You’re in good company if you have ever firmly resolved to read through the Bible at the start of the year, progressed for a month or two without a hitch, and then fallen two or three days behind and given up the effort in guilt and self-loathing. You are similarly not alone if you have ever contacted the proverbial brick wall in your Bible read-through when you come to the sacrificial laws in Leviticus, or the seemingly endless genealogies in Chronicles. What is the point of all that stuff, and what does it have to do with us today!!!
The Quiet Time Companion will provide some variety and texture to your personal reading, with a minimum of stress and rigorous timetables, and will take you through the Bible in about two years. You can even take a week off every few months if you wish to simply drop out of the flow or read exclusively in Psalms or Proverbs. The book divides the Bible into weekly studies of surprising depth and refreshing diversity. The studies are not dated, and each week is broken down into five days plus a weekend study, so the end of the week is set aside for meditation on what you have been covering during the week.
The content and method of the studies, however, reveal the truly unique contribution of this particular book. There are nine different approaches to Bible study that are used, and various emphases are alternated week by week. For instance, one week you may do a topical study on Christian growth or guidance. The next week you may be involved in a study of a complete smaller book of the Bible like James or Lamentations. This may be followed by a careful examination of an important Bible character like Abraham, Hezekiah or Timothy. Other weeks may take you through studies of key words from the Bible, or meditative studies on important small sections of Scripture. This may be followed by historical studies on the resurrection, the Exodus from Egypt, or the birth of the church. You can see the plan – each week you approach the Bible from a slightly different perspective; you look at Scripture from various contexts and points of view. This keeps your experience of the Bible fresh and your daily study time unique and challenging. Plan on about thirty minutes each day, and be sure to record your thoughts and responses in a notebook. When you finish the “course” the journal writings will ultimately represent your own personal meditation and interaction with the whole Bible.