You CAN Read Through the Bible!

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ” Matthew 4:4 NIV

I confess. I’ve never read through the entire Bible. Of course, for years when January finally arrives I commit to read through the Bible, but midway through February, I fizzle out.

I’m sure no one can relate!

Well, this time it’s different. I’ve been working through The Message Bible//Remix for a while now. It’s a daily Bible reading program that can be accomplished in a year or longer. I’m going for the longer plan.

There are several things I LOVE about this Bible:

*It’s the Bible in novel form. No scripture references or chapters, it just reads like a story.

*It’s in modern English. Nothing gives a new and fresh perspective to an old story like the Message translation. Think you know the scriptures? Try reading it in this version.

*It alternates Old Testament reading from New Testament reading AND it shows the parallels in each story.

*The readings are numbered by days, BUT there are little breaks and pauses clearly marked in case you’re on the four year plan like me! No pressure to make my required daily reading. I just stick in my bookmark and pick up where I left off.

*There are little pause breaks to reflect on the reading and many other features to help reading through the Bible more bite size and fun! This helps especially throughout Numbers and Chronicles!

So if you’ve been meaning to read through the Bible and never quite made it past the Old Testament, I highly recommend The Message//Remix.

Need proof? I’m about 1/4th of the way through. The farthest I’ve ever gotten and I’m enjoying my readings without the guilt of a reading plan!

8 Responses to You CAN Read Through the Bible!
  1. Melissa Mashburn
    September 16, 2010 | 3:39 pm

    I LOVE my Message Bible, I couldn’t put it down, it shined a light on my favorite Scriptures and made me hungry to re-read them in my NLT, NIV and my grandfather’s KJV. Thanks for the reminder on this amazing version Gina!

    • Gina Conroy
      September 25, 2010 | 9:00 am

      I want to get this version for my teen. It just seems so relevant to our culture and makes the bible fun to read again!

  2. Siobhan
    September 16, 2010 | 10:43 pm

    I started in late January last year as you know resolution to read the Bible regularly went down the drain.
    Everyday i read a chapter from the Old testament in the beginning, from Psalms forward and a chapter from the New testament. 3 chapters a day and this year February i finished the whole Bible.
    When you’re finished you’re gona love it!!
    I have the NLT but must see if i can get what you reading here in SA

  3. Deb
    September 20, 2010 | 9:11 am

    I recently finished reading through an NIV Chronological Bible. It was wonderful to have chapters connected by timeline. I learned so much and found it a thrill to begin each day in the Word. I am now rereading through the NT, and look forward to rereading the whole thing again next year. I’m so very thankful for the blessing of God’s precious Word!

    • Gina Conroy
      September 25, 2010 | 9:00 am

      Deb, that sounds neat! I have an archeology bible. I love history and seeing how it all connects!

  4. Terri
    September 21, 2010 | 12:03 pm

    Hi Gina,

    Can you please let me know specifically what The Message // Bible you are using? I went online to check it out and found all kinds of versions. Thanks a lot for your time!!


    • Gina Conroy
      September 25, 2010 | 8:59 am

      Terri, I’m using the REMIX Bible. It’s a green soft cover. Not very pretty. I’m not sure how different the REMIX version is from the others, I suspect the other MESSAGE bibles don’t all have the reading plan or the absence or chapters and verses that make reading this bible like reading a novel. Hope that helps!

  5. Leah
    September 21, 2010 | 7:16 pm

    I LOVE reading The Message Bible! It does make the Bible easier reading.