John Basta, our ministry lead and good friend recently encouraged me to start reading The Bible in 90 Days. I started two weeks ago and have thoroughly enjoyed it so far, so much that I asked John to write up a quick review…
Where do I start. The Bible in 90 days – you must be out of your mind. It has taken a whole life time to not read the whole Bible and you are telling me I can complete the whole Bible in 90 days. Well believe me I thought the same thing you are thinking-not possible. To be honest with you I did not discover The Bible in 90 Days because I loved reading the word of God-quite the opposite-I was very much struggling with reading the word of God on a daily basis and even when I did read I did not have a hunger for it.
A few years ago I struggled in the realm of prayer and reading E.M. Bounds on Prayer – it completely changed and defined my prayer life. This past year I felt like I needed some book to do the same for me in the reading the word of God. I know what your thinking-dummy just read the word of God instead of books that get you inspired to read. Well since I am a bit slow it did take me a while to realize I just need to jump right in. I am a man of extremes it is all or nothing-so the prospect of reading the Bible in 90 days presented both a challenge the way a boot camp presents a challenge. You figure there is no way you can do it but figure once you get there you will have to do it.
I picked up The Bible in 90 Days and started reading it over vacation. Let me just say for the first time in my life I could not put the Bible down. I literally started falling in love with the word of God. I looked more and more forward to reading it everyday. You see the trick is not finishing the Bible in 90 days that is a lofty goal-the goal is reading 12 pages a day-now that sounds doable. At 45 minutes of reading a day it has been easy to read the word of God. I use to read religious books for about an hour and a half a day and the Bible for 10 minutes. Now all I can read is the Bible.
I have had some of my best quiet times just reading the Bible and nothing else. Plus reading at this pace puts all the stories and names (especially in the OT) together in a way that I was never able to do before. It allows you to really see character progression and also allows you to see yourself in each story. Many times when we read the OT we have a childlike view that God of the OT is very tough but reading everything together you get a better glimpse of the God of the OT-He is not tough-you feel sorry for Him-you clearly see how He provides for His people and He is constantly rejected.
The Bible in 90 Days is not for everyone â€“but it should be. My plan is to read The Bible in 90 Days year round. If you truly are struggling with reading or understanding the Word of God then stop reading this and go purchase The Bible in 90 Days right now. It will change the way you view and live the Word of God. Then you will be out of your mind-and into His.