Stone Soup for Five: Ruining the Old Testament-- Goal REACHED!

Ruining the Old Testament-- Goal REACHED!

I did it!!!  

I have now OFFICIALLY read every single word in the Old Testament.

I've made it through every. single. word.  Including the creation story and beginnings of everything in Genesis....

The Laws of Leviticus...

The history of Israel through the Kings, Chronicles, and Samuel...

Psalms, Proverbs...

Job and his friends and struggles...

(almost KILLED me! So HARD!)

And the minor prophets!!

I have been reading since May 3, 2012.


It has been really REALLY slow, but I have been doing a few deliberate things so I can get the most out of it.  Like I talked about earlier on this blog post

I've been "ruining my Bible" by reading each page and breaking it up into chunks of verses, then writing what the sections of verses are talking about on the side of the pages, and then writing the overall summary at the top of each page.  Kind of making myself a 'cheat sheet' of what each page contains.

I wasn't worried about meeting a time goal, so I just did what was manageable for me at the time. 

 I figured it took about five minutes a page, and I had time to do three a day.
Three pages a day, five days a week. 
And it takes about 2 years to get through that way.


I feel I have so much more of a deeper understanding of God's story.
His love and compassion and forgiveness.

What a ride.  Some days I would try to write a little devotional thought at the bottom of each page, but most days I'd just stick with the title at the top. 

I finished on February 22, 2014

And if I keep with my schedule of 3 pages a day, I'll be finishing up the entire New Testament before the end of 2014.

I really want to encourage you to do this!
I'm no superhero.  
I'm not an awesome time manager either.  
I just did what worked for the time I had, set a goal, and plugged along.
It was rough at times
dry at times
and deep and rich most of the time.


The best time to start your Bible read through is two years ago.
The next best time is today.


  1. That's so awesome, Kari!

  2. I'm sold. I am starting tonight. Thanks for the encouragement.
    Btw, what bible is that? I haven't seen that one before.


    1. Oh, I'm so excited you are going to do it! Let me know when you finish! My Bible is a Hebrew-Greek Key Study Bible by Spiros Zodhiates. Published by AMG Publishers. New American Standard translation. LOVE it so much!

  3. Awesome how you summarized the pages or wrote divotional personal!

  4. LOVE LOVE These ideas.
    Your LOVE for Jesus is beautiful

  5. I love this!! Your love for His word is contagious!
    Im doing it too!
    Thank you

  6. I am starting this morning; I am so excited. I noticed your blog is old. Are you still adding to this site or is there somewhere else I need to go to keep up with you?

  7. i am excited to get started i am going to start today and thank you for the creative ideas for bible studying and prayer journal it looks fun

  8. A presenter in a Bible study class I am in mentioned having 3 Bibles to study, highlight, and mark in because he has 3 daughters he wants to give them to someday. This reminds me of that and how wonderful a gift to leave to our children of our actual Bibles we have studied from! Seeing how you do this looks like a great idea! Thank you!


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