Helpful Tools for Bible Reading

I’m always on a quest for books or guides that will take me through Bible reading in an organized, deliberate, and engaging way.

Why is consistent Bible reading so hard sometimes?

Over the years, I’ve found a few favorites for daily Bible reading, study, and meditation. I have a tendency to keep them all at my fingertips and rotate among them.

My #5 tip in the 31 Ways to Give Your New Year a Fresh Start series?

5. Develop a committed, consistent, daily Bible reading plan.

My favorite books include:

Morning and Evening: A New Edition of the Classic Devotional Based on The Holy Bible, English Standard Version

I love, love, love Charles Spurgeon. His writing is always thought-provoking.

Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence

I got this devotional for Christmas and am enjoying it very much. It had been recommended to me for years. Written from the perspective of Jesus to his follower, the devotions are short yet piercing.

Valley of Vision: A collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions

A beautiful collection of eloquent prayers, which can be easily read aloud and prayed. I find that praying through these prayers helps “train” my tongue and offers me new ways of articulating my heart to God.

Bible Reading Plans

  • My good friend and fellow blogger, Jennifer, recommended the Daily Walk magazine for a guide to read through the Bible in a year. It is a great Bible reading guide, but I kind of floundered in 2010 and didn’t quite (ahem) make it through Revelation by December 31.
  • Another good Bible reading plan is one from Discipleship Journal (NavPress) and found here. You read from four different spots in Scripture, you can begin at any time during the year, and you get several days of “grace” each month to use for further study or catch-up, in case you fall behind in reading during the month.
  • A new plan posted recently doesn’t take you through the entire Bible (you only read half of it) in a year, but you’ll spend focused on time on key sections and with ESV Study Bible articles, too. This one looks to be something I’ll enjoy, and I plan to use it this year.

What Bible reading plan or guide is your favorite and what works best for you?


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Mary Bernard is a Nashville-based writer and mother of three. She's worked in a variety of corporate and creative environments, but none is more comfortable than the dining room table in her own home. Mary loves to help moms discover God's unique call to look in their own houses for their priorities, passions, and provision.


  1. Jodie Apple says:

    My favorite Bible reading plan/guide is simply the Bible; reading and memorizing Scripture daily; at my own pace-no pressure, no guilt-just sweet, gentle time with my Savior. I’m enjoying your blog, Mary.

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