25 Bible Reading Tips

For starters:

1.    Pray about it.
2.    Pick a place to start: Psalm 119, John, or Philippians.
3.    Read and re-read.
4.    Read aloud, alone or with others.
5.    Read outdoors.
6.    Read in different places.
7.    Read on your knees.
8.    Read with a child.
9.    Read with an elderly person.

10.    Mark (A pen is the best aid to the eyes.): underline; cluster several references by word, phrase, or idea; chain reference.

11.    Organize and memorize.

12.    Look for: repeated words and phrases; beginnings, middles, and endings; outlines; twos, threes, sevens, tens, twelves; interrelationships by theme or word.

13.    Make notes: journal; paraphrase (rewrite in your own words); prepare short presentations; keep a subject notebook.

14.    Make art: draw, dance, rap, or dramatize, paint or sculpt what you see and feel when you read or your response to it.

Additional suggestions:

15.    Try a different translation; compare different versions.

16.    Try listening to the Bible on CD.

17.    Try a smaller section first, like Psalm 1, or 19, or 119.

18.    Try an easier book first, like the Gospel of John or the letter to the Philippians.

19.    Read Old and New Testaments alternatively.

20.    Section into stories and choose one story to read and re-read.

21.    Look things up in a Bible concordance, a Bible dictionary, and a Bible atlas.

22.    Read a study Bible that introduces each book: The New Interpreter’s Study Bible, The Message, Contemporary English Version, or Good News Bible.

23.    Read Christian authors: history, biography, interpretation, application, devotional.

24.    Use an application study Bible to ponder applications and life questions for specific demographics: children, youth, women, military, groups, recovery, etc.

25.    Share what you discovered! Use “I . . .,” not “You should . . .”