Every year is a good year to read your Bible, but 2011 is a particularly good year to make the commitment for several reasons.
First, 2011 has been called the “Year of the Bible” because it marks 400 years since the publication of the King James Version–inarguably the most influential English Bible in history. What better way to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the first widely accepted translation into English than by reading the Bible cover to cover?
Second, 2011 marks another important anniversary in English Bibles: the 40th anniversary of the publication of the complete Living Bible. The Living Bible was immensely popular, and millions of people were reading the Bible like never before. In 1972 and 1973, the Living Bible was actually the best-selling book in America. People who had never read the Bible before–or never understood their Bible before–couldn’t get enough of this fresh approach to the Scriptures.
Third, there are plenty of great options for reading your Bible in a year, and it really isn’t that difficult to do. In just about 15 minutes a day, you can read the entire Bible with the One Year Bible or the One Year Chronological Bible. They come in several different covers, with regular print and large print editions available. They also come in a number of translations, but of course you’ll want the NLT editions. 🙂
Fourth, if you have a mobile device, it is even easier to do your daily reading (or keep up with your reading in a print edition of the One Year Bible) with the YouVersion Bible app and the new One Year Bible reading plan. It goes with you wherever you take you phone, and they have created all sorts of great tools to keep you on track, including new accountability functions and ways to share the best parts of your reading with your friends on Facebook or Twitter with a simple touch or two.