I have been (slowly) reading through my Bible, cover to cover, for a year now!
I've tried the 'read through the Bible in a year' programs and got STRESSED out and gave up after I fell days, then weeks, then months behind. So I just never felt pressed to do it.
But on May 3, 2012, I committed to reading just 3 pages through at a time.
Just 3 pages.
And when I would read those 3 pages, I would MARK up my Bible.
I used to be against marking up my books/Bibles because then I would ruin them...
Then I got over it.
And started 'ruining' my Bible.
And you know what? I LOVE it even more.
Through my reading and studying and post-it notes inside, I've learned more than I ever have before. (Even through Leviticus!)
I have absolutely LOVED each book of the Bible I've been through so far.
(I think the hardest are the big genealogies, but I can skim those.)
But there is a method I've been using that I think really enhances my learning, making it more than just read-through-the-pages-trying-to-stay-awake-then-I'm-done sort of thing.
I mark off each section of the scriptures when the topic/idea/subject changes, then write what that section was talking about in the margin....
Then when I'm done reading through my 3 pages for the day, I write what the main topic was for that page. I don't even use complete sentences, just a few words... there's no rules, just something for me to glance at and remember.
and if there's ever something that I just DO NOT understand, I'll put a big ? next to the passage or use a post it to mark that area.
This was so cool when I had just read through Genesis and our pastor was going through the book of Genesis and he directly answered TWO areas that I had but big question marks on.
Another cool benefit is that I'm kind of making a Bible Study guide too. When a passage is mentioned I can flip to that verse and have an instant view of the context it is used in.... and if you're like me, you retain a lot more if YOU do the work yourself. In an age of instant 'google' answers, doing it the old fashioned way has helped my retention and understanding way more than anything else.
Even when it got to the tricky parts in 2 Kings with all the kings of Judah and Israel and who was ruling who at what time... I was able to keep track for the most part.
Later in my reading I found a great guide online to kind of help me think through what I read even more, but I cannot for the life of me find it anywhere online now!
But if you were wanting to add that to your reading, I've started keeping a notebook/journal and answering these questions (that were on the original worksheet I had found) after I read for the day:
1. Summary of passage:
2. Is there an example to follow?
3. Is there an error I should avoid?
4. Is there a command to obey?
5. Is there a sin to forsake?
6. How can I apply this to my life today?
Have you read through your Bible entirely?
Is there anything that has helped you stay focused to the end?
Let me know!