I finished the Bible last night.
(http://www.thomasnelson.com/consumer/product_detail.asp?sku=0529111055)Yeah, you read that right. Frontal assault style, Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21, straight through, do not pass go, do not collect $200. It took me 347 days, but I did it. Do I recommend it? Yes, but just once. Because it’s definitely not the most efficient method of reading in terms of Christian growth*, but you gotta do it, if only so you can say to your friends, “Yes, I’ve read the Bible, the whole thing, straight through.” Because a direct answer is a lot more helpful than saying, “Well, yeah, I’ve read it all, I think, but never all at once or straight through, mostly just the parts I liked because the story moves or the characters are interesting….”
So yeah, I’ve read the Bible straight through. The picture above and left is the best I could get for the Bible I carry with me, and it’s just the packaging, but the point is that the particular physical book doesn’t matter. Reading God’s Word is what matters. I’ve read the Bible straight through and I don’t remember most of it and what parts I do remember I don’t completely understand, and I won’t ever get to the point of knowing and understanding it all, but I want to know my Lord and Savior as much as I can, and reading the Word is the only way to do it.
*If you’re wondering, I think I’m going to concentrate on the Gospel of Mark until New Year’s, and then I’m going to start the Cornerstone method - I’ll post it later this week.