It’s time for all things New Years: resolutions and diet plans and Spiritual re-commitments. I’m wondering–what are you reading in the new year? Are you following a Bible reading plan? A devotional? Picking up a study or tackling a good book?
Here’s what’s on my kitchen table right now as I plunge into the start of my 2012 reading year. What’s on your reading list?
The Daily Message
In his introduction to this one-year Bible reading program, Eugene Peterson writes, “Reading is the first thing, just reading the Bible.” Few things thrill me more than jumping into another year of reading God’s Word and I’ve already crinkled the first few pages and written my thoughts in the margins for today’s reading.
100 Bible Verses Everyone Should Know By Heart by Robert J. Morgan
I’m excited to read Morgan’s book because it encourages Scripture Memory not just by listing off the verses Christians should know, but explaining a little bit about them and why they matter. He’s categorized them also, making this Scripture Memory program thematic.
James: Mercy Triumphs by Beth Moore
I started this study just a few weeks ago and it’s a dig deep kind of book. I love it. James didn’t mince words or pull punches when he wrote his epistle in the Bible, so this is a study that challenges at every turn. But, James also wrote, that God “gives more grace” (James 4:6) and “draw near to God and He will draw near to you” (James 4:8). That’s reason enough to step up to the challenge of serious Bible study in 2012.
Your 100 Day Prayer by John I. Snyder
I had the chance to review this devotional and prayer guide this past year and decided I’d read through it more carefully and deliberately in 2012. It’s a commitment to 100 days of focused prayer on a specific prayer need along with a great devotional for each day. (You can read my full review here.)
A Year with Jesus by Eugene Peterson
This is a daily devotional I started partway through 2011, so I’m still reading through as I begin 2012. I love it. Really, really love it. It’s a handful of verses in either the gospel of Matthew or John, a few sentences with thoughts from Eugene Peterson and then a brief prayer. I thought it was too short to say anything valuable. Boy, was I wrong! Some of the deepest and most Revelation moments I’ve had with God this year have emerged from a page’s worth of reading in this book before I go to sleep each night.
Sheila Walsh writes, “God not only keeps His promises but He longs to keep us in them.” Studying the promises of God seems like a great way to begin the new year, knowing that He will be true to His Word and faithful to do all that He has said.
It’s a reading list I’m so excited about for the new year! I hope you’ve found a way to read the Bible, study it and pray through it in 2012 also!