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Enjoy the journey. The goal will take care of itself.,
This review is from: The One Year Bible: The entire English Standard Version arranged in 365 daily readings (Paperback)
The ESV is a wonderful English translation to read and study. I've been using this One Year Bible arrangement for daily reading since the beginning of this year. I have some reservations about the format. The OYB takes you through the Old Testament and New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs in parallel. A selection from each is given for each day of the year that takes you through the whole Bible (Psalms twice) in one year. Each parallel track of readings is presented in the order in which they appear in a standard Protestant Bible. I have used other daily Bible reading plans before and I think they have advantages over the OYB:
1) A supplemental reading plan lets you use your regular Bible. Since the readings in the OYB are not arranged in the standard order, it can't easily be used for any other purpose than following its order of daily readings. I think it's important to get familiar with the Bible in its standard format because that is what is assumed for every other use. Most reading plans that supplement the text (instead of rearrange it the way the OYB does) fit in a slim volume that isn't difficult to carry around with your regular Bible.
2) You can find reading plans that add more value than the order specified by the OYB. The main goal of the OYB just seems to be to get you through it in a year reading something from each of the 4 tracks each day. This is OK, but other plans are more sensitive to the church calendar or will take you through the Bible in a more chronological order. To me those methods seem more valuable for a daily reading plan.
3) The OYB assigns readings for each date in the year. This sets the pace pressures you to "catch up" if you miss a day or two. Why be in a hurry if you can't read all the assigned passages in one day?
The binding of the 2002 paperback edition is good and the text is easy to read, but the cover has a thin plastic skin on it that came loose after a few weeks of use and peeled off like a bad sunburn. The surface underneath is a little sticky. Hopefully they've fixed that with this edition.
I think I'll finish out the year with this Bible, but next year it's back to something else.