Reading & Listening Plan Options for READ THE BIBLE FOR LIFE

by George Guthrie on December 31, 2011

Dear Friends,

As you plan to read through or listen through the Bible in the coming year, I want to let you know of various tools you might use.



This is the same plan found in the back of Read the Bible for Life: Your Guide to Understanding & Living God’s Word, the Reader’s Guide to the Bible, and Reading God’s Story: A Chronological Daily Bible

Text Options

Read the Bible for Life Chronological 2-Page Plan (PDF)

Read the Bible for Life “Start Here” (PDF)
(an abbreviated form of the plan that focuses on significant passages each day)

Read the Bible for Life Chronological Plan (integrated with book) (PDF)
(as you progress through the year, read chapters from Read the Bible for Life, learning how
to read the various parts of Scripture effectively, applying what you learn to your life)


Digital Text Options

You can follow the plan on the READ THE BIBLE FOR LIFE APP from the iTunes Store
(this app will be updated January 2012 with audio options)

You can follow the plan on Jim Price’s READING PLAN App


You can follow the plan on the website, phone app, or RSS from YOU VERSION



Audio Options:
Reading God’s Story Audio Bible

The Reading God’s Story Audio Bible was produced by Union University ( in partnership with LifeWay Christian Resources ( as a part of the Read the Bible for Life biblical literacy initiative (see Based on the Read the Bible for Life Chronological Reading Plan, the recordings were performed by members of the Union University community, produced by Joshua T. Moore, and feature original music by singer-song writer Michael Card (

New Read the Bible for Life Audio Page
(This page will be incorporated into the soon.
You can drag the URL to your desktop and make it an App. OR on your
iPhone, open the link in Safari. Then with the “Share” icon in the bottom
middle of the screen, press “Add to Home Screen”. This will turn the page
into an App on your iPhone’s Home Screen!)

How to convert the audio page into an App on your Android Phone:

In Android you would bookmark the page (in your browser), then return to the screen
where you would like to place the app, long press and choose “Bookmark”, and select
the app bookmark you just saved.  HTC phones will only show their own bookmark icon,
but other phones *should* save the icon just like iPhones.

Also the Read the Bible for Life App for iPhone and iPad
will soon incorporate the daily audio readings for easy access.
I am told this should happen in the next few weeks.


I will be posting the audio podcasts of the daily readings on Twitter. Follow @readingodstory


I will be posting the audio podcasts daily on Facebook on the Reading God’s Story Audio Page


The Podcast from the iTunes Store is now available here!!
You can access the podcast through your RSS feeder on your phone, or on your computer.


You can also access the podcast of the daily readings through Soundcloud.

The SoundCloud App from the App store gets mixed reviews, but you
might want to check it out anyway.




4 + 1 PLAN

In using this plan you will read through the entire Bible in a year and through the Psalms twice. The advantage of this type of plan is that you will be exposed to various parts of the Old and New Testaments simultaneously, which will keep your reading very fresh and remind you of “the whole counsel of God”! The plan is “semi-chronological” at points, the prophets of the Old Testament and the letters of the New Testament placed in rough chronological order. There are 6 days of reading each week, giving you a day to rest or catch up with a missed reading. No audio version of this plan is available at this time, but check back in the future!

You can download the Booklet form of this plan here.

You can download the loose sheets version of this plan here.


You can also follow the plan on Jim Price’s READING PLAN App



Steve Wilkinson January 1, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Looks like an interesting plan and thank you! I’m going to be using it this year (I did a different chronological plan last year). I’m using it via YouVersion’s Bible app on my iPad.

Ensuring one gets through the Bible a number of times is essential to get one familiar with the whole Christian narrative. This is something we often miss when just reading passages here and there, or even reading whole books. I highly encourage people to start doing this in my apologetics training (see the article on my site regarding it if you like, “Importance of Bible Reading”). I especially like the Chronological plans to get the story in order more closely than if you just pick up a Bible and start reading, cover to cover.

One correction I might suggest to the plan (broadly… I haven’t looked at it in detail yet), is that I’d move the book of Job before Genesis as I agree with Dr. Hugh Ross that it provides a lot of context (even though it doesn’t technically come before creation, heh.). I suppose that falls more within the scope of what I see listed as ‘Historical’ plans where they go by the dates the various books were written (as Job is probably earlier).

So, I generally like strict chronological, as I usually don’t care so much what order the books are considered to be authored in. But, when one book provides valuable context, it might be useful to have that earlier. Maybe some kind of blended plan between Chronological (of events) and Historical (book writing dates) would be really nice. (ex: You kind of already did this by moving some of John up to the early days.)

George Guthrie January 1, 2012 at 5:32 pm

Thanks for your comment, Steve. Keep those suggestions coming! Yes, Job is somewhat difficult to place, and we debated various options. Two reasons I like Job following Genesis: a. it generally seems to fit the Patriarchal culture, and b. the treatment of suffering makes a nice juxtaposition with the “suffering” story of Joseph–two very different vantage points on processing suffering! Joseph gets great clarity on the redemptive purpose of his suffering. Job never gets answers; he just gets God. I think both reflect our experience of suffering.

The Lord bless your ministry and your reading of the Word this year!

Derick Parfan January 2, 2012 at 7:58 pm

Thank you, Bro. George for this initiative. More than a hundred people now joined our Facebook Group ( I also started preaching through The Story of God last Sunday.

I pray that this will penetrate every aspect of our church life (family, small groups, Sunday worship, prayer meetings).

Is there a way or a guide you can provide in integrating this reading plan in a prayer meeting?


George Guthrie January 2, 2012 at 8:05 pm


We have not developed such a guide, but I am continually convicted that we need more integration of the initiative with prayer! What if you assigned different leaders, or small groups, to lead in the prayer time each week, focusing on a specific passage from the reading the week before (they could choose the passage). Teach them to turn Scripture into prayers (have you seen Don Whitney’s chapter in the Read the Bible for Life book: Reading for Personal Devotions? He talks about turning Scripture reading into prayer). That way various leaders or groups in the church can have responsibility for moving the church deeper in prayer. What do you think?


Derick Parfan January 4, 2012 at 3:20 am

Yes, thanks. That’s exactly what I was thinking earlier. We are practicing “praying through Scriptures” in our prayer meeting. I’m planning to choose key passages from weekly readings and categorize them in the format we’re using in our prayer meeting: Focus on God, Respond from the Heart (repentance), Seek First the Kingdom, Present Requests, Close in Celebration (thanksgiving). (From John Franklin’s book “And the Place Was Shaken”). I will provide the link in my site. I pray that this can help in integrating or mobilizing prayer for this initiative.

George Guthrie January 4, 2012 at 6:59 am

Let me know when you post the link! I noticed also that you are doing youth readings on your FB page. Great work! Let’s keep in touch.

Derick Parfan January 6, 2012 at 9:11 pm

Here’s the link for Praying through God’s Story (Week 1):

George Guthrie January 6, 2012 at 10:10 pm

Wonderful, Derick. I just tweeted your link. Keep up the good work!

Melva Smith January 6, 2012 at 12:56 pm

My brother-in-law David Smith would like to have the free audio Bible on CDs if possible. He doesn’t have a computer so he asked me if I would do this for him. He has had a stroke and it affected his eye sight and he has great difficulty reading. Please let me know if you have the Bible on CDs and I will send you his address. Thanks so much; this is a wonderful thing that you are doing!
Sincerely, Melva Smith

George Guthrie January 6, 2012 at 10:15 pm


I am so sorry that the audio has not yet been released on CDs (this may or may not happen after this year). However, if you know of a person (perhaps in your church?) who is good with computers, it would be easy to download the files from Soundcloud and burn them to CDs. That’s what I would suggest.

In Christ,

George Guthrie

Tiya January 9, 2012 at 5:06 am

First of all, thank you very much for the reading plan… I hope it helps me to read God’s story. Is this reading plan include all the chapter of old and new testament? Thank you before. God bless you.

George Guthrie January 9, 2012 at 6:16 am

Yes it is! Thanks for your interest.

Jesse Cooper January 21, 2012 at 10:44 am

I would like to have a CD of th whole bible when they are available
my address: 519 E Gresham Dr. Smyrna Tn.

Thank you.

Jesse Cooper

Jesse Cooper January 21, 2012 at 10:45 am

This is a wonderful way to read the Bible. I am looking forward to getting.

Jesse Cooper January 21, 2012 at 10:55 am

I would love to get the CD of the whole ible when it is available.

Jesse Cooper
519 E Gresham Dr.
Smyrna, Tn.

George Guthrie January 21, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Hi Jesse,

I am glad you are enjoying the audios. I am not sure if LifeWay is going to produce a CD version. Please check back at the end of this year. Thanks very much.

George Guthrie

Jesse Cooper January 21, 2012 at 10:57 am

This is a wonderful way to read the Bible.
I look forward to reading it.

Jesse Cooper January 21, 2012 at 10:59 am

This is a wonderful way to read the bible, thank you

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