I wanted to try something new this year with reading my Bible. I love all of the epistles so I wanted to make sure I included those. It's been too long since I've gone all the way through the Old Testament. So I thought it would be fun to read in several different places.
I am ashamed to say that I had a tendency to skip First and Second Chronicles. Mainly this is because the stories of the kings are also in First and Second Samuel and First and Second Kings. And the Chronicles start out with genealogies. Yes they can be dry, but they also set up the patriarchs and Moses and his family and other important people like David. So, because there are some little gems along the way, it is enjoyable. And you don't have to pronounce each name to yourself. You can scan to see if you can learn something new.
I am also doing Proverbs in the Old Testament. This book has many helpful sayings and much wisdom. In the Old Testament, if I have time to read a little longer at one sitting, I'm doing Genesis.
In the New Testament, I'm doing Matthew. I have just finished The Sermon On The Mount. I know there are great healing stories from Jesus in this book. (It also starts with a genealogy.) Then I am doing Romans which is one of my favorite books. It is all about Grace and has so much good reading to absorb. In my extended reading in the New Testament, I'm doing Acts.
It is amazing how reading from four different places brings the New and Old testaments together in a wonderful way. It sounds like a lot, but I am actually only reading two chapters a day. Mon. through Thurs. I do the New Testament, Friday through Sunday, I do the Old Testament. The other chapters, as I said are extra, just in case I want to read further. I may not get as much done as I'd like, but it is the process which is important. I am learning so much this way and it is very enjoyable.
Have you a favorite book of the Bible? Why is it your favorite?