Manvotions by bigplew
December 29, 2007, 11:57 am
Filed under: Books, Devotions

by Mike Plewniak


New Year’s Day is next week, and it’s time for everyone to evaluate and plan out devotions for the year. Odd, isn’t it, how New Year seeps over into everyone’s life….diets for some, resolutions for others, bible reading plan for me. Anyway, here are some helpful resources if you are interested in reading through the bible in a year. I have done most of these over the last eight years and have enjoyed each of them. One thing that I’ve found is that having a plan of what I will be reading is SO HELPFUL. It helps me be consistent, provides some accountability, and while some think this makes devotions rote, I have found the exact opposite to be the case…reading through the bible like this has been rich and fruitful. Enjoy!

M’Cheyne Reading Plan:

“Robert Murray M’Cheyne (also known as McCheyne) was an early 19th century pastor and preacher. Amongst his legacy is his scheme for daily Bible reading. In its original formulation it takes the reader through the the Old Testament once and the New Testament and Psalms twice per year. This means reading about four chapters a day, taken from different parts of the Bible.”

Online and interactive

Printable version of the whole year

Printable version month-by-month

Discipleship Journal Bible Reading Plan:

This is the plan I used for three years. I found it very practical (in that I could get the reading done each day) and well organized. A few highlights of this plan are:

— By reading from four separate places in the Scripture every day, you should be able to better grasp the unity of the Scriptures, as well as enjoy the variety of seeing four different viewpoints.

— To prevent the frustration of falling behind, which most of us tend to do when following a Bible reading plan, each month of this plan gives you only twenty-five readings.

— If reading through the entire Bible in one year looms as too large a task, you can alter the plan to meet your needs. For example, you could read the gospels and the wisdom books this year, and the other two categories next year.

Download the plan here

We will also have copies of these for free in the CCK bookstore the next couple of weeks.

For the Love of God by DA Carson:


This book (volume 1 or volume 2) walks through the M’Cheyne reading plan, but also has a one-page summary of what you just read by Carson. Often while using this, I would be amazed at the unity of scripture as Carson took what I read in the OT and NT and showed how they both were pointing to Christ…or some days what you would read in NT would be the fulfillment of what the OT was pointing towards.

Along with this, I would highly recommend “God’s Big Picture” by Vaughn Roberts. By far, the best little book on understanding the unity and storyline of the Bible. I can’t think of a better way to start the New Year!


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Thanks for all of these. I know you all spoke of them at church but it’s nice to have a reference to go back to. I know these are “manvotions” (haha). I posted this on my fitness site for others to use. Thanks again Mike!

Comment by Trill

You guys gotta check this out! Anybody want to do this with me? It’s a Puritan Reading Challenge for the year of 2008. Puritan paperbacks are super discounted for those who want to participate.

Comment by joshcan

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