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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Passages: Book Review

I was recently privileged to review the book, Passages: How Reading the Bible in a Year Will Change Everything for You, by Brian Hardin. I got so excited after reading this book that I purchased my very own one year bible, and started my reading plan the day it arrived in the mail a few days ago!

I confess that after completing the B90 (Bible in 90 Days) challenge, that I found it hard to get back into the habit of reading God’s Word without some kind of plan or direction. I would go days without even opening my Bible, and then I would ache for it so badly that I’d open it to any page and begin devouring it. That didn’t work for me. As much as I felt I received insight from God, I needed more.

Brian shares his amazing story about how God transformed his life by calling him to not only read the Bible in one year, but to read it out loud, on air, for thousands of people to follow along. Thus, the Daily Audio Bible was born.

Ministry was the very last thing Hardin wanted to do with his life. He was engrossed in the Christian music world for many years until suddenly the company he was working for began to disband before his very eyes.
“As my spiritual life continued to grow, my exterior world was beginning to fray… I began to sense a community developing around the Daily Audio Bible… God wasn’t asking me to read through the Bible once and then check it off my things-to-do-before-you-die list. This was to be a way of life for me.” (pgs. 24,25)
And Brian insists that it should also be a way of life for all Christians.
“The Bible isn’t hocus pocus and reading it doesn’t give you magical powers, but it does reveal to you who you really are and illumines a path that you were created to walk.” (pg. 26)
Hardin also compiles his thoughts and notions about how many Christians perceive the Bible, and/or why they read it:
“We must put away the idea that the Bible is a rule book… It’s not a book full of dainty little promises from a God who more resembles Santa Claus than the Lord Almighty… What makes it dynamic and present today is that the story hasn’t ended. We’re each a part of the living, breathing story of God’s passionate relationship and humankind, and we each have a place in it.” (pgs. 64, 65)
For years, Hardin found very little time to invest in God’s Word, justifying it with busyness and schedules. He doesn’t argue that many of us are busy with family commitments, jobs, volunteering or various other daily routines and schedules, but what he does insist is that, “as believers, we don’t have time to be without it.” (pg. 75)

The book is loaded with informative ways to approach God’s Word, and how it should be applied in our everyday lives through community and family, and most importantly, finding your place in God’s story. Don’t we all wonder where we fit in the grand scheme of things? Brian suggests slowing to the beat of the Father’s heart:
“He creates a world for us, new every day, perhaps holding His breath and hoping to draw us closer to his heart… Why won’t God speak more clearly to us? we wonder. He is. He is always speaking to us, through everything, everywhere—and he’s given us this book telling us the story of who we are and the enormous lengths he’s been willing to go through to bring us back. Slow down and look around. God is calling your name.” (pgs. 147, 148)
Sometimes jumping into Bible reading plans takes some psyching up on our part, so Brian gives us simple guidelines to get started:
  1. Embrace the whole truth
  2. Expect to be challenged
  3. Persevere
  4. Make a bible plan
Although I anxiously bought The MacArthur Daily Bible (I bought John MacAthur’s daily study bible because I loved his book, The Truth About Forgiveness so much, but it’s also on sale for a limited time for only $9.99 at Christianbook.com), Brian offers several reading plans and options to follow along at the end of the book either with your own Bible, or with the Passages eBible, as a companion to the book.
What’s really interesting about the options is that you can change it up from year to year. You can follow along with the Daily Audio Bible plan, in Biblical chronological order, or historical order.

The daily reading plans include passages from the Old Testament, Psalms, Proverbs and the New Testament, so you’ll never get bored just trying to plow through Old Testament laws and chronology. I love this reading plan because I can dive into various parts of God’s Word and gain so many different insights in one place.

If you’ve ever considered a one year reading plan, I suggest finding out why! Discover the benefits of making time with God daily. Read Brian Hardin’s book and let him reveal to you how his life experiences allowed God to speak to him and through him in a very powerful way. I would also recommend joining the Daily Audio Bible community and dig deeper into God’s Word with fellow believers. Visit dailyaudiobible.com for more information.

Please feel free to check out all of Brian’s resources, or any other daily Bibles, at my affiliate sponsor’s page, Christianbook.com.

329190: Passages: How Reading the Bible in a Year Will Change Everything for You Passages: How Reading the Bible in a Year Will Change Everything for You
By Brian Hardin

Many Christians feel guilty when they think of reading the Bible. Though they want to love reading Scripture, they rarely have time for more than a few verses on the run. But the Bible is not meant to be a burden. It is the story of God's passionate love for His children. It is also not a book of mystical incantations. It is a best friend offering counsel and companionship. And it is not a distant relic, but something very near. Near enough, in fact, to be every reader's story. So how do Christians delight in this story rather than see it as a source of failure? The founder of the immensely popular Daily Audio Bible, Brian Hardin shows readers how reading through the Bible in a year will change their life and the lives of others. Passages shows readers how to read the Bible and offers practical ideas for immersing themselves in God's life-giving words. Here readers will discover that reading the Bible can be a breathtaking adventure.

23649EB: NIV Passages Bible: Read through the Bible in a Year / Special edition - eBook NIV Passages Bible: Read through the Bible in a Year / Special edition - eBook








06392: NKJV MacArthur Daily Bible NKJV MacArthur Daily Bible

Read through the Scriptures in a year with Pastor John MacArthur as your guide. Daily selections from the Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs in an easy-to-follow paragraph format * Insightful notes and comments from the best-selling author * Concordance * Subject index * Size: 6.25" x 9.25" x 1.25" * 1536 pages, softcover from Nelson


I received this book for free from the Litfuse Publicity Group book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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