I have come to a point in my own "Spiritual Walk" where I need to be pushed to read the parts of the Bible that I am not naturally drawn to... I also am really impacted by form as well as content. I am finding the "One Year Bible" a tremendous tool for getting me back into the scriptures. It also is giving me a tool to share with a larger network of friends.
The One Year Bible is the Bible arranged in a different way. Every Day there is a portion of the Old Testament, the New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs set appart for that calander date. Having these portions already organized for reading is a great gift. In addition to this... The Missionary Community of LA InnerChange has begun to read this together... Giving us a common bond of scripture that we all are reading. It is a great tool to invite others into reading the scriptures together with the potential of reading through the whole Bible in a year. It also shakes me out of my tendency to pick the passages I like to read and to avoid the passages that are more challenging and difficult.
If you happen to have any extra copies of "The One Year Bible". We would love to have them to use as ministry tools as we challenge the Christians around us to make room for reading God's Word in their daily lives.
A few tips that I have found:
*If you miss a day... do not allow guilt get in the way... Read the reading for today first... you can always read more if you want to. Use the same attitude that Brother Lawrence teaches about prayer in his little book "The Practice of the Presence of God". Think of it as spiritual food and try to simply enjoy your food.
*Keep your copy out in the open where you will see it.
*Read a portion before or after a meal
* Note that this is also available online: http://www.oneyearbibleonline.com/
*If something inspires you, challenges you, or stirs up questions... Share this in your conversations...
*IF YOU FIND THIS PRACTICE HELPFUL THEN INVITE OTHERS INTO IT AS WELL!!!