The Little Books (In The Book Of Books)

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A couple of weeks ago I posted about the Bible being a book of books. I wrote a little about how some of the books are smaller.

Today I’m going to talk about these smaller books.

I love reading them. It makes you sound so accomplished, “I read an entire book of the Bible today”. But in all honesty, except for Philemon and Jonah, I struggle to remember what is in these books. I feel really bad, that I forget what these books are about, but they sort of run together.

Off and on for the last fifteen months though I’ve been working on a slight solution for myself. Every day after reading the sections of the Bible that I’m in, if I have time I’ll read a little book.

Now if I were to change which book I read everyday, it wouldn’t really help. So I don’t. Perhaps I could change which book I read every week. A fortnight would give me more time to become familiar with it. But, what I’ve been doing is changing books every month.

It really helps. I pick up on themes. Words will jump out. Sentences will become clear.

Do you have this trouble? How do you deal with it?

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How To Read Through: The Bible

Reading through the Bible is hard. It’s starts great, then you get like half way through Exodus and it can get a little boring. Powering through gets you to Leviticus with its sacrifices, then Numbers (title is self explanatory). Finally you reach Deuteronomy and it repeats the last three books… What!?! Oh, and once you’ve finished that you are only five books in.

I struggled with this, because I’m impatient. A couple of deep, but boring chapters with more to come and I want to say, “That’s enough of this for today” and then tomorrow will come and it’s “More deep but boring, one chapter is enough.” and the day after I’ll just put it off.

So how did I get over this.

Easy.

I started reading the Bible differently. I took the Bible and decided on four large sections, The Pentateuch, Joshua-Psalms, Proverbs-Malachi, and the New Testament, and I read a chapter or twenty verses from each section every day.

I’ve considered changing it so that Psalms and Proverbs are there own section, but I haven’t gotten around two it yet.