Saturday, November 19, 2016

Books Read In The Past Week

Books read for the first time are marked with a #
Books are listed by author (or series creator),
 and not necessarily in the order read.

"Mother Angelica's Private
and Pithy Lessons from the Scriptures" #
introduced and edited by Raymond Arroyo
reserved for Sunday

"Secrets  (Brookville C.C. No 4)"
by Tziporah Elian
[children's/young teen fiction, Jewish, series]

"The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Down"
"The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Real"
by Neta Jackson
[Religious fiction, series, Protestant, multi-denominational and non-denominational]
(I figured out why the Yada Yada books 
appeal to me. It's in this post.)
This time around, I'm also going
to read ALL of the spin-offs

"Every Day Is A Gift
Minute Meditations for Every Day
Taken From the Holy Bible
and the Writings of the Saints"
Introduction by Rev. Frederick Schroeder 
 daily devotional reading for 2016

"Blueberry Muffins: Everyday Stories of God's Love"
by Colleen Spiro
(Kindle book)
reserved for Sunday

by Henry David Thoreau

A Bible-Reading System That Works For Me

After some trial-and-error... mostly error... I've finally found a Bible-reading system that works for me.

First of all, here are the things that I'm not doing this time around:
1: I'm not trying to read the entire Bible within a set time period.
2: I'm not reading the Bible from cover to cover.
3: I'm not following a prescribed reading list, program, or chart.

This is what I am doing:

1: I'm reading the Bible by type of book. Right now I'm doing St. Paul's Epistles (I'm reading Romans at this time; next will come 1st Corinthians.)
2: In addition to reading the Bible by type of book, I'm reading 
the Psalms, about 1/2 column a day.  And before I go to bed at night, I select and read a Gospel passage.
3: I'm using four translations.  They are, in alphabetical order:
The Contemporary English Version
The Good News Bible
The New American Bible
The Revised Standard Version, Catholic Edition
these Bibles are side-by-side in a large red shoe box.

I find that using several translations gives me a deeper understanding of, and insight into, the Scriptures, and also makes me think more about what I'm reading, and how it relates to me personally.