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Bethany House Review: A Woman’s Guide to Reading the Bible in a Year by Diane Stortz #grow4christ

on December 13, 2013

About the Book:

You CAN Read the Bible in a Year

When Diane Stortz was invited to join a study to read the whole Bible in a year, she went for it. It changed her life, even though she’d been a Christian a long time. Now, more than ten years later, she still reads through the Bible every year with a group of friends.

“I didn’t start to really know God until I made knowing him my goal as I read the Bible. Getting to know God changed me. It changed how I think and what I do. It changes me still.”

God put the Bible together for you. Reading it through in a year helps create a rich experience and a focused understanding of what God wants to reveal about himself. And with week-by-week reading plans, easy-to-use reference material, and stories of encouragement from women like you, A Woman’s Guide to Reading the Bible in a Year is the perfect companion for this life-changing practice.

Gather your Bible and some good friends to join you in your journey, or go for it on your own. Either way, God will change you.

Diane Stortz has over twenty years of Christian publishing experience, including writing and editing. She maintains a blog site to encourage Bible reading and memorization ( She and her husband, Ed, live in Cincinnati, Ohio.

My Opinion:

One thing that I’ve struggled with in reading the Bible in a year is the fact that it takes a lot of time, time that usually a mom of three young-ish children doesn’t usually have, and the fact that I really want to understand what I’m reading versus just reading to say I’ve read it.  Many people read through the Bible in a year, but if you retain or learn nothing from it then it’s all for naught.  So when I had the chance to review the book, A Woman’s Guide to Reading the Bible in a Year I jumped at it because I wanted something to guide me in not just reading the Bible in a year but actually making it relevant as well as learning from it.  Since it’s written by a woman for women it means that it will help us as we read through the Bible and making it meaningful to us.

I admit I struggle through a lot of the Old Testament books like Leviticus and Deuteronomy with all the Laws – it’s hard to follow and really understand – but I know it’s vital as a Christian who follows Christ, who was raised a Jew – to understand our past history.  Don’t feel that you must begin on January 1st, the pages are numbered but not dated, so you can begin any time on your Bible reading journey (awesome).  The guide is meant to be used with whichever Bible translation you chose and avoids doctrinal issues so it can be used by any Christian who knows the Bible is the inerrant Word of God.  It’s encouraged that you write something each week in the “share the journey” area and if you fall behind, just simply pick back up where you left off – there is no right or wrong way to do this – just a commitment to delve into and understand God’s Word.

Each week there will be a short introduction to that weeks reading and then a small box which outlines your reading assignments that week, usually two to three chapters which could take up to 30 minutes (if you have extra time, you can read ahead, or split it up during the day!), and some checkpoints – key ideas that are covered in that week’s reading.  After that is quote from a famous person or theologian that will also inspire and of course, the “share the journey” area where you can journal, or get your own feminine journal to write in.  Don’t forget it’s a journey and all about getting to know the Lord – keep Him in your thoughts and seek Him in prayer throughout and your mind will learn a lot in reading through the Bible in a Year!


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