Friday, March 1, 2013

A Woman’s Guide to Reading the Bible in a Year

The Bible in a Year
A Woman's Guide to Reading the Bible in a Year
-A life-changing journey into the heart of God 
  • Written by Diane Stortz
  • Designed for any 66 Book Bible
  • Works for Groups or Solitary Study
  • Paperback Edition - 144 Pages
  • Bethany House Publishers 
  • Suggested Retail Price - $9.99
Many people who set out to read the Bible faithfully often lose their zeal before they make it through the Old Testament.  Diane Stortz has set up a 52 week journey through a 66 book Bible that is not the traditional front to back straight line, but more of a Bible hop.

Grouped into themes such as Songs of Trust and Joy, a selection of seven readings is listed with a check off box next to each one.  There are also checkpoints listed for the leader to look for.  Each week begins with a few paragraphs about the readings for the week, and then there are quotes and prompts with spaces available to fill in thoughts.

The book does not begin on a specific date.  The studies are labeled by the week.  Begin when you want and if life interferes, simply pick up where you have left off.

To do this successfully set aside between 15-30 minutes a day.  The plan does not require a huge time commitment.  The format makes it more fun, less daunting, and the discussion is aimed at a woman's heart which makes it easier to come back to.  

The book begins with the chapter "Stories of the Journey".  It is an introduction not just to the book, but to the author and some of other women she would like us to know.  This is followed by instructions for using the book, and after that are some pages for those who will be doing the study as a group.  

The next pages are titled "The Bible we Read Today" and they delve into a bit of basic Bible History.  There is also a page depicting the books of the Bible.  The graphic depicts 66 books, so Catholic readers will want to extend the study a few weeks to include the books of Tobit, Judith, Baruch, Wisdom, Sirach, 1 and 2 Maccabees, and parts of Esther and Daniel.

In the back of the book there are Old and New Testament Timelines, a list of resources that might be helpful, and a reading plan.  There are also the acknowledgements, references, and information about the author.

This is plan is easy to follow, inviting, and will hold the interest of the reader.