Many new Christians might ask where to begin with Bible reading. The truth is that each of us - new Christians and not so new - need to find a way of reading the Bible that works for you. To help meet this need, we have some recommended resources below.
Do remember that for our Bible reading notes there are pages on the site on how to use them, as well as the Getting to grips with the Bible section on the homepage.
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The Upper Room has a worldwide readership of some three million, and is unique in that all the meditations are written by readers of The Upper Room, who seek to share the insights of their faith with others, thus providing a personal take on each passage and a different style each day.
Each daily meditation includes a recommended Bible reading and a key verse (you will need a Bible), reflection and prayer, and questions for small group study are also included for each week.
New Daylight covers a varied selection of Old and New Testament, biblical themes, characters and seasonal readings. Each day offers a short Bible passage (text included), thought-provoking comment and a prayer or point for reflection, and aims to give a fresh, devotional approach to Bible reading.It is ideal for anyone wanting an accessible yet stimulating aid to spending time with God each day.
John Young offers a jargon-free and highly readable exploration of what Christians believe and why - and includes some rather good jokes along the way! With help from prestigious experts, including Professors Richard Bauckham, John Polkinghorne and David Wilkinson, the author tackles issues such as the relationship between Christian belief and science, faith and suffering, the reliability of the Bible, the uniqueness of Jesus, the evidence for his resurrection, and the extent to which we can 'prove' the existence of God.More info Add to basket
Whole Life Whole Bible is written from the conviction that God's word illuminates every part of existence, enabling us to see differently and live differently - from Monday to Sunday, in public as well as in private. A walk through the unfolding story of the Bible in 50 readings and reflections shows how our lives are bound up with, and shaped by, God's plan to restore a broken universe. That big story forms our minds, fuels our imaginations and fashions our daily life ad we live in God's world, in the light of God's word, wherever we are.More info Add to basket
To engage with Jesus expands the mind and heart. It challenges our view of the way the world is, where it is heading and what difference we could make to it. But in a world of competing philosophies, where does Jesus fit in? Meet Jesus is a lively and straightforward exploration of these and other questions, with the aim of engaging our reason, inspiring our faith and worship, deepening our fellowship and service, and bringing new depth to our witness to the world. Each chapter ends with some practical points for action and the book concludes with a section of discussion material for groups.More info Add to basket
Adrian Plass approaches 40 'blind spots' in the Bible with honest comment and quirky insights. Not all 'blind spots' are obscure passages; many are familiar places that can trip us up.More info Add to basket