But if you're like me, you may have often started a reading plan but not completed it. Rather than feel guilty, you may want to try an alternative approach. If reading the Bible according to a yearly plan doesn't appeal to you, check out Noel Piper's or Dan Edelen's articles below.
The important thing, really, is to read the Bible consistently and to get something out of what you read-- to encounter the Lord in your time in the Word, so that your life is changed as you take it to heart and apply it to your life. Find the reading approach that helps you as an individual to best accomplish this.
For those who do want to attempt a yearly plan, much assistance is available. Justin Taylor of Between Two Worlds has written a useful article in which he directs readers to resources for reading through the Bible in a year. He especially likes the ESV Bible reading plans (I do too), and particularly recommends these plans: ESV Study Bible, Daily Reading Bible and the M’Cheyne One-Year Reading Plan.
Here on Jordan's View, I always have on my sidebar numerous Bible Study Resources, including links to Devotionals, Bible Reading Plans, Scholarly Sites and Audio Resources.
But with the New Year now here (wow, 2008 went by in a flash!), I want to highlight the many available resources on the web.
May 2009 be a great Bible reading year for you (and me too)!
Bible Reading Resources
Effective Bible Reading
How to Use a Study Bible by Al Mohler
Tips for Effective Bible Reading
Reading Between the Trees: The Bible from Beginning to End
Profitable Bible Study by R.A. Torrey
Bible Reading Plans
ESV Bible RSS Feeds
Bible Reading Plans from BibleGateway.com
Bible Reading Schedules from Realms of Faith
M'CHEYNE Daily Bible Reading Plan (19th Century Scottish minister, Robert Murray M'Cheyne's popular plan takes readers through the New Testament and Psalms twice a year, and through the rest of the Bible once each year.
How to Study the Bible by Mike Aldridge
Bile Reading Plan through Christianity.com (requires a login; you can track your progress)
Never in January by Noel Piper (A different approach, for those who don't like regimented plans)
The World's Best Bible Reading Program by Dan Edelen (alternative approach that focuses more on what you get of or your Bible reading than reading through the Bible in a year but not really getting much out of it).
Yearly Bible Read Through (lets you custom-design your own, track-able plan)
Daily Bile Readings from Crosswalk (lots of versions, but not the ESV/includes audio)
Daily Bile Readings from Crosswalk (with tracking/needs registration)
Miscellaneous Bible reading plan links
Bible Reading Plans for the New Year: A Resource Guide for Pastors
Bible Readings sent via email (customizable)
52 Week Bible Reading Plan(PDF file)
TableTalk (Ligonier Ministries) Bible in a Year (PDF file)
Advice on choosing a Bible reading plan
A Chronological Bible Reading Plan