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Reading God's Story, Hardcover: A Chronological Daily Bible Hardcover – November 1, 2011
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Reading God’s Story will take you on a one-year journey through the entire Bible as the events actually unfolded. This unique design will help you clearly see the grand story of the Bible as well as better understand how the smaller parts fit within the larger story. Unlike other chronological Bibles, the daily readings in this arrangement are not dated, so you can begin using this edition at any point in the calendar year.
You’ll get a better view of God’s grand story in three easy-to-remember acts and 17 memorable scenes—
Act 1: God’s Plan for All People
Act 2: God’s Covenant People
Act 3: God’s New Covenant People
Introductions are provided for each act and scene to orient you to their importance and remind you of where you are in the grand story.
You’ll never lose your spot with a 52- week reading plan page design (six days of Bible reading per week).
Plus, you have access to a free App and daily chronological audio podcasts to keep you connected wherever you go.
About the Author
George H. Guthrie is the Benjamin W. Perry Professor of Bible at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. He helped establish and is now a Senior Fellow at Union's Ryan Center for Biblical Studies, which is committed to promoting sound Bible reading, study, and interpretation at the grassroots level of the church. Guthrie is also the author of Read the Bible for Life and has participated in developing or revising several popular Bible translations including the HCSB, English Standard Version, and New Living Translation.
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There are some programs that pick items to read in the Old and New Testament each day, some just fill Psalms into each reading. I was intrigued a couple years ago by a chronological reading program, and my wife and I completed it together. We both agreed that it was definitely a nice way to read, because it gave a better picture of where the stories in scripture sit relative to the overall timeline. The only tough point we had was the reading on Sundays, because of all days those seemed to be the most full for us. I also had wanted to find a book that used the Holman Christian Standard version because I had really enjoyed reading it for church or Bible studies.
That brings me to the point where I found out about "Reading God's Story: A Chronological Daily Bible". It really has been a joy to read this. There are a lot of things to like about it, and it also addresses some of the little things that were pain points with the other one we did.
First, the translation is great. I'm not one who will argue at length about which version of the Bible you use, but when it comes to something I am going to be reading daily I want it to be modern, but meaningful. Paraphrase translations are probably the easiest read for most people, but the HCSB is definitely my favorite to read lately. There are some key passages where the word choice of the translation really conveys a better meaning. As an example, compare Romans 6:18 where most say "set free" this one says "liberated". I just really like that phrasing because it shows that someone came to the rescue rather than someone just releasing you.
Second, there is no pressure to read the whole day in one sitting, but it is easy to do so. Where other programs base the layout of the readings on calendar days, this one is just tied in to weeks and days. It does have a slight bias for the first day of a week being Monday, but that is actually a benefit. The weeks come with six days of scripture, and then the seventh day is just a quick recap of what you have read. There are also some additional pieces to read at the beginning of the various acts they have broken the Bible up into, but the whole thing really just flows like you were reading a screenplay or something similar.
Third, I have really enjoyed that the chronology that is being used is based on the subject rather than just when the particular passage was written. So, seeing a little bit of John 1 on the second reading tied right in to the creation story in Genesis and the psalms about creation that were also there. There is a definite thrust to telling "God's Story" with the way the readings are laid out.
Overall, I'm a few weeks in, and I didn't feel stressed that I hadn't started on January 1. The reading has been good, and the time has been fruitful because the pace is enough to allow me to soak in what I've read. I would highly recommend this for someone who just wants to read the entire Bible, but also for people who have struggled to understand the big picture of Scripture.
This one, however, stands out to me. It's set-up in a way I like. It makes it easy for me to read and it calls me when it's time to read it every day because of the daily set-up/lay-out.
The HCSB (Holman Christian Standard Bible) was also put together by biblical scholars I trust and are very reputable.
I have bought the reading guide, the workbook, the Bible in hardbound, and the Bible on my Amazon Kindle Fire, if that tells you anything. There are lots of other things I could do with my money, but this is what I chose to spend it on and am glad for it. I started to read the Bible on 30 November and have yet missed a reading. This is saying something.
Furthermore, I know that I will return to this Bible year after year. I will be buying it for all the close Christians in my life.
I highly recommend this Bible.
However, I was very disappointed when I followed the QR code to check out the companion app. It is advertised as free and appears to include audiobook-like podcasts for free. Instead, the only thing free with this app is the HCS text, other features are all in-app purchases. In addition, the iPhone app has not been updated since 2012 meaning that the app is 4 versions behind the current iOS. Disappointing. The least a publisher could do is recompile the app into the current operating system and make sure it works on those devices.