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Women’s Guide to Reading the Bible in a Year – A Review

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Another one of my resolutions goals is to read the Bible, the whole Bible, in a year. So, I jumped at the chance to review this book. It fit right into my plan.

A woman's guide to reading the Bible in a year: a life-changing journey into the heart of God

by Diane Stortz

Book Description:

A Unique, Relational Way for Women to Read the Bible in a Year

Many women feel overwhelmed at the thought of reading the Bible in a year. Diane Stortz found that it is not only possible but life-changing. Her journey from initial reluctance to excitement about reading the Bible will inspire readers to try it for themselves.

Part of a women's group that read through the Bible each year for ten years, the author discovered the value of reading the Bible to get to know God better rather than viewing it only as a book to study. This guide will give women tools to read and discuss the Bible together, drawing them closer to God and each other.

Includes a week-by-week reading plan, discussion guide, lists of what to look for, and motivational quotes.


Maybe I am behind the times, but when I read this book my eyes were opened to a new way of reading through the Bible in a year. Have you ever been involved in a women's group reading the Bible in a year as a group? Wait, it gets better! Then they meet once a week to discuss what they read. Sounds like a great way to read through the Bible, doesn't it?

There is a chapter about how to use this book, which at first I thought would be kind of hokey because who really needs directions on how to read through the Bible. You just read, right? But, as usual, I was wrong. I was glad the author added that chapter. It answered several questions I had before I was going to start reading. Like, how much do you read in one day? Will it take fifteen minutes or an hour? What do I do if I fall behind? I typically do. And more.

Remember how I really liked the idea of the group reading? Think of it as a Bible book club! We have all kinds of other book clubs, why not one focused on only the most important book ever! Well, there is a chapter on guidelines for groups. Didn't she just think of everything?

But wait, it gets even better! 

You can start any time!

There are checklists for each weeks reading, as well as a whole checklist for the entire year in the back of the book. When you turn to page 30 for week one, you will first read the intro for the week. Turn the page, and you will see the checklist for the week and only that week. There are checkpoints for each day's reading, a quote, and then a place for you to write about something you learned, a verse or passage that you would like to remember, and a place for questions that arise while you are reading. 

After I read this book, something dawned on me. What a wonderful way to record how you have grown along your walk with Jesus. Get a cute box, and start placing your books in there every year. It would be fun to look back on, I am sure.

I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

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  • Reply Pamela January 11, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    I will be waiting to hear how it goes for you. I have never done it with a women’s group — but I have used one of the read in a year guides … eons ago.
    But sometimes I read something now and I can’t remember having read it before. Makes you wonder about retention.

  • Reply Donna W January 11, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    I use the One-Year-Bible, and have gone through it many times. I confess, I do usually skip over the begats, and some of the repetitive stuff in Leviticus and Deuteronomy.

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