce. Many blessings to you and Billy Graham. I have followed him for 50 years I watch the Billy Graham Classics. God Bless to all and thanks Franklin for following in your dad’s footsteps. Earl.

    1. bglibrary says:

      Hi Earl,

      The Bible can be intimidating, but Billy Graham recommends you read it slowly and in segments. Here’s his advice on that topic: https://billygraham.org/answer/read-the-bible-slowly-and-in-segments/

  2. Rohini Ahtin says:

    I would like to read Bible in one year.

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