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A Unique, Relational Way for Women to Read the Bible in a Year Many women feel overwhelmed at the thought of reading the Bible in a year. Diane Stortz found that it is not only possible but life-changing. Her journey from initial reluctance to excitement about reading the Bible will inspire readers to try it for themselves. Part of a women's group that read through the Bible A Unique, Relational Way for Women to Read the Bible in a Year Many women feel overwhelmed at the thought of reading the Bible in a year. Diane Stortz found that it is not only possible but life-changing. Her journey from initial reluctance to excitement about reading the Bible will inspire readers to try it for themselves. Part of a women's group that read through the Bible each year for ten years, the author discovered the value of reading the Bible to get to know God better rather than viewing it only as a book to study. This guide will give women tools to read and discuss the Bible together, drawing them closer to God and each other. Includes a week-by-week reading plan, discussion guide, lists of what to look for, and motivational quotes.


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A Unique, Relational Way for Women to Read the Bible in a Year Many women feel overwhelmed at the thought of reading the Bible in a year. Diane Stortz found that it is not only possible but life-changing. Her journey from initial reluctance to excitement about reading the Bible will inspire readers to try it for themselves. Part of a women's group that read through the Bible A Unique, Relational Way for Women to Read the Bible in a Year Many women feel overwhelmed at the thought of reading the Bible in a year. Diane Stortz found that it is not only possible but life-changing. Her journey from initial reluctance to excitement about reading the Bible will inspire readers to try it for themselves. Part of a women's group that read through the Bible each year for ten years, the author discovered the value of reading the Bible to get to know God better rather than viewing it only as a book to study. This guide will give women tools to read and discuss the Bible together, drawing them closer to God and each other. Includes a week-by-week reading plan, discussion guide, lists of what to look for, and motivational quotes.

30 review for A Woman's Guide to Reading the Bible in a Year: A Life-Changing Journey Into the Heart of God

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    4 1/2 stars... I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Net Galley can be found at http://www.netgalley.com. I originally asked for this book because the new year is almost upon us....once we get through Christmas. Even though I have gone through 7 years of Catholic education, was an altar girl for 3 years, and could consider myself Catholic for 10 years of my life, I haven't ever read the entire Bible. As a reader, that would make it high up on my Reading 4 1/2 stars... I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Net Galley can be found at http://www.netgalley.com. I originally asked for this book because the new year is almost upon us....once we get through Christmas. Even though I have gone through 7 years of Catholic education, was an altar girl for 3 years, and could consider myself Catholic for 10 years of my life, I haven't ever read the entire Bible. As a reader, that would make it high up on my Reading Bucket List (if I had one). This was a really quick, one day read, and I can't wait to start into my Bible-reading journey of 2013. The way the author presents it, its not a dry 3 chapter a day Bible reading plan. Though I don't quite understand the why's behind the reason of switching back and forth in some weeks between Old Testament and New Testament, at least I won't get bored. It appeals to my sense of ADD that I sometimes get reading a book, and she introduces what's happening during that historical period with an interesting language. Even though this is my first "Read the Bible in a Year" plan that I've come across, it seems like it is one of the better ones.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    The best thing about this book is that it was organized week by week. I needed the specific details of what to read on each date, which are provided in 52 one-week segments. The other benefit to that plan is that I finished with two extra days (in a leap year), so I was able to have some flex on how many chapters to read each day during the busier holiday season. I also liked that the author did not go through the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, but grouped books that had similarities, and wen The best thing about this book is that it was organized week by week. I needed the specific details of what to read on each date, which are provided in 52 one-week segments. The other benefit to that plan is that I finished with two extra days (in a leap year), so I was able to have some flex on how many chapters to read each day during the busier holiday season. I also liked that the author did not go through the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, but grouped books that had similarities, and went back and forth from an OT book to a NT book, so I didn't get bogged down in genealogies as some other reading plans tend to do. At the end of the book, there are several study aids that also come in handy. I read the Kindle version, and was able to keep it with me throughout the year on my phone. Handy tool. I look forward to using it again next year!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Barbie

    Every year, I begin with the same thoughts: This year, I’m going to dive into the Bible with gusto! I’m going to follow a Bible-in-a-year reading plan. I.am.going.to.read.the.whole.Bible.this.year. I do pretty well for three or four weeks, re-reading Genesis, getting through Exodus . . . . One time, I even made it all the way through Isaiah. But, eventually, my good intentions fall away, my fatigue and busy schedule take preeminence, and I stop reading. Usually in fits, missing a day here and th Every year, I begin with the same thoughts: This year, I’m going to dive into the Bible with gusto! I’m going to follow a Bible-in-a-year reading plan. I.am.going.to.read.the.whole.Bible.this.year. I do pretty well for three or four weeks, re-reading Genesis, getting through Exodus . . . . One time, I even made it all the way through Isaiah. But, eventually, my good intentions fall away, my fatigue and busy schedule take preeminence, and I stop reading. Usually in fits, missing a day here and there, then whole weeks; I try to read enough to catch up, but by March, I’ve given up completely. I still read my Bible, but not daily and not in any organized fashion. Sound familiar? What can we busy moms do to keep ourselves grounded in the Word, without adding guilt onto our heads? Enter A Woman’s Guide to Reading the Bible in a Year by Diane Stortz, published by Bethany House Publishers. Diane has not only provided a daily guide to reading the Word, she has offered encouragement for the journey, as well. The first part of A Woman’s Guide to Reading the Bible in a Year is a series of testimonials given by women whose lives were changed by reading through the Bible with a small group. I love this idea. As women, we hunger for relational learning. I have always stalled in my Bible-in-a-year reading, but if I felt part of a community, all facing similar struggles, where I could safely share not only my failures, but also my triumph, perhaps I could keep my momentum. The testimonials are uplifting and encouraging, pointing to the love of Christ, not the legalistic reading of His word. Next up are brief guidelines and explanations for using the plan, both individually and in a group. Diane also includes a very brief overview of the Bible and how it came to be what we read today. Finally, come the reading lists. Each weekly reading comes with a brief introduction, the chapters to read, main ideas (checkpoints) from the reading, and an opportunity to journal your thoughts or insights. I really appreciate the simplicity of the reading plan, which alternates between Old and New Testament writings, as well as the brief commentaries. I’m excited again to jump into the Bible this year, but this time, I’m considering organizing a few other women who might like to join me and discuss our readings. Even if it is only one or two others who want to get together over a Skype or Google chat, I believe this concept of community will greatly encourage us as believers. I give A Woman’s Guide to Reading the Bible in a Year five stars. **I received a free review copy from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for a review. My views are my own.**

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tima

    Have you ever wanted to start a Bible study group or read the Bible through in a year? Pick up this little book and learn how to get started. The book begins by telling the author's story about her journey through the Bible. It then has a few chapters that explain how to start a group and use the book effectively . Then each week is a separate chapter that gives the Bible verses to read and a brief synopsis on what you will read that week. There is also space to write thoughts and favorite verse Have you ever wanted to start a Bible study group or read the Bible through in a year? Pick up this little book and learn how to get started. The book begins by telling the author's story about her journey through the Bible. It then has a few chapters that explain how to start a group and use the book effectively . Then each week is a separate chapter that gives the Bible verses to read and a brief synopsis on what you will read that week. There is also space to write thoughts and favorite verses. It can be used for individuals or a women's Bible study group. I found the format easy to read and use. The book was laid out well and really encouraged me to start reading my Bible through this year. I look forward to showing this to my Bible study group when we finish with our current book. I received this book free of charge from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea Carr

    This book is a clear and concise reading guide to the Bible. Each chapter is a week's journey in the books of the Bible with a reading plan that is not overwhelming. You can take bite sized chunks of the books and read each night. I highly recommend keeping a journal while you read this book as it is geared towards having a discussion weekly with others about the passages read that week. At the end of each chapter are questions so that you can reflect back over what you read and discuss the topi This book is a clear and concise reading guide to the Bible. Each chapter is a week's journey in the books of the Bible with a reading plan that is not overwhelming. You can take bite sized chunks of the books and read each night. I highly recommend keeping a journal while you read this book as it is geared towards having a discussion weekly with others about the passages read that week. At the end of each chapter are questions so that you can reflect back over what you read and discuss the topics presented in each book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tara

    I did it!!! Amazing!! I have been trying to read through the Bible in a year all my life. This book finally made it possible. I didn’t fall off the band wagon when I got to Leviticus with all laws!! I loved how she switched from Old Testament to New Testament after each book. That really helped keep my attention and kept me going because I could read the laws and genealogy and then switched to the stories about Jesus! I highly recommend doing it with a friend or group to keep you accountable too. I did it!!! Amazing!! I have been trying to read through the Bible in a year all my life. This book finally made it possible. I didn’t fall off the band wagon when I got to Leviticus with all laws!! I loved how she switched from Old Testament to New Testament after each book. That really helped keep my attention and kept me going because I could read the laws and genealogy and then switched to the stories about Jesus! I highly recommend doing it with a friend or group to keep you accountable too. I started with 4 friends and 2 of us completed it!!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jodi Long

    I actually have only read the parts of the book that explain how the reading guide works. The rest of the book is 52 pages, one for each week, that give you what section of the Bible to read that week, and things to think about, or write or journal about, or discuss. Based on the other half of the book, I should say I quite expect that this book will definitely be one that,if I manage to complete all 52 weeks, I will never forget!

  8. 5 out of 5

    lesley hernandez

    The layout was so awesome how she broke down every chapter was really amazing. It is lots of chapters I wrote it down the checkpoints of each books in the reading plan you guys will really enjoy reading plus you can find wealth and wisdom in the chapters of the plan.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Terra Harmon

    Excellent add to your life journey of learning the Bible.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Bree Taylor

    Restart #3. 10/20/19

  11. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    A wonderful guide to help you read the greatest of books. She guides you through the old and new testament in a way that allows you to grasp the connections!!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ida Wilcox

    This was on ok read. It wasnt what I was expecting but I guess it would work in a pinch.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Stacie Wyatt

    I read A woman's guide to reading the bible in a year by Diane Stortz, in exchange for honest review from Netgalley. The book was published by Bethany House Publishing. I wish I skimmed this book sooner because I truly enjoyed reading it this weekend. Definitely am thinking about buying either the Kindle or paperback version of the book. Second, The book starts out with inspirational stories, starting with a ladies group, who desired to read the bible in a year, focusing on three chapters per da I read A woman's guide to reading the bible in a year by Diane Stortz, in exchange for honest review from Netgalley. The book was published by Bethany House Publishing. I wish I skimmed this book sooner because I truly enjoyed reading it this weekend. Definitely am thinking about buying either the Kindle or paperback version of the book. Second, The book starts out with inspirational stories, starting with a ladies group, who desired to read the bible in a year, focusing on three chapters per day. The group eventually broke off into multiple groups, including a men's group. The stories also included a Jehovah's witness, who desired more, in addition to a missionary, who realized she lacked familiarity with the bible, even though she taught it. Why I chose the book: I never read the entire bible. I read the verses outlined in Church, plus a few chapters on my own. Read the book of Revelation a few times, but I never thought of reading the entire bible in a year. Definitely need to work on reading the bible more, plus memorization. Never memorized a bible verse, let alone a chapter, a day in my life, I think, except like the last verse: AMEN or JESUS WEPT. Of Course, there is In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Third, The book was very inspirational. Stortz (2013) discusses how we can find truth and love within the bible. We also can find encouragement, forgiveness, hope, understanding, accountability, appreciation, direction,healing, release, and peace. Next, Diane told her story of being born with one, fully formed, hip socket, instead of two. She was placed in full body casts around the age of one, in addition to staying in the hospital in traction. She eventually wore braces and then learned to walk. God is good. Very inspirational since my youngest son can not walk yet. He is in Early Childhood and Physical therapy. Tomorrow, he is getting a gait walker, which is to help his balance and muscular structure. God is truly blessing him with great therapists and he has made great progress since last year. Fourth, the book provided tips for reading the book. For example, you can start anytime. The pages are not dated. You can use the guide with any bible version. You will read about three chapters per day, which takes about 15 to 20 minutes. It is also ok if you fall behind or get confused. You can catch up or re-read anytime. Stortz definitely focuses on using the bible to develop a closer relationship with God, which affects other relationships, such as family. Diane also encourages using the book to record your thoughts as you read the book. The book also provides guidelines for group reading. Fifth, Stortz provided a brief history of the bible (from God speaking directly to men to traditional publishing), in addition to the books of the bible. Everything I mentioned so far, is found in the first 30 or so pages of her book. Finally, the book provides an outline for reading the bible in a year. Each section has a selected theme, bible verses, in addition to checkpoints. The author discusses each theme first, before getting into verses and questions. Each section also has questions such as name something you learned or write down a bible verse you like to remember. The sections are very short. The bible verses given for each section also has a check box, to check your progress, I assume.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Dusty Shell

    There are many, many Bible reading plans available for those interested in having a guide in how to get through the Word of God from cover to cover in a manner that doesn't seem greatly overwhelming. One of the problems with many of these plans is that you have to start on a certain day of the year (typically January 1st) in order to follow the plan correctly. Another problem that can occur is no or little accountability. It's easy to fall behind and then continue to lag until you just give up i There are many, many Bible reading plans available for those interested in having a guide in how to get through the Word of God from cover to cover in a manner that doesn't seem greatly overwhelming. One of the problems with many of these plans is that you have to start on a certain day of the year (typically January 1st) in order to follow the plan correctly. Another problem that can occur is no or little accountability. It's easy to fall behind and then continue to lag until you just give up if you don't have someone to encourage you along the way. This is where A Woman's Guide to Reading the Bible in a Year by Diane Stortz comes in and gives your Bible reading plan a boost! Designed specifically for women, this guide heartily suggests gathering up a group of your girlfriends and making this journey together. While it can be done on your own, the great benefits of having ongoing support and encouragement are outlined well here. The readings can also be started at any time, so you don't have to wait until the New Year to dive in. The book begins with some stories from women who have taken the Bible reading journey together. There meetings go far beyond and deeper than just checking in to say, "I finished the required reading." You'll read stories of friendship and sisterhood that are very heartwarming. Following that, you'll find a section on how to use the book and then some guidelines for how to utilize it in the group setting. Once you get to the meat of the book, you'll find the readings gathered together by week rather than by day. I particularly liked this format because it is more streamlined and easy to gauge where I was and where I would be going next without looking through a large list. Each week has a short snippet that describes the themes or happenings of the week's readings and checkpoints that help you keep track of what you have read. At the end of the week, there is a "Share the Journey" portion that leaves room for you to jot down questions, favorite verses/stories, etc. for further study. Overall, this particular reading guide seemed to feel more personal, like a friend threw it together for you, thinking of your own personality and likes, rather than it being some intimidating list handed down from a hard nosed bible-reading authority figure. This sitting down at the kitchen table with a buddy approach provided additional "oomph" to actually building a desire to commit and complete the journey of reading the entire Bible in one year. As Christians, we really should get deep into God's Word, exploring all it's corners. How can we grow closer to our beloved Savior if we don't at least try? That where a good solid guide is key. This book fits that bill. I plan to utilize it again, hopefully getting a few friends to join me!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    One thing that I’ve struggled with in reading the Bible in a year is the fact that it takes a lot of time, time that usually a mom of three young-ish children doesn’t usually have, and the fact that I really want to understand what I’m reading versus just reading to say I’ve read it. Many people read through the Bible in a year, but if you retain or learn nothing from it then it’s all for naught. So when I had the chance to review the book, A Woman’s Guide to Reading the Bible in a Year I jumped One thing that I’ve struggled with in reading the Bible in a year is the fact that it takes a lot of time, time that usually a mom of three young-ish children doesn’t usually have, and the fact that I really want to understand what I’m reading versus just reading to say I’ve read it. Many people read through the Bible in a year, but if you retain or learn nothing from it then it’s all for naught. So when I had the chance to review the book, A Woman’s Guide to Reading the Bible in a Year I jumped at it because I wanted something to guide me in not just reading the Bible in a year but actually making it relevant as well as learning from it. Since it’s written by a woman for women it means that it will help us as we read through the Bible and making it meaningful to us. I admit I struggle through a lot of the Old Testament books like Leviticus and Deuteronomy with all the Laws – it’s hard to follow and really understand – but I know it’s vital as a Christian who follows Christ, who was raised a Jew – to understand our past history. Don’t feel that you must begin on January 1st, the pages are numbered but not dated, so you can begin any time on your Bible reading journey (awesome). The guide is meant to be used with whichever Bible translation you chose and avoids doctrinal issues so it can be used by any Christian who knows the Bible is the inerrant Word of God. It’s encouraged that you write something each week in the “share the journey” area and if you fall behind, just simply pick back up where you left off – there is no right or wrong way to do this – just a commitment to delve into and understand God’s Word. Each week there will be a short introduction to that weeks reading and then a small box which outlines your reading assignments that week, usually two to three chapters which could take up to 30 minutes (if you have extra time, you can read ahead, or split it up during the day!), and some checkpoints – key ideas that are covered in that week’s reading. After that is quote from a famous person or theologian that will also inspire and of course, the “share the journey” area where you can journal, or get your own feminine journal to write in. Don’t forget it’s a journey and all about getting to know the Lord – keep Him in your thoughts and seek Him in prayer throughout and your mind will learn a lot in reading through the Bible in a Year! **I was given a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest opinion, no other compensation was given.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Julie McComas

    Maybe I am behind the times, but when I read this book my eyes were opened to a new way of reading through the Bible in a year. Have you ever been involved in a women's group reading the Bible in a year as a group? Wait, it gets better! Then they meet once a week to discuss what they read. Sounds like a great way to read through the Bible, doesn't it? There is a chapter about how to use this book, which at first I thought would be kind of hokey because who really needs directions on how to read t Maybe I am behind the times, but when I read this book my eyes were opened to a new way of reading through the Bible in a year. Have you ever been involved in a women's group reading the Bible in a year as a group? Wait, it gets better! Then they meet once a week to discuss what they read. Sounds like a great way to read through the Bible, doesn't it? There is a chapter about how to use this book, which at first I thought would be kind of hokey because who really needs directions on how to read through the Bible. You just read, right? But, as usual, I was wrong. I was glad the author added that chapter. It answered several questions I had before I was going to start reading. Like, how much do you read in one day? Will it take fifteen minutes or an hour? What do I do if I fall behind? I typically do. And more. Remember how I really liked the idea of the group reading? Think of it as a Bible book club! We have all kinds of other book clubs, why not one focused on only the most important book ever! Well, there is a chapter on guidelines for groups. Didn't she just think of everything? But wait, it gets even better! You can start any time! There are checklists for each weeks reading, as well as a whole checklist for the entire year in the back of the book. When you turn to page 30 for week one, you will first read the intro for the week. Turn the page, and you will see the checklist for the week and only that week. There are checkpoints for each day's reading, a quote, and then a place for you to write about something you learned, a verse or passage that you would like to remember, and a place for questions that arise while you are reading. After I read this book, something dawned on me. What a wonderful way to record how you have grown along your walk with Jesus. Get a cute box, and start placing your books in there every year. It would be fun to look back on, I am sure. I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ashton

    I received this book for free by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The following opinions are my own. I'm always open to books that deal with Bible study or reading so I was pretty exciting when this book was offered up as one of the books for review. When I got it and began to flip through it, I was immediately disappointed. With a subtitle like 'A Life-changing Journey Into the Heart of God', one would expect the book to bring emotions and deep reflections that related to the mat I received this book for free by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The following opinions are my own. I'm always open to books that deal with Bible study or reading so I was pretty exciting when this book was offered up as one of the books for review. When I got it and began to flip through it, I was immediately disappointed. With a subtitle like 'A Life-changing Journey Into the Heart of God', one would expect the book to bring emotions and deep reflections that related to the material surrounding the reading for the day. Instead or evoking any of those types of emotions, reading left me feeling that anyone could have found just as much for free by looking on Google or opening a study Bible and reading the introduction to a book. Don't get me wrong, I believe in the transforming power of the Bible as the next person but this book doesn't really add anything to that. It provides you with scripture reading for each day and a few key points to look for during your reading and spaces for reflection questions but it's lacking in any real application. This would, perhaps, be better titled as a Beginner's Guide to Reading the Bible in a Year because I didn't really see any specific observances for women. Each week is also briefly summarized on the page before the reading to give you a look at what you'll be reading but that information is sub par to what you would find in an introduction to a book in a study Bible or a brief summary looked up online. The single redeeming point in this book, for me, was the fact that each week had a quote about Bible reading or study that was inspirational. I enjoyed those more than anything else in the book. The book isn't terrible, don't get me wrong, but I don't see why you need someone to summarize what you're about to read and tell you what to read. There are dozens of 'read the Bible in x days' websites and lists that are offered for free online as well as in depth commentary for someone looking. It is reading the Bible that is life changing journey, not reading this book.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Marisa

    This book starts with several blurb reviews and then an explanation as to how the book came to fruition. At 140 pages it is a quick read. It encourages women to read the Bible through a year in a group setting or alone. It has excellent ideas about forming a small study group and what the discussions should be about. Each day of the week has a portion listed for reading so if you do decide to use this book in a group setting everyone will have had the opportunity to read the same portions of the This book starts with several blurb reviews and then an explanation as to how the book came to fruition. At 140 pages it is a quick read. It encourages women to read the Bible through a year in a group setting or alone. It has excellent ideas about forming a small study group and what the discussions should be about. Each day of the week has a portion listed for reading so if you do decide to use this book in a group setting everyone will have had the opportunity to read the same portions of the Bible. There is a place for writing something you learned or would like to remember, a place for a favorite passage or quote and a place for questions you may have for either a group or to look up on your own if you are reading this book on your own. The book is broken down into weeks and not dates so you can start any time throughout the year at “Week One” which is different than many books or devotionals as they have a date which tends to feel like a chore and learning about the Lord shouldn’t ever feel like a chore. Though I have obviously not had this book for a year as it is copyright to 2013 I am planning to use this book to read my Bible through a year as I have been looking for a simple program to use. I really detest the Bible studies that make me flip flop back and forth throughout the Bible taking up precious time turning pages and this study, though it isn’t read in “order” it does only give one place to find each day. For example, the reading for week 35 is Psalms 98-102 Psalms 103-104 Psalms 105-106 Titus 1-3, Philemon Proverbs 1-4 Proverbs 5-8 Proverbs 9-12 This week has a small one page description of what you will learn this week, each of the weeks seven days has a specific portion for reading on the topic that the description gives. One week is literally, two pages. The left side being the description, the right side being the place that has the listed reading and a place for your notes, which I find to be a very excellent layout.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mychele

    MY TAKE As the year closes (Wow, seems like it just started) many of our devotionals will also be coming to an end. With that a new crop of devotionals are ready to make a place in your heart for 2013. Personally I am very picky about the devotional I chose. More than anything it has to feel intimate, not so much with the book but my experience with it. Some devotionals have a very sterile, carbon copy feel to it and I just don't see how I can go a whole year with a book that doesn't move me or MY TAKE As the year closes (Wow, seems like it just started) many of our devotionals will also be coming to an end. With that a new crop of devotionals are ready to make a place in your heart for 2013. Personally I am very picky about the devotional I chose. More than anything it has to feel intimate, not so much with the book but my experience with it. Some devotionals have a very sterile, carbon copy feel to it and I just don't see how I can go a whole year with a book that doesn't move me or motivate me to grow in Christ. With A Woman's Guide to Reading the Bible I have a lukewarm feeling to about it (50/50). My general feeling is that it would be a great book for a womans bible study group. At the end of each week there is "Share the Journey" where you share how you experienced God's heart in a verse or revelation. This is a perfect discussion opener, you can share what you learned and it will help the other group members grow (iron sharpens iron). It also leaves open a time for questions, so if you didn't really understand a passage this is a perfect setting to get ask. Which leads me into my next point. The devotional was designed to be read alone or with a group, if you chose to read it alone you might feel a little lonely. That was my main issue with the book. I've been searching for a group study for my friends so this is definitely on the list. Things I Liked The book is broken down in weekly reading sessions with an intro for each week. It also gives you checkpoints to really pay attention to while reading. I like the information given on the background of the bible. Quotes!!! I Love a good quote and there is one each week.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mel

    Have you ever tried to read through the entire Bible in a year? Have you ever used a Bible reading plan to guide you and found that you still could not read through the entire Bible? I have been there so when I saw Diane Stortz’s book, A Woman’s Guide to Reading the Bible in a Year, I was really interested in finding out if maybe this time there was a guide out there that would get me through the entire Book. And I have to say that Mrs. Stortz’s guide is not only feasible but it really allows yo Have you ever tried to read through the entire Bible in a year? Have you ever used a Bible reading plan to guide you and found that you still could not read through the entire Bible? I have been there so when I saw Diane Stortz’s book, A Woman’s Guide to Reading the Bible in a Year, I was really interested in finding out if maybe this time there was a guide out there that would get me through the entire Book. And I have to say that Mrs. Stortz’s guide is not only feasible but it really allows you to read and reflect on the Scriptures you are reading. Mrs. Stortz divides the readings into 52 weeks and gives a little background on each Scripture subject for the week. After each reading, there are three questions that are designed to get you to reflect on the Scriptures you just read. At the end of the book, there are resources for the reader to use as she journeys through the Bible. I found this section helpful in ascertaining additional materials to help me understand Scripture. There is also a reading plan checklist at the end of the book for you to keep track. In sum, I recommend this Bible reading guide to every woman. If you want to read through the Bible this year this is a simple plan that really emphasizes the reflection and understanding of the Word. Note: I have received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for a review.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

    A Woman's Guide to Reading the Bible in a Year by Diane Stortz is a book I wanted to open as soon as I saw the pretty cover. The Stories of the Journey starts it out and I was inspired reading them and felt I should start a group of women for the same purpose... to seek God through His Word. I enjoyed the heart of friendship and sisterhood that gets strengthened as the Bible is read, reflected on, and shared from. After reading the small sections before the weekly main points and questions, I deci A Woman's Guide to Reading the Bible in a Year by Diane Stortz is a book I wanted to open as soon as I saw the pretty cover. The Stories of the Journey starts it out and I was inspired reading them and felt I should start a group of women for the same purpose... to seek God through His Word. I enjoyed the heart of friendship and sisterhood that gets strengthened as the Bible is read, reflected on, and shared from. After reading the small sections before the weekly main points and questions, I decided to pray for God's direction and see if some ladies were interested. So far, every one I have spoken to have wanted to join me with one maybe! We are all buying copies of the book so we can work through them together and I just love the layout. Each "Weeks of the Journey" has a page of notes on the Scriptures for the week, a list of what chapters to read each day and checkpoints... kind of like key topics or main points. There is also a quote and a small list of questions to ask. The Reading Plan in the back shows all the readings in on place. I have already bought three copies of this book and have people buying more so we can all be reading together as a group. Bethany House Publishers sent this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lis K

    This book really helped keep me on track to read my Bible in one year. It has a simple layout which divides the Bible into 52, undated weekly readings. Each weekly section begins with brief background information about the week’s readings, a list of the chapters to read each day, a “checkpoint” box of five interesting objects, events, or people to watch for in the readings, and a “share the journey” section to write a response to what you read. Since most of the readings consist of three chapter This book really helped keep me on track to read my Bible in one year. It has a simple layout which divides the Bible into 52, undated weekly readings. Each weekly section begins with brief background information about the week’s readings, a list of the chapters to read each day, a “checkpoint” box of five interesting objects, events, or people to watch for in the readings, and a “share the journey” section to write a response to what you read. Since most of the readings consist of three chapters a day, it took me just 15 minutes to read. The readings alternate between the Old and New Testament. At the end of the book, the author includes a timeline of Old and New Testament events, the rulers of Israel, and a reading plan checklist. For me, more focused questions would have helped me to really think about my reading rather than having an open-ended response section. However, this resource seems like it would be useful in a Bible study group setting to launch discussions about each week’s reading. Overall, I think this reading plan is concise, informative, and really helpful when you want to read the Bible in a year. I will definitely be using it again in the future.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Donica

    I really enjoyed this book. In the past, I have bought, been given, read, many how to read the Bible in a year books. This book will be the one to help me achieve this feat! I loved the approach the author used to convey the ability to reading the Bible in a year. She broke it down into bite sized pieces and less than 20 minutes a day. She suggested using a version of the bible you were comfortable using. The author was even kind enough to write its ok to fall behind in your reading. Just pick I really enjoyed this book. In the past, I have bought, been given, read, many how to read the Bible in a year books. This book will be the one to help me achieve this feat! I loved the approach the author used to convey the ability to reading the Bible in a year. She broke it down into bite sized pieces and less than 20 minutes a day. She suggested using a version of the bible you were comfortable using. The author was even kind enough to write its ok to fall behind in your reading. Just pick up from where you left off and keep going. There is no right or wrong way to read – Each journey is unique. The checkpoints were and questions were interesting. The suggestion of reading as if you were having a conversation with God was great. Journaling was an excellent suggestion, as one gains insight and new perspectives from the readings and the questions. I loved her suggestions on how to start a reading group if you are so inclined. It will be a book I will purchase and share with my girlfriends and they will do the same.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    Reading and understanding the Bible is an achievable goal for everyone. In her new book, Diane Stortz gives wonderful tips and tools for "a life-changing journey into the heart of God. Reading the Bible doesn't take a lot of time each day, but to get to the meat of the message, some thoughtful study is needed. This book is broken into 52 weekly lessons around topics like: "Chosen by God," and "Back to Egypt," with Bible passages to read, a thought to meditate on, and some "Checkpoints." At the en Reading and understanding the Bible is an achievable goal for everyone. In her new book, Diane Stortz gives wonderful tips and tools for "a life-changing journey into the heart of God. Reading the Bible doesn't take a lot of time each day, but to get to the meat of the message, some thoughtful study is needed. This book is broken into 52 weekly lessons around topics like: "Chosen by God," and "Back to Egypt," with Bible passages to read, a thought to meditate on, and some "Checkpoints." At the end of the book are timelines, resources, references, and a through the year guide to reading the Bible. Following her plan, you can read through the Bible and gain knowledge and power from that reading. This book looks at reading the Bible in a year through a new lens for me. The weekly chapters give so much to think about and meditate on. It hits topics differently from daily devotionals and "Through the Bible in a Year" programs. They all work, so I encourage you to find the one that works best for you. Take your personal Bible reading and study to that next level.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Sundin

    As a Bible study leader, I leapt to review Diane Stortz's new book. The guide is attractively laid out into 52 undated sessions, so it can be started any time in the calendar year. Each week's session includes a page of introductory material, a realistic reading plan (3-6 chapters a day, alternating between Old and New Testaments), and a handful of reflective questions. I found the questions helpful but general. For a group that loves to talk, the questions would suffice, but a more reticent grou As a Bible study leader, I leapt to review Diane Stortz's new book. The guide is attractively laid out into 52 undated sessions, so it can be started any time in the calendar year. Each week's session includes a page of introductory material, a realistic reading plan (3-6 chapters a day, alternating between Old and New Testaments), and a handful of reflective questions. I found the questions helpful but general. For a group that loves to talk, the questions would suffice, but a more reticent group would need more. I also would have liked to see a few questions tailored to each week's reading. Overall, this guide is extremely useful and attractive. For a large formal Bible study group, supplementary questions would be needed, but this guide would be wonderful for an informal small group (especially a chatty group), for friends to work through together, or for individual study. It's so beneficial to read through the entire Bible, and I'm thankful Diane Stortz wrote this book.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    I decided at the end of this past year, that 2013 was going to be my year to read the Bible in it's entirety. I felt as a Christian of 20 years, that I needed to read this love letter from my creator and stop procrastinating. Diane is so right about how the Bible just comes alive for us, that it is active and living and we can get excited about reading it. The reading plan is very helpful if you are not used to reading, and not sure how to organize it or plan to make it through in a year. There I decided at the end of this past year, that 2013 was going to be my year to read the Bible in it's entirety. I felt as a Christian of 20 years, that I needed to read this love letter from my creator and stop procrastinating. Diane is so right about how the Bible just comes alive for us, that it is active and living and we can get excited about reading it. The reading plan is very helpful if you are not used to reading, and not sure how to organize it or plan to make it through in a year. There are lots of bible reading plans available, but sometimes having it in a book like this with study questions makes it easier to stay focused. I loved the design of this book, and the ease of which it was written. Easy to understand for beginners, but in depth enough for mature christians who want to have some more guided reading.

  27. 4 out of 5

    My Book Addiction and More MBA

    A WOMAN'S GUIDE TO READING THE BIBLE IN A YEAR: A LIFE-CHANGING JOURNEY INTO THE HEART OF GOD by Diane Stortz is an excellent Bible Study Guide. With a "discussion guide, lists of what to look for,motivational guotes,and a week-by-week reading plan". A very delightful guide to reading the Bible. With scriptures to read and checkpoints for those scriptures and a timeline of both the Old and New Testaments. I have started using this as a guide myself and have found it more than helpful, it is also A WOMAN'S GUIDE TO READING THE BIBLE IN A YEAR: A LIFE-CHANGING JOURNEY INTO THE HEART OF GOD by Diane Stortz is an excellent Bible Study Guide. With a "discussion guide, lists of what to look for,motivational guotes,and a week-by-week reading plan". A very delightful guide to reading the Bible. With scriptures to read and checkpoints for those scriptures and a timeline of both the Old and New Testaments. I have started using this as a guide myself and have found it more than helpful, it is also a useful tool. Highly recommended. Received for an honest review from the publisher. RATING: 4.5 HEAT RATING: NONE(BIBLE GUIDE) REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction Reviews/My Book Addiction and More

  28. 4 out of 5

    Redawna Warner

    What a great way to bring a group of women together and study God's word. I love how this book is written and organized. It contains everything you need to succeed. It's 52 sections, with a great weekly synopsis, reading assignments, and general discussion starter questions. As a Bible Study Leader, I realize women must have a fierce determination to stay on task and focused. This is a long time to have a weekly study without losing your members. Individually, I can see myself succeeding much be What a great way to bring a group of women together and study God's word. I love how this book is written and organized. It contains everything you need to succeed. It's 52 sections, with a great weekly synopsis, reading assignments, and general discussion starter questions. As a Bible Study Leader, I realize women must have a fierce determination to stay on task and focused. This is a long time to have a weekly study without losing your members. Individually, I can see myself succeeding much better than trying to lead a group for an entire year. The daily tasks seem short, succinct and will be able to be accomplished in 20-30 minutes of reading a day. I received a free copy from Bethany House Publishers for my honest review.

  29. 4 out of 5

    IrenesBookReviews

    I thought this book would have a little more meat to it! It is a decent book but not one of the best for understanding the Bible. It divides the Bible up into passages to read so you can read the Bible through in a year. I gave this book 4/5 stars. I liked that the book was geared towards women. I did however think that it could have used more substance. I would recommend this book for any woman who has not read through the Bible before. You will find the plan easy to follow and the author’s gui I thought this book would have a little more meat to it! It is a decent book but not one of the best for understanding the Bible. It divides the Bible up into passages to read so you can read the Bible through in a year. I gave this book 4/5 stars. I liked that the book was geared towards women. I did however think that it could have used more substance. I would recommend this book for any woman who has not read through the Bible before. You will find the plan easy to follow and the author’s guidance will make it easier to understand. I would like to thank the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Leslie

    I won this book in a goodreads giveaway. I got this book for my friend and I, we thoroughly enjoyed it. When reading the bible, one can get a little/a lot overwhelmed. This guide is extremely useful and easy to follow. For a large formal Bible study group, supplementary questions would be needed, but this guide would be great for a small group for friends to work together, or for individual study. It is very helpful to read through the entire Bible.

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