It’s likely that you have read through the Bible many times. And it is possible that you are like many in your congregation who have tried multiple times, as a New Year’s resolution, and lost their way in about mid-February as God lays down the law in great detail to the children of Israel in the wilderness.
As you mentor those who have a difficult time reading the Bible, you’ve probably used a variety of resources that are available through your denomination, or that you and your church have developed. There are certainly many ways that you can help your church avoid getting stuck in the wilderness.
As a publisher, we provide many of those resources. Like you, we’re looking for every which way to help those who have struggled with long-form Bible reading. This year, we’re fascinated by a new entry in the read-through-the-Bible category, The NLT Daily Readers Bible, compiled by 2K/Denmark (it’s in English!)
We think you, even as a longtime Bible reader, will find this new Bible to be a rich and valuable new reading experience.
Here’s how it works:
The NLT Daily Reader’s Bible offers the promise of reading the entire Bible in one year. But rather than providing a canonical progression through the Old Testament and New Testament, each day’s reading includes three passages—one is selected from the Stories of the Bible (the Old Testament books of Genesis through Esther and the New Testament books of Matthew through Acts), another from the Teachings of the Bible from the prophetic books of the Old Testament (Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel through Malachi) and the letters of the New Testament (Romans through Revelation), and the final passage selected from the Wisdom of the Bible (Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, and Lamentations). The entire text of the Bible is uniquely arranged for daily reading that can be completed in about 15 minutes per day.
Daily Themes. Each of the 365 selections of three readings flows from daily themes. This thematic approach to devotional reading ties together the passages you are reading each day.
For example, the theme for Reading #7 is I am the Good Shepherd with readings from John 9:1-10:21, Zechariah 11:4-12:14, and Psalms 22:19-31 — all pointing to the Good Shepherd and his role in our lives.
The theme of Reading #90 is A Gracious Giver of Peace and Mercy, with scripture from Numbers 5:11-6:27, Isaiah 18:1-19:4, and Psalm 108.
Numbered Readings. Each daily reading is numbered, so you can start any time of the year (not just on January 1!).
Uncluttered. The reading experience is not interrupted by chapter numbers, verse numbers, section headings or textual notes.
Unique Page and Type Design. The innovative interior design gives the reader visual cues for which of the three scripture types they are reading through layout and font selection. The Story is presented in a three-column format in sans-serif font. The Teachings are presented in a two-column setting in a serif font. Wisdom is presented in a one-column setting to preserve the feel of the poetic passages and is presented in an italicized font.
New Living Translation. The Daily Readers Bible includes the entire New Living Translation of the Bible, organized thematically in 365 readings. The NLT is the trusted Bible translation that you can most comfortably read, understand, and actively apply to your life.
Posted on November 18, 2021
Jim Jewell is Senior Director of Marketing & Communication for Tyndale Bibles. Prior to joining Tyndale, his career included agency work in brand marketing and public relations, serving dozens of prominent ministries and businesses, and he was chief of staff for Chuck Colson for more than a decade.
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